It's hard to argue with CBSSports.com's contention that "Gostkowski continues to be the No. 1 fantasy kicker in all leagues, and he should be the first player drafted at the position this year." Gostkowski will enter his 11th season in the fall, one more than the man he replaced, Adam Vinatieri, spent in New England. He's also surpassed the legend statistically and is coming off the best season of his career. His range, both on field goals and kickoffs, is as impressive as any kicker's in the game, and he will once again threaten to lead the league in scoring while kicking for the potent Patriots' offense. Last season, he made 33 of 36 field goals with 52 extra points, including four field goals of at least 50 yards. He's made at least 28 field goals and 44 extra points in five straight years, and he should again be dominant this season. In fact, Gostkowski is one of the few kickers fantasy owners should consider holding on through their bye week.
Stephen Gostkowski 2015 Outlook
The NFL has decided to move extra points back to the 15-yard line. While that could be a problem for some kickers, 247Sports.com points out that things shouldn't change much for Gostkowski, who has gone 450-of-451 on PATs from the previous distance. He also has a strong track record in place for the new spot, which will equate to a 33-yard extra-point attempt. Since arriving in Foxboro as a fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft, Gostkowski has converted 87 of his 97 field goals between 30 and 39 yards. And in the 31-year-old's last two seasons, he's only missed one from that range while striking 23 in for three points apiece. No surprise the Patriots were behind the proposal to move the PAT attempt. Collectively, NFL kickers went 163-of-171 on field goals between 30 and 35 yards in 2014. ... Gostkowski, who has one of the strongest legs in the NFL, became New England's all-time leading scorer in 2014, passing Adam Vinatieri. He'll continue to be among the handful of kickers that fantasy owners can rely on each week over a streaming approach.
Stephen Gostkowski 2014 Outlook
Gostkowski made it to the Pro Bowl after a strong 2013 season -- albeit replacing Denver's Matt Prater who missed the game with the Broncos playing in the Super Bowl. Gostkowski led the NFL with a Patriots-record 158 points during the regular season, hitting on 38 of his 41 field-goal attempts while also serving as a weapon on kickoffs with 65 touchbacks, second-most in the league. Another kicker who benefits from playing with an up-tempo offense designed to maximize snaps, production and scoring. The hope here is that an improving (or at least healthier) receiving corps (including running back Shane Vereen) will make the offense even more potent this year. A healthy Rob Gronkowski (if that happens) would be a boon to red-scoring and to Gostkowski. Also worth noting: ESPN.com points out that Gostkowski enters a contract year in 2014 and could well be an extension candidate (base salary of $2.9 million).