2014 DRAFT GUIDE
By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports

Kickers:

We mention it every season, but the key to finding a successful fantasy kicker is drafting a kicker that is on a team that wins games. Of the 10 kickers that finished with 130 or more points last season, all but one played on team with a .500 or better record. There will be an occasional kicker that breaks this rule, but for the most part, the best kickers play on the best teams. They are giving them more opportunities to score, making their point totals among the best in the league.

And please don't be the guy that takes a kicker in the fifth round of your draft. The point deferential from week to week between the top kicker and the 10th rated guy is minimal. We aren't saying to totally discount the position, but use some discretion. Every point does matter, but having your core team in place before taking a kicker is a good idea come draft day.

You also know that some teams will surprise and a kicker's production will be rewarded. Last season, Nick Novak was the big surprise at kicker. He was third in the league in scoring, but went undrafted in many leagues because the Chargers weren't a team on everyone's radar last season. Keep that in mind when thinking about taking a kicker in the early rounds of your draft. Let someone else use a mid-round pick on Stephen Gostkowski while you solidify the rest of your roster.

Updated: 06/12/14
 #1  Matt Prater$2  Yr: 2013  FGM: 25  FGA: 26DenverBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Prater had a monster season last year for the Broncos, making several long-distance kicks while racking up the points because of all the points his team was able to score. He also missed just one field goal all last season. He finished with 150 points and made seven kicks of 50 or more yards. Prater had a season that was as good as any in recent memory. He has at least 133 points two straight seasons. Prater has certainly enjoyed kicking in the thin air of Denver. Prater has a booming leg and continue to improve his accuracy. He is one of the more well-rounded kickers in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
As long as Peyton Manning is around, Prater is a top fantasy kicker. He'll get plenty of chances in this offense and has good long-distance potential. He should be able to finish with comparable numbers to last season (around 150 points), making him our top rated fantasy kicker this season.

 #2  Stephen Gostkowski$2  Yr: 2013  FGM: 38  FGA: 41New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gostkowski had another great season, maybe his best to date. He set a career high in field-goal percentage and points. He scored 158 points, giving him two straight seasons with 150-plus points. He made 93 percent of his kicks, missing just three field goals all season. He didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards. Gostkowski has 125 or more points all but one season when he has played a full year. He plays in a great offense and gets plenty of chances for points. Gostkowski has a strong leg and is a fairly accurate kicker (85.6 percent made for his career). And the Patriots have a great offense, giving Gostkowski a few more chances than your average kicker.

Fantasy Outlook:  
You can make a strong case for Gostkowski to be the top fantasy kicker this season. He is about as consistent as it gets at the position for fantasy teams. His long-distance attempts improved last season, which is a positive, and his point totals remain top notch. We expect another season with around 150 points, making him one of the first kickers off the board come draft day.

 #3  Phil Dawson$2  Yr: 2013  FGM: 32  FGA: 36San FranciscoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
A move to San Francisco produced the best season of Dawson's long career, scoring 140 points. His previous career high in points was 120. Dawson also made 89 percent of his field goals and was a very impressive 10-of-11 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards. He'll be the starter once again for the 49ers and should get plenty of chances this season. Dawson still has a plenty strong leg despite his age (39). He also is accurate, making 85 percent of his kicks for his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Dawson is an elite fantasy kicker in this offense. He'll finish with among the best point totals in the league. We expect another season around 140 points. He should be one of the first kickers off the board come draft day.

 #4  Justin Tucker$2  Yr: 2013  FGM: 38  FGA: 41BaltimoreBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Tucker had another great season as the kicker for the Ravens. He topped his rookie season, scoring 140 points while making 93 percent of his field goals. He was a very impressive 6-of-7 on field goals of 50-plus yards. Tucker has 132 or more points two straight seasons and makes 92 percent of his kicks for his career. He has become one of the top kickers in the game in just two seasons. Tucker is the complete package at kicker. He has a strong leg and is accurate. He continues to gain a lot of confidence and should get plenty of chances in this offense going forward.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Tucker is one of the top fantasy kickers in the game. He plays in an offense with a history of producing top fantasy kickers and is coming off two big seasons. He is a top-five fantasy option and you could even make a case for him being the first kicker taken come draft day. He can score around 140 points once again this season.

