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Aug. 10, 2009
Aug. 10, 2009

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Aug. 10, 2009

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Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
PABLO SANDOVAL
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This is an article from the Aug. 10, 2009 issue

SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2009 with 2008 statsTOTAL POINTSFIELD GOALSEXTRA POINTSFGS 40 YARDS OR LONGERLONGEST FIELD GOALBYE WEEK
1. Jason Elam, Falcons12929/3142/4211/12504
2. Garrett Hartley, Saints6713/1328/284/4475
3. David Akers, Eagles14433/4045/4510/15514
4. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots14836/4040/4010/12508
5. Lawrence Tynes, Giants61/13/30/01910
6. Robbie Gould, Bears11926/2941/418/11485
7. Mason Crosby, Packers12727/3446/468/12535
8. Nate Kaeding, Chargers12727/3246/464/9575
9. John Kasay, Panthers13028/3146/4612/15504
10. Rob Bironas, Titans12729/3340/4016/20517
11. Ryan Longwell, Vikings12729/3440/4012/15549
12. Matt Prater, Broncos11425/3439/4010/17567
13. Rian Lindell, Bills12430/3834/3411/18539
14. Jay Feely, Jets11124/2839/396/7559
15. Kris Brown, Texans12429/3337/3710/135310
16. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins10321/2540/4010/14506
17. Shayne Graham, Bengals7821/2415/159/11458
18. Neil Rackers, Cardinals11925/2844/447/8544
19. Nick Folk, Cowboys10220/2242/4212/13526
20. Steven Hauschka, Ravens31/20/01/2547
21. Joe Nedney, 49ers12129/3334/3410/14536
22. Josh Brown, Rams11231/3619/1916/21549
23. Jason Hanson, Lions8821/2225/2614/14567
24. Jeff Reed, Steelers11727/3136/379/12538
25. Phil Dawson, Browns10830/3618/188/12569
26. Adam Vinatieri, Colts10320/2543/436/9526
27. Shaun Suisham, Redskins10326/3625/2512/20508
28. Matt Bryant, Buccaneers13132/3835/365/11498
29. Olindo Mare, Seahawks10224/2730/308/10517
30. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders9724/3025/265/11579
31. Josh Scobee, Jaguars9019/2533/339/12537
32. Connor Barth, Chiefs5410/1224/241/2458

Talking Points

• Jason Elam is the league's most consistent kicker, and he plays in a dome. To sweeten the deal, consider that the Falcons face a tough schedule, which could result in fewer PATs and more field goal attempts.

ON THE RISE

• The name Garrett Hartley may draw a few confused glances at your draft—that's how you know who didn't do their homework. From the time he took the field in mid-November, Hartley was the league's third-leading scorer, and he'll do even better behind New Orleans's amped-up offense.

• Lawrence Tynes missed most of last year with injury. Now he's back in the spot he had ceded to John Carney, who was third in the NFL in scoring in '08. Whoever fills the role, the Giants' kicker is a good man to have.

• When you think of Chicago, you think of wind and snow. But you know what? Over the past three seasons the Bears have tied for the league lead in kicking points, and it's because they have Robbie Gould.

• Matt Prater impressed with five field goals of 50 or more yards last season. The x factor is what the Broncos' offense will be like with a new quarterback and coach.

SLEEPER

• If you're looking for a fallback pick, try Kris Brown. I like him because the Texans have a potential breakout offense with top five players at receiver and running back.

• Neil Rackers is on a team that scores a lot of points, but the problem is that the Cardinals tend to score touchdowns rather than go for field goals. So he doesn't get as many attempts as you'd expect.

• Anyone who drafts Adam Vinatieri is most likely a Patriots fan expressing eternal gratitude for all those Super Bowl kicks.

PHOTOBOB ROSATO (HARTLEY)PHOTOGREG NELSON (BROWN)