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ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
Sign me up for Jeff Wilkins. He hits 50-yarders and kicks inside for half the games.
A quick word on kickers: Don't take one until the final two rounds of the draft. Look at the point differential between Jeff Wilkins and the No. 17 guy
on this list: Just 20 points. That's 1.25 points per week. I'd rather take a sleeper running back or receiver in the middle rounds.
Projected Stats: 29-34 FG (4-5 50+). 36 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 141
Adam Vinatieri, Colts
ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
Mr. Clutch was 9-of-11 from beyond 40 yards last year. That said, he hasn't notched a 50-yarder since 2002. His extra points, 40-yard accuracy and the fact that he plays indoors make up for it.
Projected Stats: 28-32 FG (0-1 50+). 42 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 137
Robbie Gould, Bears
ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
Robbie Gould didn't attempt a 50-yarder in his second season, but he connected on 12-of-14 attempts from 40-49. Pretty solid. Gould may not win any beauty
pageants, but he's an outstanding fantasy kicker because his offense has trouble getting into the end zone.
Projected Stats: 29-34 FG (0-0 50+). 41 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 137
Nate Kaeding, Chargers
ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
Kaeding has missed only 11 field goals in his entire NFL career, so he's dependable. However, he has just one attempt from beyond 50 yards since 2004.
Projected Stats: 24-28 FG (1-2 50+). 55 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 135
Josh Scobee, Jaguars
ESPN Positional Ranking: 8.
Josh Scobee had a breakout season in 2006, connecting on 14-of-19 attempts from beyond 40. He has three 50-yarders in three NFL seasons. Not a bad option in fantasy.
Projected Stats: 27-33 FG (1-2 50+). 40 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 133
Matt Stover, Ravens
ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
Still one of the top kickers in the game.
Projected Stats: 29-32 FG (1-1 50+). 34 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 132
Shayne Graham, Bengals
ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
Shayne Graham is reliable beyond 40, and he kicks tons of extra points.
Projected Stats: 26-31 FG (1-2 50+). 42 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 129
Rian Lindell, Bills
ESPN Positional Ranking: 19.
An excellent kicker in fantasy football, Rian Lindell is 20-of-25 from beyond 40 yards the past two years, including 5-of-5 from 50-plus.
Projected Stats: 26-29 FG (3-3 50+). 36 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 127
Josh Brown, Seahawks
ESPN Positional Ranking: 7.
I like Josh Brown as a fantasy kicker because he gets a lot of opportunities to hit field goals from beyond 50 yards. He's nailed eight the past two seasons.
Projected Stats: 22-27 FG (4-7 50+). 44 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 125
Neil Rackers, Cardinals
ESPN Positional Ranking: 5.
I think all the publicity got to Neil Rackers last year; he was only 8-of-17 from beyond 40 yards. Be careful if you draft him. Like baseball closers, kickers can be head cases.
Projected Stats: 24-33 FG (3-6 50+). 39 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 124
Jason Elam, Broncos
ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
A solid kicker despite his age (37). He hit a 51-yarder last year.
Projected Stats: 24-28 FG (1-2 50+). 43 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 124
Jay Feely, Dolphins
ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
I have a feeling Jay Feely will get to kick tons of field goals, given that Miami's offense will undoubtedly have trouble getting into the end zone.
Projected Stats: 29-34 FG (2-3 50+). 25 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 124
Jason Hanson, Lions
ESPN Positional Ranking: 14.
He's 37, but Jason Hanson still has a few solid seasons left in the tank. He has hit an average of 2.3 50-yard field goals the past four years.
Projected Stats: 25-30 FG (2-4 50+). 38 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 123
Rob Bironas, Titans
ESPN Positional Ranking: 21.
Rob Bironas only hit 22 field goals last year. Keep in mind that he was hindered by Kerry Collins and Vince Young's early growing pains. In December, Bironas was nailing about three kicks per game. He's also good for a 50-yarder or two per season.
Projected Stats: 25-33 FG (2-4 50+). 37 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 122
Jeff Reed, Steelers
ESPN Positional Ranking: 20.
