1. Stephen Gostkowski @ BAL
Stephen Gostkowski hasn't had fewer than two field goal attempts in any game this season and he has easily been crowned as the most consistent fantasy football kicker this season. With Gronk hitting injured reserve, the Patriots offense has become anemic and it allowed the Ghost to attempt three field goals again in week 15. Baltimore has awarded a fifth-most 31 field goals to opposing kickers this season and given the variables that play into the New England offense, it is almost certain Gostkowski is going to kick up a pre-Christmas snowstorm on the east coast.
2. Stephen Hauschka vs. AZ
Stephen Hauschka has corralled a pair of field goals in four of his last five games and this week he faces a Cardinals team that has awarded multiple field goals tries in three straight matchups. Seattle's inability to convert with touchdowns in the red zone over the last three weeks (54% clip), has resulted in Hauschka's rise in production. Stephen has kicked nine field goals in three matchups against the Cardinals, the most of any opponent in his career. Arizona is looking to stay in the playoff race and if they want a chance to knock off Seattle, they will need to be stingy in the red zone, which bodes well for Hauschka this week.
3. Dan Bailey @ WSH
Dan Bailey is steaming after booting five field goal attempts as the Jonesboys imploded in typical Tony Romo fashion last week. Bailey hadn't registered a multiple field goal performance since week nine, but he finally did so against the surging Green Bay Packers. The Redskins have allowed five field goal tries in their last three games and no team has awarded more extra points (54), than the Bravehearts this season. The Cowboys converted in the red zone with a touchdown at a 66% rate last week, which provided more field goal tries for Bailey. Washington is awful and the Cowboys are facing a must-win situation, which means they will need as many points as possible in week 16.
4. Ryan Succop vs. IND
Of late, the Chiefs offense has been so high powered in the red zone (75% rate) that Ryan Succop has had nothing more than 18 extra points tries and two field goal attempts over his last three games. The Colts have allowed eight field goals over their last five games, which is the perfect way for Ryan Succop to get back on track after a slight production drop. Succop has booted at least three field goals in two of his last three matchups with the Colts and if Jamaal Charles goes off again this week, at least we can rely on extra points from the foot of Succop.
5. Justin Tucker vs. NE
Aaron Rodgers had to smooch Justin Tucker through the airwaves after he drilled a 61-yard field goal, keeping the Packers playoff hopes alive. Tucker became the first kicker in NFL history to connect from 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60 yards in a single game. Along with this crazy statistic, his superior accuracy has allowed him to convert on 36 consecutive field goal attempts, which makes starting Tucker twice as attractive. No kicker in the league has attempted more field goals (37), than Tucker and the New England Patriots have awarded five field goal attempts over their last three games. One thing is certain, if Tucker gets the chance, he will convert, which is a very important trait from a fantasy football kicker.
6. Alex Henery vs. CHI
Alex Henery dropped a three spot on the Vikings last week and did so for the second time over his last four games. With the Eagles looking to stay in the NFC East race and the Bears desperately yearning for an NFC North title, both defenses will look to be stingy in the red zone. The Eagles have the second lowest touchdown conversion rate (45%) in the red zone, which bodes well for Philadelphia this week. The Bears have allowed nine field goal tries over their last five games and with Lance Briggs potentially returning this week, their defense will be bolstered, which in turn could mean plenty of field goal attempts for Henery this week.
7. Phil Dawson vs. ATL
Phil Dawson is quietly producing and has registered consecutive four field goal performances, along with a pair or more of field goals over the last six games. The Atlanta defense has allowed a fourth-most 33 field goals to opposing kickers this season. Furthermore, the dirty birds have awarded ten field goal attempts over their last five weeks of play. The 49ers red zone offense has been rather disappointing and they are converting with touchdowns in the red zone a measly 35% of the time over their last three weeks of play. Dawson is the king of multi field goal performances, which makes him the perfect kicker in your championship lineup.
8. Nick Novak vs. OAK
The Raiders have allowed the second fewest field goals this season (22), but they have awarded three field goal performances in three of their last five contests. Nick Novak has been surging and over his last five weeks of play and has dropped a whopping 11 field goal tries. Novak has recorded a pair of field goals in each of his last three contests featuring the Raiders and he has arguably become one of hottest kickers during the second half of the 2013 season. If you are yearning for production in championship week, don't hesitate to give Novak the nod.
9. Nick Folk vs. CLE
After a slight drop in production from Nick Folk in the middle of the season, he has rebounded nicely, drilling six field goals over his last three games. The Browns defense has allowed a pair of field goals or more in four of their last five games. New York is converting with touchdowns in the red zone a third-worst 49% of the time, which has propelled Folk to attempt a sixth-most 31 field goal attempts this season. Folk has missed just one of his attempts this season and when he is awarded an opportunity, he has been as dynamite as Rex Ryan during Christmas dinner.
10. Matt Prater @ HOU
As the Broncos offense has tapered form its record pace, Matt Prater's performance has slowly improved over the past few weeks of play. Prater has booted five field goals in his last two contests and has still amazingly kicked a whopping 67 extra point tries this season. He is just eight extra points away from shattering Stephen Gostkowski's single-season extra point record (74). The Houston defense has been allowing opposing kickers to open Christmas gifts early, as the last four kickers to face the Texans have hit two or more field goals. Wade Phillips will have his Santa Claus suit on and will present a gift to fantasy owners in the form of a brilliant Matt Prater performance.
Caleb Sturgis @ BUF
Caleb Sturgis has attempted a third-most 34 field goals this season and he has booted 12 field goals in his last four games. Only three teams have allowed more field goal tries (32), than Buffalo this season, which makes Sturgis very attractive. Furthermore, the Bills allowed a pair of field goals for the third consecutive week in their last contest. In a matchup earlier in the season, Sturgis plopped three field goal tries and his storied history is worth a chance if you are searching for a kicker to produce in a critical stretch of fantasy football.
Billy Cundiff @ NYJ
The Jets defense has allowed opposing kickers to record a second-worst 35 field goal tries this season, which makes Billy Cundiff a quiet sleeper this week. Cundiff has attempted at least a pair of field goals in three of his last five matchups, which makes his stock rise slightly. Both teams have struggled as of late, but the Browns offense has continued to move the ball with Jason Campbell at quarterback. This game could become the battle of field goals, which means Cundiff will be a great stocking stuffer in week 16.