Sport: Updated Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings 2021: Best kickers to draft, sleepers to know

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 12: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Mac Jones, Jeff Wilson Jr., Sterling Shepard

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Congratulations -- you've officially made it to the end of your 2021 fantasy football research (and if kicker rankings aren't your last stop, then shame on you). Even though kickers are an afterthought in fantasy leagues (the ones that still have them, that is), you still want to get a good one. Of course, finding said "good one" isn't easy, but that won't stop fantasy owners from thinking they've discovered a magic formula.

Accuracy + leg strength + (dome + warm-weather games/late-season cold-weather games) + offenses that routinely stall out around the 30-yard line = perfect fantasy kicker.

Got it? It's that easy.

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2021 PPR FANTASY RANKINGS:

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Top 200

The best part of that equation is that fantasy owners think they can predict which offenses will settle more for field goals than score touchdowns. You can't predict that on a week-to-week basis, never mind before the season, so don't try. Instead, just focus on good offenses. Teams that move the ball will have more scoring chances. Case in point: Last year, Tyler Bass had a league-leading 59 PAT chances, but he also had 39 FG attempts, tied for seventh most. It's not necessarily one or the other. Good offenses can provide both.

2021 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Top 200

Playing indoors is nice, but that might not matter for more than a couple games a year, so don't place too much emphasis on that before the season. Accuracy and a strong leg are much more important. Even then, results can fluctuate from year to year. Joey Slye is a good example of that. In his rookie season in 2019, Slye was eight-for-11 on 50-plus-yard FG attempts; last year, he was one-for-six. Overall, he was more accurate and got four more attempts, but for fantasy purposes, it looked like he got worse. He could easily bounce back with a big year from bonus-point territory.

Updated 2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 200 Cheat Sheet

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2021 FANTASY AUCTION VALUES (Standard & PPR):

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Overall

The most important thing to remember with kickers is not to draft one until the final round. Sure, Justin Tucker is one of the all-time greats, but he was just the No. 7 fantasy kicker last season. Jason Sanders, who wasn't on anyone's radar going into last season, wound up finishing first. The difference between the top kicker and the No. 12 kicker is notable (37 points last year), but the difference between No. 7 and No. 14 was merely 12 points. So, whoever "reached" for Tucker last year got less than one fantasy point more per week than the owners of Graham Gano -- which was precisely zero people on draft day.

2021 FANTASY SLEEPERS:

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Each team

Even more relevant is that you should be dropping your kicker during his bye week. Why invest a pick higher than the last round in a player you know won't last close to the entire season?

Updated Fantasy Football TE PPR Rankings 2021: Best tight ends to draft, sleepers to know

  Updated Fantasy Football TE PPR Rankings 2021: Best tight ends to draft, sleepers to know If a tight end gets a lot of targets, he's going to be valuable in both standard and point-per-reception formats, but our 2021 fantasy TE PPR rankings feature more potential sleepers when you factor in catches. See the whole list before finalizing your draft strategy.The guys at the top consist of Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and George Kittle. Waller may even have a rare chance to challenge Kelce as the TE1 thanks to equal volume (both had 145 targets last year). T.J. Hockenson and Kyle Pitts, who see a rise in rankings compared to our standard rankings, have a chance to join them as tight ends who will finish first or second on their teams in targets.

2021 FANTASY TIERS & DRAFT STRATEGY:

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

Ultimately, kickers do make a difference, but you shouldn't get hung up on them ahead of your draft. There are plenty of other positions and players that are far more important. Focus on them and take whoever is left at kicker in the last round. If he stinks, then pick up someone else. That strategy is actually easy.

MORE 2021 FANTASY RANKINGS:

Superflex Top 200 | Superflex Top 200 PPR | IDP | Rookies | O-lines

We'll be adjusting these rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1. Check back for updates!

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2021 Cheat Sheet

2021 Fantasy Kicker Rankings

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring formats

Rank Player
1 Justin Tucker, Ravens
2 Harrison Butker, Chiefs
3 Jason Sanders, Dolphins
4 Matt Prater, Cardinals
5 Younghoe Koo, Falcons
6 Greg Zuerlein, Cowboys
7 Daniel Carlson, Raiders
8 Tyler Bass, Bills
9 Joey Slye, Panthers
10 Brandon McManus, Broncos
11 Rodrigo Blankenship, Colts
12 Ryan Succop, Buccaneers
13 Matt Gay, Rams
14 Jason Myers, Seahawks
15 Robbie Gould, 49ers
16 Mason Crosby, Packers
17 Chris Boswell, Steelers
18 Graham Gano, Giants
19 Jake Elliott, Eagles
20 Cairo Santos, Bears
21 Wil Lutz, Saints
22 Tristan Vizcaino, Chargers
23 Cody Parkey, Browns
24 Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans
25 Greg Joseph, Vikings
26 Aldrick Rosas, Saints
27 Quinn Nordin, Patriots
28 Dustin Hopkins, Washington
29 Josh Lambo, Jaguars
30 Evan McPherson, Bengals
31 Sam Ficken, Titans
32 Matt Amendola, Jets
33 Austin Seibert, Lions

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