The kicker, the lowly ridiculed kicker. Why are they still a part of fantasy football? Why, in an NFL-based fantasy football game, do we have a guy that kicks the ball for a living as part of our roster? Why? Why? WHY?
Yes, he scores points, but does he add anything of value to the fantasy football experience? The kicker is the guy you have to draft. It’s not a position you research, scouring over stats and news articles to find out if one in is a legitimate pick or not. You don’t get excited when a kicker falls to you, you don’t trade up to get that kicker and you would probably prefer to draft that sleeper RB or WR.
Last season was a slight anomaly to the normal kicker statistics. In 2009, Nate Kaeding led the kicking brigade in scoring with 146 points — way to go, Nate. The #12 kicker came in at 108 points, creating a point differential of 38 points, or 2.375 points per game, between the top kicker and the last starter at the position. From 2006 to 2008, the differentials were 30, 23 and 26 points, respectively, between the first-place and 12th-place kickers, all less than two points per game over the course of a season.
If you want to make the kicker position at least fun, make everyone in your league start a different kicker each week. Don’t draft them, just run a WW each week for kickers, saying you cannot start the same kicker twice in a year. Even better, eliminate the position and add a flex spot, allowing your league members to actually have to think on who they will draft. Down with kickers in fantasy football!
Michael Hawes is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Michael in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of bungle613.
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