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Most fantasy leagues have wrapped up already, but there are some that still play to the bitter end. For those leagues, I present the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 17 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
5. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
6. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
7. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
8. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
9. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
10. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football Kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
I don’t expect the Patriots to let up on the gas. Gostkowski leads the league in scoring with 29 field goals and 62 extra points. The Miami Dolphins have allowed 31 field goals and 26 extra points.
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2. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants
Tynes leads the NFL with 33 field goals. He is second in the league in scoring. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 27 field goals and 45 extra points.
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3. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
Walsh is tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 32 field goals and 32 extra points. He has made nine field goals from at least 50 yards. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 23 field goals and 30 extra points.
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4. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
Hauschka has 22 field goals and 44 extra points. The Seahawks have averaged 50 points in their past three games. The St. Louis Rams have allowed 28 field goals and 34 extra points.
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5. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Tucker has 29 field goals and 40 extra points. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed 26 field goals and 31 extra points.
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6. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
Hartley has 17 field goals and 52 extra points. The Carolina Panthers have allowed 34 field goals and 27 extra points.
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7. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Crosby has 19 field goals and 46 extra points. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed 23 field goals and 29 extra points.
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8. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
Bryant is third in the league in scoring with 32 points and 42 extra points. However, I suspect the Falcons will let up on the gas as they have the number one seed locked up. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed 18 field goals and 43 extra points.
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9. Shayne Graham, Houston Texans
Graham has 28 field goals and 44 extra points. The Indianapolis Colts have allowed 29 field goals and 38 extra points.
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10. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
Gano has six field goals and 15 extra points in five games. The Saints have allowed 24 field goals and 48 extra points.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 17 2011 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. David Akers @ St. Louis
2. John Kasay vs. Carolina
3. Stephen Gostkowski vs. Buffalo
4. Matt Bryant vs. Tampa Bay
5. Robbie Gould @ Minnesota
6. Mason Crosby vs. Detroit
7. Dan Bailey @ New York Giants
8. Alex Henery vs. Washington
9. Mike Nugent vs. Baltimore
10. Steven Hauschka @ Arizona
11. Jason Hanson @ Green Bay
12. Nick Novak @ Oakland
13. Sebastian Janikowski vs. San Diego
14. Rob Bironas @ Houston
15. Ryan Succop @ Denver
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David Akers set the NFL record last week with his 42nd field goal of the year. He has 18 more points (even more in fantasy) than the next closest kicker. There really isn’t a debate as to who the top kicker in the league is this year.
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Some other kickers that should be solid this week are from high-powered offenses. Kasay, Gostkowski, and Bryant will likely have their offenses score 30+ points. They are nice options because their floor is low. Even if they only kick one FG, they should have multiple PATs to give them a solid number.
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Arizona (33), Denver (32), Washington (32), and Minnesota (31) are the four teams that have allowed 30+ FGs. Having allowed an average of 2+ FGs per game makes them solid options for opposing kickers.
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Here’s my Week 17 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI):  Will likely reclaim scoring lead in the first half tonight.
2. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK):  Seven FGs, six PATs in past two games.
3. Josh Brown (STL):  14 FGs in past five games.
4. David Buehler (DAL):  13 FGs in past five games.
5. Jay Feely (ARI):  15 FGs in past six games.
6. Nick Folk (NYJ):  Six FGs in past three games.
7. Mason Crosby (GB):  Nine points in each of his past two games.
8. Adam Vinatieri (IND):  Six FGs in past three games.
9. Neil Rackers (HOU):  Six FGs in past three games.
10. Billy Cundiff (BAL):  Five FGs in past two games.
11. Nate Kaeding (SD):  12 FGs in past five games.
12. Matt Bryant (ATL):  Mostly PATs against Panthers?
13. Dan Carpenter (MIA):  4-9 on FGs in December, but misses have been long attempts.
14. Robbie Gould (CHI):  Five FGs, nine PATs in past two games.
15. Shayne Graham (NE):  Hard to gauge the Pats this week.

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