Place kickers like Nate Kaeding of the San Diego Chargers play a role in fantasy football that is very similar to their real-life jobs: they are part of the team, but no one thinks they are important until they either come through for your team or hurt your team.
In real life, coaches go through kickers like socks. If there is any sign of a hole, it is easier to go out and get a new one than go through the trouble of wearing the damaged sock.
Yet, when kickers make big kicks, they are the hero of the team. When they miss an important one, they might be out of a job the next day.
In fantasy football, kickers are usually taken near the last round of drafts, and they should be.
Still, they play a more important role in fantasy football than most think.
Let's take a look at 10 kickers who are likely to come through for your team in 2011.