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Greg Zuerlein

Greg Zuerlein

Place Kicker #4
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 6
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 187 lb.
College:Missouri Western
Age:32
Born:December 27, 1987
Drafted:2012 / Rd. 6 (171)
Draft Team:SL

Greg Zuerlein: Fellow kicker released

The release of Kai Forbath on Saturday solidifies Zuerlein's status as the Cowboys' top placekicker, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Though Forbath performed very capably during his stint with Dallas last season, they Cowboys elected to stick with Zuerlein, whose strong leg led to some productive fantasy seasons during his eight-year tenure with the Rams. The 32-year-old will now be working behind a strong Dallas offense, a context that could help him engineer a bounce-back campaign. Zuerlein made 24 of his 33 field-goal attempts with Los Angeles in 2019, resulting in a career-low 72.7 percent conversion rate.

August 2, 2020 8:05 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Exits LA for Dallas

Zuerlein has reached agreement on a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Cowboys, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Coming off a down season with nine missed field goals, Zuerlein will settle for a contract that leaves him outside the top tier at his position, and he may even need to compete with Kai Forbath -- who recently signed a one-year contract -- for the placekicking job. Zuerlein, the presumptive favorite, still has plenty of leg strength, as evidenced by his five conversions from 50-plus yards for the Rams last season. The 32-year-old primarily struggled on medium-distance kicks, going 5-of-11 in the 40-49 range. The winner between Zuerlein and Forbath should be useful for fantasy purposes, considering Dallas led the NFL in yards (6,904) and field-goal attempts (40) last year.

March 27, 2020 1:03 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Misses another kick in Week 17

Zuerlein connected on one of his two field-goal attempts and all four extra-point kicks during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona.

Analysis: The veteran finished the campaign connecting on just four of eight field-goal attempts over the final five weeks of the season to drop to 72.7 conversion rate for the year. It was the second worst field-goal percentage of his career and lowest since hitting just 66.7 percent during the 2015 season. He's a good bet to bounce back in 2020, and the improvements the Los Angeles offense made down the stretch are encouraging for his fantasy outlook.

January 2, 2020 9:43 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Costly missed field goal

Zuerlein connected on one of his two field-goal attempts and all four extra-point kicks during Saturday's 34-31 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: While it was early in the third quarter when Zuerlein missed a 52-yard, field-goal attempt, it was still costly. The veteran missed half of his field-goal kicks over the past four weeks and owns an underwhelming 74.2 conversion percentage for the campaign. It's a disappointing mark after Zuerlein hit 90.3 percent over the previous three seasons, but it is worth noting he missed practices this week because of a quadriceps injury.

December 23, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Available Saturday

Zuerlein (quadriceps) is active for Saturday's game at San Francisco, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein didn't practice this week due to a strained right quad, but his availability nonetheless was contingent on his ability to kick Friday. When the Rams didn't sign another kicker before this game, it was a sign that he got through the session without issue. He'll look to fare better than he did against the 49ers in Week 6, when he didn't attempt a field goal and made his sole point-after try.

December 21, 2019 3:56 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Expected to play

Zuerlein (quadriceps) is expected to play Saturday against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Rams opted not to sign another kicker ahead of Saturday's contest which seems to indicate Zuerlein's availability. While fantasy owners may want to have a plan in place in the unlikely event the 31-year-old can't play, it's clear the Rams trust their kicker's health in a do-or-die playoff situation against the 49ers.

December 21, 2019 9:05 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Status in question for Saturday

The Rams expect Zuerlein (quadriceps) to suit up Saturday at San Francisco, but he'll attempt kicks Friday to determine his availability, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein hasn't logged a practice rep this week due to a quad strain. Friday's test should reveal whether or not he'll be available Saturday evening, but coach Sean McVay hinted the Rams have a contingency in place in the event Zuerlein is sidelined. If that comes to pass, the Rams likely will sign Brett Maher to the 53-man roster after he had a tryout with the team, per Field Yates of ESPN.

December 19, 2019 2:13 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Another missed practice Wednesday

Zuerlein (quadriceps) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein has been sidelined this week while rehabbing a strained quadriceps. The development has spurred the Rams to explore other options, as coach Sean McVay told Thiry on Monday. To date, though, the team hasn't added another kicker to the 53-man roster or practice squad, so Zuerlein remains the in-house option to handle such duties Saturday in San Francisco, assuming he's active.

December 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Uncertain for Week 16

Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that Zuerlein is dealing with a muscle strain in his leg and questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein was barely used in Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas, making his his only extra-point attempt. It's unclear how he sustained the injury, but the fact that he could miss time suggests it's serious. McVay said the team will explore their options at kicker this week just in case, but it's still too early for Zuerlein to be in serious jeopardy of missing Week 16.

