2017 Outlook: Tucker was ridiculously good in 2016, nailing all but one of his 39 field goal attempts. The only miss was blocked. He was perfect beyond 40 yards, including 10 of 10 from 50-plus yards. The average distance of his attempts was 41.9 yards, which was third highest in the NFL. Tucker's career 89.8 percent field goal conversion rate is the best all time, and he has connected on all 56 extra point attempts since the league moved the ball to the 15-yard line in 2015. Baltimore has attempted an NFL-high 352 field goals during the past decade. Tucker was fantasy's No. 2 kicker last season and has finished no lower than 11th since he entered the league in 2012. He's your best bet at the position, but you should not take a kicker before the last round of your draft.
2017 Outlook: Bryant's career production has been quite the roller coaster, but it all led to the veteran pacing all kickers in fantasy points last season. Bryant has finished as a top-five fantasy kicker four of the past seven years but landed 12th or worse during the other three campaigns. He posted a top-10 fantasy week 13 times last season, which was four more than the next-closest kicker. He made 34 of 37 field goal attempts (91.9 percent) and, vaulted by Atlanta's terrific offense, converted an NFL-high 56 of his 57 extra point attempts. Atlanta's offense will come back to earth a bit this season, but Bryant will get enough work to post another strong fantasy campaign.
2017 Outlook: Gostkowski is further proof that reaching on a kicker is rarely a good idea. After finishing five straight seasons as a top-three fantasy kicker, including No. 1 each of the previous three years, Gostkowski plummeted to eighth in 2016. He converted 84.4 percent of his field goal attempts, which was his worst mark since 2012, and missed three extra point attempts. Gostkowski's efficiency dipped, but so did his volume; his 32 attempts were his lowest mark since 2010. Gostkowski is a quality kicker in one of the game's best offenses and figures to see more volume in 2017 (the Patriots rank third in the NFL with 336 field goal attempts during the past decade). He's an obvious bounce-back candidate.
2017 Outlook: Vinatieri's 87.1 percent field goal conversion rate last season is his lowest since 2012, but the average distance of his attempts (43.2 yards) was second highest in the league and, by far, the highest of his career. Considering the circumstances, Vinatieri's efficiency was outstanding. He finished third among kickers in fantasy points, and has finished top five during three of the past four seasons. Vinatieri turns 45 in December, but he's still going strong and working in a quality offense. He's a solid, high-floor option.
2017 Outlook: Bailey converted only 27 (or 84.4 percent) of 32 field goal attempts last season, but his career mark of 89.5 percent is second best all time behind only Justin Tucker. Bailey is one of two kickers who haven't missed an extra point attempt during the past two seasons. The high efficiency has led to a lot of fantasy success. Bailey finished 10th at the position last year and has finished no lower than 11th since entering the league in 2011. Bailey is one of the NFL's best kickers, and the Cowboys' offense is good enough to allow him plenty of opportunities. He's a quality option for your team.
2017 Outlook: Prater finished fifth among kickers in fantasy points last season, and has now posted a top-nine campaign during three of the past five seasons. On the other hand, he finished 19th or worse the other two years and a lot of his 2016 damage came during a five-game stretch. Prater finished 10th or better during five games stretching from Week 9 to 14 but posted only one other weekly finish better than 13th. Prater's efficiency has been terrific during the past four years (88.4 percent) and he nailed all seven of his attempts from beyond 50 yards last season. He's a starting-caliber fantasy kicker but nothing more.
2017 Outlook: Hopkins attempted a league-high 42 field goals last season but was able to convert only 34 (81 percent). The heavy volume allowed him the sixth-most fantasy points at the position. Hopkins' efficiency was better in 2015 (89.3 percent), but he attempted only 28 kicks and ranked 15th in fantasy points. The Redskins' high-scoring offense positions Hopkins for plenty of volume again this season, but the former sixth-round pick has shown to be no better than a pedestrian talent. He's a back-end fantasy starter.
