Fantasy Football

Reasons For and Against Fantasy Football Kickers


Regardless of league type, it’s no secret that fantasy footballers aren’t going to take a kicker even close to the first ten rounds of a fantasy draft. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be an important part of your team and help you to fantasy glory!

Let’s take a closer look at the reason for and against the kicker position on the fantasy football roster.

Reasons For and Against Fantasy Football Kickers

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Reasons For 

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Even in a standard 12, 14, or even 16-team league, there are enough kickers to go around. The top ten leaders in NFL history for total points scored are all kickers, two of which are still active. Kicking is part of the game.

In terms of fake football, there is a lot to think about with kickers. Is the game indoors or in a dome? Turf or grass? Home or Away? Which teams have been scoring a lot of touchdowns and which haven’t? A lot of the kicker hype comes from how well the team can move the ball as a whole, and which can’t. This adds another exciting element to finalizing rosters by Thursday night kickoff.

The case for kickers is contrary to popular belief. There are a lot of “haters” who say that kickers are too unpredictable and variable.

…Honestly, this is no different than any other starting fantasy football position.

According to FantasyPros, in 2017 the top fantasy kicker in standard scoring was Greg Zuerlein with 182 fantasy points and while only playing 14 games. He was followed by Stephen Gostkowski (16 games, 172 points) and Robbie Gould (16 games, 170 points).
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Robbie Gould was an interesting fantasy commodity last season. To put things into perspective, from weeks 14-17, during the Jimmy G five-game win streak, was 16th in standard fantasy scoring and 31st in PPR formats. That is very surprising and can add a bit of strategy to those seeking sleepers on high scoring opportunity teams just outside of playoff contention.

Even with kickers, the variation in ADP versus actual production or fantasy value is still the same as the other skill position players on the fantasy board.

To further blow your mind, the top kicker finished the season as the number 70 fantasy scorer in PPR formats and No. 38 in standard scoring! WOW.

The final point I will say for kickers is that while contending teams are resting their stud muffin players, the kicker still plays. You may have to worry about a QB1 or RB1 resting the last game or three of the season, but teams will still play the kicker. This little bit of consistency is a nice bonus with the large chunk of points to be had with the position.

Reasons Against

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Still, there is nothing worse than losing your head-to-head week on a last-second extra point by a kicker, or falling short because your fake football opponent had a kicker that put up 21 points. We’ve all been there.

It can be very tough to predict the kicker of the week because the top scorer is always variable in both the point totals and in the kick attempt totals. Let’s look at some numbers;

  • In 2017 the number of field goal attempts ranged from 45 (Kansas City) to 19 (Green Bay).
  • Extra point attempts ranged from 51 (LA Rams) to 23 (NY Giants).

Again, the variability that draws a lot of scrutiny in fantasy football comes from a team that can’t score from the 1-yard line, and the only fantasy scorer to benefit is the kicker.

We can say however that the team who attempted the most field goals, Kansas City, and the team who attempted the least field goals, Green Bay, had the most and least field goals made during the regular season. The same can be said for extra points, LA Rams 48/51,  and NY Giants 20/23.

It seems to me that by predicting attempts can predict fantasy kicker success. “Well, DUH!”. To look at it from another view, you basically have to predict the teams that will not score, drop a pass, get sacked, or go nowhere and stay in field goal range. This has to be the hardest thing to predict in fantasy.


Whether you believe that these fantasy kickers should be treated like any other player on the offense because they are a part of it, or you believe that they are just too variable to predict…I can see both cases.  Hopefully, the scales of fantasy kicker justice have been treated equally here and I have opened your eyes to both sides.

Thank you for your time. Until we meet again! Laces out, my friends.

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About Christopher T. Luft

Christopher Luft is from Connecticut and graduated from Providence College with a BS degree in Biology. He went to Optometry school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed an ocular disease residency at the Wilmington, Delaware VA. Chris loves to cook, spend time with his wife, practice and study jiu-jitsu, and of course, fantasy sports.

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