Cairo Santos
Cairo Santos
29-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.
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$Signed a contract with the Bears in September of 2020.
Three points in playoff defeat
KChicago Bears
January 10, 2021
Santos converted his only field-goal attempt in Chicago's 21-3 loss to the Saints in the wild-card round.
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Santos connected on his field goal in the second quarter and didn't see the field again as the Bears struggled to score points in a tough matchup. The veteran kicker was successful on 30 of 32 field-goal attempts while converting 35 of 36 extra-point attempts during the regular season, and although he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, it's quite possible the Bears re-sign him.
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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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Another double-digit performance
KChicago Bears
January 3, 2021
Santos converted three field goals and an extra point in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
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Tallies 11 points
KChicago Bears
December 27, 2020
Santos converted both of his field-goal attempts while adding five extra points in Chicago's 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.
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Posts best game of season
KChicago Bears
December 20, 2020
Santos converted four field goals and three extra points in Chicago's 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
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Posts 10 points in victory
KChicago Bears
December 13, 2020
Santos converted two field goals while making all four extra-point attempts in the Bears' 36-7 win over the Texans on Sunday.
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Tallies six points in defeat
KChicago Bears
December 6, 2020
Santos made his only field-goal attempt while making three of four extra-point conversions in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
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