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Fantasy football: Kickers you should use in Week 12 and beyond

Kickers are people too.

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The playoff picture in the NFL still has a lot of sorting out left to do, but for those of you out in fantasy land, the end of your season is coming to a close. If you're still stuck playing traditional fantasy football because your family's league, you've been dropping and adding kickers every week since the beginning of September. You've given the walking papers to the likes of Matt Bryant, Sebastian Janikowski, and Josh Scobee; these people are sons, husbands, fathers even. But you gave them the boot without even thinking twice.

Since many a fantasy league freezes their rosters once the playoffs begin, I think it best serves the needs of the fantasy masses to give you all a list of kickers worth riding into battle. Men of valor worthy of taking you all the way to the gates of hell to stare your opponent square in the eyes and say, "I can assemble a group of football players that do things on the field each week for a completely different purpose than the arbitrary points we award them on a week to week basis in an effort to assert some sort of quasi-football intelligence superiority over you. Oh, and my kicker outscored your quarterback." I want to do that for you.

Josh Brown (NYG)

Owned in just 68% of leagues on ESPN, Josh Brown has been the second most productive kicker in fantasy football this season. Averaging 10.4 fantasy points per game, Brown is outscoring the tenth best kicker this year, Blair Walsh, by 1.5 FPG. It may not seem like a huge clip, and that's because it isn't.

Chandler Catanzaro (ARI)

Okay, this fine kicker is only owned in just 46% of leagues and has outscored the likes of fantasy darlings Dan Bailey, Mason Crosby, and Adam Vinatieri -- all of which are owned in more leagues around ESPN than Catanzaro. Another benefit of having Catanzaro is his three games he gets to play in a dome over the next five weeks.

Cairo Santos (KC)

Looking for another kicker who wears a different shade of red to fill the void you have at kicker? Look no further than the third leading scorer in ESPN leagues, Cairo Santos from Kansas City. He's available in over 62% of leagues, has scored over twenty points in a single week twice, including a 27 point performance against Cincinnati in Week 4.

Matt Prater (DET)

And what about the Lions' very own, Matt Prater? He hasn't missed a field goal yet this year and with the host of opponents the Lions have the rest of this season, why not employ this leg? Also, four of his final five games are going to be played indoors barring any natural disasters displacing the site of the game.

Remember, folks, these kickers are generally available in most leagues on ESPN. They deserve a home for the holidays, and they may even earn a spot in your heart after they help lead you to a fantasy championship this year.