2017 Outlook: After posting back-to-back top-eight fantasy campaigns, Crosby has finished 16th or worse each of the past two years. Volume and efficiency are both culprits. Crosby totaled 70 field goal attempts during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but 58 during the past two years. He ranks first in field goal attempts (328), but 36th in conversion rate (80.5 percent) among 41 kickers who have at least 100 attempts since he entered the league in 2007. Crosby is not a very good kicker, but Green Bay's strong offense has allowed him seven top-12 fantasy seasons, including six top-nine, during the past 10 years. You could do much worse at the position.
2017 Outlook: Following an uninspiring rookie season, Santos has settled in as a solid kicker and decent fantasy asset. Santos is one of only four kickers who have posted top-12 fantasy campaigns each of the past two seasons. He nailed a career-high 88.6 percent of his field goal attempts in 2016, although the average distance of those kicks (35.7) was near the basement of the league, and down significantly from 2015 (39.8). Kansas City's conservative offense has allowed Santos the league's third-most attempts during the past two years (72) and we should expect more of the same in 2017.
2017 Outlook: Sturgis beat out Cody Parkey for the Eagles' kicker job last season, and went on to enjoy a breakout 2016 campaign. He attempted 41 field goals (second most in the league) and converted 35 (85.4 percent). Sturgis was terrific from short range, connecting on all 24 attempts under 40 yards. He missed six of 17 tries from 40-plus. He ended up fourth at the position in fantasy points -- the first top-10 finish of his career. Sturgis is a pedestrian -- at best -- talent, and will lose opportunities if Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith help the Eagles' offense find the end zone more often in 2017. Sturgis is a good bet to take a step back, and is thus a fringe fantasy starter.
2017 Outlook: Lutz went undrafted and came out of nowhere to win the Saints' kicker job last season. He went on to post seven top-10 fantasy weeks and finished seventh at the position in fantasy points. The production can be traced more to volume than effectiveness. The Saints ranked 12th in the league with 34 field goal attempts last season but sit 31st in the category during the past decade (278). Lutz made 28 (or 82.4 percent) of those kicks and all but one of his 50 extra points attempts (second most in the NFL). History suggests Lutz won't handle as many attempts this season, but it's possible the 23-year-old's effectiveness improves in his second season.
2017 Outlook: Boswell was fantasy's No. 22 scoring kicker and was limited to three top-10 fantasy weeks last season, but there's reason to expect a lead forward in 2017. An abdomen injury cost him a game, but he connected on 84 percent of his field goal attempts on the season. The 26-year-old has missed one extra point attempt during the past two seasons and was a perfect 36-of-36 in 2016. He never has missed a postseason field goal attempt (15 of 15) and sports an impressive 90.3 conversion rate on his 72 career attempts. He was fantasy's No. 13 kicker while playing only 12 games in 2013. Boswell is a strong bet for a boost in attempts this season and will benefit from a quality Pittsburgh offense.
2017 Outlook: Once among the best in the game, Janikowski has settled in as an average kicker during the past few seasons. The average distance of his kicks has dipped in recent years, and his 79.6 percent conversion rate during the past four years ranks last among 33 kickers who have at least 60 attempts during the span. The good news is that Janikowski now benefits from a quality Oakland offense. After three straight seasons finishing outside the top-20 fantasy kickers, Janikowski jumped to 12th last year. He's a borderline starting-caliber fantasy option.
2017 Outlook: Novak is a solid NFL kicker and a big boost in volume helped him to the ninth-most fantasy points at the position last season. The Texans ranked second in field goal attempts (41) and converted only 44 percent of their red zone visits into touchdowns last season (second lowest in the league). Houston also sits second during the past decade (338) in field goal attempts. Novak's 86.0 percent field goal conversion rate ranks 12th among 42 kickers with at least 60 attempts during the past six years. Novak is a fringe top-12 fantasy kicker.