Positional rankings: Kickers (cont.)
13. Robbie Gould, Chicago
Gould scored 143 points in '06 and then finished seventh last year in scoring with 126. He connected on at least one FG in 15 games and had two or more FGs in 10 games. He failed to convert any FGs from beyond 50 yards, but still was 31-of-34 within 49 yards. He's a solid kicker who will deliver 115-plus points again in '08.
14. Neil Rackers, Cardinals
Rackers has been maddeningly inconsistent since his 140-point season in '05, finishing with 110 points last year as he converted just 21-of-30 FG attempts. Rackers had five games of 10 or more points, but he also had seven games with five points or fewer. He has a strong leg, but his inconsistency makes him more worthy as a backup kicker in fantasy football this year.
15. Jason Elam, Atlanta
For the first time since he entered the league in 1993, Elam will be kicking for someone other than Denver. The 15-year veteran signed a four-year, $9 million deal with Atlanta this off-season after scoring 114 points last year with the Broncos. He had at least one FG in 14 games last year and two or more in 11 games, but he's now with a more inconsistent offense and that will take a toll on his final numbers. Remember that on draft day.
16. David Akers, Philadelphia
Once one of the game's elite kickers, Akers has been nothing more than so-so the last three years. He has scored less than 110 points in each of the last three years and has been a non-factor from long range, converting only 2-of-10 from beyond 40 yards since '07. His 108 points last year were as good as it gets as his lack of leg strength limits his scoring ability.
17. Brandon Coutu, Seattle
Couto was regarded as having the strongest leg among kickers in this year's draft and the Seahawks grabbed him with their seventh round pick. He is fighting Olindo Mare for the starting job here and head coach Mike Holmgren won't be afraid to go with a rookie kicker again. He made 18-of-23 FGs at Georgia last year and has the inside track for this starting job.
18. Kris Brown, Houston
Brown had his best season since '01 last year as he finished 14th in the league in scoring with 115 points. He converted 12-of-15 FG attempts from beyond 40 yards, including all five of his attempts from 50 yards or longer. He made at least one FG in 14 games and had seven games with two or more FGs. The lack of a solid offense makes Brown iffy on draft day, but that strong leg makes him a worthy bye-week starter for your team.
19. Shaun Suisham, Washington
Suisham scored a career-best 116 points last year, good enough for 13th among all kickers. He had a brutal stretch in Weeks 6-8 when he scored only six points, but otherwise his season was solid. He had two or more FGs in nine games and was 11-of-15 from 40 yards or beyond. He has good upside and should top 100 points again.
20. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants
Tynes saved his job with the game-winner at Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, but he was solid before that. He made a career-best 85.2 percent of his FG attempts during the regular season (23-of-27) and finished with 109 points as he had seven games with two FGs or more. With this offense helping him, Tynes should easily top 100 points again in '08.
21. Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay
After scoring just 73 points in '06, Bryant set a career high with 118 points last year, finishing 10th in the league in scoring. He converted 28-of-33 FG attempts, but was just 6-of-10 from 40 yards and beyond. However, he did convert 14 FGs in his last six games and should top 100 points again this year.
22. Mike Nugent, New York Jets
Nugent set a career high last year with 110 points, but was just 29-of-36 in FG attempts after missing just three FGs the year before. He converted 7-of-12 from 40 yards or beyond and had three games last year in which he had at least four FGs. Still, his inconsistency makes him a backup kicker on draft day.
23. Matt Stover, Baltimore
With the Ravens' offense sputtering all year long, Stover finished 21st in the league in scoring with only 107 points. He had only nine FGs in his last 10 games and was held to two points or less in a game six times. He did convert 8-of-13 FGs from 40 yards or more, but the Ravens are reloading this year, so tough times could continue.
24. John Kasay, Carolina
Kasay's production declined for the second straight year as he failed to reach the 100-point barrier for the first time since '04. He finished with 99 points as he converted 24-of-28 field goal attempts, including 8-of-11 from 40 yards or beyond. If QB Jake Delhomme can stay healthy this year, better numbers will be in store for Kasay.
25. Martin Gramatica, New Orleans
The Saints signed Gramatica late last season to replace Olindo Mare and he scored 23 points in three games. He's now battling rookie Taylor Mehlhaff for the starting job, but if he can hold onto it he will top 100 points easily as the Saints' offense is ready to roll again.