• cedric19

    Other than the obvious things like altitude, dome, wind, what are your deciding factors in picking your kicker?

  • Jglad11

    I personally pick and pray

  • jv21

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    Favorites in high scoring game. Whoever is playing in Denver. Or Hauschka and Tucker, both are good default options.

    sportsgrinders does an article on kickers
    week 2 article :

  • SouthernShield

    I write their names on slips of paper and randomly distribute them across my desk. I then fire up some raunchy porn and go to town. Whoever catches the biggest splat is my play for the week.

    Not really, but it’s a system that might work as well as any other…..

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  • tprokopenko

    I always pick a kicker in a dome, or in Denver if the weather is nice. Kickers are fairly predictable compared to most positions, and you’ll see a lot of people stupidly just blindly pick a kicker, which can give you an advantage. Obviously anyone can go off or suck, just like any position, but making smart decisions with your kicker will pay off over time.

  • chronoxiong

    Don’t listen to that “Pick a Kicker in a Dome” crap. How many times did emac recommend Shayne Graham last year? And the year before? Just because he’s in a Dome, playing for a high octane offense doesn’t mean he will get many FG tries. He might end up getting a few XP and that’s it. I try to just think which team might struggle to score TDs and go for a Kicker who could get some FG tries. So guys like Vinatieri, Stephen Goatkowski, Nick Folk, Bailey, and Gano. They play for teams who usually can drive down the field and get FG tries. This week, I went Bailey. Week 1 I chose Nick Novak and he got 11 fdp. It’s still a guessing game on which Kicker will hit double digit FDP each week so just try to narrow it down to a certain group of Kickers.

  • ckamins87

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    pick a kicker from a team you expect will have the ball in their hands more, and thus more opportunities for kicking…that simple imo. Later in the season I guess you could see which teams are successful at driving down the field but have poor red zone execution, but still I think it’s a simple as picking the kicker of the team you expect to put up the most points. I like playing a correlation play with my running backs or defense typically.

  • bhdevault

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    Honestly, I normally choose a kicker in a high scoring game right around the middle of the pack in salary. If I make a lineup I like and need a couple hundred, I go down. If I have extra, I may go up. Kicker is the last position I care about as the difference between them is minimal.

  • yountingly

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    Try to pick to home favorite playing in good weather in an offense than will score but not necessarily TDs. A dome is a bonus. The only kickers I used this week were Gano where I had the $ and McManus and Prater. Actually, I also used Novak in a couple because I had too much Prater, who sometimes can have that easy miss. I like McManus at home due to the chance for those 50 yarders.

  • kbarnhill7523

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    I like to pair my kicker with my defense. The statistical correlation between kicker and defense is better than RB/DEF.

    Also, what a lot of other people said. I pick kickers also by expected scoring chances or by coaches/QBs who tend to play more conservatively between the opponents 40 and 20 yard lines. Or by offenses that might be able to move the ball but might have a hard time scoring TDs (Eagles, Broncos, Ravens, Patriots, etc.)

  • cedric19

    A lot of these posts make sense but none explain why Lambo was so heavily owned last week over everyone else

  • yountingly

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    @cedric19 said...

    A lot of these posts make sense but none explain why Lambo was so heavily owned last week over everyone else

    Sure it has. Cheap min priced salary for a home kicker in a matchup projected to be points scored in. People also likely thought with no Keenan, drives might stall and give Lambo more opportunities.

  • rotokevin

    2014 RG Bowling Co-Champion, CPA & DFS Tax Guru

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    Paging Cam! Cam to the kicker thread, please.

  • sportsgrinder

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    Hey all, the data shows that kickers who are home favorites with implied team totals above 24 are most likely to score the most points. That is what I use in the weekly article as the primary filter. From there, weather, accuracy, Vegas kicker props, etc can be used to rank further.

    As with any position, there will be exceptions to the rule, but these guidelines will give you an advantage over the “random min price kicker” crowd. Kicker points do matter. I mean Gano scored almost 3x as many fantasy points as Antonio Brown this week. :)

  • glennantz

    Pick a team like my Browns who can often just get close enough to the end zone to try a field goal. Then take the other teams D for a kick 6 or 2. Then take who ever is the highest rated kicker who can actually kick an odd shaped ball.

  • awesemo

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    Personally I use a Magic 8-ball, but everyone has something that works for them.

  • crazypaul

    Team projected points > 25
    Team favorite by > -5
    Team at Home

    If a kicker meets those 3 criteria they are added to my short list.

  • depalma13

    The answer to this question is Cairo Santos.

  • CJtheGrump

    Step 1: Play on DK.
    Step 2: Never worry about kickers

    In all seriousness, I’d be looking at weather, indoors, and offenses that can move the ball. Whether they can finish the deal in the red zone doesn’t matter as much as can they reliably get there.

  • sportsgrinder

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    My week three article is up!

  • ehylton

    I usually go with a kicker against a tough defense hoping that they kick from 40+ yards out (multiple times) or from a high passing yard QB like Brees, Cam or Carr

  • TheRyanFlaherty

    I start from the bottom and work my way up until I find a guy playing for a team that I project around 20+ points.
    Tie-breakers go to the Kicker’s stats, and the QB/offense as it’s the one time a mediocre QB can be a good thing if you expect them to move the ball but potentially stall.

    Of course this strategy led me to Myers last week and his 2 points…So I’m simply sharing, not advising.

    While trying to pick my Kicker this past weekend I kept thinking, if someone had a (proven successful) Kicker analysis/breakdown column it would probably be one of the most popular things on the site. (*edit- typed this before seeing the link a few above, I’ll have to check that out, not sure how I missed it this past weekend)

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