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Fantasy Football Week 15 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 15 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 1-14)

PlayerTeamDifferenceImplied PointsFantasy PPG
Nick FolkNE0.036410.563610.6
Rodrigo BlankenshipIND-1.87389.87388.0
Greg ZuerleinDAL-0.74959.54958.8
Greg JosephMIN-0.19229.39229.2
Eddy PiñeiroNYJ-0.19709.19709.0
Daniel CarlsonLV0.19358.80659.0
Mason CrosbyGB-1.10658.80657.7
Matt GayLAR0.78878.61139.4
Tyler BassBUF-0.04628.54628.5
Justin TuckerBAL0.78398.41619.2
Matt PraterARI0.44908.35108.8
Chris BlewittWAS-3.35108.35105.0
Dustin HopkinsLAC-0.32088.22087.9
Randy BullockTEN-0.41008.21007.8
Evan McPhersonCIN0.70938.09078.8
Joey SlyeWAS0.01907.88107.9
Robbie GouldSF0.31307.78708.1
Harrison ButkerKC0.79987.70028.5
Graham GanoNYG0.22997.57017.8
Ryan SuccopTB-0.00507.50507.5
Jake ElliottPHI0.66017.43998.1
Chris BoswellPIT0.92527.37488.3
Michael BadgleyIND0.17107.12907.3
Zane GonzalezCAR0.42956.87057.3
Brandon McManusDEN0.14586.85427.0
Jason SandersMIA-0.52416.72416.2
Austin SeibertDET-0.31806.51806.2
Cairo SantosCHI-0.16856.26856.1
Chase McLaughlinCLE0.09656.20356.3
Younghoe KooATL0.42676.07336.5
Matt AmmendolaNYJ-1.24376.04374.8
Brett MaherNO-0.31305.81305.5
Brian JohnsonWAS0.32805.67206.0
Jason MyersSEA-0.19245.29245.1
Tristan VizcainoLAC-0.40805.10804.7
Riley PattersonDET0.73304.96705.7
Ryan SantosoDET-0.46704.96704.5
Aldrick RosasDET-0.79784.79784.0
Ka'imi FairbairnHOU-0.22864.62864.4
Josh LamboJAX-2.70304.40301.7
Matthew WrightJAX0.32524.37484.7
Lirim HajrullahuDAL1.72503.27505.0
Cody ParkeyNO-0.27503.27503.0
Alex KessmanNYJ0.0

Nick Folk is still the top kicker based on usage, but Greg Zuerlein continues to inch closer and closer. It wasn’t a positive week for Daniel Carlson in terms of field goal attempts, and I learned a valuable lesson that can help me improve my kicker rankings moving forward; past usage, while predictive, needs added context, such as implied point total, to maximize its effectiveness. As you will see this week, the top kickers are utilized a lot; the difference is with how many points they are projected to score compared to their seasonal average. If they are projected to score more points, then the kicker should get a bump up, and the same is true vise versa.

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

Week 15 Kicker Rankings

More Week 15 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | Kicker | D/ST | PPR | Flex

1Greg ZuerleinDALNYG
2Nick FolkNEIND
3Tyler BassBUFCAR
5Greg JosephMINCHI
6Matt PraterARIDET
7Daniel CarlsonLVCLE
8Mason CrosbyGBBAL
9Justin TuckerBALGB
10Harrison ButkerKCLAC
11Dustin HopkinsLACKC
12Robbie GouldSFATL
13Evan McPhersonCINDEN
14Randy BullockTENPIT
15Ryan SuccopTBNO
16Jason SandersMIANYJ
17Jake ElliotPHIWSH
18Graham GanoNYGDAL
19Chris BoswellPITTEN
20Brandon McManusDENCIN
21Brian JohnsonWSHPHI
22Zane GonzalezCARBUF
23Michael BadgleyINDNE
24Matthew WrightJAXHOU
25Kaimi FairbairnHOUJAX
26Brett MaherNOTB
27Chase McLaughlinCLELV
28Younghoe KooATLSF
29Cairo SantosCHIMIN
30Eddy PineiroNYJMIA
31Jason MyersSEALAR
32Riley PattersonDETARI

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