Koerner’s 2018 Fantasy Football Tiers: Defense, Kicker
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo (4) and defensive end Calais Campbell (93).
- It's a sound fantasy football draft strategy to avoid drafting a defense or kicker, if your league's rules will allow it.
- Streaming both positions will allow you to take a few late-round fliers on other skill players with upside.
If all goes right in my 2018 fantasy football drafts, I won’t be drafting a kicker or defense (assuming the league allows it).
Two reasons why I recommend this:
1. By streaming each position every week, I’m able to generate a top-five kicker and defense most seasons.
You can follow my award-winning in-season rankings/tiers to know which available players/teams to target on a weekly basis.
2. It’s worth taking two extra fliers at the end of the draft to potentially hit waiver-wire gold before the season starts.
For instance, you can take a player such as Chris Ivory in the later rounds who could potentially become the Bills’ starting running back if LeSean McCoy’s legal situation has a major development.
Colts backup running back Jordan Wilkins could open the season as their starter if Marlon Mack’s hamstring injury turns out to be serious and/or if Nyheim Hines continues to have fumbling issues.
You can even snag Steelers backup running back James Conner in case Le’Veon Bell’s holdout spills over into the regular season.
Once it becomes time to add a kicker and defense for Week 1, you can cut bait on some of the lottery tickets without consequences.
Let’s dive into my tiers for both positions.
All tiers/rankings as of Aug. 22.
Whoever wins Jets starting K job
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