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2021 Fantasy Football: Week 4 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 4 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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More Week 4 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | Kicker | PPR | Flex

KickerTeamDifferenceImplied PointsFantasy PPG
Daniel CarlsonLV1.24711.45312.7
Randy BullockTEN-1.31211.31210.0
Brandon McManusDEN0.12911.17111.3
Nick FolkNE-0.32510.32510.0
Justin TuckerBAL0.65710.04310.7
Greg ZuerleinDAL-1.34310.0438.7
Greg JosephMIN1.2399.76111.0
Tyler BassBUF-0.4619.7619.3
Matt PraterARI-0.4799.4799.0
Matt GayLAR1.3858.91510.3
Dustin HopkinsWAS-0.6158.9158.3
Rodrigo BlankenshipIND-0.9158.9158.0
Zane GonzalezCAR-1.3518.3517.0
Tristan VizcainoLAC-1.3518.3517.0
Graham GanoNYG1.5137.7879.3
Chase McLaughlinCLE2.0777.2239.3
Chris BoswellPIT0.0777.2237.3
Joey SlyeHOU0.0596.9417.0
Robbie GouldSF0.6416.6597.3
Ryan SuccopTB-0.0776.3776.3
Ryan SantosoDET0.1875.8136.0
Austin SeibertDET-0.8135.8135.0
Evan McPhersonCIN2.1875.8138.0
Mason CrosbyGB2.1875.8138.0
Harrison ButkerKC1.1695.5316.7
Jason MyersSEA0.4515.2495.7
Aldrick RosasNO-0.9495.2494.3
Younghoe KooATL0.6154.6855.3
Cairo SantosCHI0.6154.6855.3
Jason SandersMIA0.3154.6855.0
Josh LamboJAX-2.7034.4031.7
Jake ElliottPHI-0.1214.1214.0
Michael BadgleyTEN-3.1214.1211.0
Matt AmmendolaNYJ-0.4292.4292.0

I expect Nick Folk to kick less field goals as the Patriots improve their league-worst red-zone offense, yet this is a different list than you’d expect. Daniel Carlson continues to be an extremely trustworthy option for the high-scoring Raiders offense, while Randy Bullock is one of the better fantasy kicker options out there despite him not being rostered (2% ESPN) in many leagues.

On the contrary, Harrison Butker isn’t getting the opportunities to accumulate fantasy points. You think that being a part of the league’s top offense would help with this, yet since they’re such a big-play oriented offense that doesn’t settle for field goals, his usage is worse than you’d expect; the same is true for Ryan Succop (Bucs) and Mason Crosby (Packers). These kickers may be more well-known or play for high-powered offenses, yet that doesn’t mean they’re the best bang for your buck.

Week 4 Kicker Rankings

We now know, thus far, how well each kicker should be performing. Adjusting that for expected red-zone success and overall offensive success moving forward, the ranking process becomes much more simpler. After making those adjustments, here are my Week 4 kicker rankings:

1Greg ZuerleinDALCAR
2Justin TuckerBALDEN
4Tyler BassBUFHOU
5Matt PraterARILAR
6Daniel CarlsonLVLAC
7Randy BullockTENNYJ
8Greg JosephMINCLE
9Robbie GouldSFSEA
10Harrison ButkerKCPHI
11Brandon McManusDENBAL
12Zane GonzalezCARDAL
13Chase McLaughlinCLEMIN
14Jason MyersSEASF
15Tristan VizcainoLACLV
16Nick FolkNETB
17Rodrigo BlankenshipINDMIA
18Dustin HopkinsWSHATL
19Ryan SuccopTBNE
20Graham GanoNYGNO
21Chris BoswellPITGB
22Younghoe KooATLWSH
23Jason SandersMIAIND
24Mason CrosbyGBPIT
25Aldrick RosasNONYG
26Evan McPhersonCINJAX
27Cairo SantosCHIDET
28Austin SeibertDETCHI
29Joey SlyeHOUBUF
30Josh LamboJAXCIN
31Jake ElliotPHIKC
32Matt AmmendolaNYJTEN

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