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 16 RESULTS
Brett Maher (2 FG attempts, 2 FGs, 3 XPs, 9 points)
A comfortable lead against a bad defense resulted in a very solid day for the Cowboys and Maher, whose nine points tied for fifth at his position.
Adam Vinatieri (0 FG attempts, 0 FGs, 4 XPs, 4 points)
Vinatieri's Colts fell behind the Giants early but were never forced to go for it on 4th down to complete their comeback. Instead, the offense was so potent that it was able to score nothing but touchdowns down the stretch. Vinatieri's four extra points left him tied for 25th at the position.
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