2013 DRAFT GUIDE
By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports

Kickers:

We mention it every season, but the key to finding a successful fantasy kicker is drafting a kicker that is on a team that wins games. Of the 11 kickers that finished with 120 or more points last season, all but two played on team with a .500 or better record. There will be an occasional kicker that breaks this rule, but for the most part, the best kickers play on the best teams. They are giving them more opportunities to score, making their point totals among the best in the league.

And please don't be the guy that takes a kicker in the fifth round of your draft. The point deferential from week to week between the top kicker and the 10th rated guy is minimal. We aren't saying to totally discount the position, but use some discretion. Every point does matter, but having your core team in place before taking a kicker is a good idea come draft day.

You also know that some teams will surprise and a kicker's production will be rewarded. Last season, Blair Walsh was the big surprise at kicker. He was fourth in the league in scoring, but went undrafted in many leagues because the Vikings weren't a team on everyone's radar last season. Keep that in mind when thinking about taking a kicker in the early rounds of your draft. Let someone else use a mid-round pick on Stephen Gostkowski while you solidify the rest of your roster.

Updated: 02/26/14
 #1  Matt Prater$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 26  FGA: 32DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Prater had his most production season to date, posting 133 points in an explosive Broncos' offense. He made a solid 81 percent of his field goals, including 3-of-4 from 50-plus yards. Prater has 114 or more points three of five seasons with the Broncos. Prater has certainly enjoyed kicking in the thin air of Denver. Prater has a booming leg and continue to improve his accuracy. He is one of the more well-rounded kickers in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
As long as Peyton Manning is around, Prater is a top fantasy kicker. He'll get plenty of chances in this offense and has good long-distance potential. He should be able to finish with comparable numbers to last season, making him a top-ten fantasy kicker.

 #2  Stephen Gostkowski$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 29  FGA: 35New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gostkowski had a career high in points last season, scoring 153. He had double-digit points 10 of 16 games. He had just one game all season with fewer than six points. He also made 83 percent of his field-goal attempts and missed just two from less than 40 yards. He made both his field-goal kicks from 50-plus yards. Gostkowski has 125 or more points all but one season when he has played a full year. He plays in a great offense and gets plenty of chances for points. Gostkowski has a strong leg and is a fairly accurate kicker (84.2 percent made for his career). And the Patriots have a great offense, giving Gostkowski a few more chances than your average kicker.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gostkowski doesn't have the long-distance potential as some kickers but he is a good bet to finish near the top of the league in points scored. He gets consistent points in a great offense. Expect more of the same this year. You can make a strong case to make Gostkowski the first kicker off the board come draft day. He'll be hard pressed to repeat last year but should be able to get around 140 points.

 #3  Justin Tucker$1  Yr: 2012  FGM: 30  FGA: 33BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Tucker had a tremendous rookie season. He missed just three field goals all season, making 91 percent of his kicks. He scored 132 points and was one of the top kickers in the league last year. He didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards and made all four of his field goals from 50-plus yards. Tucker is the complete package at kicker. He has a strong leg and is accurate. He gained a lot of confidence last year and should get plenty of chances in this offense going forward.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Tucker is one of the top fantasy kickers in the game. He plays in an offense with a history of producing top fantasy kickers and is coming off a huge rookie season. He is a top-five fantasy option and you could even make a case for him being the first kicker taken come draft day. He can score around 140 points this season.

 #4  Steven Hauschka Yr: 2012  FGM: 24  FGA: 27SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Hauschka had his best season as a pro, setting career highs in field-goal percentage and points. He made 89 percent of his field goals, missing just three all season. He did miss two extra points, though, which was disappointing considering the rest of his season. He finished with 118 points. He averages 114 points per season in two years with the Seahawks. He remains the top kicker for Seattle, an emerging offensive team. Hauschuka has an extremely strong leg. He isn't the most accurate kicker but is getting better and better in this area. He is just 28 years old and in the prime of his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hauschuka should do well once again, getting a good number of chances in this offense. He can score around 125 points and make some long-distance kicks because of his strong leg. He is a legit No. 1 for fantasy teams, a guy that you can get very late come draft day.

