Kicker Tiers

A look at kicker rankings using tiers

Very few people truly care about kicker rankings. Once you become a fantasy football veteran, you generally spend about 10 seconds wondering which kicker you'll pick in the last round of your draft. The biggest worry you have about selecting a kicker is not messing it up.

Well, let's make it easier to not mess it up.

To get us going, we'll look at three sources:

  • FFPC Best-Ball ADP - In best-ball leagues, all 32 (and sometimes more than 32) kickers are drafted. FFPC participants are among the most-thorough preparers in this hobby, and all of the data is taken from paid leagues.
  • Footballguys ADP - A compilation of several different sources; this is pretty smooth data.
  • David Dodds' Projections - Dodds spends 100s of hours a year doing projections. The numbers are solid and fit in with the historical parameters of the NFL.

And we'll also look at each kicker's career FG percentage.

The Here Is Everyone's Top 6 Tier

Rank
Kicker
Team
FFPC BBs
FBG ADP
David Dodds
Career FG%
1
LA
1
1
1
83.5
2
BAL
2
2
4
90.1
3
KC
3
3
2
95.9
4
NO
4
4
3
87.0
5
NE
5
5
5
87.4
6
Ka'imi Fairbairn
HOU
6
6
6
85.1

If you want a kicker in the Top 6, here's your list -- it's that simple. Generally speaking, these guys have elite legs and are kicking for elite offenses. You can't beat that combo.

The Just a Bit Below the Ultra Elite Tier

Rank
Kicker
Team
FFPC BBs
FBG ADP
David Dodds
Career FG%
7
PHI
7
8
9
93.5
8
Michael Badgley
LAC
9
9
7
93.8
9
SF
8
7
11
87.7

The only difference between the talent in this tier and the one above is that the offenses might be a notch below elite. The presence of these guys should make everyone feel perfectly fine passing on a top-six kicker. Of course, if everyone is waiting, then those six studs will drop as well.

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