By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports

Kickers:

We mention it every season, but the key to finding a successful fantasy kicker is drafting a kicker that is on a team that wins games. Of the top-10 kickers last season, all played on winning teams. There will be an occasional kicker that breaks this rule, but for the most part, the best kickers play on the best teams. They are giving them more opportunities to score, making their point totals among the best in the league.

And please don't be the guy that takes a kicker in the fifth round of your draft. The point deferential from week to week between the top kicker and the 10th rated guy is minimal. We aren't saying to totally discount the position, but use some discretion. Every point does matter, but having your core team in place before taking a kicker is a good idea come draft day.

You also know that some teams will surprise and a kicker's production will be rewarded. Last season, Cody Parkey was the big surprise at kicker. He was third in the league in scoring, but went undrafted in many leagues because of the uncertainly about the starting kicker with the Eagles before the start of the season. Keep that in mind when thinking about taking a kicker in the early rounds of your draft. Let someone else use a mid-round pick on Stephen Gostkowski while you solidify the rest of your roster.

Updated: 04/06/16

Kickers

  #1  S. Gostkowski$2 NWE9
  #2  S. Hauschka$2 SEA5
  #3  C. CatanzaroARI9
  #4  Justin Tucker$2 BAL8
  #5  B. McManus$1 DEN11
  #6  Dan Bailey$1 DAL7
  #7  Graham GanoCAR7
  #8  Mason Crosby$2 GNB4
  #9  Blair Walsh$1 MIN6
  #10  A. Vinatieri$1 IND10
  #11  Dan Carpenter$1 BUF10
  #12  Cody Parkey$2 PHI4
  #13  Cairo SantosKAN5
  #14  Matt PraterDET10
  #15  Josh BrownNYG8
  #16  Phil DawsonSFO8
  #17  Greg ZuerleinLAR8
  #18  Josh LamboSDG11
  #19  Robbie GouldCHI9
  #20  Chris BoswellPIT8
  #21  Mike NugentCIN9
  #22  Andrew FranksMIA8
  #23  Matt Bryant$1 ATL11
  #24  Nick FolkNYJ11
  #25  S. JanikowskiOAK10
  #26  Kai ForbathNOR5
  #27  Travis CoonsCLE13
  #28  Ryan SuccopTEN13
  #29  Jason MyersJAC5
  #30  Randy BullockNYJ11
  #31  Zach HockerCIN9
  #32  Josh ScobeeNOR5
  #33  Nick NovakHOU9
  #34  Connor BarthTAM6
  #35  Caleb SturgisPHI4
  #36  Shayne GrahamATL11
Injury Concern #37  Shaun SuishamPIT8

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