Fantasy Football 2021 Week 17 kicker rankings

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When it comes to making crucial fantasy football decisions, our focus always is on quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. Heck, even defense units and special teams also get their fair share of attention! Yet what about kickers? Unless your league requires you to enter one, they still score points for you and can be the difference between winning and losing your game!

That brings me to my ranking of the kickers for week 17. You usually don’t see the dissected kickers, but that’s what I plan to do today. You’ve probably heard of expected / implied points for other positions, but not for kickers. Let’s solve this, will you?

We know that an attempt to place is at least three times as valuable as an extra point, but it depends on the distance. So a raw placement attempt is closer to four times more valuable than an extra point. With that in mind, here are the expected points for each kicker so far, based on their usage.


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Default points (weeks 1-16)

Kicker Team Difference Implicit points Fantastic PPG
Elliott Fry KC -3.9650 15.9650 12.0
Dominik eberle HOU -0.4270 13.4270 13.0
Rodrigo Blankenship INDIANA -1.8738 9.8738 8.0
Nick folk BORN 0.1646 9.5354 9.7
Greg Zuerlein DAL -0.6783 9.3783 8.7
Greg joseph MIN -0.0406 9.1406 9.1
Matt gay LAR 0.8542 8.7458 9.6
Daniel Carlson LV 0.2234 8.5766 8.8
Evan mcpherson CIN 0.6798 8.5202 9.2
Tyler Bass BUF 0.1490 8.3510 8.5
Matt prater ARI -0.0510 8.3510 8.3
Mason crosby FR -0.8510 8.3510 7.5
Chris Blewitt HAS BEEN -3.3510 8.3510 5.0
Randy Bullock TEN -0.3489 8.0489 7.7
Chris Boswell PIT 0.3438 7.9562 8.3
Dustin Hopkins LAKE 0.0002 7.8998 7.9
Michael badgley INDIANA -0.3895 7.8895 7.5
Jake Elliott RPS 0.4566 7.8434 8.3
Justin tucker BALL 0.8694 7.7306 8.6
Harrison butker KC 0.8137 7.6863 8.5
Ryan succop TB -0.1178 7.6178 7.5
Eddy Piñeiro NYJ 0.1950 7.5050 7.7
Riley patterson DET 0.4642 7.3358 7.8
Robbie gould SF 0.4257 7.2743 7.7
Graham Gano NYG 0.4334 7.1666 7.6
Joey slye HAS BEEN 0.1334 7.1666 7.3
Brandon mcmanus LAIR 0.0462 7.0538 7.1
Jason sanders MIA -0.6410 6.9410 6.3
Zane Gonzalez AUTO 0.4295 6.8705 7.3
Austin Seibert DET -0.3180 6.5180 6.2
Younghoe Koo ATL 0.5922 6.2078 6.8
Santos of Cairo CHI -0.2950 6.0950 5.8
Chase mclaughlin KEY -0.0547 6.0547 6.0
Matt Amendola NYJ -1.2437 6.0437 4.8
Brett maher NO -0.1130 5.8130 5.7
Brian johnson HAS BEEN 0.4496 5.4504 5.9
Jason myers WED -0.2618 5.3618 5.1
Kaimi fairbairn HOU 0.2254 5.2746 5.5
Matthew Wright JAX 0.2510 5.2490 5.5
Tristan vizcaino LAKE -0.4080 5.1080 4.7
Ryan santoso DET -0.4670 4.9670 4.5
Aldrick Rosas DET -0.7978 4.7978 4.0
Lirim Hajrullahu AUTO 0.9560 4.5440 5.5
Josh lambo JAX -2.7030 4.4030 1.7
Chris naggar KEY -0.1210 4.1210 4.0
Cody Parkey NO -0.2750 3.2750 3.0
Alex kessman NYJ -0.7370 0.7370 0.0

At this point, we have more than enough data to know which kickers are best used for fantastic purposes. Someone like Daniel Carlson, for example, does not play for a heavy attack but is maximized due to the conservative nature of the Raiders’ organization. Meanwhile, teams that are more aggressive in Fourth Downs and have more efficient attacks, such as the Bucs, 49ers, Chargers and Chiefs, don’t offer as much fantastic value with their kickers.

Hope this helps explain my thought process regarding my ranking of kickers. Speaking of which, here they are!

Ranking of the kickers of the week 17

More from our week 17 rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR |

Rnk Kicker Team Opponent
1 Nick folk BORN JAX
2 Greg Zuerlein DAL ARI
3 Matt gay LAR BALL
4 Greg joseph MIN FR
5 Tyler Bass BUF ATL
6 Daniel Carlson LV INDIANA
seven Mason crosby FR MIN
8 Evan mcpherson CIN KC
9 Matt prater ARI DAL
ten Harrison butker KC CIN
11 Jake elliot RPS WSH
12 Ryan succop TB NYJ
13 Robbie gould SF HOU
14 Justin tucker BALL LAR
15 Randy Bullock TEN MIA
16 Dustin Hopkins LAKE LAIR
17 Michael badgley INDIANA LV
18 Chris Boswell PIT KEY
19 Riley patterson DET WED
20 Joey slye WSH RPS
21 Brett maher NO AUTO
22 Jason myers WED DET
23 Santos of Cairo CHI NYG
24 Graham Gano NYG CHI
25 Brandon mcmanus LAIR LAKE
26 Jason sanders MIA TEN
27 Lirim Hajrullahu AUTO NO
28 Chase mclaughlin KEY PIT
29 Younghoe Koo ATL BUF
30 Kaimi fairbairn HOU SF
31 Eddy Pineiro NYJ TB
32 Matthew Wright JAX BORN

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