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Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings 2023: Week 4 fantasy K rankings

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Who is the best kicker in the NFL? Justin Tucker is responsible for one of the longest field goals ever and is widely considered to be one of the best kickers of all time. As we dive into our 2023 kicker rankings, it’s clear there are a lot of greats around the NFL.

While the Baltimore Ravens have the best kicker in the NFL, it is a volatile position. Chris Boswell was near the top of the 2022 kicker rankings, then the Pittsburgh Steelers fan-favorite missed eight field goals last season. It’s one of the most scrutinized positions in the NFL today, so there will be plenty of surprises this fall.

Week 4 fantasy kicker rankings

  1. Harrison Butker @ New York Jets
  2. Jake Moody vs Arizona Cardinals
  3. Jake Elliott vs Washington Commanders
  4. Tyler Bass vs Miami Dolphins
  5. Younghoe Koo @ Jacksonville Jaguars
  6. Justin Tucker @ Cleveland Browns
  7. Cameron Dicker vs Las Vegas Raiders
  8. Daniel Carlson @ Los Angeles Chargers
  9. Matt Gay vs Los Angeles Rams
  10. Will Lutz @ Chicago Bears
  11. Evan McPherson @ Tennessee Titans
  12. Chris Boswell @ Houston Texans
  13. Jason Sanders @ Buffalo Bills
  14. Jason Myers @ New York Giants
  15. Riley Patterson @ Green Bay Packers
  16. Brett Maher @ Indianapolis Colts
  17. Brandon McManus vs Atlanta Falcons
  18. Brandon Aubrey vs New England Patriots
  19. Dustin Hopkins vs Baltimore Ravens
  20. Anders Carlson – vs Detroit Lions

Our evaluations of all 32 kickers will come after the first month of the season. Until then, you can find our Week 4 fantasy kicker rankings above.

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32. Brandon Aubrey, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys quickly cut ties this summer with Tristan Vizcaino. Unfortunately for Dallas, its situation isn’t any better now. Brandon Aubrey is the worst NFL kicker in 2023, based purely on the fact that he’s a professional soccer player whose only pro experience in football came with the United States Football League. Aubrey did make 14-of-15 field goals in the USFL with the Birmingham Stallions and earned All-USFL honors in 2023, but we’re going to need to see him produce in the NFL to become a believer. Then again, it would be a surprise if he’s the Cowboys kicker in Week 1.

31. Anders Carlson, Green Bay Packers

In 2020 with the Auburn Tigers, he earned second-team All-American honors after converting 90.9 percent of his 22 field-goal attempts. However, Carlson combined for a 67.5 percent conversion rate in his other four seasons. Packers’ special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia can work wonders, but Carlson is unproven and his track record in college is alarm.

Based on the results from training camp, Bisaccia won’t be saving Carlson. The rookie has missed nearly 20 field goals in training camp alone, but Green Bay hasn’t brought in competition for him. It appears Carlson is the Packers’ kicker for the season opener, but he might not last on the roster beyond September.

30. Blake Grupe, New Orleans Saints

An undrafted rookie, Blake Grupe showed enough in training camp and preseason to convince the Saints to part with former Pro Bowl kicker Wil Lutz after six seasons. Grupe kicked four years at Arkansas State before joining Notre Dame his final year in college. He made 100 percent of his extra points in 2022 but connected on just 73.7 percent of his field goal attempts. A career 74.3 percent kicker, he’ll have to be drastically better in the pros.

29. New England Patriots, Chad Ryland

After finding himself in a kicking competition with Nick Folk, it was Ryland, the 112th pick in the NFL Draft who wins the job in New England. After becoming a fourth-round pick, chances are the job was Ryland’s from the very beginning. Ryland made 97.3 percent of his extra points across five years in college, and had a career field goal conversion rate of 77.3 percent. The fact that New England kept him over Folk is promising, but we’ll very much take the “see it to believe it” approach with all rookie kickers.

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28. Jake Moody, San Francisco 49ers

Jake Moody is one of the highest-drafted kickers in the modern era. Drafted with the 99th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers, Moody earned second-team All-American honors in 2022 and was a consensus All-American the previous season. Moody is outstanding from inside 50 yards – 48-of-52 – but he only made 40 percent of his kicks from 50-plus during his Michigan career.

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27. Chase McLaughlin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It should come as no surprise that some of the worst NFL kickers have bounced around the league. Chase McLaughlin spent the 2019 season with three teams and was with two clubs in 2020. In the last two years, he had stints with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Slated to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker in 2023, McLaughlin will likely make less than 85 percent of his field goals, with his career average (78.7 percent) pointing towards him struggling to stay rostered.

