Posted Jun. 26 at 12:00 PM
How can the No. 1 kicker be anybody except David Akers? That’s what I’m asking myself as I look over the entries for the Fantasy Index Open.
In this poll of 92 readers and analysts, Akers takes a back seat to Stephen Gostkowski. To me, that’s really odd. Akers chipped in 166 points last year, and the 49ers looked awfully content to settle for field goals when they were inside the red zone.
With Gostkowski, you know the Patriots are going to score plenty of touchdowns.
There were a couple of other surprises. Matt Prater finished 8th. I have him lower. I think Peyton Manning will help that offense, but it also should mean the Broncos are scoring more touchdowns rather than field goals.
And I see Randy Bullock way down at 20th. I realize he’s a rookie kicker, but the Texans should run away with the AFC South this year, and I think that will greatly benefit Bullock. He should be much higher in my opinion.
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FANTASY INDEX OPEN -- PKs
94.2% NE Stephen Gostkowski
92.2% SF David Akers
90.6% GB Mason Crosby
84.6% OAK Sebastian Janikowski
78.1% PHI Alex Henery
78.1% DAL Dan Bailey
68.7% ATL Matt Bryant
68.0% DEN Matt Prater
66.2% CHI Robbie Gould
65.3% DET Jason Hanson
58.0% TEN Rob Bironas
56.5% NO Garrett Hartley
55.0% SD Nate Kaeding
47.8% CIN Mike Nugent
47.2% NYG Lawrence Tynes
38.4% MIA Dan Carpenter
35.5% BAL Billy Cundiff
33.7% PIT Shaun Suisham
32.8% WAS Neil Rackers
28.2% HOU Randy Bullock
25.3% BUF Rian Lindell
16.0% KC Ryan Succop
14.3% TB Connor Barth
13.0% CAR Olindo Mare
12.5% SEA Steven Hauschka
Posted by James COSTELLO | Jun. 26 at 09:54 AM
How can the top kicker be someone else? Easy! It depends on the scoring format. I'm in a distance league and I'm sure the top kicker in our league will be Janikowski,yet again!
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Jun. 26 at 09:59 AM
By what scoring system did Janikowski beat Akers last year?
Posted by BILL REHOR | Jun. 26 at 10:59 AM
Speaking for myself, I dropped Bullock (and a few other players like him) because I just wasn't 100% sure he'd get the job. Probably that's overly conservative of me, but for a competition where we have to commit in June, I didn't want to rely on anyone who might spend the year on a practice squad.
Posted by DANIEL WILLIAMS | Jun. 26 at 04:40 PM
I agree with the last comment. There is no guarantee that Bullock wins the job, which is why I put him low.
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