 #5  Mason Crosby$2  Yr: 2013  FGM: 33  FGA: 37Green BayBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Crosby rebounded well after a very poor showing in 2012. He tied a career high with 141 points and made 89 percent of his field goals, which also was a career best for Crosby. He didn't miss a field goal less than 40 yards and was an impressive 5-of-7 on kicks of 50 or more yards. Crosby averages 129 points per season in seven seasons as the Packers' starter. He also makes 79 percent of his field-goal attempts. Crosby has a big leg and has missed just 11 kicks from less than 40 yards for his career. He has struggled with some accuracy issues throughout his career but made big strides in that area last season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Crosby proved last season he was an elite fantasy kicker once again. This offense will provide plenty of chances. He will make some long-distance kicks and score consistent totals in an offense that doesn't falter much. Crosby seems a pretty good bet for around 140 points, making him one of the first kickers that should come off the board come draft day.

 #6  Dan Bailey$2  Yr: 2013  FGM: 28  FGA: 30DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Bailey has enjoyed three great seasons as the kicker for the Cowboys. He scored 131 points last season and made 93 percent of his field goals. He missed just two field goals all season and just one of more than 40 yards, going 16-of-17. Bailey has at least 124 points all three seasons in the NFL and makes 91 percent of his field goals. Bailey has a strong leg and is accurate for a young kicker. Bailey should continue to gain confidence as he gets more seasoned in the NFL.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bailey is an elite fantasy kicker in a great offense. He'll get plenty of chances and score a lot of points on a weekly basis. Bailey should come close to the last few seasons, scoring around 130 points for the Cowboys. He should be one of the first kickers taken off the board come draft day.

 #7  Steven Hauschka$1  Yr: 2013  FGM: 33  FGA: 35SeattleBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Hauschka enjoyed the best season of his career last year, posting huge numbers for the Super Bowl champions Seahawks. He missed just two field goals all season and scored 143 points, which was a career best. He has at least 109 points in three seasons with the Seahawks. He has missed just 11 field goals since joining Seattle. Hauschuka has an extremely strong leg. He wasn't the most accurate kicker just a few years back but is getting better and better in this area every season. He is just 28 years old and in the prime of his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hauschuka has become an elite fantasy kicker. He does well on long-distance kicks and posts big point totals in a good offense. We aren't sure he matches last season's point totals but can get around 130 points. He is a legit No. 1 for fantasy teams.

 #8  Matt Bryant$1  Yr: 2013  FGM: 24  FGA: 27AtlantaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
The Falcons struggled as a team last season but Bryant still produced well for them. He missed just three field goals all season and scored 111 points. He was 8-of-10 from 40-plus yards and missed just one field of fewer than 40 yards. Bryant averages 127 points his last four seasons with the Falcons and made at least 87 percent of his kicks during those seasons. Bryant turns 39 before the start of the season but doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. Bryant should continue to get plenty of chances in the Falcons top offense. He has a great leg and his accuracy has been lights out the last few seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
His numbers were down some last year but he still was just fine for fantasy teams. Bryant is a top fantasy kicker that should be able to improve on last season as the Falcons get better offensively. He is accurate, has a strong leg and will score consistent points totals on a weekly basis. He is a solid No. 1 that should get you around 130 points.

 #9  Nick Novak$1  Yr: 2013  FGM: 34  FGA: 37San DiegoBye: 10 
 
Player News:
It took a little time but Novak really came into his own last season and had a career year. He scored 144 points and made 92 percent of his field goals. He didn't miss a kick more than 40 yards all season. He did have a few poor misses, though, going 13-of-16 between 20 and 29 yards. But overall, Novak had a great season as the starting kicker for the Chargers. He has 122 or more points two of the past three seasons with the Chargers. Novak has a strong leg and does well on shorter kicks. His accuracy has been an issue on longer kicks throughout much of his career, but last year proved he could be breaking out of that.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Novak might have a hard time matching last year but proved he could be a solid No. 1 for fantasy teams. He plays in a good offense and provides consistent production. We look for around 125 points, putting him right outside of that elite group of kickers.

