Kicker (K) Fantasy Football Rankings 2018

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 2018 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2018 Projected Stats 2017 Stats 2017 FPTS 2017 OV Rank 2017 POS Rank
Tier 1
150.9 62 K2 Stephen Gostkowski
153 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 11 36/44.3 FGM/FGA, 47/48 XPM/XPA 37/40 FGM/FGA, 45/47 XPM/XPA 164 50 K50
Tier 2
144.6 66 K3 Greg Zuerlein 147 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 12 34/43.2 FGM/FGA, 43/44 XPM/XPA 38/40 FGM/FGA, 44/46 XPM/XPA 170 42 K42
165.3 78 K6 Matt Bryant 140 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 8 32/40 FGM/FGA, 38/39 XPM/XPA 34/39 FGM/FGA, 35/35 XPM/XPA 153 64 K64
170.3 68 K4 Harrison Butker 145 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 35/45.1 FGM/FGA, 42/43 XPM/XPA 38/42 FGM/FGA, 28/28 XPM/XPA 150 74 K74
Tier 3
148.9 85 K8 Justin Tucker 136 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 10 32/37.1 FGM/FGA, 38/38 XPM/XPA 34/37 FGM/FGA, 39/39 XPM/XPA 151 70 K70
158.5 88 K10 Wil Lutz
132 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 29/33.6 FGM/FGA, 44/44 XPM/XPA 31/36 FGM/FGA, 47/50 XPM/XPA 148.4 81 K81
164.2 84 K7 Jake Elliott 136 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 9 31/36.6 FGM/FGA, 42/42 XPM/XPA 26/31 FGM/FGA, 39/42 XPM/XPA 127 127 K127
Tier 4
168.4 108 K13 Matt Prater 125 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 6 28/34.4 FGM/FGA, 37/38 XPM/XPA 30/35 FGM/FGA, 40/41 XPM/XPA 144 91 K91
Tier 5
170.3 151 K24 Mason Crosby 105 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 7 23/28.8 FGM/FGA, 44/45 XPM/XPA 15/19 FGM/FGA, 33/35 XPM/XPA 80 362 K362
369 109 K14 Josh Lambo
123 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 9 28/34.4 FGM/FGA, 36/37 XPM/XPA 19/20 FGM/FGA, 22/24 XPM/XPA 83 345 K345
370 120 K16 Ryan Succop
118 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 8 28/36.1 FGM/FGA, 35/36 XPM/XPA 35/42 FGM/FGA, 31/33 XPM/XPA 140 96 K96
373 133 K18 Dan Bailey 114 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 25/29.2 FGM/FGA, 40/40 XPM/XPA 15/20 FGM/FGA, 26/28 XPM/XPA 77 389 K389
381 143 K22 Phil Dawson 109 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 2 9 26/33 FGM/FGA, 30/31 XPM/XPA 32/40 FGM/FGA, 23/26 XPM/XPA 127 125 K125
382 138 K20 Sebastian Janikowski 111 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 7 24/28.1 FGM/FGA, 35/35 XPM/XPA 0 1672 K1672
386 168 K26 Caleb Sturgis 101 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 23/29.2 FGM/FGA, 36/37 XPM/XPA 3/3 FGM/FGA, 1/2 XPM/XPA 12 1134 K1134
397 166 K27 Giorgio Tavecchio 101 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2 8 22/25.5 FGM/FGA, 34/34 XPM/XPA 16/21 FGM/FGA, 33/34 XPM/XPA 87 310 K310
405 182 K28 Steven Hauschka
95 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 1 11 23/26.9 FGM/FGA, 27/27 XPM/XPA 29/33 FGM/FGA, 29/29 XPM/XPA 130 119 K119
421 194 K29 Jason Myers 90 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 1 11 21/25 FGM/FGA, 25/25 XPM/XPA 11/15 FGM/FGA, 15/17 XPM/XPA 48 638 K638
428 204 K31 Randy Bullock 88 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 19/22.6 FGM/FGA, 28/28 XPM/XPA 18/20 FGM/FGA, 31/33 XPM/XPA 87 312 K312
575 464 K37 Sam Ficken
9 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 10 0.0/0.0 FGM/FGA, 8/8 XPM/XPA 2/3 FGM/FGA, 4/5 XPM/XPA 10 1172 K1172
647 1177 K49 Matthew McCrane 0 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 3 9 0.0/0.0 FGM/FGA, 0.0/0.0 XPM/XPA
703 876 K56 Tyler Davis
0 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 2 0.0/0.0 FGM/FGA, 0.0/0.0 XPM/XPA
791 1133 K52 Taylor Bertolet
0 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 8 0.0/0.0 FGM/FGA, 0.0/0.0 XPM/XPA
891 597 K39 Nick Novak
4 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 2 0.0/0.0 FGM/FGA, 0.0/0.0 XPM/XPA 9/13 FGM/FGA, 17/18 XPM/XPA 46 665 K665
1085 835 K46 Patrick Murray
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 0.0/0.0 FGM/FGA, 0.0/0.0 XPM/XPA 19/23 FGM/FGA, 21/22 XPM/XPA 82 355 K355

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).