 #5  Phil Dawson$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 29  FGA: 31San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Dawson had arguably his best season of his career last year, making 94 percent of his field goals and scoring 116 points. He missed just two field goals all season. He actually didn't miss a kick of 40-plus yards and was a very good 7-of-7 on kicks of 50 or more yards. Dawson heads to the 49ers this season, a team that has produced huge seasons for kickers the last several seasons. Dawson could be lined up for one of his best seasons at age 38. Dawson still has a plenty strong leg despite his age. He also is accurate, making 84 percent of his kicks for his career.

Fantasy Outlook: Hot
Dawson will be an elite fantasy kicker this season. He has the potential for 140-plus points in this offense. He should be one of the first kickers off the board come draft day.

 #6  Dan Bailey$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 29  FGA: 31DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Bailey had a fantastic second season in the league. He missed just two field goals all season and both were from 50-plus yards. He didn't miss a kicker less than 50 yards all season. Bailey scored 124 points and averages 130 points per season for his career. He has made 90 percent of his field goals since entering the league. Bailey is setup to be the kicker in Dallas for years. He has a strong leg and is accurate for a young kicker. Bailey should continue to gain confidence as he gets older.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bailey is an elite fantasy kicker in a great offense. He'll get plenty of chances and score a lot of points on a weekly basis. Bailey should come close to the last few seasons, scoring around 130 points for the Cowboys. He should be one of the first kickers taken off the board come draft day.

 #7  Alex Henery$1  Yr: 2012  FGM: 27  FGA: 31PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Henery had 20 fewer extra point attempts, which hurt his point totals, but had another solid season kicking the football. He missed just four field goals and two kicks of 40-plus yards. He scored 106 points, averaging 112 points per season his first two years in the league. Henery will continue to be the top kicker for the Eagles and could get a few more chances in an offense that should be a little better this season. Henery is extremely accurate on shorter kicks and has a big leg to make long-distance kicks. He does struggle some with longer kicks but hasn't had many chances on those to prove himself.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Henery is a low-end fantasy starter. He should get more field-goal attempts this season but probably not enough to move him into elite status for fantasy kickers. We think he'll get about 120 points this season.

 #8  Mason Crosby Yr: 2012  FGM: 21  FGA: 33Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Crosby struggled last season, having his worst season as a pro. He did score 113 points but made just 64 percent of his field goals. Crosby really struggled on long-distance kicks, going just 2-of-9 from 50-plus yards. He did miss just two kicks below 40 yards, though, so that was a positive. Either way, he is going to have to kick better this season to keep his job as the Packers starting kicker. Crosby averages 127 points per season in six seasons as the Packers starter. He also makes 77 percent of his field-goal attempts. Crosby has a big leg and has missed just 11 kicks from less than 40 yards for his career. But his accuracy isn't very good on longer kicks, which will need to improve if he hopes to continue to start in this league. He does have a strong leg, though, to make those kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Even though he struggled last season, his fantasy numbers were fine. As long as he is starting in this offense, you can expect big numbers from Crosby. He is a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams. Crosby carries some risk after last season but will be good for 125 or so points if he can keep his job all year.

 #9  Nick Novak Yr: 2012  FGM: 18  FGA: 20San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Novak took over for the injured Nate Kaeding early last year and had a very good season. He made 90 percent of his field goals, missing just two field goals all season. His strong play earned him a contract in the offseason. He'll be the starting kicker for the Chargers for the next few seasons. Novak averages 105 points per season in two years with the Chargers. And remember, he hasn't played a full season either of those two years. Novak has a strong leg and does well on shorter kicks. His accuracy has been an issue on longer kicks throughout much of his career, but last year proved he could be breaking out of that.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Novak isn't a top fantasy kicker but a low-end starter. He can produce for fantasy teams in an offense with a history of producing good fantasy kicker seasons. Novak can score around 120 points. He is a fine starter if you want to wait on a kicker come draft day.

