Blair Andrews continues his look at FFPC Superflex best ball strategy. In this installment, we turn our attention to the all-important kicker position.
It’s not quite right to say that kicker is the forgotten position in fantasy football. But that’s only because kicker is increasingly not a position in fantasy football. The FFPC is becoming a rarity in the fantasy industry as a format that still requires kicker selections in most of their leagues.1 In some ways, it’s a shame that the kicker position is no longer a staple of most best ball contests, because the proper kicker strategy is the easiest way to get a significant edge in best ball leagues — especially in Superflex best ball leagues.
How Many Kickers Do You Need?
There aren’t many positions where simply drafting the right number of players can boost your win rate to a significant degree. But in one-quarterback FFPC best ball leagues, the FFPC Roster Construction Explorer tells us that the right number of kickers provides such a boost.
Drafting your third kicker provides a 2.1-percentage-point bump in win rate compared to going into the season with just two. Drafting a fourth is not as advantageous, but does provide an above-average top-six percentage. That’s significant, but the advantage of three-kicker builds is even greater in Superflex leagues.