2018 Fantasy Football Kicker Preview: Koerner, Raybon & Freedman

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  • Below are profiles on each kicker from NFL experts Sean Koerner, Matthew Freedman, and Chris Raybon.
  • Koerner has been the No. 1 in-season FantasyPros ranker for three straight seasons, Freedman was No. 6 last year, and Raybon has watched every NFL snap since 2010.

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Dan Bailey, Cowboys

The Cowboys ranked 29th in field-goal attempts and 15th in extra-point attempts in 2017 and the offense has gotten worse; Bailey hit a career-low 75% of field goals last season. – Raybon

Chris Boswell, Steelers

The Steelers trusted Boswell’s leg enough to allow him a career-high four attempts from 50+ last season (he made all four), which should allow him a few more attempts going forward on what will be one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league. – Koerner

Has never missed more than four field goals in a season. – Raybon

Matt Bryant, Falcons

Rock-solid 16-year veteran who was first in 2016 with 11.2 fantasy points per game and fifth last year with 10.1. – Freedman

Tied with Justin Tucker for the NFL lead in field goal attempts over the past two seasons (76) – partly due to Julio Jones’ aversion to touchdowns.  – Raybon

Randy Bullock, Bengals

Has missed 29% of his career field-goal attempts from 40+ and wis kicking for a team that finished bottom-three in attempts last season (30). – Raybon

Harrison Butker, Chiefs

Finished second in field goals made (38) despite playing only 13 games, but Alex Smith may have been more kicker-friendly than Patrick Mahomes will be. – Raybon

Daniel Carlson, Vikings

Fifth-round pedigree gives the rookie an inside track over incumbent Kai Forbath to a job that resulted in the eighth-most field-goal attempts and sixth-most extra-point attempts last season. – Raybon

Chandler Catanzaro, Buccaneers

Hopeful remedy to last year’s Roberto Aguayo catastrophe will kick for an offense that hasn’t ranked higher than 14th in field-goal attempts since Jameis Winston’s rookie year and has never finished higher than 19th in point-after tries during Winston’s career. – Raybon

Mason Crosby, Packers

Aaron Rodgers’ red-zone dominance and Lambeau’s blustery winters tend to lead to middling fantasy production for Crosby. – Raybon

Phil Dawson, Cardinals

The Cardinals were tied for fifth in field-goal attempts in 2017 (40), but the now 43-year-old showed his age by missing four kicks from 30 to 39 yards out after not missing from that range since 2014. – Raybon

Jake Elliott, Eagles

Capable of hitting from 60+ yards out and plays for a team that fielded a top-three scoring offense in 2017. – Raybon

Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans

Would benefit from some Deshaun Watson regression after attempting 19 extra points but only 11 field goals in Watson’s six starts; the league’s softest schedule is a major positive. – Raybon

Graham Gano, Panthers

Slightly above-average option has finished between sixth and 16th in field goals made since 2013. – Raybon

Zane Gonzalez, Browns

The Browns offense could finally become more kicker-friendly, but Gonzalez will have to hold off local product Ross Martin after whiffing on 25% of his field-goal attempts in his 2017 rookie campaign. – Raybon

Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

Top-three fantasy kicker in six of the past seven seasons. – Raybon

Robbie Gould, 49ers

Has hit 39 of his last 41 field goals and attempted 4.0 per game in Jimmy Garoppolo’s five starts. – Raybon

Steven Hauschka, Bills

Tied for runner-up status with seven makes from 50+ last season; may be the Bills’ second-most explosive offensive starter. – Raybon

Dustin Hopkins, Redskins

Alex Smith-quarterbacked teams have finished top-eight in kicker points in each of the past three seasons. – Raybon

Sebastian Janikowski, Seahawks

Guarantees of $600,000 make the 40-year-old Raiders cast-off the favorite for kicking duties over former Jaguars cast-off Jason Myers for a Seahawks offense that slipped to 22nd in field-goal attempts last season. – Raybon

Josh Lambo, Jaguars

Made 23-of-24 field goals in 2017 (including playoffs); Jacksonville’s elite defense and so-so offense should lead to plenty of field-goal opportunities. – Raybon

Wil Lutz, Saints

An indoor kicker in a potent offense who ranks fourth in points scored since he came into the league in 2016. – Raybon

Brandon McManus, Broncos

Streaming option at home has averaged 26% more points per game at Mile High than on the road in his career. – Raybon

Cody Parkey, Bears

Underrated streaming option on what could be a much-improved Bears offense is 38-of-42 on field goals since October 2016. – Raybon

Matt Prater, Lions

Moves up in formats that reward long-distance kicks but has never finished higher than 13th in traditional points per game as a Lion. – Raybon

Aldrick Rosas, Giants

Will have to hold off camp competition after missing three extra points and connecting on only 7-of-14 field goals in the 30-49-yard range as a rookie last season. – Raybon

Jason Sanders, Dolphins

Round 7 draft pick in 2018 is a competitor for the starting job; has a big leg but missed one-third of his collegiate field-goal attempts last season and will kick for a team that has finished bottom-six in field-goal attempts in both seasons under head coach Adam Gase. – Raybon

Cairo Santos, Jets

League-average 84% career field-goal kicker on a likely below-average offense that finished tied for 19th in field-goal attempts (30) and tied for 23rd in extra-point attempts (29) last season. – Raybon

Caleb Sturgis, Chargers

Dependable veteran on a good all-around team who’s missed 10 field goals over the past three seasons; Chargers kickers missed 10 last season alone. – Raybon

Ryan Succop, Titans

Terrible last name and terrible from distance; Marcus Mariota’s inevitable red-zone regression led to an NFL-high 42 field-goal attempts last season, which itself is likely to regress. – Raybon

Justin Tucker, Ravens

League leader in field-goal attempts and makes since he came into the league; Joe Flacco isn’t magically going to start throwing touchdowns. – Raybon

Adam Vinatieri, Colts

The Frank Gore of kickers enters his age-46 season; needs a healthy Andrew Luck to turn around an offense that afforded Vinatieri the second-fewest extra-point tries in the league last season (24). – Raybon

Greg Zuerlein, Rams

Legatron finished as the top fantasy kicker in 2017 despite missing two games; made 12-of-12 field goals from 40+ and 6-of-7 from 50+ yards. – Raybon

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