 #10  Blair Walsh$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 35  FGA: 38MinnesotaBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Walsh had a huge rookie season, showing he could be one of the top kickers in this league for years to come. He missed just three field goals all season and made 92 percent of his kicks. He was an amazing 10-of-10 on field goals of 50-plus yards. He scored 141 points on the season, getting 38 field-goal attempts. Walsh might have a hard time matching last season but his future is very bright. Walsh has a booming leg, kicks in a doom and plays in an offense that provides plenty of chances. He also is accurate for a young kicker, especially on long-distance kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
We can't see Walsh matching last year but he remains a solid No. 1 fantasy kicker. He can score 125 or so points in this offense. Plus, he'll get you some long-distance kicks, so keep that in mind in leagues that reward for that.

 #11  Shayne Graham Yr: 2012  FGM: 31  FGA: 38New OrleansBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Graham scored a career high 138 points last season, his first season with the Texans. He enjoyed kicking in the high-powered offense, getting plenty of chances and piling up the points. He didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards but struggled some on longer kicks. He was just 4-of-9 on field goals of 50-plus yards. He made 82 percent of his field goals for the season, which was below his career average of 85 percent. Graham heads to the Browns this season to take over their starting kicking duties. Graham remains a solid starting NFL kicker. He doesn't have a huge leg anymore but is accurate on shorter kicks and has a track record of success. His chances could go down some with a move to the Browns, an offense that doesn't produce near the level of the Texans.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Graham can get 100-plus points in this offense but don't expect big numbers with his new team. Don't draft him based off his stats from last year. He could get around 110 points if all goes well, making him spot start material for fantasy teams.

 #12  Adam Vinatieri Yr: 2012  FGM: 26  FGA: 33IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Vinatieri had a big point total season last year, scoring 115 points, but had his struggles, making just 79 percent of his field goals. This was one of his lowest accuracy totals of his career. He even missed three field goals from less than 40 yards, which is unlike Vinatieri. At age 40, he could be nearing the end but is likely to have one more season as the Colts starting kicker. Despite the misses last year, Vinatieri remains pretty accurate and clutch, continuing to make game-winning kicks every season. Vinatieri has topped 100 points all but two seasons during his illustrious NFL career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Vinatieri isn't the sure No. 1 of past seasons. His offense is improving, though, which helps his value. He'll get his chances and can be a low-end No. 1 this season. Another season with around 115 points seems likely. Just don't expect many long-distance kicks.

 #13  Matt Bryant$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 33  FGA: 38AtlantaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Bryant set a career high in points last season, scoring 143 in the high-powered Falcons' offense. He has at least 126 points three straight seasons with the Falcons. Bryant made an impressive 87 percent of his field-goal attempts last season and missed just five kicks all year. He did very well on longer kicks, going 14-of-17 on kicks of 40-plus yards. Bryant 38 before the start of the season but doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. Bryant should continue to get plenty of chances in the Falcons top offense. He has a great leg and his accuracy has been lights out the last few seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bryant is an elite fantasy kicker in this offense. He is accurate, has a strong leg and will score consistent points totals on a weekly basis. He is a solid No. 1 that should get you around 130 points.

 #14  Robbie Gould Yr: 2012  FGM: 21  FGA: 25ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Gould missed some games at the end of the season because he needed surgery to repair a ruptured left calf tendon. He played 13 games and made 84 percent of his field goals. He did miss two field goals of less than 40 yards, though, which wasn't great for him. Gould had missed just five fields of less than 40 yards his entire career coming into last season. He was good on longer kicks, making 9-of-11 of 40-plus yards. Gould scored 96 points despite missing three games, breaking his streak of six straight games with 100-plus points. He is expected to be healthy for training camp and will resume his duties as the Bears No. 1 kicker. Gould doesn't have a booming leg, but is a very accurate kicker, getting plenty of chances in an above-average Bears' offense.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gould probably won't lead the league in scoring, but his numbers will be above average for fantasy kickers. He is good for around 120 points and a few long-distance kicks. He is a more than capable No. 1 for fantasy teams.

 #15  Shaun Suisham Yr: 2012  FGM: 28  FGA: 31PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Suisham had his best season as a pro last year. He made 90 percent of his field goals and scored 118 points - both career highs for a full season. Suisham made an impressive 13-of-15 field goals from 40-plus yards. He has two straight seasons with 100-plus points for the Steelers and will be given every shot to start this season. Suisham has a pretty good leg and a tendency to make some clutch kicks but will struggle with accuracy at times, making 81 percent of his kicks for his career. His accuracy does seem to be improving with age, though, which is a plus.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Suisham has upside in a good Steelers' offense. As long as he is starting, he should get around 120 points. He isn't a sure No. 1 based on his track record but certainly worth the risk. He can be a productive fantasy player.

