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Rent-a-Kicker: Week 1 - Footballguys

A look at the best waiver wire defenses to target in Week 1.

No position is more unpredictable in fantasy football than kickers. Year after year after year, no position has a lower correlation between where they're drafted before the season and where they finish after the season. No position has a lower correlation between how they score in one week and how they score in the next. No position has a lower correlation between projected points and actual points.

In any given season, only a small handful of kickers will prove to be every-week starters, and we generally have no idea who they will be ahead of time. (Who saw Robbie Gould leading the league in field goals last year?)

In addition, placekicker is the position that has the smallest spread between the best players and the middle-of-the-pack players for fantasy. Finally, most fantasy owners will only carry one kicker at a time, which means there are a dozen or more starting kickers sitting around on waivers at any given time.

Given all of this, it rarely makes sense to devote resources to the position. Instead, owners are best served by rotating through whichever available kicker has the best weekly matchup. And who knows, maybe you'll wind up lucking into one of those few weekly starters by chance along the way.

Every week, I'll list the perfectly startable fantasy kickers who are sitting on your league's waiver wire just waiting for you to rent them.

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