FANTASY 2013

August 12, 2013

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QUARTERBACKS

2012 STATS

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RANK NAME TEAM BYE AUCTION FGM FGA 40--49 50+ XPM PT
1 STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKIPATRIOTS 10 $1 29 35 9 2 66 153
Tom Brady's lack of WR targets should lead to more running and more field goal tries.
2 Matt BryantFALCONS 6 $1 33 38 10 4 44 143
Dome kicker will stay productive with a potent Matt Ryan--led team, no matter his age (38).
3 Blair WalshVIKINGS 5 $1 35 38 7 10 36 141
Second-year phenom should go No. 1 in leagues that award bonuses for longer field goals.
4 Matt PraterBRONCOS 9 $1 26 32 5 3 55 133
Sure, Denver weather can be nasty in late fall, but Mile High air helps on long attempts.
5 Justin TuckerRAVENS 8 $1 30 33 10 4 42 132
The Ravens will settle for three points often with this Pro Bowl--caliber sophomore doing the kicking.
6 Phil Dawson49ERS 9 $1 29 31 6 7 29 116
He can join the elite now that he's playing for a top contender, as opposed to the Browns.
7 Dan BaileyCOWBOYS 11 $1 29 31 7 3 37 124
A late bye week is a good way to pick your kicker; Bailey's is nearly as late as they come.
8 Garrett HartleySAINTS 7 $1 18 22 2 3 57 111
The New Orleans offense should be better with coach Sean Payton back, netting Hartley more FG chances.
9 Steven HauschkaSEAHAWKS 12 $1 24 27 5 1 46 118
He's not an elite kicker in an NFL sense, but Seattle's firepower makes him a fantasy starter.
10 Sebastian JanikowskiRAIDERS 7 $1 31 34 5 6 25 118
His reputation will (wrongly) get him drafted, but Oakland faces some shutouts this year.
11 Adam VinatieriCOLTS 8 $1 26 33 9 4 37 115
QB Andrew Luck's emergence made the 40-year-old former star fantasy-relevant again.
12 Mason CrosbyPACKERS 4 $1 21 33 9 2 50 113
All those missed FGs and he didn't get run out of town?! Green Bay will offer chances at redemption.
13 Robbie GouldBEARS 8 $0 21 25 7 2 33 96
If Chicago's offense blossoms as predicted, the longtime fringe kicker could have his best year yet.
14 David AkersLIONS 9 $0 29 42 7 2 44 131
Missed field goals cost him a job in San Francisco, but Detroit's turf can help him rebound.
15 Shaun SuishamSTEELERS 5 $0 28 31 12 1 34 118
Pittsburgh remains a defensive team that plays conservative football and settles for three.
16 Alex HeneryEAGLES 12 $0 27 31 11 0 25 106
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.

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