There is no chance that someone will be choosing a kicker in the first few rounds of your fantasy football league, not unless they want to lose, but it is still a valuable position that you want to pay attention to. This is a nuance pick, where making your selection has a number of variables to consider before making your fantasy football selection.
You obviously need a team that can move the ball offensively but aren’t necessarily looking for a squad where they regularly get into the end zone. Field goals, especially long-distance ones can make a huge difference for you in the fantasy football league, so finding the right kicker is as much about a team not being efficient in the red zone as it is about them being able to move the ball. For this reason, here are 10 kickers you want to pay special attention to when creating your NFL fantasy football team.
Top-10 Fantasy Football Kickers for the 2018-19 Season
Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots – It is true that the New England Patriots score a lot of touchdowns, but Gostkowski still had 40 field-goal attempts last season to go along with 47 extra point attempts. That’s a total of 167 opportunity points, and the Patriots kicker only missed out on 11 of them. A guy who can average you nine or 10 points per game is a real winner.
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore is the kind of offense that will struggle, meaning they need to lean on their kicker quite a bit. Tucker hit 34 of his 37 field-goal attempts last season, including a 57 yarder. He also made all 39 extra point attempts. Baltimore should be a better offense of late the season which should give Tucker more opportunities.
Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys – Bailey missed four games last season but is one of the most consistent kickers in the league. Two seasons ago when Dallas’ offense was on a roll, he hit all 46 extra point attempts and was 27 of 32 on field-goal attempts with a long of 56 yards. He’s hit one of at least 54 yards in each of the last four seasons.
Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons – Atlanta is another team whose offense should drastically improve this season. Bryant connected on all 35 of his extra point attempts and was 34 for 39 on field goals last year, but made 56 of 57 extra point attempts in 2016 while still making 34 field-goal attempts. He’s got a powerful leg that’s accurate and Atlanta should give him plenty of opportunities to earn you points in the fantasy football league.
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers – Crosby had a disappointing season in 2017, but that is primarily because he lost his All-Pro quarterback. With Aaron Rodgers returning Crosby’s numbers should be similar to that of 2016 when he made 44 of 47 extra point attempts and hit on 26 of his 30 field-goal tries.
Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints – Lutz is in only his third season in the NFL and has already had a pretty dynamic first two. He has had 50 extra point attempts in each of the last two seasons, making 49 in 2016 and 47 last year. He also made 31 of 36 field-goal attempts last season with a long of 53.
Matt Prater, Detroit Lions – Detroit should also look a lot better this season offensively, and Prater should benefit the most. He made 40 of 41 extra point attempts last season while connecting on 30 of his 35 field-goal attempts. One big bonus is that he has hit a 58 yarder or longer in three straight seasons and four of the last five. Because he plays at least eight games indoors each year and has a booming leg, count on him hitting at least five or six 50+ yard field goals this year.
Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers – Boswell is in only his fourth year but has proven to be accurate, making 35 of his 38 field-goal attempts last season. He also made 37 of 39 extra point attempts. The only knock against him is that he doesn’t have a particularly strong leg, as a 53 yarder is his career long.
Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams – Talk about a guy who had a breakout season. Zuerlein had just 22 field-goal attempts in 2016, but had a monster year last year, connecting on 38 of his 40 field-goal attempts and 44 of his 46 extra point attempts. His extra point attempts were twice the number he had in 2016, as the Rams became one of the more potent offensive units in the NFL. His long is 61 yards, made three seasons ago.
Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles – Elliott is in his second season in the league, and had an outstanding rookie campaign, connecting on 39 of his 40 extra point attempts and 26 of his 31 field-goal attempts. He even hit a long of 61 yards. Philadelphia should be just as potent this season, giving you a great opportunity to score points with Elliott.