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A lot of people come to me and ask “How should I go about drafting a kicker?”. And I respond, “Really bro, that’s what you want to talk about?” Actually, not really. None of that ever happens, and there’s a good reason for that. First, I’m always in my mom’s basement, so no one really comes up to me to ask about anything. Secondly, no one actually cares about kickers. Okay, okay, there are *some* people who draft kickers for one reason or another, but all those reasons are wrong. The Razzball approved strategy here is: Don’t be that guy you know. Which I guess is the opposite of Velveeta’s slogan. We aim high here folks. Look, they are what they are, and that’s a low-tier position on the totem pole of fantasy football. And that’s no joke, because the totem pole exists. Somewhere in New Mexico, with the face of Roger Goodell and Cobra Commander. Hail HYDRA!, amiright? Anyhow, let’s go over a few things about this position (that’s what she said), and then rank-o-rama starts. Prepare your alcoholic beverages…

Despite how irrelevant I think the position is, it still is a position, and this being ‘rankings’ time, we must go forth and use a numerical system to place these kickers in order. And then have a knife fight right afterwards. Sounds exciting, right? Probably just the knives part…


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His Name Was Morten Anderson: If you must draft a Kicker, and you’re not in a nine-Kicker league, please, for the love of Morten Anderson, don’t do it until the late-rounds. Unless you play in a format where Kicker(s) play a bigger role, and if that’s the case, after you draft your kicker, immediately withdraw from said league and join a less-crazier one.

For example, I’d rather have:

Any of the top-20 Quarterbacks before I draft a Kicker.

Any of the top-70 Running Backs before I draft a Kicker.

Any of the top-85 Wide Receivers before I draft a Kicker.

Any of the top-15 Tight Ends before I draft a Kicker.

Any Dome, Except For Bio-Dome: Remember, Kickers, even the elite ones, are hard to predict, as their production relies heavily on the team around them, and the environment in which they are doing their kicking. When targeting, my process goes like this:

Does the Kicker’s team play in a dome? (Or, to a certain extent, a ‘good-weather’ city.) It’s easy, the less weather plays a part in the game, the more opportunities that Kicker will receive to make an impact. Adam Vinatieri, Nick Novak, and Dan Bailey all work here.

Does the Kicker’s team have an elite defense? In most cases (you would hope), coaches are aware of what type of team they have and are more likely to go field-goals when the option exists. Steven Hauschka, and to a lesser extent, Mike Nugent are those guys.

Does the Kicker’s team have a so-so offense? The teams that immediately come to mind are the New York Jets and the New York Jets. Also, probably the Bills. Because they’re the Bills. (Though, I do accept they have inproved everywhere. Except quarterback. I think you need one of those.) Here, you’re targeting from teams that struggle to score points, and usually use their kicker as their primary scoring option. Dan Carpenter, Sebastian Janikowski, and Nick Folk are all good options.

In The End, Does It Matter?: Eh, not really. I mean, it does matter, but not enough to concern yourself with any of this. So why did you just read this? Because I’m good looking with a robust head of hair. And friends, that’s reason enough if you ask me.
 

 

  1. S.H says:
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    Jay,

    I have a trade offer in a 12 team head to head , for ever keeper league. So all starting backs are gone.(except rookies)

    I have no running backs in a dress two league, I have the first overall pick with that I will take Gordon. The offer is E.Sanders for Forsett, or the other offer is just a verbal offer of the 3rd overall pick and TE Bennett. of the two what do you think would be better.??

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @S.H: I’d hold onto Sanders here. Actually, both sound a bit expensive. What type of players are available at that 3rd round?

      • S.H says:
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        @Jay:

        Sorry to be a bother Jay, this is my team.Still need to do cuts,32 player forever keeper
        QB-Bradford
        RB -Knile Davis, Ben Tate
        WR- Emmnuel Sanders, Kendall Wright,Rueben Randle
        TE-Gresham
        K-Dawson
        FLEX SPOT- Nick Foles
        benchS.Hill,Jake Locker, Denarius Moore, Cotchery, Colt McCoy, Vick,Whitehurst, Danny Woodhead.
        LB-Karlos Danby
        LB Curtis Lofton
        DB-T.J Mcdonald,Calvin Pryor
        DEFENCE FLEX-Thomas Davis
        BENCH-Jerod Meyo, William Moore,Reggie Nelson,Tamron Williams and David hawthore.

        Is there anyone on my team you wounld bother with.
        The draft is basicly a rookie draft with Matt Cassel and Josh Hill , the only players with value.I have pick 1, 13, 23,25.outside of Gordon who I will take first, and ideas who I should target for my picks.

        • Jay

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          @S.H: To be fair, in the type of league you’re in, I like your team. There’s some depth here, and while you’ll have to ask our IDP guy Kevin on those defensive guys, I like you balance on offense. RB is a weak position, but I think Gordon is the real deal. If you have him for sure, I think you’ll be okay.

  2. S.H says:
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    It is a 32 man roster for 12 teams, so you are looking mainly at rookies. Might be able to get Ajayi, Maxx Williams Dorsett and perhaps Cobb

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @S.H: Yeah, then I’d hold. There’s enough there I think.

  3. Buster says:
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    When should you draft a kicker?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Buster: NEEEEEEEEEVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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