 #10  Ryan Succop$1  Yr: 2013  FGM: 22  FGA: 28Kansas CityBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Succop had a career high 118 points last season but made just 79 percent of his field goals. He had some accuracy issues, missing six field-goal attempts. The good news is most of those were from long distance, going 1-of-4 on field goals of 50-plus yards. He remained pretty accurate on the shorter kicks. He remains the starter for the Chiefs this season. He has topped 100 points four of five seasons in the league. Succop has a strong leg and is an accurate kicker from less than 40 yards. He will struggle on some accuracy issues with longer kicks, but has the talent to get better in that area.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Succop could improve on last season as the Chiefs get better offensively. He is moving up the fantasy rankings. Consider him a low-end No. 1. He can get around 125 points, especially if he is able to erase one or two of those misses from last year.

 #11  Greg Zuerlein$1  Yr: 2013  FGM: 26  FGA: 28St LouisBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Zuerlein made big strides his second season in the league, doing a great job of improving his accuracy. He missed just two field goals, making 93 percent of his kicks after making just 74 percent his rookie season. He didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards. He is going to be the No. 1 kicker in this offense for years to come. Zuerlein might have the strongest leg in the league right now. He has a legit chance to make some field goals from 60-plus yards. His accuracy is improving and the Rams' offense should give him more chances this season with Sam Bradford back starting at quarterback.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Zuerlein is a kicker on the rise this season. He should get more chances and has huge upside for the long-distance kicks. He is a real asset in leagues that reward long field goals. Don't be surprised if he sets a career high in points this season, scoring around 125. Consider him a low-end No. 1.

 #12  Adam Vinatieri$1  Yr: 2013  FGM: 35  FGA: 40IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Vinatieri had his best season with the Colts last year. He scored 139 points and made 88 percent of his field goals. He got a ton of chances between 40 and 49 yards and made the most of those, going 15-of-17 from that distance. And while he doesn't have the strongest leg anymore, Vinatieri still made 4-of-6 kicks from 50-plus yards. Vinatieri has 115 points three of the past four seasons with the Colts. At age 40, Vinatieri doesn't have a booming leg anymore but remains the starter for a good Colts' offense. Vinatieri remains pretty accurate and clutch, continuing to make game-winning kicks every season. Vinatieri has topped 100 points all but two seasons during his illustrious NFL career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Vinatieri is a solid starter for fantasy teams. We are hard pressed to see him repeating last season, but he can get 125 or so points in this offense. Just don't expect many long-distance kicks.

 #13  Caleb Sturgis Yr: 2013  FGM: 26  FGA: 34MiamiBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Sturgis had an up and down rookie season. He scored 111 points but missed eight field goals, connecting on just 77 percent of his attempts. He was just 3-of-7 on field goals of 50-plus yards and even missed two kicks less than 40 yards. He did get 34 attempts, though, which is a very high number for a kicker. He remains the starter for the Dolphins but could be on a shorter leash this season if he continues to have accuracy issues. Sturgis has a strong leg and a knack for making clutch kicks. He also has a good mental makeup, which should help him grow during his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
The Dolphins should be better offensively this season, which makes Sturgis intriguing. He is a little boom or bust after last season but he carries good upside. Sturgis is worth a shot as a low-end No. 1. He could get 125 this season in an offense that gives him plenty of chances.

 #14  Shayne Graham Yr: 2013  FGM: 2  FGA: 2New OrleansBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Graham had 13 points in two games with the Saints last season. He made both his field-goal attempts and is going to be given a shot to be the starter for the Saints this season. Graham makes 86 percent of his field goals for his career and has three seasons with 130 or more points. Graham remains a solid starting NFL kicker. He doesn't have a huge leg anymore but is accurate on shorter kicks and has a track record of success.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Graham has huge upside if he wins the starting job for the Saints. That offense will provide him with plenty of chances. Consider him a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams, getting around 125 points. He won't give you a ton of long-distance kicks but provide consistent point production.

