Saints Cut John Kasay, Leaving Garrett Hartley As Lone Kicker: Fantasy Implications

August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints place kicker Garrett Hartley (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Jaguars defeated the Saints 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints have released kicker John Kasay, meaning Garrett Hartley has won the right to be the team's starting kicker in 2012. We break down the fantasy implications.

The New Orleans Saints have released kicker John Kasay, meaning Garrett Hartley has won the right to be the team's starting kicker in 2012, according to Mike Triplett. Hartley struggled with a hip injury during the 2011 season, so Kasay was brought in mostly as insurance. However, the Saints' kicking job was a legitimate competition. Hartley looked healthy and back to form and thus beat out the veteran.

Analysis: Kickers aren't worth fretting over in fantasy football, but it's nice to have a strong-legged kicker who plays in a high-octane offense. Hartley has both of those qualities, not to mention he kicks in a dome for half of his games. He could get back on the fantasy map this season.

For more on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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