 #16  Graham Gano Yr: 2012  FGM: 9  FGA: 11CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Gano took over the kicking duties late in the season for the Panthers and kicked pretty well. He was 9-of-11 in six games for the Panthers. He didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards and averaged about eight points per game for the season. He is going to be given first shot at the starting job for Carolina this season. Gano has a solid leg but not spectacular and his accuracy is up and down at this stage of his career. He makes just 74.7 percent of his field goals for his career. His accuracy showed signs of turning the corner last season, though.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gano has a little upside in a pretty good offense, an offense with a history of producing pretty good kickers. But even with that said, he is a bit of a risk as you just don't know if he'll keep the job all season. He has been rocky in past years. But if he kicks an entire season, he could get around 120 points, making him a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams.

 #17  Josh Brown Yr: 2012  FGM: 11  FGA: 12New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Brown wasn't on a team all season last year but caught on with the Bengals late in the year and played very well. He was 11-of-12 on field goals in four games for the Bengals. His strong play earned him a kicking job with the Giants this season. He'll be the starting kicker for New York, getting to kick for a good offensive team. Brown is a solid kicker at age 34, gaining some confidence last season after a few down years. Brown has a very strong leg but lacks some accuracy, making 80.9 percent of his kicks for his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Brown is a solid No. 1 for fantasy teams. The Giants have a history of producing good fantasy kickers. He should be able to get 125 points or so in this offense. He won't produce many long-distance kicks at this stage of his career but should get consistent point totals for the Giants.

 #18  Sebastian Janikowski$2  Yr: 2012  FGM: 31  FGA: 34OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Janikowski continues to kick at an extremely high level. He made 91 percent of his field goals last season, missing just three all season. His accuracy was a career best. He also scored 118 points, giving him three straight seasons with 118 or more points. He averages 130 points per season the last three years. Janikowski has become arguably the top kicker in the game. He struggled with accuracy through the years, but that seems a thing of the past. Janikowski has a booming leg and makes as many long distance kicks as any kicker in the league.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Playing for the Raiders hurts his value some but he remains a solid No. 1 for fantasy teams. He'll make a bunch of long-distance kicks and get you around 125 points.

 #19  Greg Zuerlein Yr: 2012  FGM: 23  FGA: 31St LouisBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Greg the Leg got off to a great rookie season but had his struggles down the stretch, missing several kicks. He finished the season making 74 percent of his field goals. But in fairness to Zuerlein, many of those kicks were long distance, going 7-of-13 on kicks of 50-plus yards. He showed a ton of promise, though, making some clutch kicks and many long field goals, including a 60-yard field goal. Zuerlein will be the Rams starting kicker for years to come and should continue to get plenty of chances in this offense, an offense that should be improved.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Keep in mind that Zuerlein failed to hit 100 points last season so don't overvalue him because of his strong leg. He is a low-end No. 1 fantasy kicker. He should have more chance this season and likely to top 100 points for the first time in his career, getting around 115 points.

 #20  Ryan Succop Yr: 2012  FGM: 28  FGA: 34Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Succop had another solid season as the Chiefs' kicker. He doesn't get a lot of chances but has been pretty accurate for the team throughout the years. He missed six field goals last year, making 82 percent of his field goals. He has three of four seasons with 100-plus points for the Chiefs but his season high in points is just 104. He does make 82 percent of his field goals for his career, though. And a new coaching regime and offense should provide more chances for Succop this year. He seems setup for a career-best season. Succop has a strong leg and is an accurate kicker from less than 40 yards. He will struggle on some accuracy issues with longer kicks, but has the talent to get better in that area.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
Succop should improve his numbers this season and could become a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams. He could get around 115 points in this offense this year. He has some upside as a spot starter.

