Connor Barth
Connor Barth
32-Year-Old KickerK
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Connor Barth in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Bears in November of 2017.
Officially waived Monday
KFree Agent
November 20, 2017
The Bears waived Barth on Monday, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports.
The move was fully expected after the Bears came to terms with Cairo Santos on a contract earlier Monday, one day after Barth missed what would have been a game-tying kick from 46 yards out with seconds remaining in a 27-24 loss to the Lions. Accuracy was an issue for Barth while he served as the Bears' kicker in 2016, and he took a step back in that regard this season, converting only 11 of 16 field-goal tries, including four misses from the 40-to-49-yard range. The Bears are banking on Santos, who has a career 84.8 percent success rate on field goals, being a more reliable source of scoring than Barth.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Barth's 23 field-goal attempts last year were more than only three kickers who played 16 games, and his 78.3 percent conversion rate was the second worst of his career (he made just 73.7 percent in nine games during the 2009 season). Additionally, while he missed just one PAT all season, he didn't get enough opportunities to make up for having 10 games with either one or zero field-goal tries. The Bears' offense could be better this year, but it won't be nearly enough to make Barth a reliable fantasy option.
The Saints signed Barth this offseason after he converted 23-of-28 field goal attempts for the Buccaneers last season. He will duel incumbent Kai Fortbath for the kicking duties in New Orleans, and the winner of the battle will likely have some fantasy appeal, backed by the Saints' potent offense.
Despite the team scoring the second-most points in the league last year, Broncos kickers failed to make significant fantasy contributions until late in the season. Rookie Brandon McManus struggled, both in opportunities and accuracy, before the team brought in Barth for the final five games. He went 5-for-5 in his debut, and finished 15-of-16, though only one attempt (which he made) came from beyond 50 yards.
A torn Achilles' tendon cost Barth the entire 2013 campaign and he ended up up losing his job to Patrick Murray this summer. A healthy Barth proved useful in his last full season, logging 123 points while knocking home six 50-plus yarders, but he also had the good fortune of being flanked by a productive offense at that time.
Behind the performance of a quietly effective offense, Barth finished 11th among kickers in scoring last season with a career-high 123 points. While Barth experienced an expected decline in accuracy from 2011’s 92.9 percent, he still converted a healthy 84.8 percent, the second-highest rate of his career, and cemented himself as a viable long-range threat, knocking down 6-of-9 attempts from 50-plus. Despite his success last season, the Buccaneers signed Nate Kaeding this offseason to compete in training camp, but Kaeding suffered a groin injury and subsequently retired in May. While Barth has the job for now, that the team signed Kaeding at all means Barth could be on a short leash should he struggle early on.
The Buccaneers struggled in many areas in 2011, but not in the kicking game. Barth showcased a solid all-around game, kicking for both accuracy (second in the league at 92.9 percent) and distance (55-yard field goal in Week 10). But Barth’s fantasy value is dragged down by the performance of his offense. The Bucs provided just 23 PATs and 28 field-goal attempts. Even with significant additions via free agency, Tampa Bay is not expected to leap into the top-10 offensively, and likewise, Barth isn’t likely to become a top fantasy kicker.
Barth posted a career-high 105 points last year in his first full season as place kicker, taking advantage of a Buccaneers offense that was one of the most improved units in the NFL. Tampa Bay increased its scoring from 15.2 points per game in 2009 to 21.3 points per game last season. The Buccaneers found their quarterback of the future in Josh Freeman, a big-play running back in LeGarrette Blount and a legitimate No. 1 receiver in Mike Williams. The resulting offensive production provided Barth with 28 field-goal attempts, of which he made 23, and 36 PATs. Barth's five misses all came from beyond 40 yards, and he was 1-of-2 from 50-plus. All told, Tampa Bay increased its kicker scoring by 33 points over the previous year. For Barth to become a fantasy factor, though, the Buccaneers need to make similar strides this season. That's possible with the aforementioned trio leading the resurgent Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers produced just 72 kicker points last year on 24 touchdowns and 26 field goal attempts, 10 of which were missed. Barth brought some stability to the position making 14-of-19 kicks, including 3-of-4 from beyond 50 yards. The Buccaneers have a young quarterback who struggled in Year 1, lack a big-play running back and have no elite targets in the passing game other than tight end Kellen Winslow. That’s not likely to be enough for Barth.
Barth scored 54 points in 10 games, but as a team the Chiefs made just 16 field goals last season. While they gained Matt Cassell, Tony Gonzalez was sent to the Falcons, and the running game is uncertain with Larry Johnson’s possible release. Barth was accurate in his limited opportunities (10-of-12), but his chances of becoming fantasy relevant in 2009 aren’t very good.
Barth finished his collegiate career with a flourish, nailing 29 of his final 32 attempts. He’ll square off against Nick Novak in a training camp competition, although the winner doesn’t figure to be a very attractive fantasy option. Last season, scoring opportunities were few and far between in Kansas City, and points might be similarly scarce in 2008.
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Replaced by Cairo Santos
KChicago Bears
November 20, 2017
Barth is expected to be cut loose by the Bears in the coming days with the team signing fellow kicker Cairo Santos on Monday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Misses game-tying kick in Sunday loss
KChicago Bears
November 20, 2017
Barth made one of two field-goal attempts while adding three extra points in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Lions.
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Best performance of season
KChicago Bears
November 13, 2017
Barth made all three of his field-goal attempts while converting an extra point in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Packers.
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Misses another field goal
KChicago Bears
October 30, 2017
Barth connected on two of three field-goal attempts in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Saints.
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Five-point effort
KChicago Bears
October 23, 2017
Barth kicked a 19-yard field goal along with a pair of extra points in Sunday's 17-3 win over the Panthers.
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