2018 Outlook: Zuerlein was fantasy's top-scoring kicker last season after posting an average finish of 23.6 at the position during the first five seasons of his career. His 2017 production was helped by the Rams ranking second in the NFL with 43 field goal attempts, but Zuerlein also connected on a career-high 95 percent of his kicks. It's fair to wonder whether Zuerlein's efficiency will take a dive after a shaky first four years in the league, but with Sean McVay running the show, the Rams figure to again rank among the league's top-scoring teams. That will allow Zuerlein plenty of opportunities, meaning he is a top-end fantasy kicker.
2018 Outlook: Gostkowski ranked in the top five in field goal attempts (40) and conversions (37) last year. He ranked second in fantasy points and has finished first or second during five of the past six years. His 91.4 percent field goal conversion rate over the past five years is tops in the league. Gostkowski has also ranked in the top three in extra point attempts each of the past three seasons. The 34-year-old is one of the league's best kickers in one of the league's best offenses. He remains an elite, high-floor fantasy option in 2018.
2018 Outlook: Tucker finished fourth in fantasy points last season and has now posted six consecutive top-11 seasons. Tucker's production was down last year (91.9 field goal conversion rate), but he's still the league's best pure kicker. In 2016, he nailed all but one of 39 attempts despite a 41.9-yard average distance (third highest). He's converted 15 of 17 attempts from 50-plus yards over the past two years. Tucker is the only kicker who has made 100 percent of his extra point attempts all three seasons since the new rules were enforced in 2015. Baltimore's weak offense hurts Tucker a bit, but he overcomes it with his elite leg. Lock him in as a top-five fantasy kicker.
2018 Outlook: Bryant was fantasy's No. 5 kicker in 2017 and has now finished top-five in three of the past four years (including first in 2016). Bryant's average field goal attempt of 40.4 yards was third highest last season. He converted on 87.2 percent of the tries after nailing 91.9 percent of his 2016. Bryant has missed only one extra point (91 of 92) since the new rules were put in place in 2015. Bryant is now 42 years old, but is still one of the game's top kickers. He's a fringe top-five fantasy option.
2018 Outlook: Lutz has benefited greatly from working in the Saints' high-scoring offense. He's been a starting-caliber fantasy kicker each of his two seasons with the team, ranking seventh in 2016 and sixth in 2017. His 70 field goal attempts are fifth most over the past two seasons, but his 84.3 conversion rate ranks 19th. Lutz paced the NFL in extra point attempts last season after ranking second in 2016 (50 both seasons). As long as Lutz is in New Orleans, his mediocre efficiency will be covered up by the Saints' elite offense. As such, he's a viable fantasy starter.
2018 Outlook: Last season, Boswell posted his first-career top-10 fantasy campaign in his third year with the team. Boswell nailed a career-high 92.1 percent of his field goal attempts, which was the league's sixth-best mark. He also set career-best marks in field goal attempts (38) and conversions (35). Boswell benefited from Pittsburgh attempting only four two-point conversions after the team paced the league with 20 during the 2015-16 seasons. Boswell is a solid kicker and won't be short volume in one of the league's top offenses in 2018. He's a middle-of-the-road fantasy starter.
2018 Outlook: Gould was fantasy's No. 3 scoring kicker last season and was sixth during his last full season in 2015. San Francisco's 41 field goal attempts were fourth most in 2017. Gould connected on a league-high 39 attempts and his 95.1 percent conversion rate was second best in the league. Gould has been hot for a while now, nailing all 10 of his attempts in 2016 after finishing second in the NFL with 33 makes in 2015. The 49ers' offense is on the rise with Jimmy Garoppolo in town, which figures to allow Gould plenty of opportunity again in 2018. He's a solid fantasy kicker.
2018 Outlook: Elliott missed two games last season but the rookie still managed the No. 12 point total among kickers. He became a household name in Philadelphia when he nailed a 61-yard game-winning field goal against the Giants in only his second NFL game. Though Elliott missed five field goals, the average distance of his 31 attempts was 40.3 yards (fourth highest). He also missed three of 42 extra points (plus two more during the playoffs). Elliott's efficiency needs work, but the 2017 fifth-round pick is still only 23 years old. As long as he's kicking in Philly, he'll benefit from one of the league's top offenses, which positions him as a viable fantasy starter.
2018 Outlook: Prater enters 2018 after posting his second consecutive top-10 fantasy campaign and his fourth over the past six seasons. Prater's 85.7 percent field goal conversion rate last season isn't great, but it looks better when you consider the average distance of his attempts was an NFL-high 40.8 yards. That's been the theme for Prater over the past five years, as he's posted a terrific 87.8 percent conversation rate despite a league-high 40.0 average field goal distance. Prater is one of the game's top kickers and benefits from a good Detroit offense. He's a solid fantasy option again in 2018.
2018 Outlook: Butker made his NFL debut in Week 4 last season but still managed to tie for the league lead with 42 field goal attempts (the Chiefs paced the NFL with 45 tries on the year). The heavy volume allowed him the seventh-most fantasy points. Butker nailed an impressive 90.5 percent of his tries and the sky is the limit for the 2017 seventh-round pick. Butker, 23, enters this season in a good spot as Kansas City's kicker and is positioned for fringe top-10 fantasy production.
2018 Outlook: Vinatieri may be a future Hall of Famer, but at least from a fantasy perspective he has been unable to overcome Andrew Luck's injuries. Vinatieri has posted three top-five fantasy campaigns over the past five seasons, but ended up 15th when Luck missed half the season in 2015 and landed 16th with Luck out the entire season in 2017. Vinatieri is now 45 years old, but is still one of the league's top kickers. He's converted 89.6 percent of his field goal attempts over the past five seasons, which is fifth best among active kickers. With Luck expected back in 2018, Vinatieri is back in the conversation as a viable fantasy starter.