Boswell had his best season in 2017, connecting on 35 of 38 field goals and 37 of 39 PATs. He was a perfect four-for-four from 50 yards, and he finished tied for fourth (with Butker) in scoring. Undrafted out of Rice in 2014, he failed to make the final rosters of the Texans, Giants and Steelers. After Pittsburgh burned through three kickers (two injuries, one release) in the first four games of 2015, Boswell rejoined the team in Week Five and has held down the fort ever since. Despite kicking in a Heinz Field environment notoriously unfriendly to kickers, Boswell has been remarkably accurate in his three-year career. Since taking over for Josh Scobee, he has converted on 89.5 percent of his field goals and 97 percent of his PATs.
The Pittsburgh coaching staff might like Boswell, but they are also just two seasons removed from trading for, then releasing, Josh Scobee. A month prior to Scobee’s release, the Steelers had given up a sixth-round pick for him and had agreed to take on his $3.4 salary. It’s not like Scobee was stinking up the joint -- he was six for 10 in the first four games of 2015. Translation: Boswell might be one slump away from the waiver wire. In nearly three full seasons, he has kicked just six field goals from 50 yards or more, and his longest successful try is just 53 yards. In fairness, he is six of eight from 50 yards or more.
Looking just at the stat sheet, it’s tempting to conclude that Boswell is the opposite of Matt Prater -- very accurate with below-average power. However, his lack of long kicks probably has more to do with Mike Tomlin’s coaching style and less to do with Boswell’s leg. When confronted with the option of a long field goal or going for it on fourth down, Tomlin likely will choose the latter. In any event, Boswell is unlikely to get you a lot of bonus points for long field goals, but his accuracy and Pittsburgh’s offensive prowess are enough to make him a solid fantasy option in all formats.