 #21  Mike Nugent Yr: 2012  FGM: 19  FGA: 23CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Nugent missed the last four games of the season because of a calf injury but had another solid season before the injury. He made 83 percent of his field goals, missing just four kicks. He didn't miss a field goal less than 40 yards and scored 92 points despite missing four games. He scored 132 points the previous season, so Nugent is getting plenty of chances in the Bengals' offense. Nugent has a strong leg and is improving his accuracy. He seems to have finally found a home in Cincinnati.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Nugent is a solid No. 1 as the starter in Cincy. He is a pretty good bet to get 125-plus point in an emerging Bengals' offense.

 #22  Rob Bironas Yr: 2012  FGM: 25  FGA: 31TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Bironas had his usual solid season for the Titans last year, scoring 110 points on 81 percent of field-goals made. He did struggled some on longer kicks, though, going 6-of-12 on field goals of 40-plus yards. He didn't miss a single kick less than 40 yards, though, showing is top accuracy once again. Bironas has 110 or more points six straight seasons with the Titans. Bironas has a big leg, but doesn't lack accuracy. The Titans offense also seems to give Bironas plenty of chances, giving him an average of 31 field-goal attempts for his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bironas remains a top fantasy kicker. He is very consistent in an offense that gives him chances and has the ability for some very long kicks. The offense can improve this season, so Bironas could bump his point totals up, getting around 120 points.

 #23  David Akers$1  Yr: 2012  FGM: 29  FGA: 42DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Akers had a dreadful season for the 49ers last year. He scored 131 points but could have posted much better numbers. He made just 69 percent of his field goals, a terrible number for a starting kicker these days. He was plagued by a pelvis injury that bothered him much of the season, though, which likely impacted his play some. He is healthy now and will be given first shot at the starting kicking duties for the Lions. He won't be handed the job but it is his to lose. Akers has at least 131 points five straight seasons. Akers remains an accurate kicker (when healthy) with a strong leg. He will struggle on some really long kicks at this stage of his career, but will play in an offense that gives him plenty of chances for field goals and extra points. He has 30-plus field-goal attempts six straight seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Akers is a good buy-low candidate. He struggled last season but still produced for fantasy teams. He can produce good numbers once again in a very good Lions' offense. Another season with around 130 points seems about right for Akers.

 #24  Caleb Sturgis MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Sturgis won't be handed the starting job his rookie season but he'll be given every chance to win the job from Dan Carpenter. He is the future at kicker for the Dolphins. Sturgis has a few accuracy issues but is improving. He has a strong leg and a history of making clutch kicks. He also does well mentally for a kicker, which should help him in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
The Dolphins should be better offensively this season, which makes Sturgis intriguing. But the fact he isn't guaranteed a starting job makes him a risk for fantasy teams. He could get 120 points if he wins that job, though, and is worth a late-round look for fantasy teams.

 #25  Jay Feely Yr: 2012  FGM: 25  FGA: 28ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Feely continues to do well as the starting kicker for the Cardinals, making an impressive 89 percent of his field goals last season. He missed just three field goals all season. He also scored 100 points, giving him 100 or more points two of three seasons with the Cardinals. Feely should get a few more chances this season in a Cardinals' offense that should be better. Feely has become an accurate kicker through the years and has an above-average leg.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Feely isn't an elite kicker, but a decent spot starter for fantasy teams. He doesn't miss many kicks and is a pretty sure thing for 105 or so points. The Cardinals offense should provide him with a few more chances this season, which should help his point totals from last season.

 #26  Dan Carpenter Yr: 2012  FGM: 22  FGA: 27BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Carpenter didn't top 100 points for the first time in his career last season but did make 82 percent of his field goals and didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards. He averages 107 points per season in five years with the Dolphins. He will remain the top kicker in an offense that should be better this season. Carpenter has a strong leg and above-average accuracy. He has just three misses his entire career on kicks less than 40 yards.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Carpenter disappointed last year but has some upside coming into this season. He could be a spot starter for fantasy teams. The Dolphins' offense should provide more chances for Carpenter, who has a good fantasy track record in the past. We wouldn't be surprised to see him set a career high in points with around 120.

