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.
WEEK 9 RESULTS
Graham Gano (0 FG attempts, 0 FGs, 6 XPs, 6 points)
Like Fairbairn in week 8, Graham Gano was a victim of his team's success, as the Panthers lit up the porous Buccaneers defense for 42 points, but never got stopped for a field goal attempt. Six extra points still left Gano tied for 12th on the week.
Dan Bailey (1 FG attempt, 1 FG, 3 XPs, 6 points)
Minnesota's high-flying offense found it unexpectedly grounded against Detroit, but the Vikings still cruised to a comfortable victory and Bailey's six points this week tied him for 12th at the position.
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