Continuing on with our Fantasy Football Power Rankings at Detroit Jock City, this time we’ll kick around some kickers.
A kicker is a vital part of every fantasy football team. However, you have to keep many factors in mind when selecting a kicker. First of all, this may seem like common knowledge to fantasy football vets, but if you’re a beginner then take note. A kicker should not be taken in early rounds. Secondly, you have to know what kind of scoring your league has for kickers. Finally, you have to consider the kicker’s team before picking.
There are 32 teams in the NFL. As such, there are at least 32 kickers in the NFL. If you have ten teams in your league and every team drafts two kickers, there will still be twelve kickers left at the end of your draft. Most draft experts and many fantasy football players only draft one kicker, but that choice is up to you if you want to keep one or two on your teams roster.
Essentially, this means that every team will have a quality kicker. However, if there are ten teams and each team needs at least four receivers and three running backs, the selection for such positions gets very tight in later rounds. With that in mind, do not waste a mid-round draft pick on a kicker when you can still get a quality kicker in later rounds and when you need to fill other positions.
The scoring system created by your league is very important when considering kickers. If your league gives additional points for long field goals or penalizes your team for missed field goals, you need to consider these things when drafting. Accuracy should always be considered, but if your league does not penalize for misses and rewards for long field goals, you may want to take a chance on a power kicker in hopes of getting more points.
The final factor you should consider is your kicker’s team. You may draft a kicker with a 100% accuracy rating, but if he never gets the opportunity to kick a field goal, the kicker is useless. Additionally, if your kicker is on a team that is constantly coming from behind, field goals may not cut it. Therefor, make sure you draft a kicker from a team with a decent offense and decent defense.
Now that the key factors are established, lets take a look at the best kickers to choose when your fantasy draft rolls around!