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26. Joey Slye, Washington Commanders

Relationships matter in the NFL and Ron Rivera’s familiarity with Joey Slye from their days with the Carolina Panthers helped him land in Washington. Slye, who went undrafted in 2018, made 83.3 percent of his field-goal attempts last season. What truly holds him back in the 2023 kicker rankings is the abysmal conversion rate on extra-point attempts (85.7 percent) and the lack of consistency over the course of his career.

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29. Brett Maher, Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams finally moved on from their rookie kicker, bringing in veteran Brett Maher. Everyone remembers Maher for his infamous performance in the Wild Card round, when his historically-bad misses on short attempts nearly cost Dallas. However, Maher made 90.6 percent of his field-goal attempts during the regular season, including 9-of-11 from 50-plus yards out and 6-of-7 from 40-49 yards. Kicking is very much a mental game and the strong possibility that Maher still isn’t over what happened in Dallas drops him in our Week 1 kicker rankings. However, there remains a chance he can turn things around.

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24. Wil Lutz, Denver Broncos

Former Saints kicker Wil Lutz missed the entire 2021 season with an injury then returned and made just 74.2 percent of his field-goal attempts last year. It’s been a rough three-season stretch for Lutz, with a 78 percent conversion rate on 59 field-goal attempts bringing down his reliability. If he can ever return to the player who went 91-of-102 on field goals from 2017-’19, Denver will be more than happy with their kicking situation.

23. Dustin Hopkins, Cleveland Browns

A trade just before rosters were cut down to 53 gives the Browns confidence in their kicking game. Out is Cade York, who whiffed on 25 percent of his field goals, with a 70.4 percent conversion rate from 30-plus yards away. In is Hopkins, who has a career conversion rate of 84.8 percent, including 88.6 percent over the past two seasons. One thing to keep in mind with Hopkins is his track record from 50-plus yards out. Since 2019, Hopkins has made 50 percent of his field-goal attempts from 50-plus yards out and he’s 81.3 percent from 40-plus yards. Those numbers are better than York, but they also explain why Los Angeles let him go and why he lands here in our kicker rankings.

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22. Greg Zuerlein, New York Jets

The artists known as “Greg the Leg” and “Legatron” isn’t the All-Pro kicker he used to be. Since that 2017, Greg Zuerlein has hit on just 81.4 percent of his 177 field-goal attempts, with a 52.6 percent conversion rate when attempting from 50-plus yards out. Zuerlein isn’t the type of kicker the New York Jets should be constantly trusting from deep, but he should be money from inside 50 yards in his age-36 season.

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21. Matt Prater, Arizona Cardinals

Now that Tom Brady is retired with both Andy Lee and Robbie Gould unsigned, Matt Prater is one of the oldest NFL players in 2023. Prater, who will be 39 in Week 1, entered the league in the same draft class as Mario Williams, Reggie Bush and Vince Young. Despite being the oldest kicker in football, Prater can still hit from deep (5-of-6 in 2022) and he’s made 83.9 percent of his field goals in the last two years.

20. Greg Joseph, Minnesota Vikings

Much like so many of the NFL kickers today, Greg Joseph weaved his way around the league before settling down with the Minnesota Vikings. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but didn’t attempt a single kick that year. In Minnesota, Joseph made 86.8 percent of his field goals in 2021 but struggled last season (78.8 percent). However, he did prove to be quite clutch for Minnesota with a 61-yard game-winner highlighting his heroics.

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19. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Chris Boswell was the worst NFL kicker in 2022. Across 12 games, he made just 71.4 percent of his field-goal attempts and only 42 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. What was most alarming about his campaign is that six of his misses came between 30-49 yards out. While this is the same kicker who holds the NFL record for most made field goals in a postseason game (six), we need to see Boswell turn things around before we buy into him being back to his usual form.

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18. Eddy Pineiro, Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers kicker Eddy Piñeiro missed a field goal attempt in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers and in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. Outside of that, he was perfect on his other 33 attempts. It was the first true opportunity he received since his 2019 campaign in Chicago (82.1 percent), but he might stick around for a while considering he’s made 41-of-43 attempts in the last two years.

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17. Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans

Very few things have gone right for the Houston Texans in recent years but their decision to sign Ka’imi Fairbairn has worked out nicely. A native of Hawai’i, Fairbairn made 93.5 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts last season and he was perfect on extra points. Another season like that, while avoiding a repetition of his 2021 woes (78.9 percent) and Fairbairn climbs the kicker rankings.

16. Cairo Santos, Chicago Bears

Cairo Santos solved the Chicago Bears’ kicking woes. Since he stepped foot in the Windy City, Santo has made 90.6 percent of his field goal attempts and proven himself as one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL. Chicago doesn’t rely on him a lot from a distance (22nd in deep attempts), but he’s very dependable for someone kicking footballs outdoors.

