Cairo Santos

Chicago Bears
Place Kicker #5
Chicago Bears
Place Kicker #5
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Nine points in finale

Santos made all three field-goal attempts in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season having made 26 of 30 field-goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra-point attempts.

Analysis: Although the Bears offense kept Santos from being a high-volume kicker in many games, for the second year in a row, he was very accurate. During the season, he converted multiple field goals in just about half of his games, and with the Chicago offense unlikely to make a monumental leap next year, he'll continue to be a borderline fantasy option in typical leagues. He's signed with the Bears through 2023 with two void years in 2024 and 2025.

Jan 9, 2022 5:30 PM EST


Posts nine points

Santos connected on both of his field-goal attempts in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: This was just the third time over the last seven games in which Santos has made multiple field goals, and the frequency of his low-scoring games will make him a risky lineup option in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 2, 2022 6:47 PM EST



Scores five points

Santos made his lone field-goal attempt in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Santos converted a 35-yard field goal, though when the Bears scored their third touchdown, they went for a two-point conversion, keeping him to a five-point performance. He's been held to six or fewer points in six of his last eight games, and he'll be considered a low-upside option in Week 17 against the Giants.

Dec 26, 2021 5:37 PM EST


Misses field goal in loss

Santos made one of two field-goal attempts in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Although Santos was accurate on a 34-yard kick, he came up short on a 49-yard attempt late in the first half. With the Bears not scoring a touchdown until the last play of the game, he didn't attempt an extra point. With three or fewer points in three of his last five games, he'll likely be a boom-or-bust fantasy option down the stretch.

Dec 20, 2021 8:47 PM EST


Best game of season

Santos was perfect on three field-goal attempts in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: In addition to his three field goals, Santos was also perfect on his three extra-point attempts, giving him a season-high 12 points. Although he's scored at least nine points in three of his last five games, he's been held to three points or fewer on five occasions this year, making him a volatile fantasy option.

Dec 13, 2021 4:07 AM EST



Back at practice

Santos (illness) returned to full participation at practice Thursday.

Analysis: The kicker missed Wednesday's practice while dealing with a non-COVID illness, but returned to log a full practice Thursday. On the season, Santos is 16 of 19 on field goals and 19 of 20 on PATs.

Dec 9, 2021 3:25 PM EST


Misses practice

Santos (illness) was listed as a non-participant in practice Wednesday due to a non-COVID related illness.

Analysis: The vagueness of Santos' illness makes it unclear if he will be available for the Bears' Sunday matchup against the Packers, so his status will be worth monitoring throughout the week. The kicker has been rather consistent this season, converting on 16 of 19 field goal attempts, with all three of his misses coming from 40 or more yards away.

Dec 8, 2021 2:45 PM EST


Scores two points

Santos converted two extra-point attempts in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Santos has scored two or fewer points in two of his last three games, he also has scored at least nine points in three of his last five contests. Overall, his volatility makes him a tough player to trust in weekly fantasy lineups.

Dec 5, 2021 2:59 PM EST


Posts double digits

Santos made three of four field-goal attempts along with an extra point in the Bears' 16-14 win over the Lions on Thursday.

Analysis: Santos was a hero when he kicked a short field goal as time expired to give the Bears their fourth win of the season. Despite his strong performance, his only miss was when he was short on a 53-yard attempt. Although he's scored at least nine points in three of his last four games, he's also been held to fewer than four points three times over his last six games, making him a volatile fantasy option.

Nov 25, 2021 6:34 PM EST


Posts one point

Santos missed his only field-goal attempt in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: After scoring 19 points over his last two games, Santos has also recorded three points or fewer three times over five games, making one of the more volatile kickers in the league.

Nov 21, 2021 2:40 PM EST


Another strong performance

Santos converted two of three field-goal attempts in the Bears' 29-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday.

Analysis: Santos attempted a 65-yard field goal at the end of regulation, as the Bears tried to earn a late victory, but the ball hit the crossbar, resulting in his only miss of the evening. Although he averaged just five points per game through Week 7, he's posted 10 and nine points over the past two weeks, and as Justin Fields shows improvement, Santos' scoring ceiling may be on the rise as well.

Nov 9, 2021 4:05 AM EST


Posts 10 points

Santos converted all three of his field-goal attempts while adding an extra point in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Santos missed an extra-point attempt, he recorded a season-high 10 points. Despite his solid effort, he came into this game averaging fewer than five points over his last four games, making him tough to trust in weekly fantasy lineups.

Oct 31, 2021 2:52 PM EST


Posts three points

Santos converted his lone field-goal attempt in the Bears' 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Santos scored Chicago's only points in a blowout loss. He's averaging just five points per game while not surpassing eight in any contest, making him one of the lowest-upside kickers in the league.

Oct 24, 2021 5:14 PM EST


Scores two points

Santos converted a pair of extra points in the Bears' 24-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Despite not missing a field-goal attempt this season, Santos has yet to surpass eight points in a game, and he's averaging less than six points per contest. Due to his lack of ceiling, he's not a recommended weekly fantasy option.

Oct 17, 2021 4:47 PM EST


Tallies eight points

Santos converted a pair of field goals as well as a pair of extra points in the Bears' 20-9 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Santos has scored between six and eight points in each of the Bears' last four games, and although he's yet to show a high-scoring ceiling, he's had a reliable floor over the past month.

Oct 10, 2021 5:03 PM EST


Tallies six points

Santos converted a field goal and three extra points in the Bears' 24-14 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: With just one game of more than six points, Santos hasn't provided enough scoring to be considered a strong fantasy option.

Oct 3, 2021 2:20 PM EST


Scores only Chicago points

Santos connected on a pair of field goals in the Bears' 26-6 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Chicago offense completely overwhelmed by the Cleveland defense, Santos was the only player to put points on the scoreboard for the Bears. Through three games, he has posted just 16 points, and he lacks the consistent ceiling that would make him a strong weekly fantasy starter.

Sep 26, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Tallies eight points

Santos connected on two field goals and two extra points in the Bears' 20-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Chicago offense breaking down twice in the red zone, Santos made a pair of field goals from inside 30 yards. After two games, he has just 10 points, and unless the Bears offense starts to be more explosive, Santos may be difficult to trust in weekly fantasy lineups.

Sep 19, 2021 2:12 PM EST


Quiet in losing effort

Santos converted a pair of extra points in the Bears' 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears offense having limited success against an excellent Rams defense, Santos wasn't called upon for a single field-goal attempt. However, as the schedule eases up, the Bears have the type of offense that can move the ball but fail to finish drives, which gives Santos the ability for spike weeks in the scoring column.

Sep 13, 2021 6:40 AM EST


Inks huge extension

The Bears signed Santos to a five-year, $16 million extension Thursday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Chicago spent a number of seasons searching for reliable placekicking before bringing in Santos last year, so it's unsurprising to see the team lock him up long-term. Santos was fantastic through 16 regular-season games in 2020, converting 30 of 32 field-goal tries and 36 of 37 extra-point attempts. The veteran kicker also made his only field-goal attempt during Chicago's playoff loss to the Saints.

Mar 11, 2021 4:19 PM EST


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