Picking up a speculatory kicker on a week-by-week basis is a strategy often thought of but not utilized. The Top 9 Most Owned Kickers on ESPN.com this season are:
Below is the average actual points scored of these players and actual points scored by the next two highest projected remaining kickers.
W1: TOP 9: 10.4, Nick Novak: 10, Cairo Santos: 10W2: TOP 9: 8.4, Josh Brown: 10, Chandler Catanzaro: 10
W3: TOP 9: 11.6, Josh Brown 9, Connor Barth: 5
W4: TOP 9: 8.2, Blair Walsh: 6, Brandon McManus: 9
W5: TOP 9: 9.6, Blair Walsh: 7, Chris Boswell: 8
W6: TOP 9: 9.8, Nick Novak: 7, Dan Carpenter: 10
W7: TOP 9: 8.4, Mike Nugent: 5, Cairo Santos: 10
There is no significant difference between these points scored meaning that the strategy of picking up a new kicker on a weekly basis is equivalent to keeping one for the season. Including Adam Vinatieri as an exception this season, the best strategy is to wait for kickers in the draft and if you are unable to find a consistently successful kicker, use the week-by-week approach.
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