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ESPN fantasy football expert Matthew Berry posed an interesting question to his Twitter followers late Sunday night, with the feedback being mostly mixed. The $1 million question, of course, should kickers still be used in ESPN's standard fantasy football formats?


It is certainly an eyebrow-raising time to ask the question, considering how many costly field goal misses there have been during the season. Most recently, the monumental miss by the usually-reliable Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday -- his botch led the Seahawks to have a short field, which they turned into the game-winning field goal. 

Berry's suggestion to replace the kicker is one that some leagues have already adopted -- using an extra FLEX player in that spot. Not only does it take away from the randomness involved with the kicker spot, but it forces fantasy owners to dig a bit deeper during their drafts. Whereas you might settle on a kicker from a high-powered offense, now you have to look at a running back or wide receiver that might not be atop their respective team's depth chart. 


FanDuel eliminated the kicker position from Daily Fantasy this year while DraftKings never had it. This idea is also getting a lot of support from fellow fantasy experts. 

The results from Berry's poll were very close, but more people (55 percent) would rather move away from kickers in fantasy football. As someone who is constantly on the wrong end of the kicking game, I love the idea of going with an extra FLEX spot. 

Kickers are not dependent on a team's success, rather their opportune time to score points when the offense cannot put the ball in the end zone. That type of randomness does not belong in fantasy football, and it's just good to see other people coming up with innovative ways to get around it. 


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Al Walsh is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Al Walsh also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username 14AdotWalsh. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.