Ranking the Top 10 Kickers for 2021 Fantasy Football
The best time of the year is nearly upon us. Pigskin is approaching, which only means one thing; fantasy football is almost here.
It’s time to start scouting which players will be best suited for your rosters. Selecting a kicker may seem like no big deal because you may feel like you can just pick up anybody throughout the season.
Well, guess again my friends.
Depending on your league scoring, kickers can help you win a few barnburners on a late Sunday or Monday night primetime matchup. Some leagues will have a bonus based on a 40-yard field goal versus a 49-yard field goal.
With games often decided by less than a point these days, every point counts. Yes, even from kickers.
A consistent and reliable kicker is something you should not take for granted. Without further ado, here are my top 10 kickers for the 2021 fantasy football season.
10. Robbie Gould – San Francisco
Since 2005, Robbie Gould has been able to kick with the best of them in the NFL due to consistency. Only once in the past five years has Gould missed more than four kicks.
Since 2012, Gould has missed no more than two kicks from 40-49 yards out. That ranks among the best in the NFL, and it has allowed Gould to stay kicking for relevant offensive squads.
A starting kicker may not seem like it matters at all, but you want a kicker on a decent offense to increase your weekly chances of coming away with double-digit points.
Gould will be one year shy of turning 40 years old, but the 49ers will be a team that allows him to have a solid ending to his career. While there are better opportunities to find kickers that can connect on longer field goals, Gould is the consistent scorer that can provide stability to your fantasy lineup.
He comes in at 10th in these 2021 fantasy football kicker rankings, but that also means he should be easy to snag in drafts.
9. Jason Sanders – Miami
Props to you if you were able to scoop up this Miami kicker on the waiver wire last season.
The Dolphins were an interesting squad last year, and their starting kicker reaped the benefits. For many folks, Sanders finished atop the rankings at the kicker position. In my own opinion, he was one of the better stories last season.
Last year Sanders was 20 out of 23 from 40-plus yards out. The AFC East has their fair share of respectable defenses such as Buffalo and New England. Games won’t be turning into major shootouts, so the kicking game is imperative.
It kept Miami in most of their games last season and was often the deciding factor.
Sanders is a consensus top-five selection among kickers on FantasyPros and Fantasy Draft Calculator. There is no need to sweat picking up an additional kicker if you land this stud. Take this Dolphin and keep him in your lineup for the entire season.
8. Matt Prater – Arizona
The former Detroit kicker is back for greener pastures after spending the previous six seasons with them. Instead of sticking with the regressing Lions, Prater opted to attach himself to the possibly rising Cardinals.
Playing from a dome to a closed-door stadium is still a major advantage, but he could keep his career going thanks to the electric offense that the Cardinals are.
Prater had some issues from 40-plus yards out and beyond with Detroit last season, but there should be an increase in production this upcoming season. The Cardinals had six missed kicks from Zane Gonzalez last season, and they are hopeful Prater can show more consistency.
He barely finished inside the top 25 among kickers last season in most leagues, but he was getting fewer chances than the majority of those around him.
7. Will Lutz – New Orleans
This Saint was expected by many to become the top kicker in the NFL last season. The New Orleans offense has been tremendous for so many years under Sean Payton, but injuries can always lead to a struggling season.
Lutz has had a solid career thus far, but 2020 was a bump in the road and likely nothing more. An ankle injury suffered during the season saw production drop. He only missed five kicks on the season, but we saw a career-low 23 made field goals.
The expectation was for Lutz to connect on anywhere from 30-35 made kicks. He had already made 30-plus kicks two times previously in his career and the preseason hype was among the top three kickers last season.
A consensus top 10 kicker via FantasyPros and Fantasy Draft Calculator, Lutz should be heavily relied upon in the post Drew Brees era.
6. Tyler Bass – Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills offense is back and better than ever, and it is best to own the starting kicker on teams that can go bonkers. Bass was 28-for-34 with a long of 58 yards last season and he flexed his muscles in the postseason.
Against the Colts and Chiefs, he was flawless from 46, 51, 51, and 54 yards out. He had a rough game against Baltimore in between those two, but the Bills might be the most exciting offense in the AFC aside from Kansas City.
Speaking of KC, he even made a little history against the Chiefs last year.
Ultimately, he graded out as the third best fantasy kicker, and he could be back for more in 2021.
Bass ranks among the top 10 kickers for FantasyPros and Fantasy Football Calculator, but there is value if he ends up being selected as one of the last kickers in your league.
For those in 10-12 team leagues, he is arguably just as good as the top five or so kickers. Pony up and feel free to grab Bass ahead of some other kickers despite what the default rankings may show.
5. Younghoe Koo – Atlanta
The number two kicker in the majority of leagues last season was this star-studded Atlanta placekicker. He was automatic last season which is odd since nobody even had him on the radar entering the season.
Last season, Koo reaped the benefits on a struggling offense in the red zone. The lack of pass protection that Matt Ryan received ultimately helped Koo become an elite kicker in terms of opportunities.
The guy booted in an insane eight field goals from 50+ yards (out of eight!).
The biggest factor in fantasy football is ample opportunities, especially when it comes to fantasy kickers. If you only get a kick or two per game, it makes it that much more difficult to accumulate points. The Falcons were being held out of the end zone and were forced to take three points every few drives.
Koo was approaching 170 points in most fantasy leagues, which ranked second among all kickers behind only Jason Sanders of Miami.
Fantasy Football Calculator has him as the current number one kicker going off draft boards, which goes to show the upside he still possesses. If the Falcons do not plummet offensively, there should be a good shot he repeats as a top 10 kicker in 2021.
4. Greg Zuerlein – Dallas
Greg ‘’The Leg’’ has been a known commodity that has made plenty of big kicks over the years. He had great success with the Rams, kicking his way to the 2019 Super Bowl with their win at New Orleans.
Zuerlein was also among the top kickers for 30–39-yard kicks as well as 40-49 yarders. The only slight downside was his lack of makes from 50-plus yards out and many believe that will be offset this year by more made extra points.
A consensus top six kicker via FantasyPros and Fantasy Draft Calculator, Zuerlein slides in at the 4th spot in these fantasy kicker rankings and should be in the running for the top spot.
3. Harrison Butker – Kansas City
Butker was one of my favorites entering last season due to the Chiefs marching down the field at will, but I was wary of a lack of field goals. He failed to finish in the top 10 in most fantasy football leagues and that was in large part due to just 25 made kicks on the year.
It didn’t help that he also ended up with six missed point-after attempts.
Still, the potential is there for a major bounce-back season thanks to this Andy Reid-led offense. The only downside has been his erratic leg in tough Kansas City weather conditions.
When the offense picks up momentum, we only see touchdowns and hardly any field goal attempts. That can hurt the stock of Butker becoming an elite kicker.
Feel free to still draft him as a top-five kicker with great upside thanks to the ability to make kicks from 50-plus out. His 13th place finish in most leagues in 2020 could drop his ADP, too.
2. Rodrigo Blankenship – Indianapolis
This former SEC kicker is primed for a breakthrough season in 2021. In college at Georgia, he made all 60 of his career extra-point attempts and was 80-for-97 on field-goal attempts.
That is over two attempts per game and with an added game on the slate, we could see him have north of 40 opportunities in 2021.
The Colts might be vanilla at times if Carson Wentz struggles at the start of the year. They should avoid three-and-outs quite often, but they will struggle to reach paydirt with major consistency against the better defenses. The field shrinks and boxes will be loaded up once Indianapolis gets inside the 25-yard line.
Blankenship will reap the benefits yet again with a schedule that opens up after those first five matchups. Take the former Bulldog and watch the points light up your fantasy scoreboard.
1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore
There is no reason to go too in-depth on this superstar kicker. Justin Tucker has occasional misses over the years that have made you scratch your head, but the Ravens have relied heavily on his leg.
Making 50-plus extra points in each of these last two seasons has put him in the running as a top-five fantasy kicker.
Most have him as the top choice in fantasy football entering the season. If you have solid depth on your bench and need to fill out the rest of your lineup at kicker and defense, look no further than the kicker that has made the previous five All-Pro squads.
Having a clutch kicker is always key, but Baltimore has a clear edge late in games thanks to Justin Tucker.
The Best Fantasy Kickers in 2021
The above kickers are quite arguably the best kickers going into the 2021 fantasy football season. Justin Tucker wasn’t in the top-5 last year, so recenct bias could have him slide and make him the ultimate value.
Most importantly, like always, draft a fantasy kicker when the time is right. You don’t have to wait until the very last round (although it’s not a bad idea) but reaching for a kicker before round 10 is usually ill-advised.
Trust your process, whatever it is. And whenever you do draft a kicker for 2021, ideally, you’ll be eyeing one of the top-10 options above.
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