After Cairo Santos fell to injury last season, the Chiefs scooped up Butker from Carolinaís practice squad. The rookie from Georgia Tech burst onto the fantasy scene, finishing fourth in the NFL in scoring, despite playing just 13 games. Butker converted 38 of 42 field goals, and all 28 of his PATs. He was four of five from 50 yards or beyond. He kicked five field goals in Week Eight against Denver. He repeated that feat in Week 16 against the Dolphins. The Panthers thought enough of Butkerís ability that they made him active for Week One, even though they already had Graham Gano on the roster. Once they moved him to the practice squad, it was just a matter of time until another team nabbed him.
His longest kick last season was 53 yards (he made two from that distance). The Chiefs were sixth in scoring last season. With second-year QB Patrick Mahomes taking over for Alex Smith, the proficiency of the KC offense could be considered a question mark.
Butkerís pedigree and his 91-percent FG conversion rate during his rookie campaign make him an attractive option as a fantasy kicker. Concerns include a new QB in Kansas City, and the possibility of a sophomore slump. However, there is no consistent statistical evidence to suggest kickers regress in their second professional seasons. If Mahomes is productive, Butker could easily be a top-five fantasy kicker.