 #15  Blair Walsh Yr: 2013  FGM: 26  FGA: 30MinnesotaBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Despite struggles from the offense once again, Walsh had another good season for the Vikings. He scored 121 points and made 87 percent of his field goals. He didn't miss a kick less than 40 yards. Walsh averages 131 points per season with the Vikings. He has been especially impressive on long-distance kicks, going 12-of-15 on field goals of 50-plus yards. Walsh has a booming leg, kicks in a doom and plays in an offense that provides plenty of chances. He also is accurate for a young kicker, especially on long-distance kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Walsh is a top fantasy kicker that goes under the radar a little. He might be the best long-distance kicker in the league right now. He is a solid No. 1 that should get around 125 points for fantasy teams.

 #16  Alex Henery Yr: 2013  FGM: 23  FGA: 28PhiladelphiaBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Henery had some struggles last season, missing five field goals and making just 82 percent of his field goals. This percentage was a career low for Henery. He did score 114 points, though, and has at least 106 points his three seasons with the Eagles. Henery won't be handed the job this season. He will need to win the spot this training camp and preseason. Henery has made few long-distance kicks throughout his career, going 2-of-5 on field goals of 50-plus yards. Henery is accurate on shorter kicks and has a big enough leg to make some long-distance kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Henery is a low-end fantasy starter as long as he wins the job. He has point potential in this offense but doesn't make many long kicks. We think he'll get about 120 points this season.

 #17  Graham Gano Yr: 2013  FGM: 24  FGA: 27CarolinaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Gano had arguably the best season of his career last year, making 89 percent of his field goals while scoring 114 points. He missed just three field goals all season. He was even a perfect 6-of-6 on field goals of 50-plus yards. Gano has 114 or more points two of the last three seasons. He'll continue to be the top kicker for the Panthers, an offense that is making strides. Gano has a solid leg but not spectacular and his accuracy is up and down at this stage of his career although he made strides last season. He has a strong leg and makes more than 50 percent of his field goals from 50-plus yards for his entire career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gano is a solid fantasy starter. He won't score as many points as some of the elite kickers but is a good bet to get around 120 points. He is a good guy to grab late in your draft to fill your kicker spot. He'll do just fine once again this season.

 #18  Kai Forbath Yr: 2013  FGM: 18  FGA: 22WashingtonBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Forbath missed some time because of injury but played well when healthy. He had 80 points in 13 games and made 82 percent of his field goals. He has made 88 percent of his field goals in two seasons with the Redskins. He isn't going to be handed the job this year but it is his to lose. Forbath has a pretty strong leg and is an accurate kicker. He has battled some injury issues early in his career and needs to show he can stay healthy if he hopes to remain a starter in this league.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Forbath has potential in this offense and is worth a look as a low-end No. 1 fantasy kicker. He could surprise in an offense that looks to be more explosive this year. We expect a season with around 120 points for Forbath.

 #19  Robbie Gould Yr: 2013  FGM: 26  FGA: 29ChicagoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Gould had his usual solid season for the Bears last year. He scored 123 points and missed just three field goals, making 90 percent of his field goals. He was even 3-of-4 on field goals of 50-plus yards and has missed one from that distance in three seasons. Gould has 121 or more points two of the past three seasons. Gould doesn't have a booming leg, but is a very accurate kicker, getting plenty of chances in an above-average Bears' offense.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gould probably won't lead the league in scoring, but his numbers will be above average for fantasy kickers. He is good for around 120 points and a few long-distance kicks. He is a more than capable No. 1 for fantasy teams.

 #20  Nate Freese DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Freese didn't miss a kick his senior year in college. The Lions hope that translates to the NFL. He'll be given every chance to win the starter's job this year. Freese has a solid leg and is a very accurate kicker. He isn't the biggest kicker, though, and doesn't really have a booming leg.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Freese has a good shot to win the starting job and if he does, he can score around 120 points in this offense. He has some value as a low-end No. 1 but carries some risk because he is fighting for a job.

