Sunday, June 22, 2008

Top 5 Kickers and Strategy for drafting Kickers

Contrary to the quirky, yet comical ESPN commercial, Kickers are not a rare commodity that must be drafted early and often. Wait on these guys until the very end of the draft. How late? Well as always it depends on the size of your league, the scoring rules and the roster limits of your team, but these guys are the least predictable from year to year. As a general Rule of Thumb (ROT) I pick Kickers with my last or next to last pick and never get more than 1 unless you do not have the ability to get another throughout the season (leagues with no waiver wire aka draft master leagues I get more than 1 for bye week and injury insurance). Otherwise get one kicker and ride him until his bye week or unless he stinks and you can add another from Free Agency. Trust me there will be tons of Kickers available in most cases. Unless your scoring rules really reward long FGs, they will be better off drafted later and fewer.

1. Steven Gostkowski NE- Anyone who kicks for NE is going to get lots of Fantasy Points. The only concern here is that NE scores more TDS than FGs.

2. Adam Vinatieri IND-Same logic as above. If you kick for Peyton Manning and company, chances are you will get locks of kicks.

3. Nick Folk DAL- My sleeper from last year really came through. Dallas has not changed much from last year. Look for more of the same.

4. Mason Crosby GB- I do not believe the Packers will be the same this year without Brett Favre. A. Rodgers means more FG attempts when they stall on the opponents side of the field.

5 Rob Bironas TEN-Here is a sleeper Kicker that you may be able to get in the next to last rounds. TEN should improve on last years scoring performance.

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