Rian Lindell, PK, Buffalo Bills

by Tim Heaney on July 28, 2010 @ 17:16:00 PDT


Rian Lindell | Buffalo Bills | 6-foot-3, 233 pounds | 11th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: Lindell has logged 33-plus field goal attempts in each of the last two years; the Bills have had trouble punching it in. He has made all 306 of his career PATs. He has netted a kick of at least 52 yards in each of the last five seasons, including a career-best 56-yarder in '09.

Cons: His accuracy falters as the distance increases - he has only made 66.7 percent of his kicks between 40 and 49 yards since '06. Buffalo's offense can't be relied on week to week. In two of the last three seasons, Lindell has averaged just 1.5 point-after tries per week. He needs frequent field goal attempts to put up respectable weekly fantasy numbers. Even in this inept offense, that's hard to rely on alone. 

Fantasy tip: Lindell is taken as a top-10 kicker in most drafts - around Round 14. No kicker deserves that much attention. That aside, he's best saved as a matchup play, considering it's hard to think Buffalo will line up for that many points throughout the year.

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