Jason Sanders

Miami Dolphins
Place Kicker #95
Miami Dolphins
Place Kicker #95
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Accuracy drops notably in 2021

Sanders converted 23 of 31 field-goal attempts and 34 of 35 extra-point tries across 17 appearances in 2021.

Analysis: Sanders' spectacular 92 percent field-goal conversion rate from 2020 fell to just 74 percent in 2021, though he remained exceptional in terms of extra points. The Dolphins will bring in competition for Sanders this offseason, at the very least, though there isn't a potential out written into his contract until 2023.

Jan 13, 2022 7:48 AM EST

Only scorer in convincing loss

Sanders converted one of two field-goal attempts during Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Sanders has now missed a kick in back-to-back games, though Sunday's failed conversion came from over 50 yards out. The placekicker accounted for all of Miami's points in Week 17's blowout loss, but the script of the game resulted in very few scoring opportunities. Sanders faces another tough matchup to close out the regular season, with the Dolphins hosting the Patriots in Week 18.

Jan 3, 2022 6:36 AM EST

Misses kick Monday

Sanders missed one of his three field-goal attempts but made both of his extra-point tries in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Sanders converted from 48 yards before sending a 59-yarder wide right to end the first half. The veteran then responded by making a 34-yarder to begin the fourth quarter, giving him a fourth straight game with at least seven points.

Dec 28, 2021 6:21 PM EST

Converts lone FGA

Sanders made his only field-goal attempt and all four extra-point tries during Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: Sanders performed reliably during Sunday's divisional win, accounting for seven points. Prior to Sunday's game Sanders had logged four straight contests with at least two field-goal tries, however, so his involvement versus New York was somewhat disappointing. He could get more chances versus the Saints on Monday night, as long as Miami's defense can keep the overall score close.

Dec 21, 2021 7:05 AM EST

Misses one kick

Sanders secured two of three field-goal tries and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: Miami's offense has operated with more consistency down the stretch, and as a result Sanders has now logged four straight games with at least two field-goal attempts. After the Dolphins' bye, Sanders stands to face a plus matchup Dec. 19 versus the Jets.

Dec 7, 2021 5:38 AM EST

Accounts for nine points

Sanders scored both field-goal attempts and converted three of four extra-point tries during Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Sanders missed his first extra-point try of the season, but he still managed to post a solid fantasy performance. Nonetheless, it was just his fifth game of the year with more than single-digit field-goal opportunities. Sanders faces a relatively favorable matchup with the Giants on deck for Week 13.

Nov 30, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Another missed kick

Sanders made one of two field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries during Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: Sanders is sitting at a career-worst 72 percent field goal conversion rate through 11 games this season, and Sunday's miss came from only 32 yards out. The four-year veteran will get a chance to bounce back versus the Panthers in Week 12, but if Sanders' accuracy issues continue down the stretch he could find his position with the Dolphins in jeopardy.

Nov 23, 2021 4:46 AM EST

Makes three field goals on TNF

Sanders converted all three of his field-goal attempts during Thursday's 22-10 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Sanders also converted his lone extra-point try. Baltimore's stingy defense, in combination with what was a narrow and low-scoring affair through most of Thursday's contest, prompted Miami to play relatively conservative and accept chances at field goals. However, the Dolphins usually haven't kept games nearly as close this season, and Thursday's win was the first time all year Sanders had three field goals, and only his third occasion with more than one. In Week 11, however, Sanders could have another chance to see opportunities in a winnable divisional contest against the Jets.

Nov 13, 2021 3:35 AM EST

Converts one field goal

Sanders converted his lone field-goal attempt and both extra-point tries during Sunday's 17-9 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Sanders only has two games this season with more than one converted field goal, so he remains off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of formats. The Dolphins take on the Ravens on Thursday Night Football in Week 10, in what could be a low-scoring affair for Miami.

Nov 9, 2021 6:12 AM EST

Accuracy issues continue

Sanders converted one of two field-goal attempts during Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: The Dolphins' first offensive drive came up short when Sanders missed 36-yard field-goal try, though he did slightly make up for things by converting a 51-yarder in the second quarter. Through eight appearances this season Sanders has converted just eight of 12 field-goal attempts (67 percent). He will look to get back on track versus Houston on Nov. 7.

