What 'Free Agency Frenzy' is all about: Kickers getting money
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What 'Free Agency Frenzy' is all about: Kickers getting money

The Cowboys cut Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware? Who cares?
The Giants possibly found their new starting running back? Pssh, overrated.
The 49ers traded for one of the worst first-round picks in recent memory? That's just stupid.
All of those stories pale in comparison to today's real news: kickers, kickers, kickers. They may think they are being devalued with the movement to push back the extra point, but on Tuesday, they were signed up as if they were their team's first priority.
The Colts' Adam Vinatieri @aVinatieri4 got it started Tuesday when he re-signed for two years and $5 million.
Phil Dawson @phil_dawson_4 followed with a two-year deal of his own to stay with the 49ers.
Then the Bills re-signed Dan Carpenter for four years, and the Jets gave Nick Folk @nickfolk2, the guy they franchise-tagged two weeks ago, a four-year contract worth $12 million.
Also, the Giants are reportedly close to re-signing Josh Brown.

Fantasy Analysis:

What does it all mean?

Not a whole lot. Yes, Vinateri and Dawson were very solid, top-10 fantasy kickers last season. For them, age is not an issue. If you want to rank them, I think those guys are at the top, followed by Folk, Carpenter and Brown. But keep in mind that, yes, kickers are a week-to-week crapshoot in general. Never take one before the final two rounds of your draft, and be flexible; don't be afraid to drop a highly ranked preseason option in favor of a more productive guy who has come from off the radar. I try to play kicker-by-committee, choosing the best kicker each week on a decent offense with a good defensive matchup. It's a lot of guesswork that doesn't always pay off, but welcome to fantasy sports. Half the job is guessing right.

Source:
Adam Schefter via Twitter

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FFToolbox Fantasy Football Writer since 2002
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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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