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Rent-a-Kicker: Week 9 - Footballguys

Finding startable kicker production on your fantasy waiver wire.

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 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 GMs 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, GMs are best served by rotating through whichever available kicker has the best weekly matchup.

Every week, I'll rank the situations each kicker finds himself in (ignoring the talent of the kicker himself) to help you find perfectly startable production off the waiver wire.


Ka'imi Fairbairn (0 FG attempts, 0 FGs, 6 XPs, 6 points)
Fairbairn was the latest loser of the field goal lottery, as a Houston team that entered week 8 with the worst red zone offense in the league managed to score six touchdowns without a single field goal attempt. Fairbairn's six points tied for 15th at the position.

Dan Bailey (0 FG attempts, 0 FGs, 2 XPs, 2 points)
As bad as Fairbairn had it, Bailey had it even worse. Not only did his Vikings score three touchdowns without a field goal attempt, but Bailey— one of the most accurate kickers in league history— missed one of the extra point attempts. His two points resulted in a 27th-place fantasy finish.

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