There is more to field goal scoring than just attempts made, as you can see volume and distances as well. Kicking scoring might vary based on your league settings, but for the most part, it is a pretty standard set of scoring, so chances within the tabs above won’t change any sort of rankings and field goal points. If you are looking for a specific time period of the season to see fantasy points scored, use the slider. You might want this feature due to a change in kickers, or to compare between the first and second half of the season. Under team is going to be the team offense and their Lineups rating. Now the rating is going to be based on their entire offensive numbers, so you might see a wide range of correlations with fantasy scoring by the kicker and how good their offense is.
Within the fantasy points scored, you will see the overall fantasy points per game or the totals throughout a season. Often teams will have just one kicker throughout the season, but sometimes cuts to a struggling kicker will occur, and injuries happen as well. The ranking will be by total or per game for fantasy points. Under the stats, you can see the number of field goals attempted and made. Scoring will be by distance, which is broken down how often a field goal is made from every ten yards. Efficiency numbers will be FG% and XP% to see how often kickers are converting.
Why Attempts Are More Important Than Makes
When looking at fantasy scoring for kickers, volume is much more important over accuracy. A kicker can be making 95% of his kicks, but only averaging 1.5 per game isn’t going to make a difference. A kicker that is making 86% of his kicks, but averaging 2.8 per game is going to have created more fantasy points. When we break down the NFL set of kickers, not many are going to be kicking below 80%, although some will be, and still have a job. These are NFL kickers, and the overall difference in efficiency numbers are not strong enough to deter fantasy points from one to the next. Because there are not drastic swings in accuracy numbers, there won’t be huge gaps in fantasy points. However, the top half teams in this department have higher amounts of attempts.
If you sort through the attempts for a team’s kicker, you are going to see a high correlation with their fantasy scoring rankings. Attempts mean a chance for more production, and it also helps out less efficient kickers because even if they are hitting at a 75% clip, their fantasy production is still fairly solid. If a kicker is struggling when it comes to efficiency and is not getting many attempts, that means they are leaving a lot of fantasy points on the table. Volume matters in the grand scheme of things, and efficiency is next when looking at kickers. Efficiency matters more when volume is small and less when the number of attempts is higher.
How A Team’s Offense Affects Kickers
There are a lot of different ways an offense can have an effect on a kicker and their fantasy scoring. Kickers also rely on coaches either being aggressive or more passive when it comes to kicking field goals. While we often want teams to go for it, settling for the three points will mean more for fantasy scoring for your kicker. We saw this with Baltimore this past season, where the Ravens became much more aggressive when it came to going for it on fourth down in their opponent’s territory, and having Lamar Jackson certainly helped in that regard, though. However, it took away from Justin Tucker’s fantasy potential because they were opting not to kick field goals more often. Teams that are confident in their ability to keep opposing teams out of the end zone will take the points. Teams that are constantly trailing and field goals won’t cut it; the volume might just not be there for them.
Now an overall offense is going to have a major effect on kickers. If they don’t move the ball and are struggling to even make it into their opponent’s, then kickers will have little chances to get their volume that they need to be productive in fantasy football. Now a struggling offense doesn’t necessarily mean no fantasy points, because we have seen teams struggle to score, but they move the ball into the opponent’s half, but can’t quite punch it into the end zone. This bodes well for kickers and their fantasy point production.
Overall, we are going to want offenses that move the ball. It is no surprise to see the top-scoring kicking teams be excellent offensive teams as well. Those Kansas City, Dallas, and New Orleans teams all are finishing high in fantasy production kickers because they are moving the ball with ease, and that gives them chances to also kick more field goals. It also will give them easy chances to knock a few points just off extra points alone. There are no negatives for a kicker being on a good offense, even if they are an efficient red zone team. We can go one notch higher when teams throw the ball more because it shortens the time of possession, giving them more chances compared to an eight-minute drive that takes up half of a quarter.
Do Teams That Play In Domes Have An Edge?
Sorting through the rankings, you might notice a lot of dome teams have higher rankings in kicking scoring. In 2019, it was split, with five of the top ten teams being teams that play their home games in domes. They will have eight games minimum in a dome, and then possibly a few others depending on their schedule. Now, does this play into why they are ranking so high? While not having to deal with weather conditions is a plus, we look into the teams, and there is more of a reason to believe it is because of their offense and firepower over them playing in a dome. This means that a kicker playing for the Saints and their high powered offense is more correlated with the offense compared to simply playing in a dome. While it is a small advantage, it is not going to really dictate fantasy scoring in a major way. If you took Miami and moved them to a dome, their kicking fantasy points won’t all of a sudden make a jump.
Top Teams For Fantasy Kickers
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the best offenses in football right now, and Harrison Butker benefits from it. He has been one of the most consistent fantasy kickers, and while he is relatively new to the scene, the Chiefs offense over the last five years has had plenty of kickers that have been viable to fantasy. This is because their high powered offense creates a lot of chances for fantasy production among kickers. They are often going to finish within the top five in volume, and Butker’s accuracy is what makes the Chiefs and him one of the top fantasy scoring options at the position. The Saints are in a similar boat with Wil Lutz, and for a lot of the same reasons. It is a high powered offense, and Lutz is very consistent. He is also deadly from long range.
Once again we are sticking with some of the top offenses in the game, as you can see the correlation these teams have with high powered offenses and kicking fantasy points. The Ravens were more aggressive, and they did not kick many field goals, but nearly 59 extra points for Justin Tucker certainly helped, and his 97% accuracy on field-goal attempts will too. Even with Dallas and San Francisco converting on less than 80% of field goal attempts, their overall volume was still so high that it didn’t matter. This points us back to above where volume is much more important than efficiency. On a yearly basis, we will see extremes, where Tucker shouldn’t be hindered year in and year out anymore.
We will see some teams move in and out of the top ten because of the volatility. Looking at Arizona last season, they were new to the top ten, and there are a few reasons why. For one, they moved the ball with that new offense, but they struggled to convert touchdowns. Now that means things could change for the future if they keep struggling in the red zone. But overall, their fantasy production should remain stable as long as the pace and movement continue. Atlanta and Tampa Bay are other two teams that continue to crush in kicking potential. They have high firing passing attacks, and this translates extremely well for kicking production. Even with Tampa Bay struggling to make more than 80% of their field goals, they are still producing big numbers.