Blair Walsh
Blair Walsh
29-Year-Old KickerK
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Blair Walsh in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Seahawks in February of 2017.
Likely done in Seattle
KSeattle Seahawks
January 15, 2018
Walsh connected on 21 of 29 on field-goal attempts and 37 of 38 extra-point attempts for the Seahawks in 2017.
Walsh's longest field goal of the season was 49 yards, and he finished the season on a sour note with a missed 48-yard field goal in the final minute of the Week 17 loss to the Cardinals. The Seahawks have already signed former Jaguar Jason Myers to a reserve/future contract with Walsh set to hit free agency, lending credence to the notion that the latter's Seattle tenure is likely over after one season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Walsh is coming off a dismal year with the Vikings, as he missed 25 percent of his field-goal attempts and over 20 percent of his PATs in nine games before being released. However, he landed in a great situation in Seattle, as last year's starter, Steven Hauschka, finished No. 7 among all kickers while hitting over 89 percent of his field-goal tries. Walsh's upside takes a sizable leap with his new home, though after last year's accuracy issues, it's unlikely he'll have a long leash if his struggles carry over to 2017.
Walsh bounced back from a poor 2014 by scoring the fifth-most points among kickers last season despite Minnesota scoring the 17th-most points overall. His 39 field-goal attempts ranked second in the league, though his conversion rate was only 13th. If there's another nit to pick, it's that he missed four extra points, leaving him in the bottom five of accuracy for PATs. Walsh accounted for 37.9 percent of the team's total points, which was the highest mark of any playoff team (the Broncos were closely behind at 35.2 percent), and they've gotten at least 30 percent of their points from their kicker in each of the last three seasons, which could forecast another solid season of usage.
On the plus side, Walsh was seventh in field-goal attempts last season as the Vikings scored on only 53.8 percent of their 2.4 red-zone trips per game. On the negative side, he connected on a career-low 74.3 percent, second-lowest in the league. He even missed three from less than 40 yards (one in the 20-29 range). Walsh made a name for himself during his 2012 rookie season by hitting all 10 of his 50-yarders, but he's 7-of-14 from that distance the last two years. The Vikings added deep threat Mike Wallace this offseason, and with Adrian Peterson returning, as of press time, Walsh could have significantly more scoring opportunities. Improved accuracy will help too.
Walsh might not have delivered on the sky-high expectations placed on him after he nailed 10 field goals from over 50 yards as a rookie, but he acquitted himself quite well in his second NFL season. He only missed four field goals on 30 attempts – with three of the failures coming from beyond 50 yards – and tacked on 43 PATs to finish 15th in kicker scoring. Walsh’s long-range bona fides would seem to give him more upside than many of those ranked near him, but he’ll face the tough adjustment of playing outdoors at home for the next two seasons, as the Vikings await the opening of their new dome. Ten of Walsh’s 12 career makes from 50-plus yards have occurred at indoor venues.
Walsh supplied the best rookie kicking campaign in NFL history in 2012, showing deft accuracy (92.1 percent) and unprecedented leg strength with an NFL-record 10 field goals of 50-plus yards en route to a Pro Bowl nod. While it remains to be seen how he'll fare once the Vikings relocate outdoors in 2014, for now, he should thrive under the shelter of the Metrodome, providing plenty of opportunities for more long field goals. The only mark against Walsh’s outlook is an offense that's average at best, especially when opposing defenses find ways to contain Adrian Peterson. The Vikings afforded Walsh only 36 PATs last season, 16th in the league, but many of those setbacks turned into field-goal opportunities as Walsh ranked third with 38 field-goal attempts. And, thanks to his big leg, if the offense can advance to the opponent’s 40-yard line, there's a good chance Walsh will come away with three points.
Walsh replaces the veteran Ryan Longwell, who was cut by the Vikings to save cap room. Drafted in the sixth round out of Georgia, Walsh was erratic for the Bulldogs in 2011, missing 14 of 35 attempts. The Vikings hope Walsh can demonstrate the form he showed in his previous two seasons, as he hit 40 of 45 attempts. Walsh has a big leg, having made a 56-yarder last year, but he’ll likely be pushed by a veteran free agent in training camp and could get cut if he proves too inaccurate.
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Scores three points
KSeattle Seahawks
December 26, 2017
Walsh did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 21-12 win over the Cowboys.
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Just one point
KSeattle Seahawks
December 18, 2017
Walsh did not attempt a field goal but made his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 42-7 loss to the Rams.
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Receives vote of confidence
KSeattle Seahawks
December 13, 2017
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reiterated Wednesday that Walsh will remain the team's kicker, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Scores six again
KSeattle Seahawks
December 11, 2017
Walsh made a 28-yard field goal but missed from 38 yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Jaguars. He also made all three of his extra-point tries.
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Nets six points
KSeattle Seahawks
December 4, 2017
Walsh made a 46-yard field goal and all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Eagles.
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