Originally written November 16, 2012 on RotoAsk:
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Kickers don’t matter. Fantasy. As everyone who has played fantasy football is aware, the difference between a win and a loss is often just a couple of points and sometimes a fraction of a point. Every year there is one kicker that rises above the rest. Last year, Akers finished ahead of all kickers with 166 total points (actual points not fantasy points), thirty-four more points than the next kicker. This year the must have kicker is Lawrence Tynes, who is currently ahead of the next closest competitor by 18 points. Tynes is arguably the Giants most consistent player on the Giants. The ideal fantasy lineup would have the number one player at every spot and this includes kicker. Sure kickers are the least glamorous position on a fantasy lineup, but every spot on your fantasy roster is important. Additionally, by having the number one kicker on your lineup that is another position where you have the matchup advantage over your opponent every week. Now, don’t go out and trade your best position players to get Tynes. The way to get Tynes is to trade your position player for a lower valued position player and try to get Tynes in the process. While Tynes is clearly the best kicker, there is one other kicker worth getting. Blair Walsh is also a good grab and currently second among kickers in total points. Furthermore, Walsh is five for five on field goals from beyond 50 yards.   Dez Bryant is one of the least consistent players in fantasy football. Reality. Dez Bryant has been extremely inconsistent so far this year and that is concerning. So far this year, Bryant has had fewer than 20 yards in three of his nine games. Bryant has also had some great games this year, recording more than 80 yards in five contests. There is actually a very distinct pattern that describes Dez’s production. At home this year, Dez is averaging 89 yards receiving per game. However, on the road Dez has slipped into obscurity averaging a mere 52 yards a game. Somebody looks happy to be heading home. While the home versus away pattern is hard to explain, it is a small thing that can help you make the decision of whether to start him or not. Additional good news for Dez Bryant owners is that Dez has five more home games and only two more away games. If you’ve been disappointed in Dez Bryant this year, you are not alone. But, don’t give up hope yet. The series of home games coming up will hopefully inspire Dez to become the consistent producer that he is talented enough to be.    
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