Team: Kostas Bolos | Team Roster
Reason: I wanted to add another quarterback to my roster. Although the pickings were slim, I opted for Quinn because, in my opinion, he had the most upside of the candidates available. I believe he will start this season, and he did show some signs of promise late last season. Quinn will have to improve his accuracy, however.
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster
Reason: Bironas has the luxury of being on a solid, yet unspectacular offense. The Titans have a strong ground game and should move the chains between the 20s again often this year. From there, Bironas will be given his opportunities. He has averaged 33 field goal attempts the past three years, hitting nearly 88 percent of his kicks last year, and is solid from long-distance.
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster
Reason: He's a consistent performer, from distance and with accuracy. The Bears may provide Gould with a few more chances (field goals and extra points) than he had last season simply because they added quarterback Jay Cutler. Chicago's offense still isn't exactly a juggernaut, so I expect it to stall within Gould's range plenty.
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster
Reason: I know: back-to-back Rams picks. I thought briefly about the New Orleans Saints' Garrett Hartley here. However, St. Louis trusts the strong leg of Brown (6-for-8 from 50-plus yards last year), who should see plenty of three-point chances once again. My kicker will change numerous times during the year; I don't mind kick-starting the turnstiles with this proven vet.
5) San Francisco 49ers, defensive team
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster
Reason: I waited too long to draft a defense, but I'm not entirely disappointed by that. The 49ers' defense has been on the cusp of breaking out in recent years, and this season should be the one in which they finally do. I considered the Seattle Seahawks, but the upside of having Mike Singletary lead the charge was too intriguing for me to pass up.
Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster
Reason: I took Hartley because the Saints led the league in points last season and did not make a lot of changes on the offense, so they should be able score points. Hartley made all 13 field goal attempts last season, so he should have the job heading into the season.
Team: Matt Wilson | Team Roster
Reason: This is not a sexy choice for a place kicker, but I think the aging Longwell has many positives going for him. Minnesota's 2009 schedule looks soft overall, which should yield a solid amount of scoring opportunities for him with an offense that struggles inside the red zone - regardless of who is under center. By the way, Longwell tallied at least two field goals in 10 contests last season. He obviously kicks inside a dome but does have two potentially bad-weather games. The former Green Bay Packer has not lost much leg strength. Last season, Longwell successfully converted all six of his field goal attempts from 50-plus yards.
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster
Reason: Elam kicks for a team that will continue to put plenty of points on the board and he should see his far share of field goal chances. He finished as a top-10 fantasy kicker last year and was perfect in 10 attempts from over 40 yards deep. I also like the fact that he is kicking for a team that plays their home games indoors.
Team: Bryce McRae | Team Roster
Reason: Feely connected on 85.7 percent of his kicks last year; he has an 81.4 percentage for his career. The 33-year-old still has enough leg strength to hit the long attempts (long last year was 55 yards). I think the Jets' offense will struggle in the red zone, leaving Feely with plenty of field goal opportunities. I needed a kicker; he was the best left on my board.
Team: John Kotch Jr. | Team Roster
Reason: Folk (hip) is expected to be completely recovered from hip surgery and ready to go for training camp. In 2008, Folk had limited field goal opportunities with only 22, making 20 of them. He hit all 42 of his extra point attempts. The Cowboys should have an explosive offense this year, so Folk will likely have plenty of opportunities in 2009. He's a consistent strong-legged kicker that remains composed in pressure situations. I think he can still be a top-tier fantasy kicker.
Team: Mike Egnak | Team Roster
Reason: The Eagles should score a decent amount of touchdowns, and he's good for around 30 field goals over the course of the season, making him a solid No. 1 option in fantasy leagues. I'd be happy if he keeps his field goal percentage above 80 percent, as well.
Team: Ilan Mochari | Team Roster
Reason: I'm amazed Kaeding was still around for the final pick of this 16-round draft. He ranked seventh among all kickers with 127 total points. With 46 extra points (on 46 attempts) he ranked first (tied with two others) for the league lead. There's no reason to believe the Chargers' offense will slow down anytime soon. All of his misfires came from beyond 40 yards. I have complete faith in his ability to remain in the top tier of fantasy kickers.
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