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Rent-a-Kicker: Week 16 - 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.


Week 15 was an excellent showing in one of the biggest spots of the year for our rented kickers, as four of our five options hit double-digit production on the week.

Matt Bryant (2 FG attempts, 2 FGs, 4 XPs, 10 points)
A blowout win against the cards gave Bryant plenty of opportunities to put up points, even with Atlanta attempting a likely-unnecessary two-point conversion at the end of the first half when up by 19. Bryant's ten points tied for 8th at the position.

Dan Bailey (2 FG attempts, 2 FGs, 5 XPs, 11 points)
Dan Bailey, (much like the entire Minnesota Vikings offense), has had some rough days this year. This past Sunday wasn't one of them as the Vikings, firing on all cylinders, scored the most points of any team in week 15 and Bailey finished tied for 5th at the position with eleven points.

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