Someday, when I am king, I look forward to eliminating not only kickers but DSTs from my FF leagues. Every year I bring it up, and it goes all of nowhere. I had thought more would feel like I do.
Since it is a necessary evil for most of us, who are your set and forgets? This is something I'm hoping I find each year. Sure I can stream these guys, but when 8-10 other teams in my leagues have the same plan, it works less well.
At DST, if you have the Patriots, you'll hold onto them. I have the 49ers, and felt smug about it early, but less so after playing Arizona last week. Baltimore and especially Pittsburgh seem to be coming on strong. I find team defense pretty random -- some teams get more sacks and turnovers, but DTDs are a flash and pretty random play. In my main league, weekly DST scoring has ranged from 0-30 points, which can change a game.
Kicker is probably more maligned. Justin Tucker is a guy you'll hold onto -- he kicked 7 XPs yesterday. I have Greg Zuerlein, and feel less smug about that. I think the ideal is a dome kicker with a big leg -- Matt Prater, for example. Otherwise I don't know who I'd feel luck to plug in and roll with.
FF seems to require skill and knowledge, but a great deal of it is random crap, with kickers and DST leading the way. And maybe I can eliminate TE too...