1. Robbie Gould vs. NYG
The Giants as part of the NFC Least have been plenty amenable to teams looking to score TDs this year, of course they have also given up their share of kicker points as well. New York is tied for the league lead allowing 56 points to kickers this year including a perfect 12/12 on FG and 20/20 on extra points. In what should be a high scoring affair I'd say this pick is as good as Gould.
2. Matt Prater vs. JAX
Lost amidst the record-breaking season that Peyton Manning has catapulted onto the league is the continued strong play of kicker Matt Prater. You'd think with all the TDs that Prater's points might be down some, but you'd be mistaken in that in addition to his dizzying 29 successful extra point attempts, Prater is a perfect 9/9 on field goals. By halftime of this week's game Peyton and the rest of the starting offense will be on the bench, but Prater doesn't have a backup so he will continue to kick field goals and extra points in garbage time with Brock Osweiler leading Denver down the field.
3. "Makin" Crosby @ BAL
I guess we can't call him "Missin" anymore since Mason Crosby has been a perfect 9/9 on field goals and 13/13 on extra points this year. This year Baltimore is tied with Detroit for most field goal attempts allowed and they are tied with Chicago for the second most field goals made allowed. In addition those nine FGs that Crosby has kicked have all come over the last three weeks meaning he is averaging three per game over that span.
4. Alex Henery @ TB
Only eight teams have allowed more points to the kicker position this season and only seven teams have allowed more field goals this year. Henery has attempted more field goals this year than any other kicker and only Steven Gostkowski has more made field goals than he has so far this year. In addition Philly will probably get Nick Foles under center for this game and last week with Foles running the show for the majority of the game Henery got five field goals.
5. Dan Bailey vs. WAS
You have to think that the Cowboys will be looking for revenge for their team following the heartbreaking loss last week to the Broncos. Usually when an offense is set out for revenge it means "Mucho" points the following week. Tony Romo will be doing everything possible to prove that he is the man despite his back-breaking pick last week costing them the game, and when Tony is on Dallas' offense is second to no one. It will certainly help him that he gets to face a second straight team that frankly doesn't care about covering WRs. Washington has allowed only four FGs so far this year but only seven teams have allowed more extra points despite Washington already having had their bye. Dan Bailey is averaging over eight PPG and he already has a couple 50-yard plus FGs this year. This game could be another pinball affair which should give Bailey a shot at double digits again.
6. Blair Walsh vs. CAR
Carolina has allowed the league's fewest - three touchdowns and they have only allowed seven field goals so far. So why am I recommending the Vikings' kicker against them? Simple Walsh remains one of the top scoring threats for Minnesota. Over the last three weeks the Vikings have 11 red zone visits and only five TDs. Over that same span Walsh has seven FGs. Now not all of Walsh's field goals have come due to stall outs in the red zone, in fact over his first two years he has gotten a reputation as the best long distance kicker in the league posting an unbelievable perfect 12/12 from beyond the 50-yard line. With Matt Cassel under center the Vikings have a slightly better chance of moving the ball against a dominant Carolina defense this week and when he stalls out anywhere inside the 40 you can be certain that Walsh will be warming up his cannon.
7. Mike Nugent @ BUF
Buffalo has allowed the sixth most points to kickers this year, including a perfect 13/13 on field goals. Cincinnati's offense meanwhile has been sputtering the last few weeks getting into the red zone only seven times over their last three games. Buffalo's defense or lack thereof is the cure for what ails opposing offenses, and Cincy should be no different this week. This year only eleven teams have allowed more frequent visits to the red zone than Buffalo, and more red zone appearances should add to more points and assumedly more FG attempts for Nugent.
8. Ryan Succop vs. OAK
Oakland has allowed 78 points over their last three games including 24 points over that span to kickers. Meanwhile Ryan Succop has scored 35 points over his last three contests. A lot of fantasy owners have picked up on how good KC's defense is but Succop has flown under the radar so far, being owned in fewer than 20% of all ESPN leagues. You may want to reassess your kicker situation after considering that Succop gets to face: Oakland (2x), Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo, Denver (2x), San Diego (2x), Indy, and Washington the rest of the way (defensively speaking Cleveland and Houston are the only two teams that strike fear in my heart) making Succop a good player to suck up onto your roster.
9. Steven Gostkowski vs. NO
This should be a slobber-knocker as Sean Payton & Drew Brees gets to lock horns with the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady duo in a battle of grizzled veteran QBs and ego-maniacal head coaches. Gostkowski is a stellar kicker and no team has averaged more FGs made this year than New England. With all of their WRs having been injured the Patriots have stalled out far more frequently than we are used to. This week Tom Brady will have both Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski on the field together for the first time this season which could limit some of the Ghost's FG tries but in what should be a high-scoring affair I'm happy rolling to battle with Gostkowski, even against the team that has allowed the fewest points to kickers this season.
10. Garrett Hartley @ NE
Through five weeks only the Patriots have more FGs made than Garrett's Saints. This week the two kickers lock horns in New England, in what should be a true battle for the ages. Both teams have improved their defenses from laughable a couple seasons ago to serviceable this year, and New England even has a true shutdown corner now in Aqib Talib. Both of these teams are tied for second most in the league with 2.8 FG attempts per game. Over their last three contests New England has allowed an average of 2.3 FG attempts per week and an average of 2 successful FGs per week. This one will be close as both teams will score a few this week, and this one could come down to a long kick at the end of regulation very easily.
1. Josh Brown @ CHI
With the Giants offense looking more Lilliputian than giant Josh Brown hasn't been given quite as many points this season as he may have gotten considering how much Lawrence Tynes scored for New York last year. Over the first two weeks Brown averaged two FGs per game over the last three weeks he has four…POINTS…TOTAL! YUCK! Fortunately for Brown and New York they get to travel to Chicago and in between Eli Manning completing passes to Peanut Tillman, the Giants may actually get a FG attempt or two since only two teams have allowed more FG attempts than Chicago and only Detroit has allowed more successful FGs than the Bears.
2. Billy Cundiff vs. DET
Brian Hoyer is out and Brandon Weeden is back in which should minimize the Browns offense slightly but not completely. In the three games that Weeden has started or played the majority of the game Cundiff has averaged two field goals. Making it more appealing Detroit has allowed the third most points to kickers this year and the most field goals.