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2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 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 5 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:

NameTeamDifferenceImplied PointsFantasy PPG
Randy BullockTEN-2.01712.01710.0
Tyler BassBUF-0.31211.31211.0
Justin TuckerBAL0.54610.25510.8
Matt PraterARI0.24610.25510.5
Daniel CarlsonLV0.3809.62010.0
Nick FolkNE-0.8209.6208.8
Matt GayLAR0.3929.4099.8
Ryan SuccopTB-0.9868.9868.0
Rodrigo BlankenshipIND-0.5748.7748.2
Greg ZuerleinDAL-0.7748.7748.0
Brandon McManusDEN0.4498.3518.8
Graham GanoNYG0.4498.3518.8
Dustin HopkinsWAS-0.7287.9287.2
Zane GonzalezCAR-1.5057.5056.0
Greg JosephMIN1.2077.2948.5
Joey SlyeHOU0.0596.9417.0
Chase McLaughlinCLE2.1306.8719.0
Tristan VizcainoLAC-0.6716.8716.2
Robbie GouldSF0.6416.6597.3
Mason CrosbyGB1.7536.4488.2
Evan McPhersonCIN1.0536.4487.5
Chris BoswellPIT0.7536.4487.2
Jake ElliottPHI-0.0256.0256.0
Austin SeibertDET-0.8135.8135.0
Harrison ButkerKC1.3225.1796.5
Aldrick RosasNO-1.1795.1794.0
Younghoe KooATL0.7454.7565.5
Cairo SantosCHI0.7454.7565.5
Jason MyersSEA0.6564.5445.2
Jason SandersMIA0.4564.5445.0
Josh LamboJAX-2.7034.4031.7
Ryan SantosoDET0.5794.1214.7
Michael BadgleyTEN-3.1214.1211.0
Matt AmmendolaNYJ-0.1103.9103.8
Matthew WrightJAX1.4171.5833.0
Ka'imi FairbairnHOU0.955-0.9550.0

Despite the Ravens having one of the better red-zone offenses in the NFL, Justin Tucker continues to have one of the most optimal kicker usages. Red-zone regression in both directions could impact Tyler Bass and Harrison Butker, though both should perform well in a game with a 57-point total.

Can we please acknowledge Randy Bullock as a kicker you should add? Another favorable matchup against the Jaguars will help his case, while there are still plenty of mid-tier kickers that are going to be viable streamers on a week-to-week basis. Forget about streaming defenses, just stream kickers as well!

Week 5 Kicker Rankings

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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 simpler. After making those adjustments, here are my Week 5 kicker rankings:

1Justin TuckerBALIND
2Tyler BassBUFKC
3Greg ZuerleinDALNYG
4Matt PraterARISF
6Randy BullockTENJAX
7Daniel CarlsonLVCHI
8Ryan SuccopTBMIA
9Harrison ButkerKCBUF
10Greg JosephMINDET
11Nick FolkNEHOU
12Joey SlyeSFARI
13Zane GonzalezCARPHI
14Chase McLaughlinCLELAC
15Brandon McManusDENPIT
16Graham GanoNYGDAL
17Jason MyersSEALAR
18Tristan VizcainoLACCLE
19Younghoe KooATLNYJ
20Dustin HopkinsWSHNO
21Rodrigo BlankenshipINDBAL
22Mason CrosbyGBCIN
23Evan McPhersonCINGB
24Cody ParkeyNOWSH
25Chris BoswellPITDEN
26Austin SeibertDETMIN
27Jason SandersMIATB
28Cairo SantosCHILV
29Josh LamboJAXTEN
30Matt AmmendolaNYJATL
31Jake ElliotPHICAR
32Kaimi FairbairnHOUNE

More fantasy football fun for Week 5: Waiver Wire | FAAB Guide | Buy-Low, Sell-High Trade Targets | Start & Sit | Loves & Hates | Stock Watch | Sleepers & Streamers | QB Streamers | D/ST Streamers |

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