 #21  Shaun Suisham Yr: 2013  FGM: 30  FGA: 32PittsburghBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Suisham has found a home with the Steelers and enjoyed his best season to date last year. He set a career high in field-goal percentage (94 percent) and points (129 points). He didn't even attempt a field goal of more than 50 yards but was a perfect 8-of-8 on field goals between 40 and 49 yards. He missed just two field goals all seasons. His points have increased each of the last three seasons with the Steelers. He averages 117 points per season the last three years. Suisham has a pretty good leg and a tendency to make some clutch kicks but has struggled with accuracy at times, making 83 percent of his kicks for his career. His accuracy does seem to be improving with age, though, which is a plus.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Suisham seems to be getting better with age, making him a much better fantasy option than years past. You can depend on him a little more, especially in a good Steelers' offense. Suisham is likely to get about 120 points and is worth a look as a low-end No. 1 fantasy kicker.

 #22  Mike Nugent Yr: 2013  FGM: 18  FGA: 22CincinnatiBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Nugent didn't get a ton of chances last season with the Bengals but kicked fine with his opportunities. He scored 106 points and made 82 percent of his field goals. He missed just four field goals all season but had just 22 field-goal attempts. His numbers were boosted by a Bengals' offense that produced a lot of touchdowns. Nugent has a strong leg and is improving his accuracy. He seems to have finally found a home in Cincinnati. He has 106 or more points two of the past three seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Nugent is a low-end No. 1 as the starter in Cincy. He is a pretty good bet to get 120-plus point in an emerging Bengals' offense. We would expect him to get more field-goal chances this season, helping his overall point totals.

 #23  Josh Brown Yr: 2013  FGM: 23  FGA: 26New York GiantsBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Brown had a solid first season with the Giants. He scored just 100 points but made 89 percent of his field goals, which was one of the higher totals in his career. Brown's career high in points is 127 and he has eight seasons with 100-plus points. He is going to be the starting kicker for the Giants once again this season. Brown is a solid kicker at age 35, gaining some confidence the last few seasons after a few down years. Brown is becoming a more accurate kicker but doesn't have quite as strong of a leg as earlier in his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Brown is a good buy-low candidate because the Giants' offense should produce better for him. He is worth a look as a low-end No. 1 or top backup. He should be able to get 120 points or so in this offense. He won't produce many long-distance kicks at this stage of his career but should get consistent point totals for the Giants.

 #24  Randy Bullock Yr: 2013  FGM: 26  FGA: 35HoustonBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Bullock had a shaky first season as the starting kicker for the Texans. He made just 74 percent of his field goals. He did miss a kick less than 40 yards but struggled on the long-distance attempts. He was 12-of-17 between 40 and 49 yards and just 1-of-5 on kicks longer than 50 yards. He'll need to improve on those longer kicks if he hopes to keep his kicking job this season. He is an accurate kicker on shorter kicks and has a very strong leg but will struggle some with his accuracy on longer kicks. He is an asset on kickoffs, though, and has the ability to make very long kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bullock has obvious potential in this offense but isn't a sure thing by any means. He has time to get his career going in the right direction but might not be worth the risk for fantasy teams. He is worth a look as a No. 2 kicker if you are drafting one, though. He has the potential to get around 120 points if all goes well for him.

 #25  Dan Carpenter Yr: 2013  FGM: 33  FGA: 36BuffaloBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Carpenter became the starter for the Bills last season because of injury and had a career season. He put up the best numbers of his career, scoring 131 points while making 92 percent of his field goals. Both totals were career highs for him. He didn't miss a field goal less than 40 yards and was an impressive 4-of-6 on field goals of 50-plus yards. Carpenter will compete with Dustin Hopkins for the starting job with the Bills this season but the job seems to be his to lose. Carpenter has a strong leg and above-average accuracy. He has just three misses his entire career on kicks less than 40 yards.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Carpenter turned things around last season and had a career season. It probably is a stretch to think he can repeat last season, but he can get around 120 points in this offense. He'll get his chances and usually makes the most of them. Consider Carpenter a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams.