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15. Brandon McManus, Jacksonville Jaguars

Brandon McManus is the perfect example of a kicker whose popularity exceeds just how good he is. Playing in Denver absolutely helped him – 40 career makes from 50-plus yards – and the move to the Jacksonville Jaguars might decrease his effectiveness from long-range. If that’s the case, a kicker with an 81.2 percent conversion rate on field goals in the last two years might not live up to Jacksonville’s expectations.

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14. Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins

An All-Pro selection and the NFL scoring leader in 2020, Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders has fallen on hard times. After converting on 90-plus percent of his kicks in 2018 and’20, Sanders is responsible for a 77.8 percent conversion rate over his last 34 games. He’ll get a lot of opportunities this season in Miami and the weather is ideal. If Sanders is closer to the player we saw late last season – 86.4 percent conversion rate in final 11 games – he’s safe. If his woes continue, Miami will find his replacement.

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13. Riley Patterson, Detroit Lions

Riley Patterson didn’t record a field-goal attempt in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was perfect on three extra-point attempts. Based on how effective this Lions’ offense looked at times, it’s evident Patterson will have plenty of scoring chances in 2023. For a kicker who has converted 87.8 percent in his career on field-goal attempts and is 52-of-53 on extra-point attempts in his career, Patterson can be a great fantasy option.

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12. Nick Folk, Tennessee Titans

Cutting Michael Badgley meant the Titans needed a new kicker heading into cutdown day. They’d strike a trade for former Pro Bowler Nick Folk, who has made 92.5 percent of his field goals in the past three years. He’s not a kickoff guy, but his ability to put points on the board is far more important.

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11. Cameron Dicker, Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers finally have a good kicker. Undrafted out of Texas last season, Dicker was signed by three different NFL teams before he received his first chance. He made both of his kicks in his NFL debut with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the game-winner, and then was immediately released. It worked out perfectly for the Chargers, who made 19-of-20 field goals and all 20 extra-point attempts. If he replicates his production, Dicker will be considered one of the five best NFL kickers by November.

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10. Matt Gay, Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts signed one of the best NFL kickers in free agency. Before arriving at his new home, Gay was the Lou Groza Award recipient and a consensus All-American in 2017 at Utah. He struggle early, only making 77.1 percent of his kicks in 2019 with Tampa Bay then couldn’t make the Colts’ 53-man roster in 2020. However, a change of scenery worked wonders on him as Gay made 93.8 percent of his 64 field-goal attempts from 2021-’22, posting the fourth-highest field-goal conversion rate (93.3 percent) in the NFL last season.

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9. Graham Gano, New York Giants

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After failing to make the Baltimore Ravens roster as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Graham Gano kicked off his career with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. Another NFL team came calling, but Gano largely struggled with the Washington Commanders (73.8 percent conversion rate). Following some adjustments, Gano enjoyed seven productive seasons in Carolina (85.5% conversion rate) and earned his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2018. Now, the New York Giants kicker boasts a spectacular 91.8 percent conversion rate since 2020, including 20-of-25 from 50-plus yards away.

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8. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles

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After being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 153rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Jake Elliott lost the competition for the starting job to Randy Bullock and was released. The Philadelphia Eagles signed him off Cincinnati’s practice squad and Elliott has been one of the best NFL kickers ever since. He led the NFL in extra points made (51) last season and made 89.3 percent of his 56 field-goal attempts over the last two years.

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7. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks

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Jason Myers began his professional football career as a kicker with the 2014 San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. The 5-foot-10 placekicker earned his first job with the Jacksonville Jaguars and struggled, but adjustments turned his career around in 2018 with the New York Jets. Over the last five years, Myers has converted 88.5 percent of his field goals and is 204-of-219 on extra-point attempts.

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6. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs

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Exactly what the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to see from Harrison Butker to begin the 2023 NFL season. After making just 75 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2022, Butker looked every part of the kicker who made over 90 percent of his field-goals from 2019-’21. If this is the Butker we get moving forward, he’ll be one of the best NFL kickers in 2023.

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5. Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals

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Among the best NFL kickers, few are more reliable from deep than Evan McPherson. In the last two years for the Cincinnati Bengals, McPherson has made 14-of-16 attempts from beyond 50 yards away. What keeps him just behind the top options in our kicker rankings is his shakiness from shorter distances, only converting on 68.2 percent of his kicks from 40-49 yards out.

  • Evan McPherson stats (career): 83.9% field-goal conversion rate, 93.5% extra-point conversion rate, 14-of-16 from 50-plus

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4. Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills

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Tyler Bass holds the NFL record for the most 50-plus yard field goals made in a single game (three), but he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl to this point in his career. Coming from Dutch Fork High School, Bass earned All-Sun Belt honors three times at Georgia Southern. Since landing with the Buffalo Bills in 2020 (188th overall pick), Bass has displayed one of the most powerful legs in the NFL. He’s also made 87 percent of his field-goal attempts in the last two years.

