31-Year-Old Kicker – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
With several of Tom Brady’s key targets missing large chunks of action last season, the Patriots offense provided Gostkowski with 22 fewer extra-point attempts than in 2012. However, the team’s drop i...
Stephen Gostkowski Contract Information:
Signed the franchise tag and will earn $4.58 million in 2015.
Gostkowski signed his $4.58 million franchise tag Friday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Excellent on both field goals and kickoffs, Gostkowski is unquestionably one of the top two or three kickers, both in real life and for fantasy. There was never much doubt he'd return to New England, and the team's use of the franchise tag all but ensures that fate.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gostkowski's value was fueled almost entirely by the ability of the Patriots offense to crank out touchdowns, resulting in a league-leading 66 PATs – tied for third most in NFL history. Moreover, Gostkowski somehow managed to sneak onto the field for 35 field-goal attempts, his most since 2008. Even if the field goals regress a bit, Gostkowski's huge PAT disparity with most kickers – only three others had more than 50 – ensures his place near the top of the rankings.
It was another predictably high-scoring season last year for Gostkowski, who reached 143 points on 59 PATs and 28 field goals thanks to one of the league’s best offenses. Gostkowski’s 33 field-goal attempts, which ranked just 11th in the league, were the most of his career outside his 40-attempt 2008 – the year Tom Brady was injured. In other words, under Brady the Patriots offense is so efficient that hoping for more field goals and fewer PATs for Gostkowski is futile. In fact, after leading the league with 42 red-zone touchdowns in 2010, the Patriots scored 47 last season. While New England’s touchdown prowess is always a concern for Gostkowski’s field-goal chances, few kickers in the league will come close to approaching even 50 PATs, let alone 60. Expect Gostkowski to do that again in 2012.
A mid-season quadriceps injury ended Gostkowski's 2010 season after eight games, which was unfortunate considering the Patriots' league-leading 32.4 points per game. Veteran Shayne Graham replaced Gostkowski, and together the duo totaled 131 points, third most among kickers. The Gostkowski/Graham tandem saw only 25 field-goal attempts but combined for 67 point-after attempts, far and away the most in the league. The Patriots likely will witness a drop in offensive production, as they'll be hard pressed to duplicate their incredible plus-28 turnover margin. While that could hurt Gostkowski, he likely will benefit from fewer red-zone touchdowns. The Patriots scored a league-leading 42 touchdowns there last season, more than in any season in the Tom Brady era, save for New England's record-breaking 2007. Fewer PATs and more field goals would increase Gostkowski's value. Gostkowski owners will be faced with five potentially bad-weather games as the Patriots have three December/January home games and road dates at Washington and Denver. While Gostkowski is a career 84.3-percent kicker, his accuracy drops to 70.8 percent (17-of-24) kicking in temperatures less than 40 degrees. Gostkowski rehabbed his surgically repaired quad this offseason and is expected to be 100 percent healthy.
After posting a league-high 148 points in 2008, Gostkowski fell to 125 last season, thanks in part to Tom Brady’s return from knee surgery. With Brady back under center, the Patriots offense improved by seven touchdowns last year, and Gostkowski had nine fewer field goal attempts after an NFL-leading 40 in 2008. Nevertheless, Gostkowski still ranked a solid sixth in kicker scoring and with the formidable Patriots offense remains one of the more dependable fantasy kickers. Moreover, he even got to stretch his leg last season. Bill Belichick’s aggressiveness heretofore limited Gostkowski’s long-range opportunities, but last season, Gostkowski attempted three 50-yarders (making two), more than his total during his first three seasons combined.
Weeks 13-16 are potential cold-weather games for Gostkowski, who is a career 23-of- 30 (76.6 percent) kicking in temperatures of less than 40 degrees.
Gostkowski attempted 40 field goals last season, tied for most in the NFL, and connected on a league-high 36 en route to a 148-point season. With Tom Brady back from injury, expect more extra points and fewer field goals, but Gostkowski should still be among the safer picks in this year’s kicker class because of New England’s prolific offense. Bill Belichick’s aggressiveness, though, limits Gostkowski from long range – his 50-yarder last season was just his second attempt from 50-plus in three years with the Patriots. Gostkowski has one potential bad-weather road game in December at Buffalo and, of course, four home games in the second half of the season.
Normally, 21 field goals made would not be worthy of a top ranking. However, as we said last year, "No kicker benefited more from the offseason than Gostkowski." Indeed, with an NFL-record 74 extra points, Gostkowski finished second in the league in kicker scoring with 137 points. While the Patriots might not reach those totals this season, their offense is still one of best in the NFL. The only drawback for Gostkowski is that coach Bill Belichick is so aggressive offensively that Gostkowski rarely kicks from 50-plus. He is just 1-of-1 from beyond 50 yards in two years with the Patriots.
No kicker benefited more from the offseason than Gostkowski. The Patriots loaded up at wide receiver, acquiring Randy Moss, Donte’ Stallworth and Wes Welker to give Tom Brady one of the NFL’s best receiving corps. Brady also has second-year running back Laurence Maroney, a star in the making. Gotkowski had a decent rookie season going 20-of-26, but he came on down the stretch (10-of-12 in the last six games) and should have more extra points at a bare minimum.
The Patriots drafted Gostkowski in the fourth round, so there’s a feeling the kid can play. Gramatica must put the abdomen injury that derailed his career two years ago behind him, so there’s a lot of uncertainty in both players. The eventual winner of the job becomes the kicker for a team with an above-average offense – New England is one of the five teams to get at least 100 points from the kicking game over the past five seasons. They’ve scored 44 TDs in each of the last two seasons and worked to improve that side of the ball in the draft.