Last year, Tucker had one of the best kicking seasons in NFL history. His 89.8 percent career field goal conversion rate and perfect extra point record make him the most accurate kicker in NFL history, just ahead of Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. As Fansided.com put it, "There really is no question [Tucker's] the best kicker in the game right now." Part of the appeal from a fantasy perspective is the Ravens' willingness to fall back on Tucker without hesitation. Tucker's accuracy is incredible, there's no doubt about it, but one of the main reasons he had such a good season last year was because he had to kick a ton of field goals. And over the past two seasons, a lot of Tucker's attempts have come from long range. During 2014, the Ravens' best offensive season with Tucker kicking, he only attempted 13 field goals from 40-plus yards. In the past two seasons he's averaged over 20, in part because of the team's offensive struggles, but more so because his coaching staff trusts Tucker to make the long kicks. And for fantasy owners, that's a good thing.
Justin Tucker 2016 Outlook
As SB Nation suggested, during the 2016 NFL draft fans witnessed many shocking events. In all of the chaos some missed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading up in the second round for a kicker. Roberto Aguayo of the Florida State Seminoles was selected 59th overall, after the Bucs traded a third and fourth round selection. With a college average of 88.76 percent, Roberto Aguayo's numbers would translate to second best in the NFL history. The player he takes from No. 2? Tucker. The veteran has connected on at least 29 field goals per season since entering the NFL in 2012, making at least 82.5 percent of his tries (at least 33 per year). As CBSSports.com suggests, Tucker doesn't boast a great leg from deep (18 of 30 career from 50-plus yards including 8 of 19 over the last two seasons) but he gets so much work in the Ravens' offense that it doesn't matter. CBS summed up: "Tucker is one of the most reliable fantasy kickers out there and should get picked within 12 spots of when Stephen Gostkowski gets taken in drafts."
Justin Tucker 2015 Outlook
We mentioned that PAT attempts are now 33 yards. In addition, the defensive team can now return a missed PAT or failed two-point conversion to the opposite end zone for two points. The league's argument is that the extra point had become boring. Kickers made 99.5 percent of their attempts over the last four seasons, making the extra point practically automatic. Still, Tucker isn't a fan of the change. "I think the idea is to add excitement to every single play, but really what it does is make every kicker's job a little bit harder," said Tucker. However, judging by the past, the changes shouldn't affect him much if at all. It could actually be an advantage for the Ravens. Tucker has never missed a kick from within 37 yards during his three-year career. He's also never missed an extra point. He's made 110-of-110 in the NFL, and never missed one in college either. So while Tucker doesn't like the added difficulty, he's up to the challenge. He's also clutch on field goals and a high-end fantasy kicker as a result.