Fantasy Football: Why Chiefs Kicker Ryan Succop Should Start for Your Team

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIISeptember 24, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Ryan Succop #6 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after kicking the winning field goal against the New Orleans Saints to win the game 27-24 in overtime at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 23, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In the 2009 draft, Ryan Succop earned the title “Mr. Irrelevant” for being selected with the last pick. Since then, the former South Carolina Gamecock has gotten over a learning curve from the first three seasons of his career.

This year, Succop has become one of the league’s top kickers after Sunday’s stunning overtime win over the New Orleans Saints.

The Kansas City Chiefs scored only one touchdown against the Saints. The Chiefs defense stepped up and helped add two points to the scoreboard with a safety, but it was Succop who lifted the Chiefs.

Succop had a career and franchise high of six field goals on Sunday, including a 31-yard game-winning field goal in overtime to seal the stunner, shattering his own franchise record for most field goals made in a game after splitting the uprights five times last season against the Minnesota Vikings.

Kansas City’s offense did a good job of moving the football in the second half, but struggled to finish drives and could not get the football to the end zone. Therefore, Succop was called upon to add three points for the Chiefs.

With quarterback Matt Cassel under center, the Chiefs offense has a lot of room to grow. That spells good news for fantasy football owners who have Succop on their team. The woes on Kansas City’s offense are likely to carry over, meaning more of their drives could end in a field goal by Succop.

Succop’s consistency has never been a serious issue. This year, he has been 8-of-9 on field goals, though. Last season, he got off to a rocky start, but turned things around by when he made 21 consecutive field goals to finish 24-of-30.