Fantasy Player Projections

1jetsNick Folk

Nick Folk

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Folk could be the most valuable fantasy player on the Jets. He will be in Week 1, anyhow. In what figures to be a low-scoring affair, Folk will mop up when New York gets close but stalls.

2patriotsStephen Gostkowski

Stephen Gostkowski

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Gostkowski could make his way back to the top of the fantasy kicker rankings this season, and Week 1 should give him a good start. Expect the Patriots to live on the Titans’ half of the field for 60 minutes.

3jaguarsJosh Scobee

Josh Scobee

2 PATs, 3 FGs

It’s one of the few weeks when Scobee could be viable for fantasy owners, as this game could very well be decided by the two kickers.

4packersMason Crosby

Mason Crosby

2 PATs, 3 FGs

In last season's opener, Crosby didn't get one single field goal attempt -- but he did get six PATs. As a matter of fact, he had five or more PATs eight different times last season.

5raidersSebastian Janikowski

Sebastian Janikowski

2 PATs, 3 FGs

A groin injury slowed the Raiders kicker this preseason, but he should be fine for Week 1. He was 5-for-5 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points in two games against the Chargers last season.

6giantsLawrence Tynes

Lawrence Tynes

4 PATs, 2 FGs

Over the past three years, Tynes has never been held to fewer than seven points against the Cowboys, with an average of 9.5 points in the last six meetings. Unless Eli Manning and the passing game sputter (unlikely) Tynes will have a nice week for fantasy owners.

7lionsJason Hanson

Jason Hanson

4 PATs, 2 FGs

Hanson’s fantasy owners should be delighted to see he is kicking against a defense that allowed 37 field goal attempts last season … that plus all the extra point attempts he’ll get from the offense.

8vikingsBlair Walsh

Blair Walsh

PAT, 3 FGs

Minnesota's offense is going to sputter more series than not, giving Walsh an opportunity to prove his worth in his first NFL contest.

949ersDavid Akers

David Akers

PAT, 3 FGs

The 14-year veteran had three or more field-goal attempts in nine different games last season. The Niners' conservative offense helps his cause and he remains a double-digit fantasy point threat every week.

10bearsRobbie Gould

Robbie Gould

4 PATs, 2 FGs

The Bears offense is expected to be much better with the addition of WR Brandon Marshall. Gould should see an increase in extra points, with a slight dip in field goal attempts.

11panthersJustin Medlock

Justin Medlock

4 PATs, 2 FGs

The Panthers will go with Medlock as their placekicker this season, after he spent a year in the Canadian Football League. His fantasy value comes from the fact he's on a high-scoring offense, but he's not a top-10 kicker.

12cowboysDan Bailey

Dan Bailey

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Bailey should do well for fantasy owners this week, but nothing comes easy against New York. The Giants defense allowed just 31 field goal attempts last season, and long-armed Jason Pierre-Paul is always a threat to block kicks.

13redskinsBilly Cundiff

Billy Cundiff

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Cundiff’s return to the NFC East (he spent four seasons in Dallas) will begin with a high-scoring affair against a New Orleans team that gives up a lot of yards, but not many touchdowns: The perfect combination for a kicker.

14broncosMatt Prater

Matt Prater

3 PATs, 2 FGs

The Steelers are a stout defense, but Manning should definitely be able to move this offense between the 20s. Prater's big leg could have a big day in Mile High.

15chargersNate Kaeding

Nate Kaeding

3 PATs, 2 FGs

After tearing an ACL last season, Kaeding fought back to regain his job as the Chargers' kicker. He has been a solid fantasy kicker for years, and he should return to form in 2012.

16texansShayne Graham

Shayne Graham

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Graham beat out Randy Bullock for the starting placekicker job after the latter tore a groin muscle. The Texans offense gets up and down the field with force, and Graham will be a solid fantasy kicker once again.

17ravensJustin Tucker

Justin Tucker

2 PATs, 2 FGs

The undrafted rookie beat out veteran kicker Billy Cundiff for the placekicking duties in Baltimore. This offense is expected to be a strong one again, which makes Tucker a nice fantasy sleeper.

18steelersShaun Suisham

Shaun Suisham

2 PATs, 2 FGs

The Steelers' running game woes could end up being a good thing for Suisham. There are several better kickers set for Week 1, but Suisham is someone to watch.

19brownsPhil Dawson

Phil Dawson

PAT, 2 FGs

Dawson has averaged two (or more) field goal attempts per start in just one of his 13 NFL seasons (2008). With Philadelphia making a few changes to its front seven, we believe Dawson will get his two attempts this week.

20eaglesAlex Henery

Alex Henery

4 PATs, FG

Few kickers were as hot at the end of the 2011 regular season as Henery, who hopes to roll that momentum into 2012. The Browns are easy pickins’.

21saintsGarrett Hartley

Garrett Hartley

4 PATs, FG

Hartley was six of seven in the preseason; good enough to hold off John Kasay for the Saints job. Now he can relax and enjoy the fruits that come with kicking for the NFL’s most active offense.

22titansRob Bironas

Rob Bironas

PAT, 2 FGs

Bironas has made at least 90% of his field goal attempts in each of the last two seasons. He's one of the league's best, but he might start the year slow. The Patriots are on a mission to avenge last year’s Super Bowl loss and restore the reputation of their defense. All of this at Tennessee's (and Bironas') expense, we’re afraid.

23bengalsMike Nugent

Mike Nugent

PAT, 2 FGs

Nugent was 4-for-5 on field goals in two games against the Ravens last season. He also had four extra points.

24falconsMatt Bryant

Matt Bryant

3 PATs, FG

Bryant is in line to have a very strong fantasy season kicking for Atlanta’s electrifying offense. Unfortunately, some matchups will lead to more extra points than field goals. This is one.

25buccaneersConnor Barth

Connor Barth

3 PATs, FG

Barth was perfect against the Panthers last season, going 5-for-5 in field goals (with a 50-yarder) and 2-for-2 in extra points in two games.

26chiefsRyan Succop

Ryan Succop

2 PATs, FG

Succop remains one of the least desirable fantasy kickers available (he had just three games with 10-plus points last season). The Chiefs won’t see much of the red zone in this game, and Succop will hardly see the field.

27cardinalsJay Feely

Jay Feely

2 PATs, FG

The Cardinals aren't expected to give Feely many scoring opportunities this season. They tied for last in the NFL with just 19 field goals made last season.

28seahawksSteven Hauschka

Steven Hauschka

2 PATs, FG

Hauschka made 25-of-30 field goals last season, which included just a couple 50-plus yarders. He's a middle-of-the-road fantasy kicker for 2012.

29billsRian Lindell

Rian Lindell


One of the highlights of Lindell’s career came in 2009 when he nailed a 47-yarder in overtime to beat New York. No such glory this time around. The Jets will keep the Bills out of scoring range for much of the afternoon.

30coltsAdam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri


The offense just isn't expected to do much on the road against the Bears. The veteran kicker will get most of the scoring opportunities, but the offense has to get into field goal distance first.

31dolphinsDan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter


The Dolphins kicker will be called upon frequently when the offense stalls in the red zone. Unfortunately, this offense is not expected to get into the red zone often. Carpenter was 2-for-4 from beyond 50 yards last year.

32ramsGreg Zuerlein

Greg Zuerlein

2 PATs

The rookie joins an offense which attempted just 28 field goals last year. Can’t be any worse, can it? Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect the Rams kicking game to be much better, either.

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