Has an average of only five kicks from 40-49 the past three seasons. Heinz Field is not a friendly place for kickers.
Projected Stats: 24-30 FG (1-2 50+). 42 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 122
Mike Nugent, Jets
ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
Mike Nugent has become one of the top kickers in the game. He'll have more opportunities to hit from beyond 40 in 2006, based on probability alone.
Projected Stats: 25-28 FG (2-3 50+). 37 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 122
David Akers, Eagles
ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
His 23 attempted field goals in 2006 were a statistical anomaly. He's still one of the top kickers in the NFL.
Projected Stats: 23-29 FG (1-2 50+). 42 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 121
Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
ESPN Positional Ranking: 18.
Not worth drafting until he proves he can consistently hit long field goals.
Projected Stats: 22-29 FG (1-2 50+). 48 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 119
Joe Nedney, 49ers
ESPN Positional Ranking: 15.
There's rarely any bad weather in San Francisco, so you don't have to worry about that. Joe Nedney's extra-point attempts will undoubtedly increase this season.
Projected Stats: 25-31 FG (1-2 50+). 33 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 119
John Kasay, Panthers
ESPN Positional Ranking: 11.
John Kasay has hit at least three 50-yarders the past three seasons. There's not much more you can ask from your fantasy kicker.
Projected Stats: 24-29 FG (3-6 50+). 32 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 118
Olindo Mare, Saints
ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
Won't hit many 50-yarders, but he's very effective from 40-49. The fact that he'll be playing indoors only helps matters.
Projected Stats: 22-27 FG (1-4 50+). 42 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 117
Lawrence Tynes, Giants
ESPN Positional Ranking: 32.
Not the most reliable kicker in the world. You should probably look elsewhere.
Projected Stats: 23-30 FG (1-2 50+). 34 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 112
Mason Crosby, Packers
ESPN Positional Ranking: 28.
I wouldn't draft a rookie kicker in my fantasy league, but that's just me.
Projected Stats: 24-30 FG (1-2 50+). 31 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 112
Phil Dawson, Browns
ESPN Positional Ranking: 22.
I have no doubt in my mind that Phil Dawson will rebound from a dreadful 2006 season. He was 27-of-29 in 2005.
Projected Stats: 26-29 FG (1-1 50+). 24 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 110
Matt Bryant, Buccaneers
ESPN Positional Ranking: 23.
Although Matt Bryant is known for the 62-yarder he hit against Philadelphia, he was just 5-of-9 from 40-49 yards last season. Bryant was, however, 10-of-11 from that distance in 2005.
Projected Stats: 22-27 FG (1-2 50+). 33 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 109
Nick Folk, Cowboys
ESPN Positional Ranking: 34.
Likely to beat out Martin Gramatica as Dallas' starting kicker. Not really sure what to expect.
Projected Stats: 18-25 FG (1-2 50+). 44 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 105
Kris Brown, Texans
ESPN Positional Ranking: 29.
Hasn't hit two or more 50-yarders in a single season since 2002. Didn't nail any last year. He did, however, have 11 from 40-49, which has to be a statistical anomaly.
Projected Stats: 22-30 FG (0-2 50+). 30 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 104
Ryan Longwell, Vikings
ESPN Positional Ranking: 24.
Hasn't had a good season since 2004. Stay away.
Projected Stats: 21-26 FG (1-3 50+). 28 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 97
Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
ESPN Positional Ranking: 25.
"Sea Bass" is only 3-of-10 from beyond 50 yards the past two seasons. He hasn't hit better than 72 percent since 2004. There won't be many extra points either. I wouldn't take him.
Projected Stats: 21-29 FG (2-5 50+). 21 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 94
Justin Medlock, Chiefs
ESPN Positional Ranking: 36.
Given that Justin Medlock's a rookie, I'd stay away this season. I just don't know what to expect.
Projected Stats: 21-27 FG (2-4 50+). 33 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 89
Shaun Suisham, Redskins
ESPN Positional Ranking: 33.
Not really sure what to expect with Shaun Suisham. His offensive sucks anyway.
Projected Stats: 17-22 FG (1-3 50+). 25 XP. Projected Fantasy Points: 82