Kicker (K) Weekly Fantasy Football Rankings

One of the most difficult-to-predict positions in fantasy football, the kicker is also arguably the most easily replaceable position. You should wait until the last round in the draft to take a kicker. However, the nice thing with kickers is injuries are rare and you can at least be confident in the kickers who are attached to the most high-powered offenses in the NFL. Justin Tucker is arguably the best kicker in the NFL while Harrison Butker and Younghoe Koo are among the best options, as well. I’m predicting a breakout year for Colts’ kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, as well. You can find all of our Fantasy Football Rankings for the 2021 season updated in real-time as news breaks.

POS RANK RANK PLAYER ADP AUCTION 2020 FPTS 2021 FPTS TEAM BYE FGA FGM XPA XPM
1 191 Justin Tucker 153 $3 145 148 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 8 32 31 56 55
2 198 Rodrigo Blankenship 199.6 $2 150 143 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 14 37 35 40 38
3 205 Harrison Butker 156.5 $3 134 143 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 12 32 30 56 53
4 225 Younghoe Koo 158.7 $2 168 142 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 6 38 36 37 34
5 232 Tyler Bass 196.9 $1 157 142 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 7 33 30 54 52
6 235 Jason Sanders 197.6 $1 172 141 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 14 35 32 44 45
7 249 Daniel Carlson 244 $0 155 140 Las Vegas Raiders Raiders Las Vegas Raiders 8 36 33 44 41
8 260 Ryan Succop 194 $1 145 138 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 30 27 59 57
9 266 Greg Zuerlein 203.3 $1 153 136 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 7 33 30 48 46
10 275 Mason Crosby 242.2 $1 120 132 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 13 26 25 59 57
11 280 Michael Badgley 0 $1 120 130 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 7 34 29 45 43
12 284 Cody Parkey 0 $1 110 129 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 13 32 29 44 42
13 288 Matt Gay 0 $1 66 128 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 11 29 26 53 50
14 292 Josh Lambo 0 $0 28 127 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 7 33 29 42 40
15 296 Dustin Hopkins 0 $0 128 126 Washington Football Team Washington Washington Football Team 9 33 28 44 42
16 0 Jason Myers 243.8 $1 138 125 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 9 26 25 52 50
17 0 Cairo Santos 0 $0 139 125 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 10 28 30 36 35
18 0 Wil Lutz 201.7 $0 135 123 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 6 27 25 49 48
19 0 Robbie Gould 285 $0 106 123 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 6 32 29 38 36
20 0 Brandon McManus 0 $0 136 122 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 11 33 29 38 35
21 0 Joey Slye 0 $0 129 121 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 13 30 27 38 40
22 0 Nick Folk 0 $0 123 118 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 9 28 26 42 40
23 0 Matt Prater 246.8 $0 117 116 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 12 30 26 40 38
24 0 Sam Ficken 0 $0 54 115 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 13 27 23 49 46
25 0 Greg Joseph 0 $0 115 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 7 26 23 49 46
26 0 Chris Naggar 0 $0 113 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 6 30 28 32 29
27 0 Randy Bullock 0 $0 100 111 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 9 28 27 33 30
28 0 Graham Gano 0 $0 133 110 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 10 29 26 34 32
29 0 Chris Boswell 0 $0 100 110 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 7 26 24 39 38
30 0 Ka'imi Fairbairn 0 $0 132 107 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 10 27 25 32 32
31 0 Austin Seibert 0 $0 27 105 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 10 27 24 36 33
32 0 Jake Elliott 0 $0 75 91 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 14 23 20 34 31
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Kicker Fantasy Rankings

Heading into 2021, we have most of the names that finished up top in 2020 projected to do the same. This has a lot to do with targeting offenses that move the ball. Jason Sanders finished first in fantasy points, averaging 10.8 per game. He was extremely efficient, and also ranked fourth in the league in field goal attempts. Tyler Bass was first, and both also were among the tops in extra points as well. Both come in as top five options.

Justin Tucker was seventh in fantasy points last season and had just 29 field goal attempts. A lot of this had to do with John Harbaugh’s more aggressive nature in going for it on fourth down, but also the Ravens were a finely tuned offense that did not need to kick a ton of field goals. Either way, Tucker racked up a lot of extra points which helped.

Making a jump this past year was Tyler Bass. He will be used as an example below of how an improved offense can help out kickers in fantasy. With a fast-paced offense, he had 34 field goal attempts, the most in the NFL, and finished third in fantasy points. We should get Harrison Butker back to strong numbers, and the same goes for Ryan Succop. Both project to be top ten kickers in fantasy points, who are on offenses that move the ball with ease.

You will find that the kicker rankings tie into how offenses perform. Teams that don’t score often, play slow, or are constantly trailing will not produce strong fantasy numbers for kickers. Last season, the Lions, 49ers, Jets, and Steelers kickers finished among the bottom in fantasy points. The volume wasn’t there for them to produce, which is the most crucial aspect for kickers.

Kicker Fantasy Draft Strategy

You might have seen one general rule for drafting kickers, which is to use your last pick on them. 12 kickers were scored over 135 fantasy points last season, which is one good kicker for each fantasy team. While there is an elite tier of fantasy kickers that score 20-30 fantasy points more than the next tier, their ADP will be one round or two higher if you want to draft them. Now if you feel good about where your team is, you can go ahead and get one of these tiers.

It is still best to take positional players instead, especially if you are looking to build depth and/or draft for true upside. There will still be plenty of options at the other positions to grab instead. Therefore I would lean on drafting other positions over a kicker. The smaller your league is, the more reason to wait because the player pool will be more open at the position. If you are in a deeper league, you can make more of a case for nabbing one a round earlier.

