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Fantasy Football rankings 2020: Top 10 kickers to target in your draft

Fantasy Football rankings 2020: Top 10 kickers to target in your draft

Kicker is the least important position in fantasy football, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored.

A reliable, accurate kicker can be a valuable component of a winning fantasy team. Accuracy from long range, such as field goal attempts from 40-plus yards, is especially important because most fantasy leagues award more points to these kicks.

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Which kickers should you target in your fantasy league's draft? Here are the top 10 kickers entering the 2020 NFL season.

Tier 1

1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (Bye Week: 8)

There isn't a more reliable kicker than Tucker, who converted on 97 percent of his field goal and extra point attempts in 2019. He ranked second among all kickers in field goal percentage and third in overall points with 141. Tucker also made 11 of 12 field goal attempts from 40-plus yards out.

2. Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys (Bye Week: 10)

Zuerlein was a little more inaccurate than normal last season, but his fantasy value comes in his ability to convert long field goal attempts. He had made 15 field goals of 50-plus yards over the last three seasons, including a 5-for-7 mark in 2019. He's entering his first season with the Dallas Cowboys, who have a high-scoring offense that should present Zuerlein with plenty of chances to rack up points.

3. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week: 10)

Butker also plays on a high-scoring team, and he led all kickers with 147 points last season. He also ranked No. 1 in field goals made with 34, and his accuracy on kicks 40-plus yards out also was impressive (16-for-19). Butker is a safe choice for fantasy owners.

4. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints (Bye Week: 6)

Lutz set a career high with 32 made field goals in 2019, which was the third-most in the league. He also missed just one of his 49 extra point attempts. Lutz finished second in the league in points, too, and should earn another top-five position in scoring thanks to the Saints' loaded offense.

5. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (Bye Week: 11)

Gould had a difficult 2019 season headlined by injury (he missed three games). He connected on just 23 of his 31 field goal attempts, including an 0-for-4 mark from 50-plus yards out. Now that he's healthy, Gould again should be a reliable fantasy kicker who's among the most accurate in the league. (Just two years ago he led the league in field goal accuracy.)

Tier 2

6. Matt Gay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye Week: 13)

The Bucs weren't afraid to test Gay's leg in 2019 as he attempted 22 kicks from 40 yards and beyond. He converted 16 of them, and with Tom Brady's arrival in Tampa Bay as the team's new starting quarterback, the Bucs should be one of the league's highest-scoring teams. Gay is well-positioned for a breakout fantasy season. Don't be surprised if he makes 30 or more field goals for the first time.

7. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (Bye Week: 5)

Prater is entering his 14th NFL season, and even though his field goals made have decreased in each of the last three years, he remains reliable from long range. Prater converted on six of nine field goal attempts from 40-plus yards out, and an impressive 7-for-8 mark on attempts of at least 50 yards. His powerful and accurate left from long distances makes him a good target for fantasy owners.

8. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals (Bye Week: 8)

The Cardinals upgraded their offense in the offseason by acquiring elite wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade with the Houston Texans. More scoring would mean more fantasy opportunities for Gonzalez, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. He made the fourth-most field goals with 34, while also finishing in the top 10 in field goal percentage, extra point percentage and points scored.

9. Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye Week: 7)

The 2019 season was a disappointing one for many Jaguars players, but not Lambo. He had a phenomenal year with the second-most field goals made and a league-best 97.1 field goal accuracy. He also was accurate from long range and converted on 12 of 13 attempts from 40-plus yards. The Jaguars don't have an explosive offense and could have to settle for a lot of field goals in 2020, and given Lambo's accuracy last season's, he's earned the trust of fantasy owners.

10. Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers (Bye Week: 13)

Slye wasn't the most accurate kicker in 2019 -- 78.1 field goal percentage -- but the Panthers did let him kick from long range often. He attempted 22 field goals from 40-plus yards out, including an 8-for-11 mark from both 40 to 49 yards and 50-plus yards.

Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 10 defenses in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 10 defenses in your draft

Defense wins championships.

That's the case in real football, and it also can be the case in fantasy football if you carefully select your D/ST unit during your fantasy draft. Sure, you could play the waivers game all season long and try to ride whatever defense is hot for those few weeks, but wouldn't you rather a D/ST you can rely on all year and not have to think twice about it?

Of course you would. That's why we're here to help by listing the defenses you should have your eyes on in your 2020 fantasy football draft. Here's a look at the top 10.

