Cairo Santos

Cairo Santos

30-Year-Old KickerK
Chicago Bears
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Santos was an unlikely source of stability for the Bears' troubled kicking game in 2020, taking advantage of his second stint with the team after detours to Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Los Angeles. His overall track record is less than stellar, including only 10 of 20 from 50-plus yards, but the five-year, $16 million extension he signed in March puts Santos toward the upper end of kickers in terms of job security. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract with the Bears in March of 2021.
Scores two points
KChicago Bears
December 5, 2021
Santos converted two extra-point attempts in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Although Santos has scored two or fewer points in two of his last three games, he also has scored at least nine points in three of his last five contests. Overall, his volatility makes him a tough player to trust in weekly fantasy lineups.
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Santos didn't take long to bounce back after he lost a preseason kicking battle to Matt Gay in Tampa Bay, signing with the Titans after Ryan Succop landed on IR. The 27-year-old now takes over in Tennessee, where Succop averaged just 26.8 field-goal attempts and 32.5 PATs over the past five seasons, despite playing 16 games each year. Apart from 2016, the Titans offense has been league-average or worse for the past decade.
Santos lost the job in Kansas City last season when a groin injury opened the door for Harrison Butker, who converted 38 field goals in 13 games. After briefly catching on in Chicago, the 26-year-old Brazilian finds himself in New York, where he needs to fend off competition from Taylor Bertolet. The Jets are unlikely to provide their kicker with a wealth of opportunities, regardless of which player wins the job.
Santos tied a career high with 129 points last season thanks to an 88.6 field-goal percentage, also a career high. He has finished as the No. 6 scoring kicker in back-to-back seasons, and given his 7.5 percentage point increase in accuracy, the starting job is firmly his for 2017. With the Chiefs' offense expected to be a solid unit again, there's little reason to think Santos will take a major step back in the scoring column, though there's also little reason to believe he'll take a big step forward.
Santos wasn't a highly-accurate kicker during his rookie 2014 season, and he got even worse last year, with only two kickers who played at least 12 games finishing with a worse conversion rate. That being said, four of his seven misses came from beyond 50 yards (and two more from beyond 40), so at least he's hitting the higher percentage ones. The Chiefs have shown no interest in bringing in competition, so Santos' job is safe for now. If the Kansas City offense can maintain its level from last season, or at least not fall off a cliff, Santos should be a decent fantasy option, though one has to wonder if the team will start considering an alternative if he doesn't improve his accuracy.
Santos' cumulative stats from his 2014 rookie season were better than his week-to-week production, as he attempted more than two field goals just once before Week 15, but then had three, four and five attempts in the last three weeks, the last of which many leagues ignore. Additionally, even when he was given opportunities, they weren't deep enough to benefit fantasy owners with bonus points. Santos only had two opportunities from 50-plus yards, and missed 30 percent of his chances between 40 and 49 yards (7-of-10). Ultimately, the Chiefs didn't provide enough scoring opportunities as he finished 17th in PAT attempts and 18th in field-goal attempts. He could possibly see more opportunities this season, as the Chiefs added wideout Jeremy Maclin and will rely on the continued development of tight end Travis Kelce and perhaps the league's best running back in Jamaal Charles, but it's tough to see Santos leaping into a top-tier fantasy option.
Santos beat out Ryan Succop for the Chiefs' kicking job. As an unproven kicker attached to a seemingly mediocre offense, a wait-and see approach is in order for prospective fantasy owners.
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Posts double digits
KChicago Bears
November 25, 2021
Santos made three of four field-goal attempts along with an extra point in the Bears' 16-14 win over the Lions on Thursday.
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Posts one point
KChicago Bears
November 21, 2021
Santos missed his only field-goal attempt in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
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Another strong performance
KChicago Bears
November 9, 2021
Santos converted two of three field-goal attempts in the Bears' 29-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday.
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Posts 10 points
KChicago Bears
October 31, 2021
Santos converted all three of his field-goal attempts while adding an extra point in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
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Posts three points
KChicago Bears
October 24, 2021
Santos converted his lone field-goal attempt in the Bears' 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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