Stay away from kickers until the last round! This advice seems to be agreed upon by all fantasy analysts. Only 30 total points separated the Top 12 kickers last year. In a standard 10- or 12-team league, it is practical to wait until the last round to snag a top kicker. However, if you compete in a deep league, it is important to recognize some of the key differences between kickers.
Nate Kaeding – With significantly less red zone attempts in 2009 than previous seasons,
Stephen Gostkowski – Now that he is more than just
David Akers – Finishing in second place for kicker points over the last two years, will this be Akers’ year to reach first place? His percentage seems to only blemish with longer kicks as he does not have the leg to consistently hit attempts over 50 yards.
Ryan Longwell – With No. 4 captaining the offense,
Rob Bironas – Although, Bironas’ leg in recent years may not be as remarkable as Hulk Hogan’s 24-inch pythons in the 80s, he did successfully land 5-of-6 field goals of at least 50 yards last season. In fact, he even owns a 60-yarder on his resume
Garrett Hartley – Although, he did not own the job as Saints’ kicker until Week 13, Hartley’s first impression was memorable as he nailed the game winner against
Mason Crosby – Percentage wise, Crosby may not top your list of kickers.
However, he will continue to earn a ton of attempts as
Kris Brown/Neil Rackers – Brown’s inconsistency last season was devastating to
Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had another year of solid numbers despite
Robbie Gould – Although, his total points have gradually declined over the last four seasons, Gould’s career accuracy is above 85 percent. With more prolific results expected for
Jay Feely – Feely may be well-traveled, but
Matt Prater – Although, he struggled in his first season with
Truthfully, there are many other priorities that will consume your time prepping for your draft. Although, kickers are an important component of any fantasy football team, it is not recommended to draft them before the last two rounds. However, selecting an accurate kicker on a high-scoring team may prove to be the difference between winning a key matchup.