Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/24/12

Now it's time for the least important portion of the Chicago Bears 101 Fantasy Football preview.

Sure, for your favorite team, the kicker can be the most celebrated or the most hated person at the end of a game based on whether or not he hits the field goal. However, in fantasy football, there is no reason to be taking a kicker before the FINAL round.

In fact, don't bother taking your defense any earlier than the round before that. Don't believe us? Let the numbers from last season do the talking. We'll start with the kickers.

First, take David Akers out of the equation as he was a freak last season with his 192 points. Guys 2-10 ranged from 156 points to 139. That's 17 points, also known as one point per week. Taking a kicker before the last round for the possibility of gaining an extra point per week is flat out stupid. That's why it's still unbelievable that some kickers are going in the 11th round.

You may say, 'it's the 11th round, who cares. There isn't much value there anyway.' Wrong!

A little recap from last season. Players such as Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Julio Jones all went after the 11th round last season. That means that it's easy to find value out of position players in the later rounds. Finding a hidden gem late will be much more valuable to a winning team than grabbing the 'best' kicker early.

As for the defenses, who can tell who the best one will be? Did you know Jacksonville scored more points than Pittsburgh last season? I bet not a sole would've thought to draft the Jags before the Steel Curtain.

It's just another aspect that's so unpredictable that any fantasy owner would be better off waiting for the second to last round to take a defense. Remember, it's always better to stockpile on running backs in the rounds leading up to the final two as it's always great to grab a handcuff.

The moral of the story: wait on these two positions. Although they are important to win your league, top-to-bottom there isn't a big difference in performance. And remember, always laugh at and make fun of your fellow draft mates who do in fact take a kicker prior to the last round.

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