Overall I would look towards other positions first before drafting a kicker. They have a higher upside and fantasy point potential. Kickers are easily replaceable on a week-to-week basis too.

Kicker (K) Fantasy Football Rankings Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are The Best Fantasy Kickers?

Outside of Harrison Butker, Younghoe Koo has been one of the more reliable kickers in football. He should have some slight positive regression in field goal attempts, and still have a chance at a ton of extra points on a weekly basis. While it wasn’t the best year for Justin Tucker, he still had a top ten fantasy season. The Ravens kicker has been strong, finishing inside the top ten in scoring in five of the last six seasons. Jason Sanders and Tyler Bass have also emerged as two of the more consistent kickers in fantasy football.

Who Is The Number One Fantasy Kicker?

There isn’t a clear-cut top kicker for fantasy this season, but I have Justin Tucker ranked #1 for a number of reasons. With Lamar Jackson at quarterback, the Ravens have ranked first and seventh in scoring over the past two years and should be one of the highest-scoring teams yet again. With a career 90.7% field goal conversion rate, Tucker has been one of the best kickers in the NFL over the last decade and he’s only missed four extra points on 354 attempts in his career.

What Should I Look For In Drafting A Fantasy Kicker?

You might think that efficiency is what you are after in a fantasy kicker, and while it plays a part, volume is really the big target. As you sort through field goal attempts, even if guys struggled with efficiency, they were still productive in fantasy points. Take Greg Zuerlein, for example, who made just 82.9% of his field goal attempts last year - that ranked outside the top 20 for kickers. However, he finished fifth in fantasy scoring as he led the NFL in field goal attempts.

You can make the exception for a few names who didn’t see as many attempts yet still produced, like Daniel Carlson and Ryan Succop. They crushed in extra points but had to be accurate to produce those fantasy points. If they missed even a couple apiece, then the numbers wouldn’t be as strong. These are the names still to consider when evaluating kickers, but we still want volume the most.

Kickers on teams that move the ball is very important. There is a big reason why Harrison Butker and Wil Lutz are big fantasy kickers year in and year out. They are on offenses that move the ball in chunks and also play up in pace. There were two newer names in the fantasy kicking department: Zane Gonzalez in Arizona and Matt Gay in Tampa Bay. Both finished as the 4th and 5th best kickers in fantasy points last season. After a horrendous offensive season in Arizona, Kyler Murray and a revamped coaching staff started to move the ball, which helped out Gonzalez’s attempts. The same goes for Tampa Bay, who was a pass-happy team that moves the ball.

It's important to try to find a sweet spot in terms of red-zone production, however. Kickers on teams who convert at a high rate in the red-zone will see fewer field goal attempts on the year. For example, Harrison Butker had just 27 field goal attempts, putting him outside the top 20, as the Chiefs were one of the best red-zone offenses in the NFL. He finished as the 13th-best kicker in fantasy despite being efficient and playing for one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.

Avoid kickers on bad teams. There is no real reason to be drafting the kicker of the Giants or Bengals right now. They don’t bring enough volume to the table, and often they find themselves in games where they will need to go for it more than settle for three because they are trailing by more than enough points.

Do I Need More Than One Kicker On My Roster?

Unless you have an incredibly deep roster in your league, which the average league does not, there is no need to carry two kickers on your roster. It takes away from having depth at your other positions, which is more important. Very few leagues if any require you to start two kickers.

How Do I Stream Kickers?

Kicker is one of the easiest positions to stream. There are always around 15-18 kickers out there on the waiver wire each week, and you can also find kickers that others drop later due to bye weeks. There will be kickers in good matchups against defenses that allow more volume than others, which helps out kickers on average teams. To start out the season, draft a kicker that you still plan on keeping or at least opens up with a decent schedule to start the season.

After that we will be looking at things on a weekly basis. You can begin looking at projected points, matchups, Vegas totals to determine who is the best kicker play each week. This is a repeatable process for many positions, but kicker has become a popular way to go because of the options on a weekly basis. This is a plan that has worked for many.

Should I Target Kickers Who Kick Indoors?

While it is a slight advantage, because for eight games out of a year a kicker won’t have to deal with the conditions of mother nature. They may also have an extra game or two within their division and depending on their schedule. Overall it is not something that needs to be baked into choosing kickers when drafting.

Do Matchups Matter For Kickers?

Just like other positions, defenses do allow more kicker production than others. Now this isn’t necessarily tied to how good a defense is. We saw Denver and Minnesota, who didn’t allow many points, allow over two field goal attempts per game. Denver allowed 2.6. Bend don’t break defenses, and teams that play in closer games tend to give up a hefty amount of field goals.

Bad pass defenses allow a lot of field goal attempts. Jacksonville and Cincinnati were some of the poorer defenses in the league last season against the pass, and they allowed a ton of field goal attempts. The Jets and Falcons were also among those teams. We can certainly pinpoint teams to target throughout the year, but the numbers don’t really stabilize until later when looking at field goal attempts allowed. Before that happens, we can easily identify the poorer pass defenses and target them with kickers.

Do Kickers Matter In Fantasy Football?

Kickers get a bad rap at times, but they certainly matter if your league requires them. Putting some effort into drafting a strong kicker in the right round or having a streaming plan instead of punting the position will give you a slight advantage over the rest of your league.

Should I Draft A Kicker Or Defense First?

You are likely going to be using the last two or three picks on a defense and kicker. Both positions score relatively the same, and are easily the most replaceable positions. Defenses still carry a slight edge over kickers due to the weekly depth of kickers being larger in comparison to good defenses.