Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Don't Neglect Kicker Position on Your Fantasy Football Team

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Don't Neglect Kicker Position on Your Fantasy Football Team

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I neglected a position in my lineup last week, and it resulted in a playoff loss by a half a point. This week I've been kicking myself so much my hip is now double-jointed.

Sure, I could have plugged in Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd rather than Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree, but I could have done something even easier to change the end result.

I could have grabbed a kicker off waivers.

I made the mistake of leaving Chiefs placekicker Cairo Santos in my lineup, a kicker who had a rather attractive matchup versus the San Diego Chargers, but I didn't account for bad weather (a rookie mistake for a guy who has been doing this for more than 20 years).

Though Santos hasn't been posting many points of late, I felt he had a chance at solid numbers in a divisional matchup with the Chargers, as many AFC West games become kick-fests. Santos missed one of his two field goals in the rain.

Live and learn.

I'm a firm believer in not tweaking my lineup drastically in the playoffs. But not making adjustments at all can be a problem as well, and a new kicker could be one small thing we all can do to help out, even if only in a small way.

Before we get on to the more "important" positions, let's take a short look at one of the most unheralded positions in all of football, both real and fantasy: the place kicker.

Mike Nugent -- Cincinnati: not stellar but consistent, Nugent's appeal is generated by the fact that quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb) will likely miss Week 15. This could equal stalled drives for the Bengals and opportunities for Nugent.

Matt Prater -- Detroit: While he's not had a great season overall, he posted nine field goals in Weeks 10-13, including three of more than 50 yards before falling off to two extra points in Week 14. Still, he has a great matchup in Week 15 versus the Saints' incredibly bad defense, a unit that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to kickers.

Jason Myers -- Jacksonville: Since Week 9, Myers has connected on 15 of 16 attempts. He's a busy kicker with an offense that can move the ball. …

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