2010 Fantasy Football Busts: Kickers

Lane RizzardiniContributor ISeptember 6, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Kicker Jay Feely #4 of the Arizona Cardinals high fives teammate Ben Graham #5 after kicking a 22 yard field goal during the third quarter of the preseason NFL game against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kickers are widely regarded as one of the most unimportant positions on the average fantasy football roster. You will never have to start more than one of them, and with this being the case, there is always a kicker on the waiver wire in prime position to give you fantasy football points.

However, a careless kicker choice can be devastating for a fantasy football team and decide vital head-to-head match-ups.

Remember, just because a player makes the bust list, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to avoid him completely on draft day (though we’ll let you know who to avoid altogether).

Some, not all, busts are overvalued players, while the majority have seen their situations change (e.g., new team, new coaching staff, upgrade or downgrade of players around them, injuries, etc.) or are likely to have a hard time living up to expectations. Use our 2010 Fantasy Football Busts Kickers list as a guide to move some players down your draft board.

Jay Feely, K, Arizona Cardinals – Jay Feely has had quite possibly the most puzzling career path of any kicker in recent memory. He started his career with the Atlanta Falcons, posting a 78.4-percent field goal percentage his first year. That would get most kickers cut or at least on the hot seat, but the Falcons apparently felt that was acceptable for a rookie. The team was rewarded for their patience with a 76.6-percent the remainder of his time there, a whopping four years, which is actually a lot for most kickers.

The fact that they didn’t cut Feely after an atrocious 2003, in which he converted just 19-of-27, can be chalked up as either bizarre behavior, or Atlanta saw something that the average NFL fan didn’t.

Whatever it was, everything apparently clicked after Feely left Atlanta, because since then he’s been right up there with the best kickers in the NFL, posting a success rate higher than 85-percent since leaving the Falcons. Yet despite his accuracy of late, Feely is entering 2010 with his fourth team over those five seasons, including a one-year stint with the Miami Dolphins where his 90-percent field goal rate apparently wasn’t good enough to keep him around. They would have given him the key to the city if he had done that in Atlanta.

So why do we consider Feely a potential bust in 2010? It’s the new team that is the problem. The high-flying Arizona Cardinals offense in the desert has largely been grounded with the loss of Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin.

We would be surprised if Feely gets 28 field goal chances and 44 extra point after opportunities like former Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers did in 2008. Feely ranks No.9 in our 2010 kicker rankings; however, Arizona has major problems under center and until the offense can find an identity, you should avoid the veteran kicker.

Read the other four here.