Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby disappointed fantasy owners last season. The once-reliable kicker made just 21-of-33 field goals, and only 2-of-9 from 50 yards or more. His 63.6 percentage was the worst in the league. The Packers signed Giorgio Tavecchio in the offseason to give him competition, but were mostly hoping that Crosby would turn things around.
After a week of training camp, it appears Crosby is getting even worse, making 12-of-19 field goals. His worst performance came in front of thousands of fans at Saturday's annual Family Night scrimmage, when he made only 3-of-8 field goals. Head coach Mike McCarthy admitted after the scrimmage that "he definitely didn't take a step in the right direction." Tavecchio, on the other hand, has made 16-of-19 field goals in camp so far.
Fantasy angle: Crosby doesn't turn 29 until September, but it already looks like his best days are behind him. He's also scheduled to make $2.4 million this season. Tavecchio is younger, cheaper and appears to have more long-term upside.
It's true that kickers aren't a high fantasy priority, but this position battle is one to watch in preseason. If Tavecchio continues to outperform Crosby, the veteran's days on the roster could be numbered.