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FANTASY 2013

FANTASY 2013

READ-OPTION? HARDLY. CHOOSE TO IGNORE SI'S POSITIONAL RANKINGS, AND YOU HAVE BUT ONE FATE: FANTASY DOOM

This is an article from the Aug. 12, 2013 issue

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2012 STATS

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RANKNAME TEAMBYEAUCTIONFGMFGA40--4950+XPMPT
1STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKIPATRIOTS10$129359266153
Tom Brady's lack of WR targets should lead to more running and more field goal tries.
2Matt BryantFALCONS6$1333810444143
Dome kicker will stay productive with a potent Matt Ryan--led team, no matter his age (38).
3Blair WalshVIKINGS5$1353871036141
Second-year phenom should go No. 1 in leagues that award bonuses for longer field goals.
4Matt PraterBRONCOS9$126325355133
Sure, Denver weather can be nasty in late fall, but Mile High air helps on long attempts.
5Justin TuckerRAVENS8$1303310442132
The Ravens will settle for three points often with this Pro Bowl--caliber sophomore doing the kicking.
6Phil Dawson49ERS9$129316729116
He can join the elite now that he's playing for a top contender, as opposed to the Browns.
7Dan BaileyCOWBOYS11$129317337124
A late bye week is a good way to pick your kicker; Bailey's is nearly as late as they come.
8Garrett HartleySAINTS7$118222357111
The New Orleans offense should be better with coach Sean Payton back, netting Hartley more FG chances.
9Steven HauschkaSEAHAWKS12$124275146118
He's not an elite kicker in an NFL sense, but Seattle's firepower makes him a fantasy starter.
10Sebastian JanikowskiRAIDERS7$131345625118
His reputation will (wrongly) get him drafted, but Oakland faces some shutouts this year.
11Adam VinatieriCOLTS8$126339437115
QB Andrew Luck's emergence made the 40-year-old former star fantasy-relevant again.
12Mason CrosbyPACKERS4$121339250113
All those missed FGs and he didn't get run out of town?! Green Bay will offer chances at redemption.
13Robbie GouldBEARS8$02125723396
If Chicago's offense blossoms as predicted, the longtime fringe kicker could have his best year yet.
14David AkersLIONS9$029427244131
Missed field goals cost him a job in San Francisco, but Detroit's turf can help him rebound.
15Shaun SuishamSTEELERS5$0283112134118
Pittsburgh remains a defensive team that plays conservative football and settles for three.
16Alex HeneryEAGLES12$0273111025106
Because of Chip Kelly's up-tempo attack, this talented leg stands out among young kickers.

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PHOTOPhotograph by STREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGESQB PATRON SAINT OF SCORING Fantasy domination should be a breeze for a QB who returns with every major weapon from 2012 (when New Orleans was No. 2 in TDs) and gets his offensive-minded coach back from suspension.PHOTOERIC MILLER/REUTERSRB VIKING QUEST Peterson came within eight yards of breaking the single-season rushing mark in 2012. Anything close to that in '13 would be a fantasy bonanza.PHOTOGREGORY SHAMUS/GETTY IMAGES (JOHNSON)WR 'TRON: LEGACY Wherever you take him, Detroit's Calvin Johnson can be counted on for a lion's share of your fantasy points.PHOTODAVID GRUNFELD/NOLA.COM/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE/LANDOV (GRAHAM)TE JIMMY'S A LOCK With Gronk on the mend, the Saints' Graham is running away with the title of Safest Fantasy Tight End.PHOTOKELLEN MICAH/ICON SMI (SEAHAWKS)D/ST BALL HAWKS Seattle's stifling defense allowed just 25 touchdowns in 2012, lowest in the league by a landslide.PHOTODAVID BUTLER II/US PRESSWIRE (GOSTKOWSKI)K KICKSTARTER For a late-round pick, you can't beat Gostkowski, who's been a top six points scorer five of the past six seasons.