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With NFL training camp just two months away, The Duel will come out with Fantasy Football Rankings for each of the six core positions – QB, RB, WR, TE, K and DEF – leading up to the NFL's 100th season.
Houston Texans' kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn was the best kicker in fantasy football last season, but he could face some stiff competition in 2019. A few of the league's best kickers would have given him a serious run for his money had they not missed time due to injury. With that in mind, let's see where he lands on our Top-10 list heading into training camp.
The staff of The Duel ranked the top 15 fantasy kickers for the 2019 NFL season. These top 10 are based off the average score of those rankings. These projections are based off 3-point per successful field goal attempt and 1 point per successful extra point attempt.
10. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans
After a so-so rookie season, Ka'imi Fairbairn vaulted himself into fantasy relevance in 2018, leading the league in both field goal attempts (42) and field goals made (37). The 25-year-old also nailed 39 of his 41 extra point attempts last year. A repeat of last season's league-leading production is unlikely, but he should have plenty of opportunities to put up points with the Houston Texans' explosive offense.
9. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
Graham Gano didn't have the kind of season that many expected in 2018, as he made 14 field goals on 16 attempts last season before missing the last four games of the year due to injury. He did convert 30 of his 33 extra point attempts, however. From 2013-17, Gano averaged 33.2 field goal attempts per season, converting an average of 28.4, and he could return to these numbers now that he's healthy.
8. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Robbie Gould has been one of the most consistent kickers in recent memory and 2018 was no exception. The 36-year-old converted a league-best 96.7 percent (33-of-34) of his field goal attempts last season. Gould could see similar, if not better, production in 2019 now that Jimmy Garoppolo is back under center for the new-look San Francisco 49ers' offense.
7. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Age is clearly just a number to Adam Vinatieri. The 46-year-old converted a respectable 23-of-27 field goal attempts and successfully made 44-of-47 extra point attempts in 2018, which was the fifth-best total in the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts could have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL thanks to a fresh influx of talent this offseason, so Vinatieri could be even productive in 2019.
6. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Stephen Gostkowski has been one of the best fantasy kickers over the past decade and it doesn't look like he's going to slow down any time soon. The New England Patriots' kicker drilled 27-of-32 field goals in 2019. New England's offense is usually among the league's best, which suggests Gostkowski could have another big season in 2019.
5. Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants
Not much went right for the New York Giants last season, but Aldrick Rosas was one of the team's few bright spots. The 24-year-old was automatic in 2018, nailing 97.0 percent of his field goal attempts (32-of-33) and 96.9 percent of his extra point attempts (31-of-32). The Giants' offense might not be as dominant as some of the others on this list, but Roasas' accuracy could propel him to a great season in 2019.
4. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
Harrison Butker didn't get as many field goal opportunities as some of the kickers on this list, but he racked up extra points in 2018. The Kansas City Chiefs' kicker converted a league-leading 65 extra point attempts and made a respectable 24 of his 27 field goal attempts. Butker could benefit greatly from Kansas City's historic offense, making him a dominant fantasy kicker.
3. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
Will Lutz was as good as it gets for the New Orleans Saints last season, nailing 93.3 percent of his field goal attempts (28-of-30) en route to a 136-point season (No. 3 in the NFL). As long as the Saints' offense continues to click under Drew Brees, Lutz should finish as a top-tier kicker in 2019.
2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Tucker has arguably been the league's best kicker since entering the league in 2012. Despite his production being dictated by the Baltimore Ravens' middling offense, the two-time Pro-Bowl kicker's 141 total points ranked No. 2 in the NFL in 2018. The Ravens' offense is a bit unpredictable, but Tucker is one of the most reliable kickers in fantasy.
1. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
Greg Zuerlein missed five games due to injury last season, but when he was healthy, he was the best kicker in the game. The man known as Legatron averaged a league-leading 10.5 points per game in 2018, hitting on 27-of-31 field goal attempts and converting 97.2 percent (35-of-36) of his extra point attempts. The Rams' offense is one of the league's best and Zuerlein should continue to produce as an elite fantasy kicker.
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