Koerner’s Fantasy Football Tiers: Ranking Top Kickers

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  • Welcome to Sean Koerner's 2019 fantasy football tiers, where he ranks kickers based on their value.

My strategy of not drafting a kicker (if your league allows it) prompted questions about whether I was suggesting to not use one at all.

Let’s clarify what I mean, then dig into my preseason kicker tiers.

My 2019 Kicker Strategy

The strategy behind not drafting a kicker (or defense) is to instead add two more RBs to the end of your bench. The types of RBs I draft to stash have the potential to become an RB2 (or better) if their team’s starter were to miss extended time. (For more on this strategy, check out my RB Tiers and Undervalued Upside Ratings.)

But not drafting a kicker doesn’t mean it’s not an important position in-season.

While I’m advocating to not draft kickers (or defenses), we of course aren’t going to just take two zeros from their roster slots once the regular season starts. I typically add my kicker a day or two before Week 1 starts to maximize the chances of my two RB stashes hitting the lottery. (See: James Conner in 2018.)

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I also want to stress just how serious I take the position in-season: I stream it each week to take advantage of the best available options. And I’ve been incredibly successful using this strategy year-in and year-out. I’m often able to stream what would equal a top-three kicker or defense when you combine the total output I get from these two slots. A lot of that has to do with the attention I give to projecting both positions on a weekly basis.

I always try to ensure I’m making the most accurate projections as possible for kickers and defenses, as demonstrated by my first-place finish for both positions in expert accuracy on FantasyPros last season.

Be sure to check out my weekly projections in-season in order to best stream these positions, but for now, here are my preseason kicker tiers. To give you a head start on Week 1 strategy, I also included each kickers’ Week 1 ranking in parenthesis.

Note: These tiers and rankings are more reflective of the kickers’ teams.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is meant to give my general drafting strategy for the kicker position. To get my up-to-date rankings, check out our draft kit, where you can download my projections/Tiers for your exact league settings.

More Tiers: QB | RBWR |TE

Tier 1

Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (4)
Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (T-3)
T-3. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (2)
T-3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (T-3)

Tier 2

Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (1)
Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (11)
Giorgio Tavecchio, Atlanta Falcons (21)
Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (12)
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts (16)
Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers (23)
Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (5)

Tier 3

Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers (13)
Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers (8)
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (25)
Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars (15)
Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans (14)
Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings (7)
Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys (6)
Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans (27)
Cairo Santos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18)
Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks (9)

Tier 4

Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins (28)
Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos (29)
Greg Joseph, Cleveland Browns (17)
Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals (22)

Tier 5

Chandler Catanzaro, New York Jets (26)
Daniel Carlson, Oakland Raiders (19)
Eddy Pineiro, Chicago Bears (20)
Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants (24)
Steven Hauschka, Buffalo Bills (30)
Randy Bullock, Cincinnati Bengals (31)
Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins (32)

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