Over the course of the previous few seasons, there has been a growing trend of removing the kicker position from fantasy football leagues. Most feel that kicker scoring is either too random to predict (there is good data in the ethos to state otherwise) or should not have as big of an impact on fantasy as say a WR or RB. For those that believe the later, I agree, kickers should not determine outcomes of fantasy games or championships. Just because Justin Tucker goes 4/4 from 50+ on a Sunday in December, doesn’t mean that your team is entitled to win a league playoff game or the ultimate prize, a fantasy football championship.
We do have to remember that kickers are people too, not just on the field to be ridiculed when they miss a PAT or a tackle in the open field. They do belong in fantasy football, but I do believe they should have a slightly reduced role. The slack could be picked up by another aspect of special teams that is typically grouped in with defenses or an afterthought altogether, the return game.
In standard scoring settings (I’ll be using ESPN) all return TDs count for 6 points for an owner’s DST with no regard for the amount of return yardage that is associated with said return. Don’t get me wrong, there are leagues that do reward return yardage to deepen the pool of playable WRs and RBs, but this would be the grouping together of the “3rd phase” of the game into a cohesive scoring system. With a couple of small changes, the issue of kickers determining too much throughout a fantasy season can be addressed and properly grouped along naturally with the return game in what I’m calling Team Special Teams. Continue reading A New Way to Look at Special Teams Scoring