Yup, I just did that. I just pushed out kicker rankings and dropped a post the same day talking bad about them. Actually, I talked bad about them within their own rankings. I’m cruel like that. It’s like if they asked me to be a judge of a Miss America contest. I’d do my job appropriately but if anyone asked me what I thought of the contest itself, I’d laugh. Seriously, I wouldn’t say anything, I’d just bust up and wouldn’t be able to stop. I mean, it’s a contest that brought us Miss Utah. If that doesn’t tell you why not to care, then I’ll give you Miss Teen USA from South Carolina. Some people really don’t have maps. Even US Americans. But enough analogy, here’s me giving you a road map to a successful league set-up this year for 2013 Fantasy Football.
You see that ‘Commish Tools’ tab in your yahoo league? Click on it. See the link that says ‘Edit Roster Positions’? Click on that next. Then where it says ‘Kicker (K)’, you’ll notice your league says ‘1’. Click the drop down menu and select the amount of beers you told your wife you had tonight. Yes, that’s zero. She doesn’t believe you and I don’t either but that doesn’t matter. You need to get these kickers out of your fantasy football life and I’m here to tell you why: there’s very little strategy to them and success/failure at the position has very little to do with how good of a fantasy football player you are. The highest scoring kicker last year was rookie Blair Walsh. He could’ve been picked up off of waivers in pretty much every league and I dare say that could’ve even applied all the way up to the last few weeks of the season. You know who got drafted nearly everywhere? Mason Crosby. Yeah, we all know what he did. He crapped the bed of a kicker life by not even being a top 10 kicker on an offense that was a top scoring team on the season. You getting my point yet? You don’t rush out to pick up a kicker who drops 22 points but you’d put a waiver claim on a Running Back who scored 10. It’s a ridiculous position for the purposes of our Fantasy Football lives and one we can do without. Do you really feel superior to your league mate because Lawrence Tynes scored you 20 points and your opponent got a measly 3 from Matt Bryant? That could’ve happened week 3 of the season in multiple leagues and could’ve won the week for that team. Should we really put the fate of how our team wins/loses in the hands of such a position? To quote Mr. Ed, ‘neigh’. Oh and BTW, Tynes is a free agent this off-seaosn. This despite finishing as the 4th best fantasy scorer amongst kickers. Would the same thing happen to a positional player who is near the top of his position in terms of talent? Go talk to Mr. Ed again for your answer. So I humbly urge you all for this 2013 Fantasy football season: kick the kicker habit. You’ll feel better when you do. I know I did *Kicker clean since 2010 and proud*.