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 12 RESULTS
After a few down weeks, Rent-a-Kicker turned in its second straight strong performance, with every highlighted kicker finishing tied for 6th or better.
Adam Vinatieri (3 FG attempts, 2 FGs, 3 XPs, 9 points)
Four of our five kickers last week scored 9 points, but they did it in several ways; one scored a field goal and six extra points, one kicked three field goals, and two, (including Vinatieri), had the more traditional 2 field goals, 3 extra points split. Vinatieri also came up short on a 48-yard field goal that, if he'd converted, would have left him the highest-scoring kicker of the week. Instead, like Badgley, Santos, and Elliott, he finished tied for 6th.
Chris Boswell (2 FG attempts, 1 FG, 2 XPs, 5 points, plus a 2-yard TD pass)
Here's a conundrum: how do you score a touchdown pass for a kicker? On a fake field goal on Sunday, Pittsburgh's kicker tossed a 2-yard score. It's a much rarer occurrence than you might think; Boswell is the first kicker with a touchdown pass since 2011 and just the eighth since the merger, (usually the holder gets the ball and makes the attempt). I've opted to use standard Footballguys' scoring— 1 point per 20 yards passing, 4 points per passing touchdown. The resulting 4.1 fantasy points aren't that much more than Boswell would have gotten had he just kicked the ball in the first place, but they allowed him to finish a tenth of a point ahead of that tie for 6th, and they certainly had a lot more style.
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