Kicker (K) Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Just like other positions, we had a few surprises in 2017. Harrison Butker and Jake Elliot were waiver wire champions. Elliot finishes as a top five kicking option, while Butker thrived from Kansas City’s red zone offenses. Kickers can be tough to predict, and a lot goes into their projections, but the biggest thing we look at is volume. We want kickers that are going to be lining up often. Offenses that move the ball mean kickers will have more production. Stephen Gostkowski, Chris Boswell, Greg Zuerlein, and Wil Lutz are all playing on top offensive teams which means the production is going to be pretty steady on a week-to-week basis. The next thing to key in on is teams moving the ball well, but struggle to punch it in while at the red zone. Kansas City fit that bill, and that is why Butker became a top end kicker. Matt Bryant has been doing that for years in Atlanta, as we always complain about Julio Jones not getting red zone targets. Overall we like to wait on kickers, while others like to draft the top guy when given the opportunity. Our tiers breakdown the kickers to help you gauge where you would like to draft a kicker in your draft.

ADP OV Rank POS Rank Player 2019 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2019 Projected Stats 2018 Stats 2018 FPTS 2018 OV Rank 2018 POS Rank
Tier 4
141.9 349 K1 Greg Zuerlein
142 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 9 31/39.4 FGM/FGA, 49/50 XPM/XPA 27/31 FGM/FGA, 35/36 XPM/XPA 124 149 K149
Tier 5
148.3 518 K3 Justin Tucker
131 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 8 32/37.1 FGM/FGA, 35/35 XPM/XPA 35/39 FGM/FGA, 36/37 XPM/XPA 151 81 K81
150.7 545 K6 Ka'imi Fairbairn
121 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 27/33.8 FGM/FGA, 40/41 XPM/XPA 37/42 FGM/FGA, 39/41 XPM/XPA 158 72 K72
152.1 583 K5 Harrison Butker
128 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 27/34.8 FGM/FGA, 47/48 XPM/XPA 24/27 FGM/FGA, 65/69 XPM/XPA 141 100 K100
156.8 111 K2 Wil Lutz
131 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 9 27/31.3 FGM/FGA, 50/50 XPM/XPA 28/30 FGM/FGA, 52/53 XPM/XPA 140 104 K104
160.6 86 K4 Stephen Gostkowski
128 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 10 28/34.4 FGM/FGA, 44/45 XPM/XPA 27/32 FGM/FGA, 49/50 XPM/XPA 134 120 K120
166.3 399 K7 Adam Vinatieri
121 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 6 25/31.5 FGM/FGA, 46/47 XPM/XPA 23/27 FGM/FGA, 44/47 XPM/XPA 121 156 K156
167.5 560 K8 Jake Elliott
120 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 10 26/30.7 FGM/FGA, 42/42 XPM/XPA 26/31 FGM/FGA, 33/35 XPM/XPA 115 177 K177
170.9 686 K16 Aldrick Rosas
113 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 11 27/32.4 FGM/FGA, 32/32 XPM/XPA 32/33 FGM/FGA, 31/32 XPM/XPA 135 115 K115
171.7 439 K17 Giorgio Tavecchio
113 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 9 24/27.8 FGM/FGA, 41/41 XPM/XPA 5/5 FGM/FGA, 8/8 XPM/XPA 27 870 K870
173 207 K26 Brandon McManus
107 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 1 10 24/27.6 FGM/FGA, 35/35 XPM/XPA 20/25 FGM/FGA, 35/35 XPM/XPA 99 232 K232
174.1 591 K18 Dan Bailey
111 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 12 24/28.1 FGM/FGA, 39/39 XPM/XPA 21/28 FGM/FGA, 30/31 XPM/XPA 95 255 K255
327 677 K27 Dustin Hopkins
105 Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins 1 10 24/29.8 FGM/FGA, 33/34 XPM/XPA 26/29 FGM/FGA, 25/26 XPM/XPA 111 190 K190
331 660 K22 Chandler Catanzaro
110 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 2 4 25/32.2 FGM/FGA, 35/36 XPM/XPA 16/20 FGM/FGA, 30/35 XPM/XPA 84 332 K332
333 94 K29 Josh Lambo
104 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 10 23/28.3 FGM/FGA, 35/36 XPM/XPA 19/21 FGM/FGA, 19/20 XPM/XPA 84 333 K333
335 389 K28 Randy Bullock
