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Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings 2021: Best kickers to draft, sleepers to know

Congratulations – you’ve officially reached the end of your 2021 fantasy football research (and if kicker rankings aren’t your last stop, then shame on you). Even though kickers are an afterthought in fantasy leagues (the ones that still have them, that is), you still want to get a good one. Of course, finding the said “right” isn’t easy, but that won’t stop fantasy owners from thinking they’ve discovered a magic bullet.

Accuracy + leg strength + (dome + hot weather games / cold weather late season games) + attacks that regularly stop around the 30 yard line = perfect fantastic kicker.

Understood? It’s so easy.

The best part about this equation is that fantasy owners think they can predict which offenses will be content with more field goals than scoring touchdowns. You can’t predict this from week to week no matter before the season, so don’t try. Instead, focus only on the right offenses. Teams that move the ball will have more chances to score. Case in point: Last year Tyler Bass had 59 league-leading PAT chances, but he also had 39 FG attempts, tied for seventh. It is not necessarily one or the other. Good offenses can provide both.

Playing indoors is nice, but it might not matter for more than a few games a year, so don’t stress too much before the season. Precision and a strong leg are much more important. Even then, the results may fluctuate from year to year. Joey Slye is a good example. In his rookie season in 2019, Slye was eight-for-11 on FG attempts over 50 yards; last year it was one for six. Overall he was more precise and got four more attempts, but for fantasy purposes it looked like he got worse. He could easily bounce back with a big year in bonus point territory.

The most important thing to remember with kickers is not to draft one until the final round. Sure, Justin Tucker is one of the all-time greats, but he was just the # 7 fantasy kicker last season. Jason Sanders, who wasn’t on anyone’s radar at the start of last season, finished first. The difference between the top kicker and the No.12 kicker is notable (37 points last year), but the difference between the No.7 and No.14 was only 12 points. So anyone who “hit” Tucker last year got less than a fantasy point more per week than owners Graham Gano – which was precisely zero people on draft day.

Even more relevant, you should drop your kicker during his week off. Why invest a higher pick than the last round in a player you know won’t last nearly the entire season?

In the end, kickers make a difference, but you shouldn’t hang on to them until your draft. There are plenty of other positions and players that are much more important. Focus on them and grab the one that’s left at the kicker on the last round. If it stinks, go get someone else. This strategy is actually easy.

We’ll adjust these rankings and provide more in-depth analysis by Week 1. Check back for updates!

2021 Fantasy Kicker Ranking

Ratings are based on the standard, no PPR scoring formats

Rank Player
1 Justin Tucker, Ravens
2 Harrison Butker, Chiefs
3 Jason Sanders, Dolphins
4 Matt Prater, Cardinals
5 Younghoe Koo, Falcons
6 Wil Lutz, Saints
7 Greg Zuerlein, Cowboys
8 Daniel Carlson, Raiders
9 Tyler Bass, Bills
ten Joey Slye, Panthers
11 Brandon McManus, Bronco
12 Rodrigo Blankenship, Foals
13 Ryan Succop, Boucaniers
14 Matt Gay, Aries
15 Jason Myers, Seahawks
16 Robbie Gould, 49ers
17 Michael Badgley, chargers
18 Mason Crosby, Packers
19 Chris Boswell, Steelers
20 Graham Gano, Giants
21 Jake Elliott, Eagles
22 Santos of Cairo, Bear
23 Cody Parkey, chestnuts
24 Kaimi Fairbairn, Texans
25 Greg Joseph, Vikings
26 Nick Folk, Patriots
27 Dustin Hopkins, Washington
28 Aldrick Rosas, Jaguar
29 Evan McPherson, Bengals
30 Tucker McCann, Titans
31 Randy Bullock, Lions
32 Sam Ficken, Jets

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