One word describes the Coltsí offense in 2017: miserable. Only the Bengals produced fewer yards, and only the Browns and the Giants scored fewer points. Itís a miracle, then, that Vinatieri was able to finish 13th in scoring. He connected on 29 of 34 field goals and 22 of 24 extra points. He converted five of his six attempts from 50 yards or beyond, with a long kick of 54 yards. Vinatieri is arguably the most successful kicker in NFL history. He trails Morten Andersen for the NFL all-time scoring record by just 57 points. He should overtake Andersen by midseason. If Andrew Luck can come back at anything close to his old form, Vinatieri has a real chance to be a fantasy difference maker.
No, that wasnít Vinatieri battling it out with the Chiefsí Jan Stenerud in the classic 1971 overtime AFC playoff game. Vinatieri was in his junior year of college in 1971. Just kidding -- heís not that old. But he will turn 46 this season, and this party canít last forever.
The 2018 season could well be Vinatieriís last. He keeps himself in tremendous physical condition and will be motivated to become the leading scorer in NFL history. If Luck is healthy, Vinatieri is worth drafting in virtually all league sizes and formats. If Luck doesnít play, or struggles, Vinatieri falls more into the category of a bye-week stopgap.