It might be the last position you address in your fantasy football draft, but having the right kicker on your squad can mean the difference between winning and losing a matchup. To help get your season off on the right foot (pun semi intended), our fantasy analysts are here to help with the decision-making process with their Week 1 kicker rankings.
If you were one of the first fantasy managers in your league to draft a kicker, there's not much to think about here. You have a weekly auto-start with a Justin Tucker or a Evan McPherson in your lineup. For the rest of us who used a final-round pick on the position, there could be better options on the waiver wire worth a closer look.
Rodrigo Blankenship, for example, is only rostered in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues after winning the Indianapolis Colts' kicking job in training camp, but is ranked as a top-10 option in a matchup to open the season against the Houston Texans.
Dustin Hopkins is tied to a dynamic offense with the Los Angeles Chargers and playing in a divisional clash with the Las Vegas Raiders. The game has an over-under north of 50, so points shouldn't be hard to come by, but with Brandon Staley making the calls, admittedly field goals could be a different story.
Don't overlook the Robbie Gould revenge game narrative against the Chicago Bears. Ok, maybe a revenge game for a kicker is a stretch, but at 39 years old, Gould is still a reliable fantasy option and a borderline top-10 start this week.
For more lineup help, check out our kicker rankings for Week 1 below: