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Kickers

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SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2009 with 2008 stats

TOTAL POINTS

FIELD GOALS

EXTRA POINTS

FGS 40 YARDS OR LONGER

LONGEST FIELD GOAL

BYE WEEK

1. Jason Elam, Falcons

129

29/31

42/42

11/12

50

4

2. Garrett Hartley, Saints

67

13/13

28/28

4/4

47

5

3. David Akers, Eagles

144

33/40

45/45

10/15

51

4

4. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

148

36/40

40/40

10/12

50

8

5. Lawrence Tynes, Giants

6

1/1

3/3

0/0

19

10

6. Robbie Gould, Bears

119

26/29

41/41

8/11

48

5

7. Mason Crosby, Packers

127

27/34

46/46

8/12

53

5

8. Nate Kaeding, Chargers

127

27/32

46/46

4/9

57

5

9. John Kasay, Panthers

130

28/31

46/46

12/15

50

4

10. Rob Bironas, Titans

127

29/33

40/40

16/20

51

7

11. Ryan Longwell, Vikings

127

29/34

40/40

12/15

54

9

12. Matt Prater, Broncos

114

25/34

39/40

10/17

56

7

13. Rian Lindell, Bills

124

30/38

34/34

11/18

53

9

14. Jay Feely, Jets

111

24/28

39/39

6/7

55

9

15. Kris Brown, Texans

124

29/33

37/37

10/13

53

10

16. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins

103

21/25

40/40

10/14

50

6

17. Shayne Graham, Bengals

78

21/24

15/15

9/11

45

8

18. Neil Rackers, Cardinals

119

25/28

44/44

7/8

54

4

19. Nick Folk, Cowboys

102

20/22

42/42

12/13

52

6

20. Steven Hauschka, Ravens

3

1/2

0/0

1/2

54

7

21. Joe Nedney, 49ers

121

29/33

34/34

10/14

53

6

22. Josh Brown, Rams

112

31/36

19/19

16/21

54

9

23. Jason Hanson, Lions

88

21/22

25/26

14/14

56

7

24. Jeff Reed, Steelers

117

27/31

36/37

9/12

53

8

25. Phil Dawson, Browns

108

30/36

18/18

8/12

56

9

26. Adam Vinatieri, Colts

103

20/25

43/43

6/9

52

6

27. Shaun Suisham, Redskins

103

26/36

25/25

12/20

50

8

28. Matt Bryant, Buccaneers

131

32/38

35/36

5/11

49

8

29. Olindo Mare, Seahawks

102

24/27

30/30

8/10

51

7

30. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders

97

24/30

25/26

5/11

57

9

31. Josh Scobee, Jaguars

90

19/25

33/33

9/12

53

7

32. Connor Barth, Chiefs

54

10/12

24/24

1/2

45

8

Talking Points

• Jason Elam is the league's most consistent kicker, and he plays in a dome. To sweeten the deal, consider that the Falcons face a tough schedule, which could result in fewer PATs and more field goal attempts.

ON THE RISE

• The name Garrett Hartley may draw a few confused glances at your draft—that's how you know who didn't do their homework. From the time he took the field in mid-November, Hartley was the league's third-leading scorer, and he'll do even better behind New Orleans's amped-up offense.

• Lawrence Tynes missed most of last year with injury. Now he's back in the spot he had ceded to John Carney, who was third in the NFL in scoring in '08. Whoever fills the role, the Giants' kicker is a good man to have.

• When you think of Chicago, you think of wind and snow. But you know what? Over the past three seasons the Bears have tied for the league lead in kicking points, and it's because they have Robbie Gould.

• Matt Prater impressed with five field goals of 50 or more yards last season. The x factor is what the Broncos' offense will be like with a new quarterback and coach.

SLEEPER

• If you're looking for a fallback pick, try Kris Brown. I like him because the Texans have a potential breakout offense with top five players at receiver and running back.

• Neil Rackers is on a team that scores a lot of points, but the problem is that the Cardinals tend to score touchdowns rather than go for field goals. So he doesn't get as many attempts as you'd expect.

• Anyone who drafts Adam Vinatieri is most likely a Patriots fan expressing eternal gratitude for all those Super Bowl kicks.

PHOTO

BOB ROSATO (HARTLEY)

PHOTO

GREG NELSON (BROWN)