104 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 22/26.2 FGM/FGA, 38/38 XPM/XPA 19/23 FGM/FGA, 39/41 XPM/XPA 100 228 K228
337 168 K31 Jason Sanders
93 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 1 5 20/24.4 FGM/FGA, 33/33 XPM/XPA 18/20 FGM/FGA, 35/36 XPM/XPA 91 288 K288
341 296 K25 Eddy Pineiro
107 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 6 23/26.7 FGM/FGA, 38/38 XPM/XPA
345 25 K19 Daniel Carlson
111 Oakland Raiders Raiders Oakland Raiders 1 6 25/30.5 FGM/FGA, 36/36 XPM/XPA 17/21 FGM/FGA, 24/24 XPM/XPA 81 353 K353
347 566 K30 Zane Gonzalez
101 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 12 22/25.5 FGM/FGA, 35/35 XPM/XPA 9/14 FGM/FGA, 8/11 XPM/XPA 39 706 K706
506 311 K24 Jason Myers
109 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 11 23/27.4 FGM/FGA, 40/40 XPM/XPA 33/36 FGM/FGA, 30/33 XPM/XPA 141 99 K99
507 571 K12 Austin Seibert
114 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 2 7 24/28.3 FGM/FGA, 42/42 XPM/XPA
508 212 K21 Ryan Succop
110 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 11 25/32.2 FGM/FGA, 35/36 XPM/XPA 26/30 FGM/FGA, 28/31 XPM/XPA 112 188 K188
509 204 K20 Matt Gay
110 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 7 24/31 FGM/FGA, 38/39 XPM/XPA
513 407 K9 Graham Gano
119 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 7 27/34.8 FGM/FGA, 38/39 XPM/XPA 14/16 FGM/FGA, 30/33 XPM/XPA 78 379 K379

Kicker's simply a crapshoot, right? Nope. That's not to say gamers should be investing a high pick to select a kicker, but treating it like a lucky selection in fantasy drafts is lazy and ill informed. The top scoring kickers were -- wait for it -- on some of the top scoring teams in the NFL last year. Greg Zuerlein led the way in scoring at the position, and -- surprise, surprise -- the Rams led the NFL in scoring offense last year. Stephen Gostkowski was second in scoring at the position, and he's routinely near the top of the scoring ranks thanks to being tied to the well-oiled machine of an offense the Patriots roll out annually. Will Lutz and Harrison Butker were also among the league's highest-scoring kickers last year, and both played for top-10 scoring offenses last season. Being tied to an elite offense allows kickers to elevate their scoring floor with point-after attempts, but they also have a higher ceiling than their peers, too, thanks to the ability of their teams to march the ball into scoring position and sometimes settle for field goals. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule such at Justin Tucker. Tucker, however, is one of the game's best kickers and has a massive leg, allowing him to bang through 15 of 17 field goals of 50-plus yards the last two years. Coaching tendencies can also play a significant role in kicker scoring, and they're factored into our projected stats for this year. Of course, it doesn't hurt if the kicker is talented and accurate, either. Consistently accurate kickers will keep their job at a position that features some overturn, and simply keeping your job is a good way to accrue fantasy points. When you're getting near the end of fantasy drafts, consider not waiting until the last round to pick your kicker. Selecting a Gostkowski or Zuerlein a couple rounds earlier can give you a leg up on your fantasy league mates while costing your little more than a pick that's spent on a flier who will probably end up in the free agent pool early in the season anyway. And, for the love of all that's good in fantasy football, don't be the schmuck scrambling in live drafts who selects Sebastien Janikowski because he's the only kicker who you remember (thanks, Lane Kiffin, for forever etching Janikowski into the minds of fantasy gamers as a result of trotting him out for a ludicrous 76-yard field goal attempt).