Over the next two weeks, the Fantasy Assembly’s greatest fantasy football minds will be coming together to wrap up our 2016 consolidated rankings. Join Andy Germani, Tommy Landseadel and Joe Mica as they help you prepare for your rapidly approaching football drafts.
Today we cover kickers and next week we will finish up with the top 150 overall.
Kickers are the redheaded stepchild of fantasy football. They are generally ignored and most experts will advise you to take one with your very last pick in any draft. That line of thinking is that kicker scoring is difficult to predict from week to week and that not many points differentiate the elite kickers from the middle of the pack. I don’t necessarily agree, but we will get to that in a moment. First, three things to consider when targeting your kicker:
1. Quality of the kicker: Are they accurate? Will they be given ample opportunity to attempt long field goals?
2. Scoring potential of the offense: A top kicker doesn’t always need to be tied to a juggernaut, but the offense needs to be able to move the ball. Bad offenses often fail to generate enough scoring chances for the kicker.
3. Quality of the team: Game flow matters. Teams that are winning are likely to continue attempting field goals throughout the game. Teams that are losing are more likely to go for it on 4th down instead of kicking the field goal. You want a kicker from a good team.
These three items are equally important, in my opinion. Now, while I would never advise anybody to reach early for a kicker, I also feel that waiting until the last round is a mistake. Most owners reading these columns are highly active. I for one, have never gone into week 1 of a season with the same team I drafted. There is always a hot pick up or two that emerge as pre-season action winds down. Who is the player that gets dropped to accommodate the add? Easy, it is your last position player drafted.
That is why, in my opinion, it makes little sense to draft defense and kicker in the last two rounds. Your last position player is almost always going back to the waiver wire anyway. Why not take your defense in round 12 and your kicker in the second to last round? That way, you will land an above average kicker and you don’t really sacrifice anything of value. Think about it.
Anyway, before I digress too far, let’s get to the ranks.
All of our rankings assume standard scoring:
- Extra point = 1
- Field Goal 1-49 = 3
- Field Goal 50+ = 5
We wrap things up next week with the top 150 for 2016
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