 #26  Nick Folk Yr: 2013  FGM: 33  FGA: 36New York JetsBye: 11 
 
Player News:
The Jets' offense sputtered, which turned out to be a good thing for Folk. He had 36 field-goal chances and missed just three all season, which was the best total of his career. He made 92 percent of his field goals. Folk scored 127 points and was 15-of-17 from field goals of 40-plus yards. Folk has 126 or more points two of four seasons with the Jets. He has 100-point seasons five of seven in the NFL and his season high in points is 131. Folk has a very strong leg, making him an asset on kickoffs as well as long-distance kicks. He does have some accuracy issues, though, but was much better in that area last season. He finally seems to be making strides in accuracy.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Folk is a bit of a risk because of the offense he plays, but he can be an asset to fantasy teams. He is capable of the big game and has produced very good seasons two of the last four. Consider him a top No. 2 fantasy kicker, capable of getting around 120 points.

 #27  Connor Barth Tampa BayBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Barth missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles just before the start of training camp. He is back healthy, though, and making all the kicks this offseason. He will be the starter for the Bucs as long as he his healthy. Barth has three straight seasons with 100-plus points for the Bucs, averaging 110 points per season. Barth has a plus leg and is becoming very accurate on all kicks. He has clearly gained confidence as a starting kicker in the NFL, making 84 percent of his kicks for his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Barth might be a good buy-low option in an offense that has produced some decent kickers. He is back to health and has produced well for the Bucs in the past. He can get 115 or so points this season.

 #28  Sebastian Janikowski Yr: 2013  FGM: 21  FGA: 30OaklandBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Janikowski battled some injury issues last season, which led to a down season for him. He missed more kicks than usual, making just 70 percent of his field-goal attempts. He did score 100 points, though, giving him four straight seasons hitting that total. A healthy season should lead to better numbers for Janikowski this season, who has enjoyed much success with the Raiders. He is 36 years old but has a booming leg and usually makes as many long distance kicks as any kicker in the league.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Playing for the Raiders hurts his value some but he still has some value for fantasy teams. We think he can rebound this season and score around 115 points. This offense should be better and he does well with long-distance kicks, which is a plus for some fantasy teams.

 #29  Jay Feely Yr: 2013  FGM: 30  FGA: 36ArizonaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Feely had his best season with the Cardinals last year, scoring 127 points. He made 83 percent of his field goals, including 11-of-12 between 40 and 49 yards. He actually struggled more on shorter kicks, which is rare for him. Feely missed two kicks less than 30 yards. He has just six misses his entire career from that distance. He remains the Cardinals starting kicker and should get a good number of chances in that role. He has 25 or more field goals each of the last two seasons. Feely has become an accurate kicker through the years and has an above-average leg.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Feely isn't an elite kicker, but a decent spot starter for fantasy teams. We think a repeat of last year isn't likely. Feely doesn't miss many kicks and is a pretty sure thing for 110 or so points.

 #30  Billy Cundiff Yr: 2013  FGM: 21  FGA: 26ClevelandBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Cundiff didn't have a great first season with the Browns but did enough to keep the starting gig with the team. He made 81 percent of his field goals and scored 95 points. Cundiff has just two seasons with more than 100 points and makes 76 percent of his field goals for his career. He has a strong leg but does struggle with accuracy on longer kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Cundiff has a little fantasy upside in an offense that should be better but don't expect a huge jump in production. He is more backup and spot material than anything. Expect around 110 points for Cundiff this season.

 #31  Josh Scobee Yr: 2013  FGM: 23  FGA: 25JacksonvilleBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Scobee didn't get many chances last season but made the most of them, missing just two field goals all season. He made 92 percent of his field goals and scored 91 points. Both misses were on kicks of more than 40 yards. Scobee hasn't topped 100 points since '10 but has missed just seven field goals the last three seasons. Unfortunately, he doesn't get many chances in a bad Jags' offense. Scobee has more than 100 points just three times in 10 seasons with the Jaguars. Scobee has a very strong leg. He struggled with accuracy earlier in his career but has really improved in that area. He has battled some injury issues a few times during his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Scobee is no sure thing for fantasy teams. He has been plagued by injury issues in the past and doesn't get many chances in this offense. He might be worth a spot start or two but that is about it. He'll be lucky to score around 100 points.