 #27  Kai Forbath Yr: 2012  FGM: 17  FGA: 18WashingtonBye: 5 
 
 #28  Dustin Hopkins BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
The Bills hoped to have found their starting kicker for the next several seasons, taking Hopkins in the sixth round of this past year's draft. He'll compete with veteran Rian Lindell for the starting kicking duties in Buffalo this season. Hopkins has a strong leg and displayed pretty good accuracy in college. He has an NFL makeup and seems poised to be a starting kicker as long as he proves he can perform under the pressures of the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hopkins doesn't have a ton of upside as a rookie and in an offense that doesn't produce great fantasy kickers. He could be a better option in a few years. But for now, he isn't a worth a risk with safer options available come draft day.

 #29  Josh Scobee Yr: 2012  FGM: 25  FGA: 28JacksonvilleBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Scobee seems to be getting better with age. He scored just 93 points last season but missed just three field goals, making 89 percent of his kicks. He has missed just five field goals the last two seasons. Unfortunately, he doesn't get many chances in a bad Jags' offense. Scobee has more than 100 points just three times in nine seasons with the Jaguars. Scobee has a very strong leg. He struggles with accuracy at times but is improving in that area. He has battled some injury issues a few times during his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Scobee is no sure thing for fantasy teams. He has been plagued by injury issues in the past and doesn't get many chances in this offense. He might be worth a spot start or two but that is about it. He'll be lucky to score around 100 points.

 #30  Nick Folk Yr: 2012  FGM: 21  FGA: 27New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Folk continues to kick for the Jets but hasn't been great in that role. He has yet to make 80 percent of his field goals in three seasons with the Jets. He made 78 percent of his field goals last season and scored 93 points, which was his low total with the Jets. Folk should continue to start for the Jets but will be on a shorter leash going forward. He needs to improve his accuracy. Folk makes just 78 percent of his field goals for his career. He has 100-point seasons four of six in the NFL and his season high in points is 131. Folk has a very strong leg, making him an asset on kickoffs as well as long-distance kicks. He does have some accuracy issues, though, which could ultimately cost him his job in 2013.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Folk isn't much of a fantasy kicker, especially in this offense. He just won't get a ton of chances. He might score around 100 points. He might be worth a spot start or two in the right matchup but that is about it.

 #31  Rian Lindell Yr: 2012  FGM: 21  FGA: 24Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Lindell missed just three field goals last season, making 88 percent of his kicks. He scored 102 points, breaking the 100-point mark for the first time since 2009. He has 100-plus points six of 10 seasons. Lindell has some competition for the starting job this season, though. The Bills drafted Dustin Hopkins in hopes of finding their kicker of the future. Lindell has performed well for the Bills through the years but at age 36, they are looking towards the future and likely will give Hopkins plenty of chances to win the starting job this year. Lindell doesn't have a huge leg, but makes up for that with above average accuracy on all his kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Lindell isn't a top fantasy option even if he wins the starting job so you might just want to go with other options. He probably isn't worth the risk as the Bills likely will try to give the rookie every chance to win the job, trying to get younger at the position.

 #32  Randy Bullock$1  HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Bullock missed his rookie season because of a torn muscle in his groin. He suffered the injury before the season. The Texans still like Bullock, though, and will give him every shot to be their No. 1 kicker this season. Bullock had a great college career. He was extremely accurate and had a strong leg, making him an asset on kickoffs and long-distance kicks. He could have a few growing pains in the pro game but seems ready to be a full-time NFL kicker.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bullock has obvious potential if he is starting for the Texans. He can get 130 points in this offense. He also has some long-distance potential because of a strong leg.

 #33  Billy Cundiff Yr: 2012  FGM: 7  FGA: 12ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Cundiff got chances with the Redskins and 49ers last season but didn't last long with either team. He kicked in five games for the Redskins, making just 58 percent of his field goals. He was just 7-of-12 on field-goal attempts, even missing two field goals of fewer than 40 yards. Cundiff caught on with the 49ers late last season but didn't get any chances, failing to beat out David Akers for the kicking duties despite Akers struggling mightily all season. Cundiff has just two seasons with more than 100 points and makes 76 percent of his field goals for his career. He has a strong leg but does struggle with accuracy on longer kicks. At this point, Cundiff is fighting for his NFL life.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Cundiff has a little fantasy upside if he lands a starting job but until that happens, don't bother.

