Fantasy Football Outlook Series: Place kickers

      August 7, 2013 @ 10:01:59 PDT

I know what you're thinking about place kickers, so in this edition of my "Fantasy Outlook" series you'll read about a few dicey scenarios. The purpose is to illustrate situations that casual fantasy footballers may not be aware of or in a light they may not have considered.

The position is generally last-round, must-draft, roster space waster that owners begrudgingly select. The key is to look for a player with high upside and then be quick to pass on him if you need to make a change. There ALWAYS will be someone on the waiver wire worth plugging into your lineup each week.

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Green Bay Packers PK Mason Crosby
Crosby running out of chances

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins: Carpenter is coming off a respectable season (22-for-27 from three-point land), but he'll see competition from rookie Caleb Sturgis. The Dolphins will do everything in their power to enable the rook to win the job, since they spent a draft pick on him, but the veteran has shined this offseason. Carpenter will catch on with another team if he is released, but Miami may look to retain both players if the roster space is available.

Randy Bullock, Houston Texans: A 2012 draft pick, Bullock will make his NFL kicking debut after missing all of his rookie year due to injury. He was known for a strong leg and accuracy in college. Houston's offense makes him a midrange starting kicker and a name to remember on draft day.

Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills: Rookie Dustin Hopkins has struggled with his accuracy this summer and may be falling behind the steady veteran. Lindell doesn't offer a lot in the way of fantasy worthiness, outside of a few spot plays each year. Avoid both on draft day.

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers: An uncharacteristic season of struggles in 2012 has carried over into this offseason for the once reliable Crosby. Rookie footer Giorgio Tavecchio is trying his hardest to unseat the seven-year Packer. Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy has given Crosby ample opportunities and remains loyal, but at some point he has to consider making the change if Crosby continues to flounder.

Josh Brown, New York Giants: Veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes enjoyed a strong season with the Giants last year, but he wasn't re-signed and has been replaced by Brown. This offense could provide the strong-legged vet with enough opportunities to matter again in fantasy. However, historically, Kevin Gilbride's system has not churned out fantasy-worthy kickers. Chances are Brown will be a matchup play.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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