Sebastian Janikowski Injures Groin: Fantasy Implications

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates his 63 yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the first half to give the Raiders a 16-3 lead over the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Janikowski's kick of 63 yards tied the NFL field goal record. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski injured his left groin chasing down a kick returner in the team's preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. We break down the fantasy implications.

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski injured his left groin chasing down a kick returner in the team's preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. Janikowski did not return to the game, but there is not word on the severity of his injury at this time. The Raiders' kicker also missed a chip shot field goal before exiting the game.

Analysis: Widely considered the No. 1 fantasy kicker, Sebastian Janikowski's stock took a big hit on Saturday night. Not only did he injure his kicking leg, but he missed an easy field goal before that. This is just further reason for fantasy owners to avoid picking a kicker until the draft's final round. Even the best kicker in the league is no guarantee. Janikowski's injury will be worth monitoring leading up to Oakland's opening kickoff.

For more on the Raiders, check out Silver and Black Pride and SB Nation Bay Area.

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