  • Tyler Bass stats (2022): 87.1% field-goal conversion rate, 97.5% extra-point conversion rate, 63.2 average kickoff yards

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3. Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo flies under the radar a bit compared to his peers. While he typically lands outside the top five in rankings of the best NFL kickers, Koo has the second-highest field-goal conversion rate (89.05 percent) in NFL history. He wasn’t quite as crisp last season, hitting 86.5 percent of his attempts, but four of his misses came from 50-plus and he’s made 48-of-50 kicks from under 50 yards over the last two seasons.

  • Younghoe Koo stats (career): 89.1% field-goal conversion rate, 95.2% extra-point conversion rate, 20 field-goals made from 50-plus yards

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2. Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders

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Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson is the only player in the NFL who can challenge Justin Tucker in the 2023 kicker rankings. Drafted 167th overall in 2018, Carlson’s NFL career got off to a rocky start. He lasted just two games with the Minnesota Vikings, missing three field-goal attempts. A year later, Carlson converted just 73.1 percent of his attempts with the Raiders. He then transformed himself into the most accurate kicker in football over the last three seasons (107-of-115 converted). This past season, Carlson led the NFL with 11 field goals made from 50-plys yards out.

  • Daniel Carlson stats (2020-’22): 93% field-goal conversion rate, 94.8% extra-point conversion rate, 24 field-goals made from 50-plus yards

1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens – Best kicker in the NFL

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Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history. He holds the all-time record for conversion rate and is the only kicker to convert 90-plus percent of his field goals across his career. In 2022, Tucker finished with the second-most makes from 50-plus yards (nine) and he was perfect on all 24 attempts from inside 40 yards. Entering his age-34 season, Tucker has a shot to finish his career as one of the all-time NFL points leaders.

  • Justin Tucker stats: 90.5% field-goal conversion rate, 98.8% extra-point conversion rate, 1,502 points, 57 made field goals from 50-plus yards

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Who is the highest draft kicker in NFL history?

Charlie Gogolak is the highest-drafted kicker in NFL history. During the 1966 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders selected Gogolak with the sixth overall pick. He lasted just six seasons in the NFL, making 55.9 percent of his 93 field-goal attempts. Four kickers have been drafted with first-round picks in the history of the NFL Draft.

Who is the No. 1 fantasy kicker?

Justin Tucker is the No. 1 in fantasy kicker rankings for the 2023 season. The Baltimore Ravens kicker has scored at least 130 points in seven consecutive seasons and he has the NFL record for career field goal percentage (90.524 percent).

What is a NFL kicker salary?

The average NFL kicker salary in 2023 is $2.449 million, per Spotrac. We calculated the average salary for an NFL kicker based on the listed salaries for all 43 rostered kickers this season.

Who are the top kickers in fantasy football?

Justin Tucker, Daniel Carlson, Harrison Butker, Younghoe Koo, Tyler Bass and Evan McPherson are the top fantasy football kickers in 2023.

Who is the highest rated kicker in the NFL?

Justin Tucker is the highest rated kicker in the NFL and Madden. Tucker received a 92 rating in Madden 24, the only kicker with a 90-plus rating.

Who is the most accurate kicker ever?

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, converting 90.524 percent of his field-goal attempts. Tucker is the only kicker in NFL history to convert at least 90 percent of his career field-goal attempts.

Has a kicker ever scored 30 points in fantasy football?

Rob Bironas has the record for the most fantasy points ever scored by a kicker in a single game. On Oct. 21, 2007, Bironas converted eight field-goals and made two extra-point kicks. In total, Bironas scored 28 fantasy points that day.

Who is the best kicker to draft in fantasy 2023?

Justin Tucker is the best kicker to draft in fantasy football in 2023. The Baltimore Ravens offense is expected to be one of the best in the NFL and Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history with the strongest leg, too. For those reasons, Justin Tucker is atop our fantasy kicker rankings.

Who are good kickers for fantasy?

Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens), Tyler Bass (Buffalo Bills), Harrison Butker (Kansas City Chiefs), Evan McPherson (Cincinnati Bengals) and Jake Elliott (Philadelphia Eagles) are five of the best kickers in fantasy football. You want to target fantasy kickers who are on the best offenses in the NFL.

Has a kicker ever won MVP?

Mark Moseley is the only kicker to ever win NFL MVP. In 1982, Washington Commanders kicker Mark Moseley converted 20-of-21 field-goal attempts (95.2% conversion rate and 16-of-19 extra-point attempts to win MVP. He won MVP in part because it was a strike-shortened season, allowing Moseley to edge out Dan Fouts (17-11 TD-INT, 2,883 passing yards) and Marcus Allen (1,098 scrimmage yards, 14 total touchdowns).