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Week 8 kicker rankings

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1. Matt Prater DEN vs. WAS

You might have noticed that Denver has been scoring points at a ridiculous rate this season and that is readily apparent when you look at extra points made. As of week seven Matt Prater has 16 more EPM's than the next closest kicker. He is averaging a ridiculous 5.2 extra points a week and that should continue this week against a porous Redskins defense. Washington cannot stop opponents as only four teams have allowed more extra points so far this season and they've all played one more game. Field goals will be in short supply as only two teams have allowed fewer, but Prater should still have a shot at double digits this week.

2. Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. MIA

Missing Rob Gronkowski for the first six weeks has hurt the New England offense in many ways, but especially in the redzone. This has resulted in Stephen Gostkowski leading the league in field goals and he has two or more three pointers in every single game this season. Miami has allowed seven field goals in the last two weeks and with Gronk working himself back to full strength Gostkowski will see at least two opportunities to split the uprights.

3. Alex Henery PHI vs. NYG

Only five teams have allowed more field goals than the Giants, and that is considering that the Vikings laid a complete offensive turd in their backyard so they got a free pass for a week. Only six kickers have more field goals than Alex Henery this season and he was 4-5 last season against the Giants so a week bordering on double digits is a very good possibility.

4. Steven Hauschka SEA @ STL

The Rams defense has struggled at stopping opposing offenses this season which has resulted in a lot of touchdowns. Only five teams have allowed more extra points through seven games than the Rams and Seattle's ball control offense has netted Steven Hauschka the second most field goals made this season. Only two kickers have more attempts that Hauschka and he's kicked multiple field goals in six of the seven games so far this season.

5. Garret Hartley NO vs. BUF

There are six kickers ahead of Garrett Hartley on the FGM standings but all of them have played one more game, and he's still within four kicks of Stephen Gostkowski at the top. Only two teams have allowed more field goals than the Bills through seven games and with Hartley coming off back-to-back weeks with multiple kicks made he'll be very active Sunday.

6. Nick Folk NYJ @ CIN

Nick Folk has had a great season for the Jets and is one of only six kickers who have yet to miss a field goal. In the last three games Folk has made eight field goals as the offense has stalled out more frequently on the opponents side of the field. The Bengals defense has been up and down all season but has allowed either multiple field goals or extra points in six of their seven games. In the last two weeks they've allowed six extra points as teams have put up over 21 points against them. The Jets offense isn't that prolific and with only one kicker has more field goals than Folk I expect him to get several chances to score this week.

7. Dan Bailey DAL @ DET

Through seven games this season only one team has allowed more field goals than the Lions which bodes well for Dan Bailey's week in Detroit. Bailey's kick pace has slowed lately as Tony Romo and offense found the endzone 10 times in the last three weeks. The Lions defense has been good enough to stop teams short of the endzone and has allowed multiple FGA in five of their seven games. Either way with these two offenses it should be a high scoring game so look for Bailey to get a hefty workload.

8. Mason Crosby GB @ MIN

After watching the Vikings defense on Monday night it's very possible that Mason Crosby will have a double digit fantasy score Sunday and they will be extra points. Only seven teams have allowed more extra points than the Vikings and only six have "allowed" fewer field goals. The Vikings secondary is in tatters so Aaron Rodgers will have his way with them all day long. Crosby likely won't have more than one field goal attempt but the extra points should pile up quickly.

9. Dan Carpenter BUF @ NO

The addition of Rob Ryan has rejuvenated the Saints defense and they've played exceptionally well this season. They've allowed the fewest field goal attempts this season and are tied with Green Bay for the fewest field goals allowed. They've been very well rounded as only three teams have allowed fewer extra points. Dan Carpenter has put up some solid numbers this season as only three kickers have more field goals and he's only missed one kick.

10. Ryan Succop KC vs. CLE

Cleveland has been dominated by two aggressive offenses in the last two weeks and only gave up two field goals during that span. Roll back to the first four weeks and more conservative offenses settled for seven field goals. Kansas City is the only remaining undefeated team because they are playing well on both sides of the ball. It's not fancy as Alex Smith limits mistakes and Jamaal Charles moves the chains. Ryan Succop has been boom or bust this season with two games with four field goals and five with one or less. Against a more conservative offense Cleveland should be able to hold the Chiefs to a couple of field goal attempts this week.

Sleepers:

David Akers DET vs. DAL

David Akers has had a slow couple of weeks but Sunday's game against the Cowboys should produce significant offense from both teams and give him multiple kicking opportunities. The Cowboys have allowed three field goals in three of the past four weeks to aggressive offenses and only Matt Prater has more extra points than Akers through seven games. Akers has kicked multiple field goals in three of seven games and this week should even it up and four.

Jay Feely ARI vs. ATL

The Arizona offense has been about as entertaining as boxing match between two sloths but kicker Jay Feely has managed to put up multiple field goals in four of seven weeks including three last week against Seattle. Only two teams have allowed more field goals than the Falcons and they've allowed three field goals in their last three games. Feely has only kicked multiple extra points in three of seven games as the Arizona offense has struggled most weeks but with their defense the game should be close and may be decided by a field goal at the end.

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