While they are often forgotten, if not completely ignored, kickers are an important part of any fantasy football lineup. Consider that the top scorer at the position last season, Harrison Butker, would have ranked in or near the top 25 among both running backs and wide receivers and only five tight ends had more fantasy points (Athlon scoring).
That's not to say that a kicker should be drafted earlier than your RB2 or WR3, not even close. But maybe don't discount which kicker you are thinking about taking when you reach the final rounds. For example, the difference between Butker and the No. 11 kicker last season, Greg Zuerlein, was 37 fantasy points. While not a huge gap that's still more than enough of one that it could mean the difference between winning and losing a close contest. Especially if you have Zuerlein and your opponent has Butker.
And speaking of Zuerlein, he's now in Dallas after signing with the Cowboys. Could the change of scenery mean more scoring opportunities for the strong-legged veteran?
Butker certainly shouldn’t lack for scoring chances thanks to Kansas City's high-octane offense, but Justin Tucker's historic accuracy is why he's atop the rankings below. New Orleans' Wil Lutz is third followed by Robbie Gould and the aforementioned Zuerlein.