Fantasy Football Draft Advice: Wait on Your Kicker

Sep 1, 2009

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CCC
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    yeah, I usually get one last round or so

  2. theGM
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    I am also a proponent of dropping the kicker altogether. Actually I did do that in my one keeper league. No more kickers!!

    But in leagues that I do have to take one…you will never see me with a kicker until I absolutely have to take one.

  3. LestersLegends
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Someone after my own heart. Nice job on the no kicker league theGM. I had one last year, but pulled the plug because i had too many leagues going.

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