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Betting on a kicker is never sure thing

Are you thinking about jumping up a few rounds to grab a kicker in your next fantasy draft? Don't do it. Football Outsiders examined the consistency of NFL kickers, and the results were grim, writes Aaron Schatz.

Originally Published: July 18, 2008
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

In 2005, Neil Rackers was the top kicker in fantasy football. He set an NFL record with 40 field goals and led the league by hitting 95 percent of his opportunities, including 6-of-7 from 50 yards or longer. Going into the 2006 season, most magazines ranked him as one of the top two fantasy kickers with big-money Colts free agent Adam Vinatieri.

All over America, fantasy owners reached for Rackers in round 10 or 11 to fill their kicking needs, instead of waiting for the last round. Yet, ...

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