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye: Week 8)

Minkah Fitzpatrick completely revitalized the Steelers defense when he arrived in Pittsburgh last season. The Steelers D/ST unit finished with the second-most fantasy points at the position last year and with Fitzpatrick in the fold for a full year, it should have a solid chance at claiming the top spot in 2020.

2. San Francisco 49ers (Week 11)

The 49ers lost DeForest Buckner on the defensive line, but that loss shouldn't hurt too much as they gained Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft. Throw in Nick Bosa, who had nine sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble his rookie year, and San Francisco again should be a top D/ST unit in 2020 after finishing with the third-most points last year.

3. Baltimore Ravens (Week 8)

The fourth-best D/ST unit last year should thrive again this time around, especially with rookie linebacker Patrick Queen added to the mix. Most of Baltimore's starters will return in 2020, which makes the Ravens a reliable option in fantasy once again.

4.  Buffalo Bills (Week 11)

Buffalo's D/ST unit is bound to improve in 2020 after a mediocre 12th-place finish in fantasy points last season. Adding Mario Addison via free agency and drafting Iowa's A.J. Epenesa should give the Bills a boost, and the secondary once again looks promising with veteran Josh Norman joining Tre'Davious White. Don't forget about Ed Oliver, who looked great in his rookie year.

5. New England Patriots (Week 6)

The Patriots had the best D/ST in fantasy last year and it wasn't all that close. This time around, they'll have to get the job done without key contributors like Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins. The offense is bound to take a giant step back without Tom Brady as well, which means production as a whole may dip. Expect the Patriots to be one of the better defenses in fantasy football again, but definitely be wary of regression.

6. New Orleans Saints (Week 6)

New Orleans' defense often gets slept on, but it really shouldn't. The Saints D/ST finished with the ninth-most fantasy points at the position last year thanks to guys like Marshon Lattimore, Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis. Former Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins will be in the fold this season now too. Expect this to be a top fantasy D/ST once again.

7. Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

The Rams D/ST is a solid pick for your fantasy team, as you'll have two of the best defensive players in the game in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey helping you out each week. L.A. finished with the fifth-most defensive fantasy points last year and is positioned for success again in 2020.

8. Chicago Bears (Week 11)

Simply put, Chicago's defense was a major disappointment last season. It finished 20th among fantasy defenses in points and just wasn't the dominant Bears D/ST we've been accustomed to seeing. I don't expect a repeat of that this year. There are too many talented players -- Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and now Robert Quinn to name a few -- for this unit to be a letdown again in 2020.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (Week 10)

When you think of the Chiefs, you probably think of Patrick Mahomes and that high-powered offense, not what they do on defense. But don't overlook Kansas City's D, either. The Chiefs D/ST finished eighth in fantasy scoring at the position last year and should be even better this season. This is a solid under-the-radar pick in fantasy drafts this year if you can't get one of the top defenses on the board.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (Week 10)

Well, we originally had the Jets on here as the No. 10 defense, then they traded Jamal Adams and CJ Mosley opted out of the season. So the Chargers slot in as the new No. 10 D/ST with several intriguing contributors on the defensive side of the ball heading into 2020. They drafted Oklahoma standout linebacker Kenneth Murray in the first round and added veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to an already-solid secondary. Having safety Derwin James and defensive end Joey Bosa in the mix doesn't hurt either. L.A. might not be the one of the first few D/ST options off your fantasy board, but that just means more chances for you to steal them in one of the last couple of rounds.

Fantasy football draft kit 2020: Rankings, cheat sheets to help win your league

Fantasy football draft kit 2020: Rankings, cheat sheets to help win your league

What makes fantasy football so great? It's actually fun to do your homework.

If you're reading this, you're looking to get a jump-start on preparing for your 2020 fantasy draft ahead of the NFL season. That means poring over the latest player rankings at each position, identifying potential sleepers and busts and developing the perfect draft strategy to lift you to fantasy glory.

Good news: You've come to the right place. Our 2020 fantasy football draft kit comes complete with all of the draft essentials -- the top 100 overall players, player rankings by position, etc. -- as well as other valuable insights about which players to target and avoid.

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So, what are you waiting for? Below is all of our 2020 draft content; dig in!

PLAYER RANKINGS BY POSITION

SLEEPERS, BUSTS AND PLAYER ANALYSIS

PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEETS

 

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