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2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Kicker Rankings

When it comes to critical fantasy football decisions, we’re always focused on quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. Heck, even defense and special teams units get their fair share of attention as well! Yet, what about kickers? Unless your league doesn’t force you to roster one, they still score points for you, and can be the difference between winning and losing your matchup!

This brings me to my Week 16 kicker rankings. You don’t usually see kickers dissected, but that’s what I plan to do today. You’ve probably heard of expected/implied points for other positions, yet not for kickers. Let’s solve that, shall we?

We know a field-goal attempt is at least three times more valuable than an extra point, but it depends on distance. Thus, a raw field goal attempt is closer to four times more valuable than an extra point. With that in mind, here are the expected points for each kicker thus far, based on their usage.

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Implied Points (Weeks 1-15)

KickerTeamDifferenceImplied PointsFantasy PPG
Nick FolkNE0.09710.10310.2
Rodrigo BlankenshipIND-1.8749.8748.0
Greg ZuerleinDAL-0.8539.6538.8
Greg JosephMIN-0.1169.0168.9
Daniel CarlsonLV0.2058.8959.1
Mason CrosbyGB-0.9938.5937.6
Matt GayLAR0.8688.5329.4
Tyler BassBUF0.0498.3518.4
Chris BlewittWAS-3.3518.3515.0
Evan McPhersonCIN0.9308.1709.1
Justin TuckerBAL0.8308.1709.0
Matt PraterARI0.4308.1708.6
Randy BullockTEN-0.3918.0917.7
Chris BoswellPIT0.5518.0498.6
Joey SlyeWAS0.0197.8817.9
Dustin HopkinsLAC-0.2077.8077.6
Harrison ButkerKC0.8147.6868.5
Robbie GouldSF0.4107.5908.0
Michael BadgleyIND-0.0907.5907.5
Jake ElliottPHI0.5957.5058.1
Graham GanoNYG0.2557.4457.7
Ryan SuccopTB-0.1427.1427.0
Eddy PiñeiroNYJ0.4187.0827.5
Zane GonzalezCAR0.4306.8717.3
Brandon McManusDEN0.0606.8406.9
Jason SandersMIA-0.4596.6596.2
Riley PattersonDET0.5416.6597.2
Austin SeibertDET-0.3186.5186.2
Brett MaherNO-0.2906.4906.2
Cairo SantosCHI-0.3366.2365.9
Younghoe KooATL0.4856.1156.6
Chase McLaughlinCLE-0.0556.0556.0
Matt AmmendolaNYJ-1.2446.0444.8
Brian JohnsonWAS0.4505.4505.9
Ka'imi FairbairnHOU0.2255.2755.5
Jason MyersSEA-0.1485.1485.0
Tristan VizcainoLAC-0.4085.1084.7
Ryan SantosoDET-0.4674.9674.5
Matthew WrightJAX0.3104.8905.2
Aldrick RosasDET-0.7984.7984.0
Josh LamboJAX-2.7034.4031.7
Lirim HajrullahuDAL1.7253.2755.0
Cody ParkeyNO-0.2753.2753.0
Alex KessmanNYJ-0.7370.7370.0

With the Cowboys continuing to be conservative on fourth downs as of late, Greg Zuerlein continues to move closer to the #1 spot on this list, though Nick Folk still holds it as of now. With Zuerlein’s Cowboys projected for more points against the Washington Football Team than the Patriots are against the Bills, I have Zuerlein as the #1 kicker of the week. Yes, past usage matters, but we need to adjust that to amount of points they are projected to score this week, and compare it to previous norms. Folk, for example, is likely to be hurt by the fact that New England is facing one of the tougher defenses in the NFL, while kickers like Dustin Hopkins and Jake Elliot rise up the rankings due to very favorable matchups.

Hopefully, this helps explain my thought process when it comes to my kicker rankings. Speaking of which, here they are!

Week 16 Kicker Rankings

More Week 16 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR | Flex

1Greg ZuerleinDALWSH
3Nick FolkNEBUF
4Greg JosephMINLAR
5Tyler BassBUFNE
6Mason CrosbyGBCLE
7Matt PraterARIIND
8Justin TuckerBALCIN
9Daniel CarlsonLVDEN
10Dustin HopkinsLACHOU
11Evan McPhersonCINBAL
12Jake ElliotPHINYG
13Robbie GouldSFTEN
14Elliot FryKCPIT
15Randy BullockTENSF
16Ryan SuccopTBCAR
17Chris BoswellPITKC
18Michael BadgleyINDARI
19Brett MaherNOMIA
20Younghoe KooATLDET
21Riley PattersonDETATL
22Graham GanoNYGPHI
23Brandon McManusDENLV
24Brian JohnsonWSHDAL
25Jason SandersMIANO
26Jason MyersSEACHI
27Eddy PineiroNYJJAX
28Matthew WrightJAXNYJ
29Panthers KickerCARTB
30Cairo SantosCHISEA
31Chase McLaughlinCLEGB
32Kaimi FairbairnHOULAC

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