Crosby enters his 11th season in 2017 and sports an 80.4 percent career conversion rate. But he's finished ahead of that average in five of the last six seasons and has never missed a field goal from inside 19 yards during his entire NFL career. There have been rough spots, however. As CheeseheadTV.com recently reminded us, Crosby struggled badly at times in 2012. He was nearly run out of Green Bay, and the team brought in Giorgio Tavecchio to compete with Crosby the following preseason. A look at those 2012 numbers actually show that Crosby kicked well inside of 50 yards, but he was just 2 of 9 from 50 yards or longer. Even so, HC Mike McCarthy decided to stick with Crosby and the kicker has returned with a vengeance. Crosby's longest kick each season has come over 50 yards; he has missed no more than three from beyond 50 yards in the last four seasons. He did miss three extra point attempts in 2016, but playing with a prolific offense led by Aaron Rodgers will continue to make Crosby a solid fantasy play.
Mason Crosby 2016 Outlook
The Packers didn't need the franchise tag for Crosby because just hours after the deadline for using it passed, the veteran agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $16 million. It includes a $5 million signing bonus. The $4 million average yearly salary ranks second in the NFL behind New England's Stephen Gostkowski ($4.3 million) among kickers with multiyear deals. In expressing a desire to stay in Green Bay, Crosby said near the end of last season that he felt connected with Aaron Rodgers both because of their ages and the nature of their jobs. Both of them are directly responsible for putting points on the board, and when one isn't able to do it the other is there to pick him up. And as long as Crosby benefits from Rodgers and the team's prolific offense, he'll remain a high-end fantasy kicker. Crosby has made at least 80 percent of his field goals in four of his last five seasons, attempting at least 28 kicks in each of those years.