Special to FV by Daniel House
1. Stephen Hauschka vs. NO
Stephen Hauschka is currently fifth in field goal attempts (25) and he squares off with a Saints defense that has allowed ten field goals over the past four games. Hauschka has booted eight field goal attempts over his last three games and is continuing on his path of consistency. This is a highly touted matchup and pits two powerful offenses against one another, which will provide opportunities in the variety of field goals and extra points. Only five players have kicked more extra points (32) than Hauschka this season and five of them came in the Seahawks last matchup versus Minnesota. The Seachicken's kicker will be busy as the Saints look to match every Drew Brees touchdown pass.
2. Robbie Gould @ MIN
Robbie Gould had attempted a field goal in every game before last week's matchup with the St. Louis Rams. This tune changed as the Bears were throttled in St. Louis and Gould wasn't needed, as the Bears were playing from behind for the duration of the game. The Vikings defense has awarded eight field goal tries over the past four games and no team has allowed more points per game than Minnesota. The Bears are converting with touchdowns in the red zone at a 45% clip over the past three games, which means Robbie will be golden again this week.
3. Dan Carpenter vs. ATL
Only three teams have allowed more field goal attempts (27) this season and no squad has awarded more field goal tries over the past four games, than the Atlanta Falcons. Dan Carpenter booted three field goals against the Jets last week and he has quietly kicked an eleventh-most 24 field goal attempts this season. Buffalo is converting in the red zone at a 33% rate over the past three games, which should yield plenty of opportunities for a kicker that is owned in just 3.5% of leagues.
4. Stephen Gostkowski @ HOU
The Ghost has attempted at least two field goals in every game this season and only two players have attempted more field goals than Gostkowski this season. Houston is in shambles and can't even handle Jacksonville's potent offensive attack. The Houston defense has awarded six field goals and seven extra points over the past three games, which bodes well for the Patriots this week. Tom Brady could throw for a gazillion yards on the Texans, meaning Gostkowski should just camp on the field in anticipation of multiple tries this week.
5. Ryan Succop vs. DEN
In a matchup with Denver two weeks ago, Succop was used just once, but the Broncos have awarded six field goal attempts over the past three games. Succop has attempted 23 field goals and only 30 extra points, which shows the Chiefs lack of offensive fire power in the red zone. The Chiefs defense has accounted for the vast majority of the points Kansas City has scored this season, which means Succop should see extended work very soon. The Chiefs are converting with touchdowns in the red zone at just a 52% clip, which means he should see work in a home matchup at Arrowhead.
6. Blair Walsh vs. CHI
It seems Blair Walsh may have finally recovered from a hamstring injury that has dampened his fantasy production this season. Walsh attempted four field goals for the first time this season and his last outing with three field goals or more was in week four. The Chicago Bears defense has allowed multiple field goal performances in every game, but four this season. The Bears run defense has been atrocious this season and Adrian Peterson could corral a monster game, meaning Walsh should see plenty of work when Peterson scores or when the Christian Ponder led offense stalls.
7. David Akers vs. GB
David Akers has booted just four field goals in his last four games, but he faces a very favorable matchup with a Packers defense that has been struggling lately. The Green Bay defense has awarded nine field goal tries over their last three games, which can be attributed to their defensive woes. Akers attempted just one field goal in a week three matchup with the Packers, but Green Bay will be without the savior, which apparently controls their defense too. Akers will have a belly full of turkey before he takes the field and the Packers will be in the true giving spirit on Thursday.
8. Jay Feely @ PHI
After attempting five field goals versus Indianapolis last week, Jay Feely is becoming a quietly consistent kicker. Feely has kicked a pair of field goals or more in every game but two this season and he has booted nine field goals over his last three matchups. Fantasy owners should be feasting as Feely squares off with an Eagles defense that has allowed 11 field goals over their past three games. The Cardinals are converting with touchdowns at a measly 42% rate, which has and will contribute to Feely's continued success.
9. Mason Crosby @ DET
No team has allowed more field goal tries (30) than the Detroit Lions this season and eight of them have come over the past three games. Mason Crosby is leading the league with 29 field goal attempts this season and he has kicked multiple field goals in every game but two this season. Crosby has tried nine field goals over his last three games and he has missed just four field goals this season. Crosby will kick well indoors and doesn't have an outdoor variable in the equation this week, making Makin' Crosby a logical start this week.
10. Shaun Suisham @ BAL
Only two teams have allowed more field goal attempts (28) than the Baltimore Ravens this season. Shaun Suisham has kicked eight field goals over his past three games and he has three or more in five of his last nine games. According to weather forecasting, the elements shouldn't be a factor, which makes Suisham even more favorable in a key AFC North matchup with the Ravens.
Rob Bironas @ IND
Rob Bironas has corralled multiple field goal games over his past three contests and in his previous matchup with the Colts, he plopped a pair of field goals on Thursday night football. Only three teams have allowed more field goal tries (27) than Indianapolis this season. Jay Feely registered five attempts against them last week and opposing kickers have saw vast success against the Colts this season. Bironas is owned in just 1.3% of leagues, so he can easily be a nice filler of cranberries during your Thanksgiving dinner.
Mike Nugent @ SD
Mike Nugent has quietly booted a pair of field goals in each of his last three games and he faces a quite favorable matchup again this week. Only seven teams have allowed more field goal attempts than San Diego and the Chargers red zone defense has proven to be very stingy. Nugent has a great history against the Chargers and has kicked a pair of field goals in every matchup with the Bolts. Cincinnati has been converting with touchdowns in the red zone at a 50% clip, which bodes well for Nugent, who faces a San Diego team that has a very good red zone defense.