Is New England trying to replace the incumbent kicker or just a measure of precaution? We break down the fantasy implications.
According to reports, New England worked out three kickers on Wednesday: Billy Cundiff, Neil Rackers, and Graham Gano. There was no additional word as of yet if the Patriots are looking for insurance to Stephen Gostkowski, who has missed a big kick against the Cardinals in Week 2 and a pair of kicks against the Bills two weeks ago, if Gostkowski is injured, or if they're just doing what the Patriots do.
Cundiff kicked for the Redskins this year and was 7-for-12.
Rackers kicked for the Texans last year and was 32-for-38, but 4-for-8 from 40-49.
Gano kicked for the Redskins last year and was 31-for-41 and missed five kicks inside of 40 yards.
Fantasy Take: Gostkowski is 2-for-2 from 50+ this year, but has never been a long-range kicker. He is only 5-for-7 in his seven-year career. Is it possible that New England just wants a kicker that has a deeper leg?
Rackers seems like the most obvious choice, he is 7-for-9 from 50+ in the last two years, but has been inconsistent. He went 4-for-16 from 50+ between 2006-2007. Likely, there won't be any change, but it's worth noting if you have the Patriots kicker.