Adam Vinatieri, PK, Colts
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2013 Outlook:Last updated on Jul-01-2013 by Vin Sadicario
Adam Vinatieri struggled with accuracy in 2012. Vinatieri connected on 78 percent of his field goal attempts, down from 85 percent in 2011 and 93 percent in 2010. Fantasy owners should avoid Vinatieri, as he looks to be on the downside of his career.
The Cowboys cut Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware? Who cares?
The Giants possibly found their new starting running back? Pssh, overrated.
The 49ers traded for one of the worst first-round picks in recent memory? That's just stupid.
All of those stories pale in comparison to today's real news: kickers, kickers, kickers. They may think they are being devalued with the movement to push back the extra point, but on Tuesday, they were signed up as if they were their team's first priority.
The Colts' Adam Vinatieri got it started Tuesday when he re-signed for two years and $5 million.
Phil Dawson followed with a two-year deal of his own to stay with the 49ers.
Then the Bills re-signed Dan Carpenter for four years, and the Jets gave Nick Folk, the guy they franchise-tagged two weeks ago, a four-year contract worth $12 million.
Also, the Giants are reportedly close to re-signing Josh Brown.
What does it all mean?
Not a whole lot. Yes, Vinateri and Dawson were very solid, top-10 fantasy kickers last season. For them, age is not an issue. If you want to rank them, I think those guys are at the top, followed by Folk, Carpenter and Brown. But keep in mind that, yes, kickers are a week-to-week crapshoot in general. Never take one before the final two rounds of your draft, and be flexible; don't be afraid to drop a highly ranked preseason option in favor of a more productive guy who has come from off the radar. I try to play kicker-by-committee, choosing the best kicker each week on a decent offense with a good defensive matchup. It's a lot of guesswork that doesn't always pay off, but welcome to fantasy sports. Half the job is guessing right.
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