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Fantasy Football Week 14 Rankings: K

Dec 10, 2009 – 1:20 PM
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Tom Herrera

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Garrett HartleyIf you want a perfect example of how volatile kickers can be, look no further than New Orleans. Garrett Hartley, an afterthought at the beginning of the season due to a four-game suspension, is suddenly a top-five kicker again after a huge 15-point week. Meanwhile, John Carney is waiver wire fodder even though he carried many fantasy teams early on.

And it's because of the aforementioned volatility that we must give props to Eagles kicker David Akers, a pillar of consistency this season. Akers hasn't dipped below six points in a game yet. More impressively, he's tallied eight double-digit scoring weeks. You rarely find that kind of comfort in a kicker, so he tops our ranks heading into the playoff stretch.

Week 14 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K | Sleepers | Playoff Tips

1. David Akers, PHI at NYG
2. Nate Kaeding, SD at DAL
3. Ryan Longwell, MIN vs. CIN
4. Garrett Hartley, NO at ATL
5. Rob Bironas, TEN vs. STL
6. Lawrence Tynes, NYG vs. PHI
7. Matt Stover, IND vs. DEN
8. Jay Feely, NYJ at TB
9. Mason Crosby, GB at CHI
10. Matt Prater, DEN at IND
11. Shayne Graham, CIN at MIN
12. Neil Rackers, ARI at SF
13. Nick Folk, DAL vs. SD
14. Stephen Gostkowski, NE vs. CAR
15. Joe Nedney, SF vs. ARI
16. Robbie Gould, CHI vs. GB
17. Olindo Mare, SEA at HOU
18. Jeff Reed, PIT at CLE
19. Rian Lindell, BUF at KC
20. Kris Brown, HOU vs. SEA

• Stephen Gostkowski was a rock-solid option earlier this season, but he's disappointed the last couple of weeks as the Patriots have struggled. On the flip side, Matt Prater is red hot for Denver. He's booted his way to 15-point fantasy performances in consecutive weeks.

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff (concussion) says he'll be ready to play despite being limited at practice. It's a great matchup against Detroit, but there's no way you should risk anything in Week 14. Leave Cundiff on the wires.

• Now's not the time to get cute with kickers. Whoever you choose, make sure he has very little chance of getting blanked. Sure, the unexpected will always happen in the NFL, but a safer source of points is better than an upside play that could possibly get shut down.
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