July 25, 2005
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July 25, 2005

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One way to get an edge is by taking one of the top three kickers with a few rounds left in the draft. It's hard to go wrong with any of the three, and each is more valuable than a No. 4 wideout or a backup QB. But if the top three are gone, don't take a kicker until the last round--there's just not that much difference between the fourth- and 12th-best kickers.

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1.Adam Vinatieri, Patriots The best in bad weather, the clutch, the postseason, etc.1413193.9
2.David Akers, Eagles1222784.4
3.Jason Elam, Broncos1292985.3
4.Mike Vanderjagt, Colts Scored 100 points or more in all seven NFL seasons (and twice more in CFL)1192080.0
5.Nate Kaeding, Chargers1142080.0
6.Shayne Graham, Bengals1222787.1
7.Jeff Reed, Steelers1242884.8
8.Ryan Longwell, Packers Improved offense should mean more opportunities1202485.7
9.Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders1062589.3
10.Jason Hanson, Lions1002485.7
11.Matt Stover, Ravens1172990.6
12.Jeff Wilkins, Rams891979.2
13.Mike Nugent, Jets*1022488.9
14.Josh Brown, Seahawks1092392.0
15.Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs Missed just once from inside 40, but hit only 50% from 40 and beyond1091773.9
16.Ola Kimrin, Titans24660.0
17.Aaron Elling, Vikings5150.0
18.Todd Peterson, Falcons Gets to kick in dome after resurrecting career with 49ers771881.8
19.John Kasay, Panthers841986.4
20.Phil Dawson, Browns1002482.8
21.Josh Scobee, Jaguars932477.4
22.Doug Brien, Bears Good season turned sour with two crucial misses in playoff game while with Jets1052482.8
23.Rian Lindell, Bills1172485.7
24.John Carney, Saints1042281.5
25.Kris Brown, Texans851770.8
26.Neil Rackers, Cardinals Five FGs were from 50 yards or more942275.9
27.Olindo Mare, Dolphins541275.0
28.Billy Cundiff, Cowboys912076.9
29.John Hall, Redskins37872.7
30.Matt Bryant, Bucs After kicking for four years in Georgia Dome, must contend with tricky winds of Giants Stadium21375.0
31.Jay Feely, Giants941878.3
32.Joe Nedney, 49ers**1112580.6
* Rookie (college stats) **2002 stats

Stats in charts from 2004 season


David Akers

The eight-year veteran is one of the steadiest kickers in the league, which makes him a huge asset for any fantasy team. His leg is both accurate (he's converted 85.1% of his field-goal attempts over the last three years) and strong (5 for 8 on attempts of at least 50 yards in that period). In fact, the only drawback with Akers might be that the Philadelphia offense has become more explosive in recent years; that big-play capability sometimes eliminates the need for a field-goal try. But that's not a good enough reason to pass on Akers, a three-time Pro Bowl selection. No matter how efficiently quarterback Donovan McNabb and wideout Terrell Owens operate--and remember, the disgruntled Owens might not be around when the season starts--Akers remains a can't-miss talent who is good for at least five or six points a game.