2016 Outlook: Kickers are rarely worth any investment in fantasy, but Gostkowski makes a strong case. The 32-year-old has been fantasy's top-scoring kicker in each of the past three seasons and no worse than third in the past five. Last season he posted 10 top-10 fantasy weeks, marking the fourth straight season he led the league in that category. Gostkowski has converted at least 92 percent of his field goal attempts the past three seasons, including 10 of 12 from 50-plus yards. In the Patriots' high-scoring offense, he is easily your top option and the only kicker worth drafting prior to the final round.
2016 Outlook: Hauschka posted eight top-10 weeks (tied for second most in the league) en route to finishing fifth among kickers in fantasy points last season. He has now ranked among the top 10 fantasy kickers in each of the past three years. Hauschka has converted 90 percent of his tries over the past four seasons (sixth in the league), including 73 of 74 kicks of less than 40 yards. He missed four of his 44 extra-point attempts last season, but his overall accuracy suggests that shouldn't be a concern in the future. He should be one of the first kickers off the board in the final round.
2016 Outlook: Bailey nailed 30 of 32 attempts and converted each of his 25 extra points last season, a testament to his outstanding accuracy. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Bailey has converted a league-leading 90.6 percent of his field goals. Despite Dallas' horrific offensive production last season, Bailey still finished 11th among kickers in fantasy points, his first season outside the top 10. With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back to full health and Ezekiel Elliott running the ball, the Cowboys' offense is sure to rebound, and you should scoop up Bailey early in the final round.
2016 Outlook: Tucker has been one of fantasy's most consistent producers since he entered the NFL, finishing each of his four seasons among the top 11 kickers in fantasy points. He ranked ninth in 2015, a season in which the Ravens' offense was annihilated by injuries. Still, Tucker managed eight top-10 fantasy weeks (tied for second). He attempted a league-high 10 field goals from 50-plus yards but converted only four. Despite trailing only Blair Walsh and Greg Zuerlein in 50-plus-yard attempts since entering the league, Tucker has converted 87.8 percent of all FGs, which ranks 13th. He is as reliable as they come at the position.
2016 Outlook: Vinatieri was one of the least consistent kickers last season: He ranked only 15th in fantasy points but managed seven top-10 weeks (tied for seventh in the league). That varying production was a result of the Colts' offensive woes, which limited him to 27 field goal attempts. Still, he made 92.6 percent of those tries (fourth best). With Andrew Luck under center in 2013 and 2014, Vinatieri ranked among the top five kickers, so a healthy Luck this season means the 43-year-old Vinatieri shouldn't have trouble racking up fantasy points in one of the league's highest-scoring offenses.
2016 Outlook: No one has attempted more field goals than Crosby over the past nine years, and after a couple of shaky seasons, Crosby has rebounded with three straight quality campaigns. He has nailed 85.7 percent of his FGs since 2013, including 52 of 53 from inside 40 yards. Crosby and Stephen Gostkowski were the only kickers to attempt at least 30 PATs and convert all of them last season. Green Bay's offensive struggles limited Crosby to 16th place among kickers in 2015, but he cracked the top eight in the prior two seasons when the offense was humming. He is a strong bounce-back candidate.
2016 Outlook: Gano was fantasy's No. 2 kicker in 2015 thanks primarily to Carolina's offensive success. He posted seven top-10 fantasy weeks, which tied him for seventh among kickers. Gano led the league with 59 PAT attempts and 56 conversions and was tied for fifth in field goal attempts. His 84.7 percent field goal conversion rate since 2013, however, is slightly below league average. In fact, the journeyman finished no better than 14th among kickers in 2013 and 2014. The Panthers' offense is a good bet to regress this season, which will leave Gano as more of a fringe fantasy starter than a top-end option.
2016 Outlook: Prater had an impressive 2015 campaign, though he attempted only 24 FGs. He nailed 91.7 percent of those tries--tied for fifth in the NFL--despite an aver.age distance of 41.0 yards, second highest among kickers with at least 20 attempts. Prater ranked only 19th among kickers in fantasy points, but he posted four top-six finishes after Week 10 and has been more successful in the past, finishing second in fantasy points in 2013 and ninth in 2012. Over the past three seasons, Prater has made 77.8 percent of his kicks from 50-plus yards, fifth best in the league (minimum 12 attempts). He won't be short on opportunities in 2016.
2016 Outlook: A quad injury cost Bryant six games and led to a disappointing 2015 season. He struggled even when healthy, converting just 14 of 18 field goals while managing only two top-10 fantasy weeks. Despite Bryant's rough year, don't write him off. Over the past six seasons, his 88.6 percent FG conver.sion rate ranks fifth. He was a top-12 fantasy kicker in four out of five seasons prior to 2015, including a trio of top-five campaigns. Bryant's age (41) and the Falcons' offensive dysfunction are mild concerns, but he is a quality kicker with the added benefit of kicking primarily in a dome. Consider him a fringe starter.