Caleb Sturgis close to winning starting job and fantasy relevance

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Dolphins fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis may have the starting job sewn up after making a 58-yard field goal in Friday's preseason game. We break down the fantasy implications.

Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis is close to winning the starting job. The fifth-round rookie made his professional debut in Miami's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, making both field goal attempts and booting a 58-yarder.

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After the game, the Palm Beach Post says that the kicking competition between Sturgis and incumbent Dan Carpenter is "over."

Fantasy impact: Carpenter wasn't that bad last season, making 22 of 27 field goals, but he was just 2 of 5 from beyond 50 yards and is making $2.6 million in 2013. Sturgis has both the bigger leg and smaller price tag, giving him the best chance to enter Week 1 as the starter.

This news is only a blip on the general fantasy radar--I stand by the mantra that you should never draft a kicker before the final round--but once it's time to pick a guy for your roster, Sturgis is the man to watch.

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