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 11 RESULTS
Graham Gano (1 FG attempt, 0 FGs, 1 XPs, 1 point)
Gano had a game where bad results compounded and things spiraled out of control. A short field goal attempt hit the upright and he missed an extra point. Had he made either of those kicks, after scoring a touchdown with a minute left Carolina surely would have attempted an extra point; instead, they opted for a potential game-winning two-point conversion, costing their kicker yet another point. Gano finished the week with one point, tied for 25th among kickers.
Mike Badgley (3 FG attempts, 3 FGs, 1 XP, 10 points)
Badgley missed an extra point in a game that the Chargers ultimately lost by one, because I think there's some ironclad law of football somewhere that says that the Chargers have to get screwed by their kicker at least eight times a season. Despite that, Badgley had a strong fantasy day; his 10 points ranked him 6th at the position last week.
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