Neil Rackers, PK, Houston Texans

by Tim Heaney on July 28, 2010 @ 17:14:00 PDT

 


Neil Rackers | Houston Texans | 6-foot-1, 206 pounds | 11th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: Rackers leaves Arizona just in time; he doesn't need to miss Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin. Though he only had 17 attempts last year, he made 16 of them, including six of seven between 40 and 49 yards; he's 13 of 15 from 40-plus yards in the last two years. His accuracy has gradually improved from his '07 dud: 89.3 percent in '08 and 94.1 last year. Kris Brown was set up for points often last year as Houston's offense blossomed with Matt Schaub under center. Brown had a poor '09, and Rackers is stable enough to usurp him.

Cons: There's still an open competition for the job. Rackers was a point-after fiend under Warner's offensive guide. Compared to the dry, outdoor conditions of Glendale, Ariz., how will he respond to the humidity of Houston? Rackers dealt with a hamstring injury and got a late start to his offseason workouts - maybe he'll be rusty.

Fantasy tip: The accurate Rackers can pass as a low-end No. 1, but as with any kicker, he isn't worth reaching for. He's in another favorable offense, though, so he can offer a rental or matchup play.

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