It’s fantasy football draft month, and you know what that means: countless ranking sheets to add to your arsenal as you decide which players to pick during your draft, and when. There’s enough relevant fantasy football news and stats out there to fill over ten ginormous analytics websites, and it does. Matthew Berry wouldn’t be hawking RotoPass if that wasn’t the case.
My rankings act a little bit differently. You have your basic rankings list of who I would draft in what order, but I’ll also highlight certain players based on value, good or bad, and potential.
We begin our rankings with the position that is usually drafted dead last: kicker.
Captain Obvious: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
The only thing that could keep Adam Vinatieri from taking the kicker crown this coming year is if the Indianapolis Colts score too many touchdowns in the red-zone, leaving too few field goals to kick. That and injury, of course.
Vinatieri may be old, but he’s still got a leg, and an indoor field at home that will allow him to just kick whenever the Colts get within 40 yards. He ranked third last in most standard scoring applications, and could take #1 this season with an offense that eases off running up the scoring by conservatively kicking field goals.
Easiest Job Ever: Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans
A rookie quarterback alone does not make a football team. Even Robert Griffin III had at least one stud receiver to chuck the ball to. The Tennessee Titans look like they will bare cross over the 50-yard line, much less get into field goal position.
This means that Ryan Succop is probably going to have the easiest job on the field in the league. He may only have to kick the ball off once in some games, then head to the showers. If the Titans score once, then maybe he’ll kick the ball three times.
Remember the Name: Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
I know, people barely care about kickers. The idea of sleeper kickers sounds like a comedy bit, but I think Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein is as close to a sleeper as you can get.
The Rams offense isn’t very exciting, but quarterback Nick Foles could probably get the Rams into field goal distance regularly on a whim and a prayer, and that’s all Zuerlein needs to put points next to his name. If the Rams defense lives up to the hype, then those field goal attempts won’t have to turn into 4th and long gambles to play keep-up with teams like the Seahawks.
Have questions about kicker rankings? Seriously? Or just want to tell me how ridiculous my rankings are, or that I started with kickers in the first place? Go ahead and comment, or yell at me on Twitter @Patrick_AE
Fantasy Football Pre-Rankings 2015 Updated: 8-22-2015 Kickers Player Team Rank Bye Week Adam Vinatieri IND K1 10 Stephen Gostkowski NE K2 4 Steven Hauschka SEA K3 9 Cody Parkey PHI K4 8 Connor Barth DEN K5 7 Matt Bryant ATL K6 10 Dan Bailey DAL K7 6 Mason Crosby GB K8 7 Justin Tucker BAL K9 9 Chandler Catanzaro ARI K10 9 Blair Walsh MIN K11 5 Matt Prater DET K12 9 Greg Zuerlein STL K13 6 Nick Folk NYJ K14 5 Dan Carpenter BUF K15 8 Garrett Hartley PIT K16 11 Caleb Sturgis MIA K17 5 Phil Dawson SF K18 10 Nick Novak SD K19 10 Cairo Santos KC K20 9 Josh Brown NYG K21 11 Graham Gano CAR K22 5 Mike Nugent CIN K23 7 Dustin Hopkins NO K24 11 Robbie Gould CHI K25 7 Randy Bullock HOU K26 9 Kai Forbath WAS K27 8 Sebastian Janikowski OAK K28 6 Josh Scobee JAC K29 8 Patrick Murray TB K30 6 Ryan Succop TEN K31 4 Carey Spear CLE K32 11 fanosis.com