Top 10 Fantasy Football Kickers
Kickers matter! That’s right, I said it. Kickers can make or break your season. There’s been games won and lost by kickers getting 11 points, to kickers only getting 3 points. The strategy is to get a kicker on a team that scores a lot. The idea of getting a kicker on a 6-10 team because you think they will kick more field goals works a lot less than you think. Don’t reach in the 8th round for a kicker, but don’t wait too much either. Without further ado, here’s the top 15 kickers going into the 2019 fantasy football draft.
1. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
Missing 5 games in 2018, Zuerlein does not lose value. In fact, in the 11 games he played, he posted double digit points in 8 games. Back to what was said in the opening, if you stream kickers week to weeks and get 8 points, you’re satisfied. How great would it be to consistently get 10+ points a week? Those extra 3, 4, 5, or more points can be the difference between a win or a loss. The Rams will score and score often. Greg the Leg is the #1.
2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
He finished #2 in fantasy points ion 2018, and looks to do so again in 2019. He’s been a top-5 kicker in fantasy since 2015, and has a big leg. This leg makes the Ravens more likely to kick long field goals, which bodes well for his owners. Even when the Ravens decided to barely throw the ball, they stilled scored points. He is ol’ reliable.
3. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints
Would you look at that? Another kicker on a team that scores a lot. Lutz was 5th amongst Kickers in 2018, but missed tying for 3rd but just one point. What helps Lutz too is not only are the 8 home games in a dome, the one game in Atlanta is in a dome. That’s 9 dome games for those that are bad at math. More than half the games in perfect conditions mixed with a high scoring team is a perfect recipe for points.
4. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
While I did predict a slight regression in the Kansas City offense, that shouldn’t affect the kicker too much. Maybe with some drives stalling that can lead to more field goals. The theory makes sense here because the Chefs are going to score and a lot. He was 3rd last season and expects to remain consistent in 2019.
5. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
The Evil Empire that never seems to get defeated. He may be the safest pick. From 2011-2015 he was the #1 kicker in each of those seasons. He may not be that bonafide #1, but he’s a very good Kicker in a still very potent Patriots team.
6. Ka’imi Fairbarn, Houston Texans
Who was the #1 Kicker in 2018? This guy, believe it or not. Some of this may be due to a great 9-game winning streak, and that may not repeat, but what will continue is the Texans offense continuing to score. With the addition of Duke Johnson and possibly less Lamar Miller in the offense, Houston should bearable to spread the ball out and score even more. DeShaun Watson has that offense rolling, and Fairbairn should reap the benefits.
7. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Tremendously accurate kicker, Gould finished in the top 10 in 2018. Getting his QB back in 2019 should only lead to even more production from Gould.
8. Mike Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers
Who? The Chargers Kicker that who. What are the Chargers? A good team that will score a lot. What’s holding you back from taking him?? You probably never heard of him. Don’t let the name value, or lack thereof fool you, he will be a big player in 2019.
9. Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants
Homer pick. He was super accurate and he’s on the Giants, who I think will make a jump from the 16th ranked scoring offense. Looking at the numbers, he finished 7th in 2018 among fantasy kickers. There’s no reason he can’t have another very good season.
10. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
Finishing at a mere 15th in 2018, Elliot looks to bounce back in 2018. With Wentz healthy, that offense goes. Elliot will help them in games down the stretch. Let’s not forget he plays the Giants twice a year and no one seems to ever miss a kick against the Giants, not matter how ridiculous it is.