32-Year-Old Kicker – Chicago Bears
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Gould christened his 2013 season with a franchise-record 58-yarder in Week 1 and didnít seem to look back, tying his career-best accuracy rate with an 89.7 percent mark from the field. Meanwhile, the ...
Robbie Gould Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Bears on a four-year, $15 million extension in December 2013.
Gould converted three extra-point attempts but pushed a 47-yard field-goal attempt far right in Sunday's win over the Vikings.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gould was on his way to another solid campaign last season before a left calf strain cost him the final three games and required offseason surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy for training camp and retain his trademark accuracy (career 85.6 percent), but the same old shortcoming remains for Gould Ė an offense that has hovered around the league average in production since Jay Cutlerís arrival. Adding the 25 points of Gouldís replacement, Olindo Mare, last year would have ranked Gould 12th in kicker scoring with 121 points, his same total from 2011. Expect more of the same.
Gould has been one of the more consistent kickers the last five seasons, attempting 28 to 36 field goals and converting 83 to 89 percent each year. Gouldís unspectacular PAT numbers prevent him from reaching the elite category, however. His 37 last year were actually a three-year high. A healthy Jay Cutler would help this season, as the Bears scored fewer than 21 points in each of the five games Cutler missed. And the arrival of Brandon Marshall should boost the offense as a whole. Gould was 6-for-6 on 50-plus yarders last season, making him 11-for-13 the last three years after going 0-for-2 in his first four years in the league.
Consistently a fringe fantasy kicker, Gould has finished between 12th and 15th in kicker scoring in each of the last three seasons. Everything about Gouldís numbers scream average. His 25 field-goal conversions and 36.3 extra points per season are almost right at the NFL average. Last season, Gould was 25-of-30 on field goals, good for 13th at 83.3 percent. The Bears did not have the expected increase in offensive production in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Mike Martz with just two more touchdowns than the previous season. While Chicago's red-zone inefficiency (45.1 percent, 26th) created field-goal opportunities for Gould, the Bears, for the second year in a row, only mounted 51 red-zone drives (14th). Gould doesnít get any help from the December schedule as the only game with suitable weather is likely to be Week 17, indoors at Minnesota. After attempting only two 50-yard field goals in his first four years in the league, Gould has converted five 50-yarders the last two years.
Gould was hurt by an offense that scored just 33 touchdowns last season as Jay Cutlerís first year in Chicago was a disappointment. Cutler threw a league-high 27 interceptions, and the Bears were 29th in rushing, which left Gould with a four-year low of 105 points, good for just 14th in the league. Gould attempted eight fewer PATs despite the supposed upgrade at quarterback, and his 24 field goals on 28 attempts were his lowest totals since 2005.
On a positive note, Gould made a 50-yarder for the first time in his career, hitting 2-of-3. Expect Cutler and the Bears offense to improve in Year 2 under the guidance of offensive guru Mike Martz, giving Gould more scoring opportunities. He has three possible bad-weather games in December, which could be problematic for the Bears offense.
After an NFL-high 72 field-goal attempts in two years, Gould had just 29 attempts last year. The addition of quarterback Jay Cutler upgrades the offense and should give Gould more scoring opportunities this season. An accurate field-goal kicker (88.1 percent the last three years), Gould has yet to convert a 50-yarder in his career, attempting only two in four years. He also has four possible bad-weather games in December.
Gould might like be one of those dot com stocks that having peaked is ready to come crashing down. The Bears went from 47 touchdowns in 2006 to just 33 in 2007 with Gould dropping from 143 points to 124. With Chicago's skill positions more in question than ever, plus a suspect defense, this might be the year that Gould's fantasy bubble bursts. Gould's had an NFL-high 72 field-goal attempts the last two years (36 each season), but with this Bears offense, don't count on a repeat.
Gould went from 92 points in 2005 to a league-high 143 points in 2006. Gouldís biggest improvement came from 40-49 yards where he was 12-of-14 last season, compared to just 3-of-8 in 2005. The loss of Thomas Jones coupled with the inconsistent play of Rex Grossman could drop Gould a few notches from the top spot, but he is still worth starting on any fantasy roster. Gould also gets bumped because he has three potential bad-weather games in December.
The Bears offense doesnít give a kicker a lot of help, but Gould needs to do better than 3-of-8 from 40-49 yards. The club brought in undrafted free agent Josh Huston (Ohio State), so there will be some competition in training camp.