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Week Five Kicker Rankings

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1. Matt Prater, DEN @ DAL

While Gostkowski is the king of field goals this season, Matt Prater is far and away the supreme leader of extra points. Through four games he's kicked nine more extra points than his closest competitor as the Bronco's try to set every passing record known to man. Dallas's defense might be able to slow Peyton Manning down a little bit, but Denver has yet to score less than 37 points so Prater is going to get plenty of opportunities no matter how the offense fares.

2. David Akers DET @ GB

David Akers was a big part of the Lions week two loss against Arizona, missing both his field goal attempts in a game that ended with a four point difference. Outside of that game Akers has been perfect this season and the Lions offense has continued to perform well scoring 21 points or more in every game. Sunday should be another good outing for Detroit against the Packers deficient defense, and Akers should have no problem contributing considering he's only missed one attempt out of 19 in his career against them.

3. Nick Novak SD @ OAK

Nick Novak is coming off a solid week against Dallas where he was 3-3 in field goal attempts and extra points. The Chargers offense seems to be getting stronger each week and with that will come more opportunities for Novak to put his leg to good use. The Raiders have been fairly stingy against kickers only allowing five field goals in four games. They are averaging less than three extra points per game so the odds favor San Diego putting up 17-27 points and netting Novak back-to-back solid weeks.

4. Garrett Hartley NO @ CHI

The Saints versus Bears could very well be the offensive game of the week as both teams are in the top six for points scored in the league. Only two leg jockeys have kicked more field goals than Hartley's eight this season, and only three have kicked more extra points. With the game being at the notoriously windy Soldier Field, you might have to temper your ceiling for Hartley this week but the opportunities should be frequent as both teams rack up the points.

5. Robbie Gould CHI vs. NO

I'm tempted to say "rinse and repeat" to my Garrett Hartley paragraph above as I see both kickers benefitting from a very offensive minded game. Gould is looking to put up his third week in a row with multiple field goal kicks against an aggressive Saints defense that should be able to slow the Bears down enough to have to put a few through the uprights. In four career matchups against the Saints Gould has averaged two attempts per game and I see that being the minimum on Sunday.

6. Stephen Gostkowski, NE @ CIN

Stephen Gostkowski is currently dominating the kicking ranks and leads the NFL in field goal attempts and field goals made through four games. Unfortunately, facing off against Cincinnati this week could mean a bit of a downturn in his points output. In the three games against the Bengals Gostkowski has missed three of seven attempts which translates to a cringe inducing 44.9% success rate. The other side of the coin is that the Patriots have had a lot of success scoring TD's against the Bengals as well. In two career games against the Browns Gostckowski kicked five extra points. Against the Bengals in three games he's kicked am impressive 14. That's a swing of nine more TD's in only one more game. Tom Brady hasn't been as all-world this season, so Gostkowski is still a top ten start this week.

7. Steven Hauschka SEA @ IND

Back-to-back blowouts by the Colts have caused their defensive numbers to look inflated a bit and those will come back to earth this week when the freight train that is Seattle rolls into town. This will be a close game, decided most likely by a field goal and Steven Hauschka will be the man who does it. In a close game against Houston last week he was 5-5 on kicks and against a tough Colts defense I think a similar stat line is on deck for this week. Plus this is his first career game against the Colts and you know he'll want to show all the girls in the stands that he's got a big leg.

8. Matt Bryant ATL vs. NYJ

Atlanta's offensive woes can largely be attributed to their 38% red zone TD scoring percentage, which is fourth worst in the NFL this season. While it's not great for the struggling Falcons, it is good for Matt Bryant as he's posted very solid back-to-back performances. The Jets defense has done a good job through four games, only allowing eight extra points. Only seven teams have allowed more field goals than they have so they are proving that they can slow teams down when they get in scoring position.

9. Dan Carpenter BUF @ CLE

Only Stephen Gostkowski has more field goal attempts then Dan Carpenter as he's seeing a nice start to his season behind the good but not great Buffalo offense. Only five teams have a worse redzone TD scoring percentage than the Bills, which translates to a lot of drives stalling out before the goal line. Add to the fact that Cleveland's defense has been pretty stingy allowing only seven extra points through four games and it's a good bet that Carpenter will get a heavy workload this week.

10. Adam Vinatieri vs. SEA

Its been a good but not great season for Adam Vinatieri as only six kickers have more field goal attempts, but he's already shanked two of them to keep his percentage lower than his average. Outside of getting shut out week one he's garnered a consistent three attempts per week, and against a tough defense like Seattle that should remain the same. Seattle's defense allowed multiple field goals for the first time last week but as Trent Richardson gets more involved n the Colts offense Indy should be able to move the ball enough to get Vinatieri in position for a few three pointers.

Sleepers:

Billy Cundiff CLE vs BUF

Cleveland's offense has received a jolt of energy from rookie QB Bryan Hoyer and that has caused Billy Cundiff's numbers to bump up a bit. Buffalo has allowed the third most field goals this season, and multiple field goals in all four weeks. Cundiff has kicked six field goals in three career games and with the Browns offense on the rise another multiple kick game should be on the docket for Sunday.

Greg Zuerlein STL vs JAX

Greg Zuerlein had a rockstar week one, like Justin Bieber being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards kind of rockstar. With four field goals and an extra point in the bag Greg looked to be taking the league by storm as the Rams downed the Cardinals. Three weeks later and his team has lost three straight and Zuerlein has only kicked two field goals over that span. But nothing does a body better than welcoming the worst team in football to town in the Jacksonville Jaguars. They've allowed a mid-level eight field goals, but only two teams have allowed more extra points this season. They have allowed multiple field goal kicks in two weeks this season and as the Rams offense looks to get healthy Zuerlein will get his chances this week to put a few through the uprights.

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