2010 Fantasy Football Rankings -- Kickers

Name | Team | Bye

The Skinny


1. Nate Kaeding | SD | 10
Kaeding struggled in the playoffs last season, but over his six-year career, he's hit 87.2 percent of his attempts during the regular season

2. Stephen Gostkowski | NE | 5
He's averaged 128 points a season during his career, a total that could increase if Wes Welker's limitations lead to struggles in the red zone


3. Mason Crosby | GB | 10
Crosby's not the most accurate kicker around, but boy does he well he his opportunities with this offense

4. Garrett Hartley | NO | 10
Hartley handled the pressures of a Super Bowl run, which means he'll remain the kicker of one of the league's top offenses

5. David Akers | PHI | 8
The old guy is still going strong, and he should get plenty of work as quarterback Kevin Kolb works the kinks out in his first season as starter

6. Robbie Gould | CHI | 8
He has been automatic inside 40 yards, making all 33 of his attempts over the past two seasons. If Jay Cutler stops throwing interceptions, look out

7. Ryan Longwell | MIN | 4
Over his career, Longwell has made 87 percent of his kicks indoors, and last I checked, the Vikings still played in the Metrodome

8. Rob Bironas | TEN | 9
Fun fact: Bironas was 5-for-6 from 50-plus yards in 2009

9. Neil Rackers | HOU | 7
Rackers is battling it out with Kris Brown for the Texans' kicking job. I'm assuming Rackers wins, obviously, but no matter who is victorious, they will be a top-10 kicker

10. Jeff Reed | PIT | 5
Drinks on Jeff Reed every time your team wins! Wooo!

11. Shayne Graham | BAL | 8
Lawrence Tynes | NYG | 8
13. Jay Feely | ARI | 6
14. Dan Carpenter | MIA | 5
15. Nick Folk | NYJ | 7

Sleeper: Carpenter has made nearly 87 percent of his kicks in his two-year career, and he should get more tries in Year 3 thanks to the addition of Brandon Marshall

Bust: Nick Folk missed 10 of his 28 attempts for the Cowboys last year, and if he struggles early, he could get a quick hook from Rex Ryan

You tell me:

Is there any circumstance in which you should draft a kicker before the final round?