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Week Four Kicker Rankings

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1. Dan Bailey @ SD

Dan Bailey is currently second in field goal attempts, recording eight to start the 2013 season. The San Diego Chargers have allowed a second worst nine field goal attempts through the first three weeks, which bodes well for Bailey. The Cowboys offense has scored touchdowns in the red zone at a 55% clip, adding matchup intrigue. Tony Romo will dismantle a Chargers defense that has allowed a league worst 344 yards per game, providing Bailey plenty of chances to score this week.

2. Stephen Gostkowksi @ ATL

The Atlanta defense is one of the worst groups against the pass this season, ranking 22nd in passing yards allowed per game. Furthermore, Gostkowski is leading the league in field goal attempts with nine. The Patriots continued instability at wide receiver is causing them to stall in the red zone. The New England offense has scored touchdowns in the red zone a league worst 30% of the time, meaning Gostkowski should see continued work in Atlanta this week.

3. Garrett Hartley vs. MIA

Garret Hartley is second in field goal attempts after booting eight tries during the first three weeks. The Miami defense is ranked 29th in the league with eight field goals, which will benefit Hartley this week. Furthermore, the New Orleans offense has scored a touchdown in the red zone a second worst 33% of the time this season. He should see at least three field goal attempts, barring a touchdown frenzy from Drew Brees this week.

4. Matt Prater vs. PHI

Denver has been so productive that Matt Prater hasn't witnessed many opportunities this season. The Broncos offense has scored touchdowns in the red zone a fourth best 72% of the time. Nonetheless, Prater has recorded five field goal attempts to start the season and drilled three against Oakland last week. He also has posted a whopping 16 extra points tries, which is tops of all kickers. The Eagles have allowed a league high ten field goal attempts to start the season, which means Prater should see plenty of work in week four.

5. Blair Walsh vs. PIT

Given the Vikings continued struggles to finish in the red zone, Blair Walsh is a logical choice this week. Walsh is currently perfect on six field goal attempts to start the season and is dynamite from 50 yards and beyond. Minnesota has scored touchdowns in the red zone at just a 50% rate this season. Furthermore, the Steelers defense has allowed a fourth worst seven field goal attempts this season, meaning the Vikings most consistent scorer will see plenty of chances this week.

6. Sebastian Janikowski vs. WSH

The Seabass has converted on five of seven field goal attempts this season and was blanked last week versus the Broncos. Nonetheless, the Redskins have allowed just four field goals this season, but have granted a second worst 12 extra points tries this season. The Washington offense has scored touchdowns in the red zone at a 60% clip, but given the questions marks surrounding the Redskins, it is worth ordering the pan seared sea bass on the dinner menu.

7. Adam Vinateri @ JAC

Is there any player not worthy of a start when they play against the Jaguars? Adam Vinateri has amassed six field goals tries to start this season, including three attempts at San Francisco last week. In fact, he attempted his first career field goal at Candlestick Park in his 18 year career. In other new, he has recorded a missed field goal in each of the last two games, but Vinateri is facing an anemic Jaguars defense that is in absolute distress.

8. Caleb Sturgis @ NO

Caleb Sturgis has logged six field goal attempts and is perfect to start the 2013 campaign. This is an amazing statistic considering Miami has scored a touchdown in the red zone a league best 87% of the time. New Orleans has allowed the second fewest field goal attempts this season, but Miami is traveling to the Superdome, where converting touchdowns in the red zone can be hostile.

9. Ryan Succop vs. NYG

Ryan Succop is squaring off with a Giants defense that allowed a plethora of yardage through three weeks. He drilled five of seven field goals attempts through three weeks, including a whopping four field goals from 30-39 yards against the Eagles in week one. The Giants defense has allowed six field goals and a league high 13 extra point attempts, making Succop a logical start this week.

10. Phil Dawson @ STL

Phill Dawson has been a fantasy disappointment this season and has recorded a measly four field goals, along with four extra points. The 49ers offense has struggled the past two weeks with losses to the Seahawks and Colts, which could contribute to the problem. This week he squares off with a St. Louis team that has allowed five field goals and a third worst 11 extra points. The 49ers have scored a touchdown in the red zone just 50% of the time, meaning Dawson has light at the end of the tunnel.

Sleepers:

Mike Nugent @ CLE

Nugent has attempted just three field goals and a measly two extra points, but the Browns defense allowed Blair Walsh to kick a pair of field goals last week. Cincinnati has scored touchdowns in the red zone a whopping 86% of time this season, but Nugent squares off with a Cleveland defense that is ranked sixth overall and is very stout in the red zone.

Justin Tucker @ Buffalo

Justin Tucker recorded three field goal attempts against a very good Texans defense that has allowed a second best 146 passing yards per game. The Bills defense is ranked third worst with eight attempts allowed to kickers this season. Furthermore, Tucker has not attempted a field goal from 50 yards and beyond this season, but given the Bills defense currently ranks seventh in red zone stops, it bodes well for Justin Tucker in week four.

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