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2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 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 17 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 1-16)

KickerTeamDifferenceImplied PointsFantasy PPG
Elliott FryKC-3.965015.965012.0
Dominik EberleHOU-0.427013.427013.0
Rodrigo BlankenshipIND-1.87389.87388.0
Nick FolkNE0.16469.53549.7
Greg ZuerleinDAL-0.67839.37838.7
Greg JosephMIN-0.04069.14069.1
Matt GayLAR0.85428.74589.6
Daniel CarlsonLV0.22348.57668.8
Evan McPhersonCIN0.67988.52029.2
Tyler BassBUF0.14908.35108.5
Matt PraterARI-0.05108.35108.3
Mason CrosbyGB-0.85108.35107.5
Chris BlewittWAS-3.35108.35105.0
Randy BullockTEN-0.34898.04897.7
Chris BoswellPIT0.34387.95628.3
Dustin HopkinsLAC0.00027.89987.9
Michael BadgleyIND-0.38957.88957.5
Jake ElliottPHI0.45667.84348.3
Justin TuckerBAL0.86947.73068.6
Harrison ButkerKC0.81377.68638.5
Ryan SuccopTB-0.11787.61787.5
Eddy PiñeiroNYJ0.19507.50507.7
Riley PattersonDET0.46427.33587.8
Robbie GouldSF0.42577.27437.7
Graham GanoNYG0.43347.16667.6
Joey SlyeWAS0.13347.16667.3
Brandon McManusDEN0.04627.05387.1
Jason SandersMIA-0.64106.94106.3
Zane GonzalezCAR0.42956.87057.3
Austin SeibertDET-0.31806.51806.2
Younghoe KooATL0.59226.20786.8
Cairo SantosCHI-0.29506.09505.8
Chase McLaughlinCLE-0.05476.05476.0
Matt AmmendolaNYJ-1.24376.04374.8
Brett MaherNO-0.11305.81305.7
Brian JohnsonWAS0.44965.45045.9
Jason MyersSEA-0.26185.36185.1
Ka'imi FairbairnHOU0.22545.27465.5
Matthew WrightJAX0.25105.24905.5
Tristan VizcainoLAC-0.40805.10804.7
Ryan SantosoDET-0.46704.96704.5
Aldrick RosasDET-0.79784.79784.0
Lirim HajrullahuCAR0.95604.54405.5
Josh LamboJAX-2.70304.40301.7
Chris NaggarCLE-0.12104.12104.0
Cody ParkeyNO-0.27503.27503.0
Alex KessmanNYJ-0.73700.73700.0

By this point, we have more than enough data to know which kickers are being utilized the best for fantasy purposes. Someone like Daniel Carlson, for example, doesn’t play for a potent offense but is being maximized because of the conservative nature of the Raiders organization. Meanwhile, teams that are more aggressive on fourth downs and have more efficient offenses, such as the Bucs, 49ers, Chargers, and Chiefs, don’t offer as much fantasy value with their kickers.

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

Week 17 Kicker Rankings

More of our Week 17 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR |

1Nick FolkNEJAX
2Greg ZuerleinDALARI
4Greg JosephMINGB
5Tyler BassBUFATL
6Daniel CarlsonLVIND
7Mason CrosbyGBMIN
8Evan McPhersonCINKC
9Matt PraterARIDAL
10Harrison ButkerKCCIN
11Jake ElliotPHIWSH
12Ryan SuccopTBNYJ
13Robbie GouldSFHOU
14Justin TuckerBALLAR
15Randy BullockTENMIA
16Dustin HopkinsLACDEN
17Michael BadgleyINDLV
18Chris BoswellPITCLE
19Riley PattersonDETSEA
20Joey SlyeWSHPHI
21Brett MaherNOCAR
22Jason MyersSEADET
23Cairo SantosCHINYG
24Graham GanoNYGCHI
25Brandon McManusDENLAC
26Jason SandersMIATEN
27Lirim HajrullahuCARNO
28Chase McLaughlinCLEPIT
29Younghoe KooATLBUF
30Kaimi FairbairnHOUSF
31Eddy PineiroNYJTB
32Matthew WrightJAXNE

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