Can Chad Ocho Cinco's new found kicking talent make him bigger fantasy impact? It would appear that he just gained a few ADP positions after nailing an extra point attempt versus the Patriots. Of course this was in a preseason game that was ultimately meaningless... or was it?
Let's face it Shane Graham isn't exactly the most lusted after leg in the league. Alliteration aside, in the fantasy world, Shane Graham finished last year's fantasy season 30th among Kickers. New Orleans Saints back up Kicker Garrett Hartley, who only played the second half of the season, finished just five points behind Graham.
Graham did hit a semi respectable 88 percent of his field goals. That is good enough to finish 16th in the league. He only had 24 attempts, that's 28th in the league.
I would be willing to wager that given the exact same 24 kicks, Chad Ocho Cinco could make at least 20. He has the leg. During the same preseason game he kicked off to start the second half. His kick was fielded at the nine yard line. While that's not exactly Jason Elam kicking in Mile High. It is certainly not to shabby.
Grahams average kickoff distance was 63 yards. That puts his ball at the seven yard line. There is no question about the power in OchoCinco's leg.
I think this could be the biggest factor in Ocho Cinco's favor. Opponents special teams guys always have to be thinking fake. While in some fashion I'm sure it's in the back of their mind. With Ocho Cinco lining up to boot a game winner they have to seriously be thinking "could he maybe take the hand-off around the end?". Just that little thought will cause the rush to hesitate giving Chad extra time to make the kick.
Add the 78* points that Shane Graham scored in fantasy world to the 104* that Chad Ocho Cinco scored and all of the sudden he's scoring up there with the likes of Vincent Jackson and Dwayne Bowe.
Shane Graham should be looking over his shoulder now. If he misses a few early on I would not be surprised to hear chants of " Ocho Cinco" when it comes time for that field goal. Head Coach Marvin Lewis is already on the hot seat and his contract expires after this season. Desperation can make a man to some crazy things.
Ocho Cinco the Kicker. It may seem far fetched but remember this." Refrigerator" Perry wasn't a running back. And before last year the Wildcat wasn't an offense in the NFL. Why not the run the "OchoTrio"
The first time you see Chad trot onto the field as a Kicker, be happy you drafted him a round or so early and start coming up with clever ways to trash talk your opponents. Something like "Ocho just kicked just .." ahh you get the idea.
* Fantasy scoring was based on 1/2 ppr and bonuses for FG <50 yards.