December 16, 2019 5:22 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: No field-goal attempts in loss

Zuerlein connected on his only extra-point attempt during Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: The Cowboys got ahead in the second quarter and took Zuerlein out of the game before halftime. It was a disappointing fantasy showing for the veteran, and obviously, at the wrong time of the season. Unfortunately, a road date with the 49ers in Week 16 doesn't project as a favorable setup, either.

December 16, 2019 4:39 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Hits four more extra points

Zuerlein connected on all four of his extra-point kicks during Sunday's 28-12 win over Seattle. His lone field-goal attempt from 39 yards was blocked.

Analysis: The veteran is a perfect 33-for-33 on extra-point kicks this season, but he's only converted 75.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. It's a notable drop from his 90.3 percent success rate over the previous three seasons. The Los Angeles offense appears to have found its footing of late and scored 62 points over the past two weeks, so Zuerlein should continue to receive chances and remains a serviceable fantasy asset in the majority of settings -- even with his dip in efficiency.

December 9, 2019 11:27 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Converts six kicks

Zuerlein made two of three field-goal attempts and all four extra-point attempts during Sunday's 34-7 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Zuerlein converted a couple chip shots from 27 and 33 yards, but he missed wide left from 41 yards during the first quarter. It's was a much-needed performance for the Los Angeles offense after a few down weeks, and a matchup with Seattle awaits in Week 14. The 31-year-old has already missed six field goals this season -- his most misses since 2015 -- with most of his struggles coming in the 40-yard range (4-for-9).

December 2, 2019 3:31 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Accounts for all of Rams' points

Zuerlein connected on both of his field-goal attempts during Monday's 45-6 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: The veteran kicker hit from 32 and 46 yards during the second quarter and accounted for Los Angeles' entire offensive production. Zuerlein's been held to just eight field goals and 10 extra points through the past five games, and with the Rams' offense struggling, his fantasy value is trending in the wrong direction.

November 26, 2019 6:46 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Nails everything Sunday

Zuerlein connected on a 38-yard field goal and both extra-point tries in Sunday's 17-7 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Zuerlein's been unusually shaky this year, as he made 18 of 23 tries (78 percent) -- his worst conversion rate since 2015. The 31-year-old has yet to miss an extra point, though, and he's drilled everything under 40 yards over the last two seasons. Zuerlein and the Rams will take on a strong Baltimore defense in Week 12.

November 19, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Quiet in loss to 49ers

Zuerlein didn't attempt a field goal and connected on his lone extra-point kick during Sunday's 20-7 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Los Angeles totaled just 157 yards and generated only 10 first downs Sunday, so the blame for Zuerlein's poor fantasy showing hardly lands on his shoulders. It's probably best viewed as a blip on the radar, though. Favorable matchups against Atlanta and Cincinnati are up next, and Zuerlein posted solid numbers through his first five games of the season.

October 14, 2019 6:07 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Misses game-winning kick

Zuerlein connected on three field-goal attempts before missing a potential game-winning kick during Thursday's 30-29 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: While the missed kick was a huge blow for the Rams, Zuerlein's fantasy owners received another solid point total from their go-to kicker. Keep rolling out "Greg the Leg" confidently, and especially with Los Angeles' offense failing to turn as many drives in touchdowns through the first five games of 2019.

October 4, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Perfect against Bucs

Zuerlein connected on both field-goal attempts and all four of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 55-40 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: The opportunities continue to pile up for Zuerlein, and he's now hit nine of 11 field-goal attempts through four games. More importantly for fantasy purposes, he's also posted a serviceable point total in each of the first four weeks. He projects to remain a high-floor, high-ceiling kicker.

September 30, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Misses kick versus Browns

Zuerlein made two of his three field-goal attempts and both his extra-point tries in Sunday night's 20-13 victory over the Browns.

Analysis: Zuerlein made good from 53 and 37 yards, but went wide right on a 48-yard attempt during the second quarter. Although he's now missed two kicks through three games, his 29 points still give him excellent fantasy value.

September 24, 2019 4:52 PM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Perfect in win over Saints

Zuerlein converted on both field goals and all three extra points in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Analysis: Zuerlein wasn't truly tested in this outing, as his field goals came from 24 and 22 yards -- shorter than the extra points. He has now made five of six field goals and all six extra points, and he'll look to continue that success against the Browns in Week 3.

September 16, 2019 11:57 AM EST

Greg Zuerlein: Solid in win over Carolina

Zuerlein connected on three of four field-goal attempts and all four extra-point kicks during Sunday's 30-27 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: The Rams leaned on their veteran kicker Sunday, and other than an uncharacteristic miss from 41 yards out, Zuerlein answered the call. Head coach Sean McVay has confidence in Zuerlein, and Los Angeles projects to once again score in bunches and provide its kicker a lot of opportunities. It's a cushy fantasy set up.

September 9, 2019 7:45 AM EST

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