The Patriots have one of the NFL's best kickers in Gostkowski -- though he is coming off a bit of a down year. The veteran missed five field goals and three extra-point attempts during the regular season, finishing 27 of 32 in field goals and 46 of 49 in PATs. Still, as MassLive.com noted, Gostkowski's been one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL over the last decade. But can he hit an 80-yarder, or kick the ball up to himself and nail a field goal post? Josh Gable can, and that's why the Patriots brought him in for a tryout during rookie mini-camp. For the Patriots, the Gable invite was a low-risk move. A rookie mini-camp invite costs nothing and doesn't even result in a real competition for Gostkowski, a four-time Pro Bowl selection. His job should be safe. And assuming that's the case, he'll remain a front-line fantasy prospect thanks to playing alongside a potent New England offense led by Tom Brady.
Stephen Gostkowski 2016 Outlook
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.