There's a poor pun to be made here about standing your ground and not moving your feet, but I'm going to bypass it. I think it might actually undercut my stance. But I am remaining firm. Nick Folk should not be atop the Week 12 fantasy kicker rankings.
I know the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) has him as the No. 1 kicker this week. But that's just being lazy and/or not caring about kickers. Or both.
Yes, Folk is currently the No. 1 kicker in fantasy. So it's not ludicrous. But how often is the top-ranked player at a position the No. 1 option in a particular week? I'll admit I didn't actually research this, but we both know the answer is not that often. Due to Derrick Henry's dominance, running back has been fairly consistent, but quarterback, tight end, and wide receiver have been a revolving door. But I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts that Folk is not the top kicker this week.
Folk has quietly risen to the top of rankings due to the number of field goal attempts he's had (third in the league). Some of that is in part due to New England often playing marginal defenses. I don't fault Folk for that. However, I do fault him for missing four extra points. On principle alone, I can't have a kicker who has missed four PATs atop my kicker rankings.
I can't. Not when stud kickers like Justin Tucker and Tyler Bass haven't missed one. Even lesser kickers like Graham Gano and Jake Elliot have been perfect on extra points. And the latter is one of my big risers this week. I'd rather play Elliot this week than Folk. Elliot takes on the Giants this week, and they are giving up more fantasy points to kickers than Folk's opponent, the Titans.
Do I think the Patriot will be the top kicker this week? No Folking way!
NFL Kicker Rankings: Week 12
Teams on bye: Arizona, Kansas City
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.