Nov 2, 2021 5:39 AM EST

Whiffs only attempt

Sanders missed his only field-goal attempt during Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Falcons. He did convert all four extra-point tries.

Analysis: Sanders has now missed a kick in back-to-back games, and he's only made seven out of 10 field-goal tries on the season. Of course, he has made all 14 of his extra-point attempts, but the fourth-year pro has become increasingly difficult to rely on for fantasy purposes. Sunday's contest against the Bills could bring about another occasion where Miami's offense struggles to materialize many scoring opportunities.

Oct 25, 2021 9:13 AM EST

Misses one kick in narrow loss

Sanders converted two of three field goals and both of his extra-point attempts during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Sanders has now converted seven of nine field-goal attempts on the season, though he's also made all 10 of his extra-point tries. The Dolphins are set to face off against the Falcons in Week 7. Despite his solid accuracy, Sanders doesn't reliably see enough opportunities to make him a desirable fantasy option.

Oct 18, 2021 6:27 AM EST

Perfect again

Sanders converted his only field-goal try and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The Dolphins' offense once again failed to provide Sanders with many opportunities, but he remains steadfast when called upon. The fourth-year pro has only missed one field-goal attempt all season, but he's also only had six opportunities through five games.

Oct 12, 2021 3:18 AM EST

Converts only FG attempt

Sanders made his lone field-goal try and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Sanders remains as reliable as ever in terms of accuracy, though he continues to see too few weekly opportunities to be reliable for fantasy purposes. Through the first four games of the 2021 season, Sanders has only converted as many field goals. The Dolphins have a tough matchup in Tampa Bay on deck Week 5.

Oct 4, 2021 8:41 AM EST

One missed kick in narrow loss

Sanders converted two of three field-goal tries and both extra-point attempts during 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Sanders wasn't given any layups during Sunday's overtime loss, as his lone miss came from 48 yards out, while his two converted field goals came in the form of a 46- and a 50-yarder. It's difficult to trust Miami's offense to provide Sanders with consistent scoring opportunities, especially with Jacoby Brissett under center, but when given chances he's as reliable as they come.

Sep 28, 2021 3:21 AM EST

No opportunities Week 2

Sanders did not attempt a field goal or extra point during Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Sanders was victim to an unusual gamescript during Sunday's divisional loss, with Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) having been forced out early in the first quarter, and Jacoby Brissett then unable to get the offense moving in relief action. He converted his lone field-goal attempt (48 yards) against the Patriots in Week 1, along with both extra-point tries.

Sep 20, 2021 4:55 PM EST

Perfect in opener

Sanders made his only field-goal attempt as well as both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Sanders converted from 48 yards on his lone field-goal opportunity, which helped the Dolphins squeak out a narrow road victory. After tying for fourth in points among kickers last season, Sanders will aim to continue his momentum in Week 2 versus the Bills.

Sep 14, 2021 4:51 PM EST

Staying in Miami long term

Sanders is signing a five-year, $22 million extension that includes $10 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The new deal keeps Sanders under contract with the Dolphins through 2026, his age-30/31 season. The 2018 seventh-round pick has converted 86.5 percent of field-goal attempts and 98 percent of PATs through 48 NFL games, peaking in 2020 when he converted eight of nine tries from 50 yards or more. For his career, Sanders has made 12 of 15 (80 percent) from 50-plus, and 24 of 32 (75 percent) in the 40-49 range. He's good enough to warrant fantasy consideration even if the Miami offense appears mediocre again.

Feb 16, 2021 9:04 AM EST

Tremendously accurate in 2020

Sanders converted both of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Sanders' accurate performance in the Dolphins' season finale was emblematic of his entire 2020 campaign, as the third-year kicker managed to convert 36 of 39 field-goal attempts (92 percent) and all 36 of his extra-point tries through 16 games. Perhaps most impressively, Sanders converted 12 of 14 field-goal tries from 40-49 yards out and eight of nine attempts from 50+ yards away, both career-high marks.

Jan 5, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Perfect in narrow win

Sanders converted all four of his field-goal attempts and both his extra-point tries during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Sanders was accurate as usual in a game so close the Dolphins could scarce afford any mistakes. Through 15 contests, Sanders has converted 34 of 37 field-goal tries (92 percent) and all 34 of his extra-point attempts. He'll look to close out strong

Dec 27, 2020 12:16 PM EST

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