K – Mason Crosby
Week 1 Statistics: 2/2 FGs (20, 25), 3/3 PATs; 9.00 fantasy points
I feel like I’ve been writing the same thing every time his name comes up; that has a good bit of symmetry due to his abilities.
Crosby is about as consistently reliable as kickers come in the league today. If you look around, you see notable names missing key kicks and falling into random slumps for no apparent reason; since his own random slump in 2012, there has been just about nothing to complain about with Crosby.
Since that tumultuous slump, Crosby has made at least 81.8% of his kicks every year. In that time he’s missed exactly one of his 55 kick attempts under 40 yards, and since the NFL changed the distance on extra points to 33 yards in 2015 he has made every single one of his 39 extra point kicks.
The only thing that would seem to be able to hold back Crosby at this point would be a struggling offense, and it was exactly that which tended to cause his lower-scoring fantasy games last year. With the offense expected to step back to previous form this season, Crosby can be expected to have less dips in his fantasy production.
In fact, a game like this is one where he could see a nice little peak.
As stated before, the Vikings have a strong defense, one that has been a thorn in the side of Rodgers-led offenses in recent years. Green Bay hasn’t been quite shut down entirely before, but they have the talent to slow things down. Combine that with the inconsistencies Green Bay still exhibited on offense in Week 1, and it is easy to see a few drives stopping short of the endzone; if a couple of those are in Crosby’s range — he has plenty of leg, so it’s a decent-sized one — he’ll put some points on the board.