 #32  Giorgio Tavecchio DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Tavecchio lost the kicking competition with the Packers last season and didn't attempt a field goal. He heads to Detroit this season to compete for their starting kicking job. Tavecchio will need to make big strides this offseason and camp if he hopes to win the job. He has gotten some past chances but not taken advantage of those.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Tavecchio has obvious upside if he wins the job in a good Lions' offense but isn't worth drafting with so many good options available at a deep position. He might be worth a waiver-wire grab later in the season, though.

 #33  Zach Hocker WashingtonBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Hocker will battle with Kai Forbath for the kicker job in Washington Hocker might be a long shot for the job but nothing is a given right now. Hocker doesn't have a booming leg but has some power and is pretty accurate. He had a great senior season after being up and down early in his college career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hocker is worth a look if he wins the starting job but make sure he wins the job first. You probably just want to go with safer options at this point. There are a lot of solid kickers available come draft day.

 #34  Rob Bironas Yr: 2013  FGM: 25  FGA: 29TennesseeBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Bironas had his usual solid season for the Titans last year, scoring 116 points on 86 percent of field-goals made. He missed just four field goals and did well on longer kicks after struggling the previous season. He was 7-of-10 on kicks of 40-plus yards. Bironas has 110 or more points seven straight seasons with the Titans. Bironas has a big leg, but doesn't lack accuracy.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bironas is looking for work right now but should be able to catch on with some team because of his track record. But until that happens, don't bother with him on your fantasy team.

 #35  Dustin Hopkins BuffaloBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Hopkins injured his groin before last season and watched Dan Carpenter have a great season in his place. At this point, it looks like Hopkins will be a kickoff specialist more than anything for the Bills. He might be better served landing with another team to find a starting gig. Hopkins is young enough to get his career going as long as he is healthy. Hopkins has a strong leg and displayed pretty good accuracy in college. He has an NFL makeup but needs to show the ability to handle the pressure in the pro game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hopkins isn't worth grabbing until he has a starting job. Don't bother with him until that happens.

 #36  David Akers Yr: 2013  FGM: 19  FGA: 24DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Akers struggled for the second straight season and could be nearing the end of his career. He played with the Lions last season and scored just 99 points, making 79 percent of his field goals. His point total was the lowest of his career for a full season. Akers also made just 69 percent of his field goals the previous season. His career is trending the wrong way. We aren't sure he gets another chance to start. When on his game, Akers remains an accurate kicker with a strong leg. He will struggle on some really long kicks at this stage of his career, though.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Akers isn't worth a draft pick this year, which will be a first for him. He is likely done.

 #37  Lawrence Tynes Tampa BayBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Tynes contacted a MRSA infection before the start of last season and missed the entire year. His football career seems to be in jeopardy because of the serious injury. He is looking to catch on with some team this year. Tynes averages 115 points per season when he is the full-time kicker. Tynes also makes a respectable 82 percent of his field goals for his career. Tynes will struggle at times with accuracy, but has improved in that area through the years. He has a strong leg and has produced very good numbers in the past.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Tynes isn't worth a roster spot until he lands a starting job.

 #38  Rian Lindell Yr: 2013  FGM: 23  FGA: 29Tampa BayBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Lindell wasn't too impressive his first season with the Bucs. He scored 100 points and made less than 80 percent of his field-goal attempts. Lindell missed six field goals, including two less than 40 yards. His future is a bit clouded at age 37, especially after last season. His season high in points the last four seasons is just 102. Lindell doesn't have a huge leg, but makes up for that with above average accuracy on all his kicks.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Lindell isn't a top fantasy option even if he wins a starting job, so you might just want to go with other options. He isn't worth the risk.

 #39  Garrett Hartley Yr: 2013  FGM: 22  FGA: 30New OrleansBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Hartley finally lost his job last season, getting cut by the Saints with just two games to play. He was struggling before the release, though, making 73 percent of his field goals. He missed four field goals less than 40 yards, which really did him in with the team. Hartley has talent but hasn't been too accurate throughout his career and battled injury. He might get another chance with another team but nothing is certain right now, making 81 percent of his kicks for his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hartley has potential if starting but he needs to find a gig first before he is worth a roster spot.


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