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The fantasy value of kickers varies wildly from year to year. Which is why the sage advice is to wait until late in the draft to grab one.

The other dirty little secret about kickers is there's very little difference, fantasy wise, from the no. 1 guy and the No. 12 guy.

Last year, the 49ers' David Akers kicked a record 44 FGs. The Packers' Mason Crosby tied for 14th with 24.

Crosby led the NFL in points after TDs. And tied for 14th on that list? Yep. Akers.

Figuring each FG is worth three fantasy points, when you do all the math, Akers was worth an average of 3.2 fantasy points a week. That's not worth reaching for on draft day. Still, if you MUST have a ranking of the top kickers ...

1: David Akers, 49ers

2: S. Janikowski, Raiders

3: S. Gostkowski, Patriots

4: Mike Nugent, Bengals

5: Mason Crosby, Packers

6: Rob Bironas, Titans

7: Matt Prater, Broncos

8: Robbie Gould, Bears

9: Jason Hanson, Lions

10: Alex Henery, Eagles

11: Matt Bryant, Falcons

12: Dan Bailey, Cowboys

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