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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 15 kickers to target in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 15 kickers to target in your draft

There are a few positions fantasy football owners often fail to do enough research on before their league’s draft -- don’t let kicker be one of them!

Kickers obviously aren’t the most important position in fantasy football, but points earned from 40- and 50-yard field goals can make a real difference each week, particularly in head-to-head leagues. 

Let’s take a look at the top 15 kickers to target in your fantasy football draft.

TIER 1

1. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week: 12)
The Chiefs led the NFL in scoring last season and attempted a league-high 69 extra points. Butker made 65 of them, and he also hit on 24 of 27 field goal attempts while going 6-for-7 from 40-49 yards out.

2. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints (Week 9)
Lutz is one of the most accurate kickers in the league for a Saints offense that scored the third-most points in the league last season. In 2018, he converted on 28 of 30 field goal attempts for the fifth-best accuracy rating in the league. Lutz also hit on 13 of 15 attempts from 40 yards and beyond.

3. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (Week 4)
Gould led the NFL in field goal percentage (33-for-34) last season, including a 9-for-10 mark on 40-49 yard field goals and a 2-for-2 showing on attempts 50-plus yards in distance. He’s the safest choice among all fantasy kickers.

4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (Week 8)
Tucker has been among the most reliable fantasy kickers for several years. He went 35-for-39 on field goal attempts last season, including a 9-for-11 performance on attempts 40-49 yards out and a 5-for-7 mark on 50-plus yard field goals. Tucker also made 36 of his 37 extra point attempts.

5. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)
Zuerlein made 27 of 31 field goal attempts and 35 of 36 extra point attempts in 2018. He also converted on eight of 12 field goals from 40-plus yards out, including a 4-for-6 mark on attempts from 50 yards or more. The Rams scored the second-most points in the league last season, so Zuerlein should have plenty of opportunity to produce fantasy points.

TIER 2

6. Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers (Week 12)
Badgley fixed the Chargers" longtime kicking woes by hitting 15 of 16 field goal attempts, including a perfect 14-for-14 mark on attempts shorter than 50 yards. He should again be a reliable fantasy kicker for one of the league’s top 10 scoring offenses.

7. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (Week 10)
Gostkowski hit on 49 of his 50 extra-point attempts, and he was a perfect 21-for-21 on field goals from 20 to 39 yards. His only issue was long-distance accuracy  — 6-for-11 on field goal attempts 40 yards and further.

8. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (Week 11)
Crosby was 30-for-37 on field goals last year, which isn’t the most ideal percentage, but he was accurate from long distance. He converted on five of his seven attempts from 50 yards and beyond.

9. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans (Week 10)
Fairbairn was a perfect 20-for-20 on field goals under 40 yards and converted on 39 of 41 PATs. He also hit four of his six field goal tries from 50 or more yards. 

10. Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys (Week 8)
Maher went 29-for-36 overall on field goal attempts in 2018, but he was an impressive 6-for-7 on attempts from 50 yards and further. He was one of only two kickers to hit six field goals of 50-plus yards. Maher also benefits from the ideal weather conditions inside AT&T Stadium.

TIER 3

11. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10)

12. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts (Week 6)

13. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (Week 5)

14. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers (Week 7)

15. Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings (Week 12)

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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