Cairo Santos
Cairo Santos
27-Year-Old KickerK
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Titans in August of 2019.
Let go by Tennessee
KFree Agent
October 7, 2019
The Titans released Santos on Monday.
Santos missed all four of his field-goal tries during Sunday's loss to the Bills, and the disastrous day ultimately cost the veteran his roster spot. With Ryan Succop (knee) not eligible to return until Week 8, expect the Titans to sign an interim kicker in the near future.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Costly misses
KTennessee Titans
October 7, 2019
Santos missed all four of his field-goal attempts in Week 5 against Buffalo. He did convert his lone extra-point attempt.
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Hits 45-yard attempt
KTennessee Titans
September 29, 2019
Santos made his lone field-goal attempt and made all three of his extra-point tries in Week 4 against Atlanta.
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Logs one point
KTennessee Titans
September 24, 2019
Santos made his lone extra-point try but did not attempt a field goal in Week 3's 20-7 loss to the Jaguars.
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Misses first field goal
KTennessee Titans
September 15, 2019
Santos made of one of his two field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in Week 2 against Indianapolis.
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Fills in capably
KTennessee Titans
September 8, 2019
Santos was perfect in his team debut, connecting on two field-goal attempts as well as all five of his extra-point attempts.
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