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 11 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.
Implied Points (Weeks 1-10)
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It’s time to re-think how we rank kickers. Harrison Butker is the popular name as the kicker of the Chiefs, but his usage remains subpar and teaches us a valuable lesson: maybe we shouldn’t go for the kickers of the best offenses? If we know that a field goal attempt is worth significantly more than an extra point attempt, then we should target kickers of offenses that can move the ball, but perhaps not into the red zone. That’s why Greg Joseph, Nick Folk, and Randy Bullock all stand out in terms of usage. There’s a decent chance that these kickers might still be on the waiver wire, and with the way their opportunities have shaped up, that shouldn’t be the case. Add them now before it’s too late. I’ll also add that the Washington Football Team has been a friendly situation for kicker usage, so Joey Slye could be worth an add in deeper leagues.
Week 11 Kicker Rankings
BYES: DEN, LAR
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