Kickers are usually the last pick of a fantasy football draft. No one cares about a kicker. It's an afterthought. Heck, if a player needs to be dropped, most people will drop their kicker without hesitation in order to pick up a position player and then figure out what to do with the kicker spot later. During a bye week, most people have no problem with dropping their kicker and picking up another one. Some people may drop their kicker for a position player and play the week without a kicker!
That being said, don't start Week 1 without a kicker. These ranks are based on how dependable each kicker is and also which games should be high scoring. The Dallas/New York Giants game should be high scoring, for example, but Josh Brown isn't as highly ranked as Dan Bailey.
The key, truly for Week 1, when picking a kicker is to make sure they are still the kicker for their team. During the preseason, many teams cut their kicker (Caleb Sturgis, Nick Novak are two examples). Other kickers were injured (Shaun Suisham, Garrett Hartley) and are not playing.
Choosing a kicker is a gamble, but one surefire way to get zero points is to start a kicker that isn't playing the game.
Here are the Kicker rankings for Week 1:
2015 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.