2015 fantasy football profiles and projections (K 1-15)

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Over the last three seasons, at least one kicker has scored 158 or more fantasy points based on NFL.com standard scoring. Two kickers (Stephen Gostkowski, Cody Parkey) reached that mark in 2014. Since 2009, no kicker has finished first at the position in fantasy points in back-to-back seasons ... that is, until Stephen Gostkowski tied Cody Parkey for the top spot in 2014. His 158.00 fantasy points were more than Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson recorded last season. When kickers start coming off the board in the late rounds, fantasy owners should expect Gostkowski's name to be one of the first called.

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Bye Week.............10

Vinatieri finished third in fantasy points among kickers, his best seasonal ranking as a member of the Colts. He made 30 of his 31 field goal attempts and posted a career-best 96.8 conversion percentage, to go along with an impressive 50 extra points (second-most in his career). Not bad for a 42-year-old. Despite his extended age, the former Super Bowl hero is a good bet to have his name called earlier than many younger kickers in most 2015 drafts.

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Bye Week.............7

Crosby ranked fifth in fantasy points at his position last season, despite missing six field goal attempts (three of which were blocked). He came through for fantasy owners when they needed high point totals in Weeks 13 and 14, scoring 14.00 and 15.00 points (a season-high) respectively. He also converted 53 extra points behind a strong offense run by Aaron Rodgers and company. Crosby should continue to be a valuable fantasy kicker in 2015 and beyond as long as he remains a Packer.

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Bye Week.............8

Last season, Parkey was tremendous both in fantasy in reality. Not only did he tie Pats' veteran kicker Gostkowski for the most fantasy points scored among kickers, but he also set the NFL record for most points scored by a rookie (150). His season-high came in Week 12 against Tennessee when he scored 21.00 fantasy points from five field goals and four extra points. Parkey was undrafted out of Auburn and acquired by the Eagles in an August trade with the Colts. He should be one of the first kickers off draft boards this year.

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Bye Week.............9

Hauschka was a top-10 fantasy kicker for the second straight season in 2014, although he dropped a bit from his 2013 production. He still finished with the third-most field goal attempts among kickers in the NFL with 37 and converted 31 of them (with two blocks). His season high of 15.00 fantasy points came in Week 12, with four converted field goals and an extra point. Behind a productive offense and with a strong and consistent leg, there's no reason to believe that Hauschka won't once again rank among the better fantasy kickers in the whole league in 2015.

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Bye Week.............7

Barth took over as Denver's kicker in Week 13 and rewarded fantasy owners who were savvy enough to scoop him off the waiver wire. He posted fantasy point totals of over 15 points in three of his five regular season games, and converted 94 percent of his FG attemps in total. If he remains with Denver, he should be a top option at the kicker position come 2015.

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Bye Week.............6

Although Bailey attempted a career-low 29 field goals all of last season (24 made) due to the Cowboy's ability to score touchdowns, he ended up converting a career-high 56 extra points and finished as the sixth-highest fantasy kicker of 2014. He was more valuable to fantasy owners at the start of the season, scoring double-digit fantasy points in four of Dallas' first six games. He would post double-digits in just two games following Week 6. He still converted five field goals from 50-plus yards and remains one of the better kickers in the NFL. In fact there's no reason to think Bailey won't be a top-10 fantasy kicker once again in 2015.

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Bye Week.............9

Tucker finished the 2014 season as the 10th highest-scoring kicker in fantasy. He converted a total of 41 extra points behind an efficient Ravens' offense and went 29-of-34 on field goal attempts, with four of them coming from 50-plus yards. Tucker helped boost fantasy owners who started him during vital Week 13 match-ups as he dropped a season high of 15.00 points that week against the Chargers. Look for Tucker to remain one of fantasy football's top kicking options in 2015, as the Ravens offense should keep humming.

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Bye Week.............8

Carpenter performed well in the stat sheets in 2014, converting on 34-of-38 field-goal attempts including 6-of-8 from 50-plus yards. The veteran would finish a surprising fourth in fantasy points among kickers, though he was owned in less than 25 percent NFL.com leagues at the end of the season. He'll be back in Buffalo under new head coach Rex Ryan, and could draw a little more interest in fantasy drafts this fall thanks to all of the new offensive weapons that could create more scoring opportunities.

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Bye Week.............10

Bryant rebounded in 2014 after a disappointing campaign the year prior. Last season, the Falcons' kicker finished with 141.00 points, tied with Dan Bailey for sixth-most in fantasy. He converted seven of 10 attempts from 50-plus yards out and finished with 40 extra points behind a high-scoring Atlanta offense. He started slow but came on late with 8.00 or more fantasy points in seven of Atlanta's eight final regular season games, with his season-high 17.00 points in Week 13. He's almost certain to have his name called at the end of drafts as a viable No. 1 kicker again in 2015.

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Bye Week.............5

In his second season as a pro, Sturgis' 37 field goal attempts tied for third-most in the NFL. Unfortunately, he converted just 29 of those attempts. He struggled the most with long-distance kicks as he missed four of 10 attempts in the 40-to-49 yard range and three of six from 50-plus yards out. He added 41 extra points which helped out his fantasy total. He could face some competition in training camp leading up to the season, so keep an eye on how he performs before considering him as a starting fantasy kicker in 2015.

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Bye Week.............11

Like the ups and downs of the Steelers' offense, Suisham was a bit inconsistent with his fantasy production to start the 2014 season. He still converted 90.6 percent of his FG attempts, though, and kicked 45 extra points on the year. Suisham really turned it up after Week 9, scoring no fewer than eight fantasy points in seven straight games to close the season. As long as Pittsburgh can keep their offense going on the heels of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Suisham will be a viable fantasy starter iin 2015.

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Bye Week.............9

Prater's journey in 2014 was an odd one. He started the season with the Denver Broncos, but was suspended for the first four games of the season, and was released prior to his return. The Lions signed him and, after a shaky start, he ended up having a successful season scoring 8.00 or more fanatsy points in eight of his 12 games. He'll remain with the Lions in 2015 and should be one of the first kickers to come off draft boards this summer thanks to the potential of their high-scoring offense.

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Bye Week.............5

Gano ranked 15th in fantasy points among kickers last season. He had his share of nice stat lines, scoring double-digit fantasy points five times. Overall, though, Gano wasn't at all reliable. Three of his five double-digit games came in the final four weeks of the regular season. He converted just 75 percent of his attempts in the 40-to-49 yard range, and hit just one of three kicks from 50-plus yards out. On the bright side, Gano does have some potential to be a nice matchup-based starter in 2015.

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Bye Week.............9

Bullock bounced-back to top-10 fantasy kicker status in 2014 after a dismal 2013 campaign. He converted 40 extra points and made four of his five FG attempts from 50-plus yards out. His season high was a whopping 19.00 fantasy points just when owners needed him most in -- Week 16, aka the Fantasy Championship. Oddly enough, Bullock was only owned by 3.5 percent of NFL.com leagues at the end of the season. Either way, he'll be looked at as a fringe tier-one fantasy kicker option again in 2015.

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