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Week seventeen kicker rankings

1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE vs. BUF

Stephen Gostkowski only needs three field goals to best his career high this week and with the Patriots and Broncos still playing for playoff positioning expect the Patriots to go full bore for the win. Gostkowski kicked three field goals and two extra points in their week one matchup with Buffalo so a line similar to that should be expected as he's kicked multiple field goals in every single game this season.

2. Matt Prater, DEN @ OAK

Matt Prater's Bronco's will be playing all out on Sunday as they try to finalize the playoff positioning and that bodes well for this seasons far and away extra point leader. Heading into this week Prater has a 22 kick lead on Mike Nugent and has ratcheted up his field goal numbers as well with eight in the last three weeks. Oakland has allowed seven field goals and 14 extra points in the last three weeks so Denver should have no problem putting up points from anywhere on the field.

3. Nick Novak, SD vs. KC

The first time these two teams met back in week 12 it was a score-a-thon as they combined for 79 points and Nick Novak was a huge part of that game. San Diego needs a win and losses by Baltimore and Miami so I expect them to hit the ground running while the Chiefs who can't improve their playoff standing might start to rest some players. Only three teams allowed fewer field goals than the Chiefs this season but Novak had one of the best kicker games against them and this game is a warm and cozy home game in sunny San Diego.

4. Mason Crosby, GB @ CHI

We've been here before, and last time it resulted with the Packers wining, going to the playoffs and winning a Super Bowl as a sixth seed. Mason Crosby needs one field goal to set a career high and he put two through the uprights back in week nine against the Bears in a close game. The Bears defense has only given up two field goals in the last two weeks but has surrendered 11 extra points so this should be an offensive showcase against two terrible defenses.

5. Justin Tucker, BAL @ CIN

Justin Tucker leads the NFL with 35 field goals made this season and he faces a Bengals team that he saw moderate success against in week 10. Tucker has six games this season of three or more field goals made and he's made 11 in the last four weeks. Baltimore needs a win and a Dolphins loss to make the playoffs so expect a full effort from them. The Bengals are defending their third overall seed against the Colts so we should see a 100% effort from them as well and they've only allowed three field goals in the last three weeks. If you are still playing this week I'm siding with a season of work rather than specific matchups or trying to get too fancy, stick with the guys that have scored points for you all season.

6. Phil Dawson, SF @ ARI

Only seven teams have allowed fewer field goals than the Cardinals this year but back in week six Phil Dawson put up one of his best weeks of the season with three field goals and three extra points. Dawson has been on a roll right along with the Steelers in general as he's kicked 15 field during the teams five game winning streak. Arizona has only allowed one multi-kick game in the last seven weeks but both teams have something to play for this week so I don't expect any slacking from either side.

7. Adam Vinatieri, IND vs. JAX

Only two kickers have made more field goals than Adam Vinatieri this season and only one has more attempts. He has kicked multiple field goals in 11 weeks this season as this slower, more methodical Colts offense has leaned on his leg early and often. Jacksonville has allowed multiple field goals in the last three weeks and Vinatieri had one of his best fantasy weeks of the year against them back in week four. The Colts are still jockeying for a ranking in the playoff structure so as goes a lot of games this week they will suit up the full squad to finish out the season with a win.

8. Dan Carpenter, BUF @ NE

The Patriots have been tough on kickers this season as only four teams have allowed fewer three pointers this season. Dan Carpenter lives on the other side of the spectrum as he continues his career year and only four kickers have more field goals than he does this season. Carpenter has nine multi-kick games this season but his only shut out came in week one against the Patriots. It's a tough matchup but in a game with playoff implications, and Carpenter putting up eight field goals in the last three weeks I highly doubt that he gets shut out again.

9. Shaun Suisham, PIT vs. CLE

It's been a roller coaster ride of a season for Shaun Suisham as he's had eight games with multiple field goals and seven with one or fewer. In the Steelers week 12 matchup against Cleveland, Suisham had a solid game with two field goals and three extra points. Cleveland hasn't allowed multiple field goals for two straight weeks but Pittsburgh will do anything it takes to salvage this season and go 8-8 so I expect Suisham to get plenty of opportunities.

10. Steven Hauschka, SEA vs. STL

Steven Hauschka has been a top five kicker this season and a lot of that has to do with his consistency as he's kicked multiple field goals all but four games. Seattle still has a reason to play this week as no team has locked up home field advantage so I expect this to be a normal week for both teams. No team has allowed fewer field goals than the Rams this season and they shut out Hauschka from field goal range back in week eight but Seattle's offense is too good to get stifled like that two games in a row. That was Hauschka's only shutout of the season so I'm treating it as an outlier rather than the norm and going with the Seachickens this week.

Sleeper:

Blair Walsh, MN vs. DET

It's hard to call Blair Walsh a sleeper at this point in the season as he's come on in the last couple weeks but he did experience a severe four week dry spell earlier in the year that caused his overall numbers to drop. The Lions and Vikings are out of the playoffs but both are playing for pride and the Lions have allowed the most field goals in the NFL this season. Walsh only kicked one field goal in their week one matchup but his offense has gotten better since then and the Lions have allowed nine field goals in the last two weeks.

Graham Gano, CAR @ ATL

The Falcons season was long lost many weeks ago while the Panthers have come out of nowhere to currently hold the second overall seed in the NFC. With the 49ers hot on their heels this shouldn't be a rest game and the Falcons have given up the second most field goals in the NFL this season. They have allowed multiple field goals in all but three weeks and have allowed three or more in six games this season. Gano had two field goals and four extra points in their week nine matchup and if you need to take a flyer on a guy to give you a few more points he could be your man.

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