Fantasy Football Draft Advice: Wait on Your Kicker

by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

Yesterday we discussed being bold and taking a top defense early.  Since the top defenses don’t tend to change from year-to-year, it’s a calculated risk.  Kickers, on the other hand, are much more of a crap shoot. In fact, since 2002 there have only been two Kickers to be in the top five in points in consecutive seasons.

Stephen Gostkowski is one of the back-to-back Kickers so he may be the exception, although his average draft position is the 11th round.  I see no reason why New England’s offense doesn’t continue to score in bunches, but personally I would rather secure a top flight defense or provide depth to another key position.  Of course, I am not opposed to ditching the Kicker position all together, but that’s a topic for a different day.  If you are drafting a Kicker based on last year, you’ll probably miss the boat.  Here’s a look at the top five point scorers from 2002-2008.

2008
Stephen Gostkowski – 148
David Akers – 144
John Carney – 143
Matt Bryant – 131
John Kasay – 1302007
Mason Crosby – 141
Stephen Gostkowski – 137
Rob Bironas – 133
Nick Folk – 131
Shayne Graham – 130

2006
Robbie Gould – 143
Nate Kaeding – 136
Jeff Wilkins – 131
Matt Stover – 121
Josh Scobee – 119

2005
Jay Feely -148
Neil Rackers – 140
Shayne Graham – 131
Lawrence Tynes – 125
Mike Vanderjagt – 121

2004
Adam Vinatieri – 141
Jason Elam – 129
Jeff Reed – 124
David Akers – 122
Shayne Graham – 122

2003
Jeff Wilkins – 163
Mike Vanderjagt – 157
Matt Stover – 134
John Kasay – 125
Gary Anderson – 123

2002
Jay Feely – 138
David Akers – 133
John Carney – 130
Martin Gramatica – 128
Sebastian Janikowski – 128
Ryan Longwell – 128

My advice is fill your roster with good depth at your key positions and grab a Kicker in the last round.  Odds are you’re going to drop your Kicker in your bye week anyway.   Unless you have an extremely deep roster, you don’t want to hold onto two Kickers at one time.

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One comment

  1. Benny says:

    I think this is one of the easiest yet most important strategies in fantasy football. I always appreciate it when someone takes their kicker SO early. It just means more sleepers and players to choose from. I always wait till the second to last or last round. You’re right. It’s a crap shoot. It’s hard to tell which kicker is going to have a big year. In 2006, I got Robbie Gould in the last round and looked how he did.

    Even in most publications, it says to hold off on a kicker, yet people still draft them way early. Better for us!

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