Cairo Santos
Cairo Santos
28-Year-Old KickerK
Chicago Bears
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Cairo Santos in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Bears in September of 2020.
Misses field goal
KChicago Bears
September 20, 2020
Santos connected on one of two field-goal attempts in Chicago's 17-13 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
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After posting an impressive nine points in the season opener, the missed field goal by Santos resulted in him posting a disappointing fantasy performance. It's possible next week could be his last game with the Bears if Eddy Pineiro (groin) is activated from injured reserve.
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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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Rejoining 53-man roster
KFree Agent
September 16, 2020
The Bears will sign Santos to their 53-man roster Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Bumps back to practice sqaud
KFree Agent
September 15, 2020
Santos reverted to the Bears' practice squad.
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Productive performance
KChicago Bears
September 13, 2020
Santos converted two field goals and three extra points in Chicago's 27-23 victory over the Lions on Sunday.
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Roster formality complete
KChicago Bears
September 12, 2020
Santos was signed by the Bears on Saturday.
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Locked in as Week 1 kicker
KFree Agent
September 9, 2020
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Santos will serve as Chicago's kicker in Sunday's season opener against Detroit, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
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