 #34  Lawrence Tynes Yr: 2012  FGM: 33  FGA: 39Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Tynes had his most productive season as the Giants' starter last year, scoring 145 points while making 85 percent of his field goals. He had a career high in points but the Giants decided to go in another direction at kicker after the season. Tynes remains a solid starter in the NFL, though. He averages 115 points per season when he is the full-time kicker. Tynes also makes a respectable 82 percent of his field goals for his career. Tynes will struggle at times with accuracy, but has improved in that area through the years. He has a strong leg and has produced very good numbers in the past.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Tynes isn't worth a roster spot until he lands a starting job but that should be just a matter of time. Tynes can still be a productive kicker and fantasy kicker in this league.

 #35  Giorgio Tavecchio DetroitBye: 9 
 
 #36  Connor Barth Yr: 2012  FGM: 28  FGA: 33Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Barth had another solid season as the starting kicker for the Bucs. He made 85 percent of his field goals and scored 123 points, which was a career high for Barth. He got the most field-goal attempts of his career and took advantage, missing just five field goals all season. Barth has three straight seasons with 100-plus points for the Bucs, averaging 110 points per season. He has some competition for the job this season with the Bucs signing Nate Kaeding. The job is Barth's to lose, though, so he will have to have a poor camp and preseason to lose the job. Barth has a plus leg and is becoming very accurate on all kicks. He has clearly gained confidence as a starting kicker in the NFL, making 84 percent of his kicks for his career.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Barth is expected to miss the entire season because of a torn Achilles' tendon. Go with other options.

 #37  Justin Medlock Yr: 2012  FGM: 7  FGA: 10OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Medlock opened last season as the Panthers starting kicker and made his first seven field-goal attempts. Unfortunately, he missed his next three and was released by the team. He finished the season with 44 points in 10 games, which was a career high. Medlock has never made it through a full season as a starting kicker. He is running out of time in the NFL. Medlock has a huge leg and his accuracy is decent, but lacks consistency.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Until he finds his way into a starting lineup, don't bother with Medlock. And even if that happens, Medlock is a shaky fantasy play based off his track record.

 #38  Olindo Mare Yr: 2012  FGM: 6  FGA: 8ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Mare got a chance with the Bears late last season, serving as their starting kicker while Robbie Gould was out. Mare made 6-of-8 field goals in three games with the Bears. This made two straight seasons with fewer than 80 percent of his field goals made. At his age (40), Mare is running out of time to be a full-time kicker in this league. Mare has plenty of experience and success kicking but doesn't have quite the leg from earlier in his career and struggles some with his accuracy lately.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Mare has some value when starting but the chances of him starting aren't great anymore. He is a long shot to help fantasy teams in 2013.

 #39  Garrett Hartley$1  Yr: 2012  FGM: 18  FGA: 22New OrleansBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Hartley had just 22 field-goal attempts last season but missed just four of those and scored 111 points. His point total was a career high, making it through a full season for the first time in his career. Injuries and a suspension have cut into his playing time in the past. He doesn't get a ton of field-goal attempts in this offense but plenty of extra points. He has 100 or more points two straight seasons for the Saints. Hartley makes 85 percent of his kicks for his career and averages 7.3 points per game for his career. Hartley has a very strong leg and is pretty accurate. He plays in a great offense and should get plenty of chances for points as the top kicker for the Saints as long as he is starting.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hartley is a solid No. 1 for fantasy teams. He won't get a lot of long-distance kicks but has good point potential in this offense. He can top last season and set career highs in points. We expect the Saints offense to be better with Sean Payton back in the mix. Expect around 125 points for Hartley in 2013.

 #40  David Buehler New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Buehler didn't kick in a game last season. He was just a full-time kicker once in his career but some accuracy issues (75 percent of field goals made) hurt his chances to keep the job. He will provide competition for the Giants this season at kicker but seems a long shot to beat out Josh Brown for the job. He has some upside at age 26 but needs to become much more accurate to be a starting NFL kicker. His leg is strong, though, and he is an asset on kickoffs and long-distance attempts.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Buehler is a long shot to help fantasy teams. We just don't see him beating out a veteran like Brown for the starting job in New York.

 #41  Havard Rugland DetroitBye: 9 
 

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