Even though I’m not one to pat myself on the back (actually, I am), Razzball has been on an upward curve, bringing some sort of conglomerate synergistic metamorphosis (as they say in the corporate world), providing you an ever-improving ranking accuracy year after year. How do we do it? No clue. It could be dark wizardry. It could be indigestion. It could even be your mother. But I have to admit, this year is going to be daunting, if only because the expectations we’ve placed on ourselves here at Razzball Football are at an all time high (just like my college years). Going from 31st overall to 22nd in Weekly Fantasy Football accuracy is one thing. But going from 22nd to the top-10 in the entire nation last season is quite another. And then on top of that, to finish third overall in our Draft Rankings last year… well, it’d be folly to try and say “Yes, we’re going to try even more, (more better if you believe in remedial English)”, but yeah, I’m going to say it… We’re going to do more better. (My English teacher just placed a bounty on me.) With that said, and my parentheses key broken, here are your 2017 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings…
His Name Was Morten Anderson: If you must draft a Kicker (please don’t), 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-25 Quarterbacks before I draft a Kicker.
Any of the top-75 Running Backs before I draft a Kicker.
Any of the top-100 Wide Receivers before I draft a Kicker.
Any of the top-20 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. Matt Bryant, Adam Vinatieri, and Dan Bailey all work here.
Does the Kicker’s team have an elite (stop looking at me Joe Flacco) 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. Phil Dawson, and to a lesser extent, Blair Walsh 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 improved 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. Justin Tucker, Nick Novak, and Kai Forbath (iffy, but I’ll allow it) 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.