Did someone yell “more kickers?”
No, we want a kicker list that’s not jacked up!
Oh, right. Well, we’ve got one for you. As I pointed out on several occasions, the Mock Draft Central ADP kicker rankings seemed significantly out of touch.
These new ones are from Fantasy Football Calculator, and while they’re not quite as expansive, they don’t have Rian Lindell in the top 10 and Ryan Succop in the top 15. In less elegant words, they ain’t ludicrous.
Most of the blurbs were copied over from the previous list. Adjustments and additions were made where necessary.
The ADP Top 15 kickers
ADP is as of Aug. 14, 2010.
1. Nate Kaeding (153.5) — Folks must be expecting some field goals out of San Diego this season with LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson not on the field. I get that. I just don’t get picking him in the 16th round.
2. Mason Crosby (160.6) — The Packers will dump buckets upon buckets of points on teams in 2010. Crosby will benefit and could be 1B to Garrett Hartley’s 1A. Like Hartley, if you want to reach for him in your second to last round, I won’t be ashamed of you. Just don’t pick him in the 17th if you’ve got three more rounds to go.
3. Garrett Hartley (166.1) — He’s the top kicker in 2010, but his ADP is too high. He’s one of the kickers I might pick with my second to last selection. But he won’t be there because someone will reach for him.
4. Stephen Gostkowski (168.0) — If Brady’s up to form, the Patriots should score plenty of points. If he’s almost up to form, more points will come in the form of field goals. Unless the 17th round is the last round of your draft, his ADP is too high.
5. David Buehler (181.9) — The rookie out of USC is an interesting kicker. In prep school, he played as placekicker, linebacker and running back. At the 2009 NFL Combine he benched 225 25 times — more than elite offensive linemen Michael Oher, Eugene Monroe and Max Unger. Dudes got beat by a kicker. But these are kicker rankings, can Buehler kick? He wasn’t nearly as accurate as a senior at USC and didn’t take a single extra point or field goal for the Cowboys last season. In the Hall of Fame game, he made 3-of-4 and missed a 49-yarder. You might want to avoid Buehler until we know he’s not more than a safety who can kick. Buehler was 19th at Mock Draft Central.
6. Ryan Longwell (187.7) — With more Brett Favre the Vikings will score more points. With less Brett Favre they’ll send Longwell out there a bit more. Either way, Longwell’s a good option this season, if he wasn’t so expensive. Last round, second to last round only here.
7. Rob Bironas (192.5) — When Chris Johnson isn’t knocking home runs out of the park, the offense will do some stalling at the goal line. Bironas has always been able to do well with those chances. If Vince Young is even more effective, Bironas will have better opportunities. However, I wouldn’t reach early for him.
8. Sebastian Janikowski (193.4) — Now we’re getting somewhere with these ADPs, 20th round is more like it. … If your draft is 20 rounds long. Janikowski has always been able to kick long field goals and last season made 9-of-10 from 40-49 yards and 6-of-8 from 50 yards out or more. He also made all 11 of his other tries in 2009. He tried less than 20 extra points and considering the leaders hit around 50, that’s a huge detractor. However, if Jason Campbell’s arrival lifts the team up like a lot of people think it might, Janikowski will get more extra points and more of those chip shot field goals. For a kicker he makes a decent sleeper.
9. David Akers (196.4) — The offense has super talented home run hitters, but it also has an unproven quarterback. As the offense stalls out, Akers will take his shots. He’ll make them too. He missed only five of his 37 tries last season. But in the end he’ll get less field goals and extra points in 2010.
10. Nick Folk (198.2) — He missed 10 field goals last season after hitting 20-of-22 in 2008, a follow up to his breakout fantasy performance in 2007. He fell from grace quickly and has a chance to make up for it in New York. Folk blames coming back too early from hip surgery for his struggles.
11. Robbie Gould (199.1) — The arrival of offensive guru Mike Martz, should turn the Bears offense into a much more potent one. It might take some time to get everything right. While the offense finds itself, Gould will boot a couple 40-yarders. Eventually he’ll have to settle for setting a career high in extra points. Target Gould this season.
12. Neil Rackers (199.3) — Made 94% of his field goals for Arizona in 2009, but turned down their contract offer to join Houston’s high-powered offense. Rackers has always been a personal favorite, and at this ADP, I’m sure I’ll roster him on a couple teams this season. For reference, Kris Brown attempted more than 30 field goals and more than 40 extra points for Houston last season. Technically, Brown is still on the roster, but Rackers will own this starting spot.
13. Adam Vinatieri (200.1) — It wasn’t long ago that Vinatieri was the hands-down No. 1 kicker. His 2009 was not a healthy one, but the kicker for the Colts offense is a must-own in fantasy leagues because he could boot 60 extra points alone.
14. Shayne Graham (200.8) — The Ravens are another offense in the midst of a change to a more pass-heavy scheme. Like Gould above, any time the Ravens get close and hiccup, Graham gets to kick.
15. Kris Brown (202.9) — He’ll be Rackers’ backup in 2010. Move along.