The stats for a kicker are going to be broken down into a few different groups. Under the player group of columns, you will see a player rating that is based on their overall stats and production. This can change over time as it will update with how players are doing for the current season. For the most part in a season, you are going to see teams use just one kicker, although on occasion a kicker might get injured or cut based on his performance. The depth chart will show you who is the team’s starting kicker, and the bye week will show you that team’s off week. Fantasy points are broken out into fantasy points per game and overall fantasy points. Fantasy points per game can be a bit misleading early in the year, where a kicker can have 15 fantasy points in one game, and only four in the next two games. The average would be closer to eight points, which hasn’t been the case.
Under the kicking stats and field goals is where you are going to find the meat and gravy type of stats. Volume and efficiency numbers are shown under kicking stats, where field goal attempts and extra-point attempts will correlate with overall fantasy points. They are important stats and then you can begin to view how efficient they are with FG% and XP%. Scoring might differ from league to league, but distances are important because they can equal different fantasy points. There isn’t a ton of rhyme or reason for kickers being able to have more 50+ yard attempts, because that is going to be tied to variance. However overall attempts will correlate to more of these chances from distance. Sort through and see who has the most field goals made by range.
What Stats Score The Most Fantasy Points For Kickers?
Any sort of field goal over an extra point is going to score more fantasy points for kickers. The longer the distance, the more chance for fantasy points. While we can’t predict a range of field goals, those kickers who make longer kicker consistently will have an edge.
What Are The Most Important fantasy stats For Kickers?
You might think accuracy is the most important fantasy stat for kickers, but field goal attempts are what is linked to the most fantasy points. The NFL kickers are all going to be accurate enough to where attempts matter more than makes.
How Are Kicker Fantasy Points Calculated?
Scoring for kickers is going to be all about their field goal and extra points made. Scoring settings will differ, but every field goal made will have a fantasy point earned, determined by distance. A 50-yard field goal will be more than a 25 yard one.
Do Kickers Get A Negative For Missed Field Goals?
This is going to be dependent on league scoring, but a missed field goal or extra point can lead to a minus in extra points. However, some leagues will have settings where a field goal missed isn’t a negative, but an extra point could.
How Do Defenses Allow Fantasy Points To Kickers?
Defenses that allow a lot of yards against and points against will lead to fantasy points to kickers. A defense that makes it tough on offenses moving the ball will leave little opportunity for kickers to get points against them.
Has An NFL Kicker Ever Scored A Touchdown?
There have been a few times where a team will run fake field goal plays, which usually end up outside of the kicker’s hands. In more recent times, Jay Feely had a rushing touchdown against the Denver Broncos in 2010.
The Makings Of A Good Fantasy Kicker
Sometimes players are going to be better for fantasy in comparison to real life. If a kicker is making 75% of his kicks, then they might not be viewed as a great kicker, but that might not be a knock against them in fantasy. This is the same for other positions, where not every quarterback is going to complete passes at an average rate, but they might still be viable in fantasy. When starting to look at kickers, whether you are drafting one or looking to pick one up mid-season, you are going to want to find some volume. A high amount of attempts is going to be the most important thing you can find in a fantasy kicker. If they are hardly getting any chances during a game, then the fantasy point potential is going to be low. A team’s offense will be a big part of this because teams that put up points are going to have strong kicker production.
After you have narrowed down those top volume kickers, you can start to look at efficiency. The best way to break things down is to group those volume kickers by a certain amount, and then see their efficiency statistics. A trio of kickers all getting 2.8 attempts per game can be broken down by efficiency after, where the kicker converting the most can be ranked higher. Now efficiency is going to matter much more for kickers not getting the most volume because you are going to be banking on them to hit those kicks. After all, they don’t have enough attempts to make up for a missed kick.
What Effect Does A Team’s Offense Have On A Kicker?
Kicker fantasy stats are going to be tied to an overall team’s offense and what they are doing. To say it simply, good offenses are going to have kickers produce fantasy points. When you sort through the fantasy points and what kickers have the most, you won’t be surprised to see them tied to teams that are moving the ball on offense. Kickers on offenses that play at a slower pace or are on teams not scoring many points, well those kickers are not going to have a ton of fantasy production. Even if a kicker isn’t hitting at a 95% rate, we saw with the Buccaneers and their high flying offense last season produce a big fantasy season for kickers. That is because the volume was so high.
Some teams are also going to be more aggressive when it comes to kicking field goals, where they will opt to go for it on fourth down. This can be frustrating for fantasy owners, of course, but in real life football, is usually the optimal move for winning games. Some teams are still very conservative and will take the three points. This strategy will affect overall kicking volume for kickers. When teams are more conservative, they are also going to rely on points and playing strong defense. Teams that are constantly trailing or have poorer defenses are going to have more of a drive to go for it instead of taking the points.
Teams are going to have strengths and weaknesses inside the red zone and in the opposing half. Tennessee has been one of the most efficient teams inside the red zone, and while we can call for some negative regression, that is something we want to talk about with kickers. The Titans scored touchdowns at a ridiculous rate when in the red zone, which meant that they were not kicking field goals and mostly extra points. This leads to a limited amount of fantasy points. The opposite can occur as well where teams move the ball, but the drives stall within the red zone, meaning kickers get more chances. These red zone efficiency numbers are going to vary from game to game.
Overall, the easiest way to identify the kicker of your choice for a draft is by looking for the good offenses. There will be plenty of kickers to draft because there are easily 10-12 good enough offenses to make sure the kicker production will be there. 10-12 is also going to be your likely league size. That is why you wait to draft a kicker in the last round as well. Stay patient, and the differences between the first ranked scoring kicker and tenth ranked scoring kicker is not going to be that large.