Kickers are often overlooked in fantasy football because they are selected in the lower rounds, usually with a team’s last few picks. However, this past week the top four kickers scored 10 points or more, making a difference in your fantasy games.
Steven Hauschka of the Seahawks led the way with 19 points in a high scoring win against the Atlanta Falcons. Hauschka was impressive, but not as good as the record this season for kickers. Tied for high honors, in week five kickers Mason Crosby of Green Bay and Alex Henery of the Eagles each scored 20 points.
If you’re looking for the next best performance in the kicking section look for a high-powered offense that will score a lot points. The more touchdowns, the more extra points will occur.
However, some kickers who have had good seasons are with teams that have a poor offense and will elect to kick field goals as they fail to reach the end zone.
A kicker I like this week is Hauschka (again). Playing against the Vikings’ porous defense, the Seahawks should score a lot of points. However, if you’re looking for a kicker that is available on the waiver wire look no further than David Akers. Owned in only 41 percent of leagues, he is playing against a weak secondary in the Pittsburgh Steelers. He scored an impressive 18 points in week four and last year he kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Packers. Look for Akers to have a good week.
Week 10 Kicking Leaders
|Steve Hauschka SEA||Atlanta Falcons||19|
|Phil Dawson SF||Carolina Panthers||12|
|Shaun Suisham PIT||Buffalo Bills||11|
|Blair Walsh MIN||Washington Redskins||11|
Pickup of the Week: Michael Crabtree was cleared to practice and looks like he will be coming back to action soon. When healthy, he is a deep threat down field. With the release of Kyle Williams to open up a spot for Crabtree, he is expected to put up numbers. It will take Crabtree a few games to get used to playing again, but he is a great pickup for your team to use as either trade bait or saving him for down the road in the playoffs.
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