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Week fifteen kicker rankings

1. Stephen Gostkowski @ MIA

Stephen Gostkowski has not had fewer than two field goals in any game this season. In the first six games this year, before Rob Gronkowski returned from his earlier injury, Gostkowski had four games with three field goals. Without Gronk once again, it should mean more failed red zone visits, and more field goals for the Gost Monster. This week Gostkowski faces a Miami team that has given up the sixth most field goal attempts, in what should be a weather-free environment.

2. Justin Tucker @ DET

Obviously the weather in Baltimore was the primary driving force behind Tucker not scoring any field goals. The previous four weeks Tucker was a kicking stud, putting up thirteen field goals. Tucker will be kicking indoors this week. Detroit has allowed the fourth most field goal attempts on the season, even after not allowing any attempts in the snow bowl last week. Although more accurately, mother nature didn't allow any attempts last week.

3. Blair Walsh vs. PHI

Blair Walsh has climbed his way back into the upper echelon of kickers thanks to a thirteen field goal stretch over the last five games. Philadelphia only gives up 1.9 field goal attempts per game, but their defense has been pretty atrocious otherwise. The Vikings are possibly going to be without their best offensive weapon in Adrian Peterson. Against a bad secondary, without AP, I could see the Vikings driving the ball, but stalling out a lot. That scenario could mean a ton of chances for Blair to kick the ball through the uprights under the dome.

4. Phil Dawson @ TB

Phil Dawson has now gone five straight games with multiple field goals, while totaling 50 points over that span. And this week, he doesn't even have to kick in the Frisco wind. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half of the league in field goal attempts and ninth from the bottom in successful field goals allowed.

5. Matt Prater vs. SD

Matt Prater has averaged five extra points, but only 1.4 field goals per game on the year. Still I would be doing an injustice if I didn't list him among the best kickers for this week after he booted a record 64-yarder last week. All those extra points add up, and if you get bonus points for longer kicks, well that's just gravy. In one league last week, I got nine points for that 64-yarder. Even without distance bonuses, he has nine points or more in eight games this year.

6. Mason Crosby @ DAL

Only Stephen Gostkowski has more field goals on the season. He has nine games with multiple field goals, and five with three or more. Dallas has allowed the sixth most points over the last three weeks. Most of those points have come via the touchdown, but they are points nevertheless. Aaron Rodgers may be back for this week's game, but he may also be rusty. A rusty Rodgers is still more effective than a fully-functioning Flynn. With the offense back to semi-normal, expect lots of opportunities for the Artist Formerly Known as Missin' Crosby.

7. Steven Hauschka @ NYG

Steven Hauschka has ten multiple field goal games already. He also has 50 points over his last five games. Only eight teams are allowing more field goals per game than the Giants. This is one of the few games where weather could be a concern, but at least Hauschka will get some practice kicking outdoors at the Meadowlands before the Super Bowl.

8. Graham Gano vs. NYJ

Only two teams surrendered more field goal attempts than the Jets. This includes eleven attempts allowed in the last three weeks. Gano has quietly put together a quality season in Carolina. He has averaged 7.5 points per game over the last eight weeks, despite missing three additional field goals during that span.

9. Adam Vinatieri vs. HOU

Adam Vinatieri has multiple field goals in nine games this year. Houston has allowed the 12th most field goal attempts on the season and eight over the last three weeks. There is no weather worry with this game being played in the dome. With that in mind, I like his chances to produce in excess of the seven points he posted in Houston a couple weeks back.

10. Jay Feely @ TEN

Over the last three weeks, Tennessee has allowed twelve field goals and fourteen field goal attempts. Meanwhile, Jay Feely has been all or nothing this year on field goals. He has eight multiple field goal games and four games without a single field goal (including his last two). He did have two attempts last week but missed one from 50 yards and another from 25. He also had another one under 30 yards blocked a couple weeks ago. So at least he is getting the opportunities

Sleepers

1. Nick Novak @ DEN

I'm a little concerned that San Diego may find themselves in a touchdown scoring competition with Denver, which could negate some of Nick Novak's field goal opportunities. Novak does have eleven field goals over the last five weeks, and he has added 13 extra points over that span as well. Denver just doesn't give teams a lot of chances to kick field goals.

2. David Akers vs. BAL

Baltimore has allowed the fourth most field goals per game and the seventh most attempts, likely due to their stout defense. This means that David Akers should be presented with some opportunities this week. What he chooses to do with those opportunities is up to him. Akers has made only 75% of his field goals and he was nearly cut after his most recent miss. At least this one is inside so he will have no weather to blame his troubles on.

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