By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on June 9, 2014
Kickers are usually an afterthought for fantasy owners, and rightfully so. With a lot of solid options to choose from, the "best player available" strategy usually applies in the last round of a draft or with a final auction dollar.
Knowing which kickers have an unfavorable situation can be an advantage for fantasy owners, at least until bye weeks come. With that in mind, here are five kickers to avoid if at all possible this year.
Gano made the most of limited field goal attempts in 2013, going 24-for-27 overall and 6-for-6 from 50 or more yards out. The Panthers lost a bit of offensive firepower in free agency this offseason, so I'd bet on some regression from Gano this year.
Scobee's accuracy (23-for-25 on field goals) and proficiency from long range (4-for-5 from 50-plus) in 2013 is notable, but unless the Jaguars' offense turns things around dramatically this year he won't get enough chances to be relevant to fantasy owners.
Bullock made just 26 of 35 field goal attempts last season, but he finished strongly by going 12-for-12 over the final seven games. That said, the prospect of Ryan Fitzpatrick under center all season for the Texans dampens Bullock's fantasy prospects significantly for this year.
Janikowski went just 21-for-30 on field goals last year, and his attempts (seven) and makes (three) from 50-plus yards out continued a downward trend. Now 36 years old, "The Polish Cannon" has seen better days.
Walsh went 10-for-10 from 50 or more yards out as a rookie in 2012, and then went 2-for-5 from that range last season. The Vikings are moving outdoors for home games, so Walsh will only kick indoors three times this year and two of those games will come in September. Walsh's week-to-week consistency stands to suffer during a time fantasy owners could use a boost the most, even if the Vikings are in line to have an improved offense this year.
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