Kickers

August 09, 2009

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SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2009 with 2008 stats TOTAL POINTS FIELD GOALS EXTRA POINTS FGS 40 YARDS OR LONGER LONGEST FIELD GOAL BYE WEEK
1. Jason Elam, Falcons 129 29/31 42/42 11/12 50 4
2. Garrett Hartley, Saints 67 13/13 28/28 4/4 47 5
3. David Akers, Eagles 144 33/40 45/45 10/15 51 4
4. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots 148 36/40 40/40 10/12 50 8
5. Lawrence Tynes, Giants 6 1/1 3/3 0/0 19 10
6. Robbie Gould, Bears 119 26/29 41/41 8/11 48 5
7. Mason Crosby, Packers 127 27/34 46/46 8/12 53 5
8. Nate Kaeding, Chargers 127 27/32 46/46 4/9 57 5
9. John Kasay, Panthers 130 28/31 46/46 12/15 50 4
10. Rob Bironas, Titans 127 29/33 40/40 16/20 51 7
11. Ryan Longwell, Vikings 127 29/34 40/40 12/15 54 9
12. Matt Prater, Broncos 114 25/34 39/40 10/17 56 7
13. Rian Lindell, Bills 124 30/38 34/34 11/18 53 9
14. Jay Feely, Jets 111 24/28 39/39 6/7 55 9
15. Kris Brown, Texans 124 29/33 37/37 10/13 53 10
16. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins 103 21/25 40/40 10/14 50 6
17. Shayne Graham, Bengals 78 21/24 15/15 9/11 45 8
18. Neil Rackers, Cardinals 119 25/28 44/44 7/8 54 4
19. Nick Folk, Cowboys 102 20/22 42/42 12/13 52 6
20. Steven Hauschka, Ravens 3 1/2 0/0 1/2 54 7
21. Joe Nedney, 49ers 121 29/33 34/34 10/14 53 6
22. Josh Brown, Rams 112 31/36 19/19 16/21 54 9
23. Jason Hanson, Lions 88 21/22 25/26 14/14 56 7
24. Jeff Reed, Steelers 117 27/31 36/37 9/12 53 8
25. Phil Dawson, Browns 108 30/36 18/18 8/12 56 9
26. Adam Vinatieri, Colts 103 20/25 43/43 6/9 52 6
27. Shaun Suisham, Redskins 103 26/36 25/25 12/20 50 8
28. Matt Bryant, Buccaneers 131 32/38 35/36 5/11 49 8
29. Olindo Mare, Seahawks 102 24/27 30/30 8/10 51 7
30. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders 97 24/30 25/26 5/11 57 9
31. Josh Scobee, Jaguars 90 19/25 33/33 9/12 53 7
32. Connor Barth, Chiefs 54 10/12 24/24 1/2 45 8

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)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)