Or you could try something different, maximizing your scoring by selecting a different kicker nearly every week.
Similar to the streaming defenses strategy, the idea is to pick up a new kicker each week from a team that is expected to score an above-average number of points. Over the last three seasons, teams that scored 22 or more points in a game averaged 2.2 field goal attempts per contest. Teams scoring 21 or fewer points averaged just 1.7 field goal attempts a game. That might not seem like a sizable difference, but it could result in 20 more fantasy points over the course of a season, which is also the projected difference between the fifth and 12th kickers in our rankings.
One player to consider early in the 2019 season is Jason Myers of the Seattle Seahawks. The 2018 Pro Bowler was 33 for 36 on field goal attempts last year, including 6 for 7 from 50 yards or more, with another 30 extra points made. Plus, Seattle should be favored in eight games this season, including Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, a week when many fantasy football leagues have their championship game. So Myers could be in and out of your lineup if you follow a streaming approach.
Dan Bailey and Chris Boswell could also work out well. Bailey, who is not yet guaranteed to be Minnesota’s kicker, hit 21 of 28 field goals in his first year with the Vikings in 2018 and was almost perfect on extra-point attempts (30 for 31). Boswell’s stock slipped after converting just 13 of 20 field goal attempts for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018, but before that he was 85 for 95 over his first three years in the NFL.
After removing the 13 kickers who are mostly likely to be drafted in 12-team leagues, here is an ideal projected streaming kicker approach, based on the weekly NFL schedule.
Fantasy football regular season
Week 1: Jason Myers (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 2: Joey Slye (Carolina Panthers) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (This item originally identified Graham Gano, but the veteran was placed on injured reserve on Friday.)
Week 3: Dan Bailey (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 4: Chris Boswell (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: Ryan Succop (Tennessee Titans) vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 6: Dan Bailey (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 7: Steven Hauschka (Buffalo Bills) vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 8: Chris Boswell (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 9: Jason Myers (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 10: Eddy Pineiro (Chicago Bears) vs. Detroit Lions
Week 11: Dan Bailey (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Denver Broncos
Week 12: Eddy Pineiro (Chicago Bears) vs. New York Giants
Week 13: Joey Slye (Carolina Panthers) vs. Washington Redskins
Week 14: Greg Joseph (Cleveland Browns) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Assuming, of course, that Joseph has the job in Cleveland.)
Fantasy football playoffs
Week 15: Chris Boswell (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 16: Jason Myers (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 17: Jason Myers (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers
If you’d rather use a more conventional strategy, here are quick kicker rankings. The full printable Top 200 is available here.
1. Greg Zuerlein (Rams)
2. Justin Tucker (Ravens)
3. Harrison Butker (Chiefs)
4. Wil Lutz (Saints)
5. Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots)
6. Ka’imi Fairbairn (Texans)
7. Jake Elliott (Eagles)
8. Mason Crosby (Packers)
9. Michael Badgley (Chargers)
10. Brett Maher (Cowboys)
11. Matt Prater (Lions)
12. Robbie Gould (49ers)
13. Adam Vinatieri (Colts)
14. Jason Myers (Seahawks)
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