2012 Fantasy Football Week 12: Kicker Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 20, 2012

November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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As the Falcons enjoy one of their better seasons in franchise history, veteran kicker Matt Bryant is prospering with what looks to be a career year. Bryant has been one of the better kickers for fantasy football and his consistency from week to week makes him one of the more reliable options at his position.

Through 10 games Bryant has converted 25 of his 28 opportunities. He has at least two field goals in eight of those games and has posted three or more conversions in four of his last five games.

What we know up to this point in the season is that the Falcons are sure to stay close in every ball game going forward and that is a big reason for his consistency this year. Credit the development of Matt Ryan as a big reason for the veteran's success. Bryant should go to the Pro Bowl if Atlanta's offense keeps his production up.

What Did We Learn From Week 11?

- Rookie Greg Zuerlein had a hot start to the season where he posted at least two field goals in six of his first seven games. Over the Rams' past three contests against the Patriots, 49ers and Jets, however, Zuerlein has converted just one field goal out of two attempts.

Because the Rams will face a Cardinals team that could start rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley this week, it should be reasonable to expect St. Louis to win the time of possession battle. With that in mind, let’s look to Zuerlein as a low-end K1 option this week. If he doesn’t turn it around against Arizona though, he’s worth cutting after this week.

- Connor Barth has had an up-and-down year. To his credit though, Barth has converted all four of his field-goal attempts since missing two back in Oakland in Week 9. Tampa Bay continues to struggle against the pass,  but the Buccaneers are stout against the run and the offense shows up weekly.

Barth figures to be a reliable low-end starter if you need help at the kicker position.

Sean’s Week 12 Watch List

- While it was good news for David Akers' fantasy value that Colin Kaepernick played terrific football on Monday night, it will be a different story in New Orleans this week. Whomever starts for the 49ers at quarterback this week will have to play a great game to keep the 49ers in the football game as the Saints are playing terrific football at this point. Akers is worth starting, but don’t be surprised if his field-goal opportunities are squashed in the second half of the game if San Francisco struggles early.

- At home against the Vikings, expect Robbie Gould to come up with at least 10 points, even if Jay Cutler is sidelined. This game figures to be close as Minnesota still has aspirations of a wild-card spot, and Adrian Peterson is playing at an All-Pro level.

Chicago will move the football, but expect the Bears to struggle down around the red zone at times, setting up field goals for Gould.

1 Matt Bryant @ Buccaneers
2 Blair Walsh @ Bears
3 Robbie Gould Vikings
4 Stephen Gostkowski @ Jets
5 Matt Prater @ Chiefs
6 Justin Tucker @ Chargers
7 Lawrence Tynes Packers
8 Greg Zuerlein @ Cardinals
9 Connor Barth Falcons
10 Shayne Graham @ Lions
11 Jason Hanson Texans
12 Dan Bailey Redskins
13 David Akers @ Saints
14 Jay Feely Rams
15 Mike Nugent Raiders

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