|ADP:||Round: 15, Pick: 3|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 210 lb.|
|College:||North Carolina State|
|Born:||June 29, 1985|
|Drafted:||2008 / UDFA|
Hauschka will have some competition when the Bills are able to take the field ahead of the 2020 season after the team selected kicker Tyler Bass out of Georgia Southern in the sixth round of this weekend's draft.
Analysis: Hauschka struggled mightily for the first part of last season, but he finished strong by hitting his last 21 kicks (15 field-goal attempts and six extra-point attempts) if you include a fantastic performance in the wild-card loss to the Texans. Given his long track record in the NFL and standing with the Bills, he's almost certain to enter the 2020 season as the camp favorite. But the Buffalo brass is all about competition and isn't one to waste draft picks, so the fact that Bass is a sixth-rounder and not an undrafted free agent means Hauschka will have to earn his starting job in 2020, even if he'll enter camp as the incumbent.
Hauschka made all four of his field-goal attempts -- from 40, 40 38 and 47 yards -- and his only extra-point try during Saturday's overtime wild-card loss to the Texans.
Analysis: Plain and simple, the Bills choked this game away after building a 16-0 lead, but if it wasn't for Hauschka there wouldn't have even been an extra period. Hauschka has been perfect on all of his kicks (15 field-goal tries and six extra-point attempts) so whatever was affecting his normal accuracy earlier in the season has dissipated. The 47-yarder in the final seconds of regulation was incredibly clutch. Given his long track record and standing with the Bills, he's almost certain to enter the 2020 season as the camp favorite.
Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt -- a 35-yarder -- and both extra-point tries during Saturday's loss to New England.
Analysis: The five points was perhaps about what was to be expected -- even if Hauschka was going to be perfect Saturday -- as the Pats and Bills are two of the league's best teams at not giving up much in the way of points. Hauschka has been flawless the last three games and has turned a rough season around. He gets a nice matchup to end the season if the weather holds up, as the Bills host the Jets in Week 17. That said, weather is no sure thing this time of year in Buffalo, and the Bills are locked into the No. 5 seed and could rest some key players in the finale.
Hauschka made a 36-yard field goal and two extra points in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Hauschka connected on every try for a second straight week, and he's made his last seven field goals from within 40 yards. The 34-year-old kicker is trying to get his numbers up, though, as he's made 19 of 25 kicks (76 percent) this year, which is his worst rate since the 2009 campaign. The Bills travel to New England in Week 16.
Hauschka made all three of his field-goal attempts -- from 36 yards, 47 and 48 -- in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He did not have an extra-point try.
Analysis: The Bills needed to go for two on their only touchdown, but Hauschka was the beneficiary of the Bills having trouble finishing off drives against a tough opponent, nailing all three of his tries. Hauschka took the blame for a close loss to Cleveland in Week 10, but he's made 10 of 11 since then, including both of the longer attempts Sunday. He may have figured things out after a prolonged rough stretch this season, but we'll note the Bills finish at Pittsburgh and at New England before finishing with a possible rough-weather home game against the Jets.
Hauschka connected on all three field goals in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Hauschka has drilled his last nine kicks under 50 yards by converting tries from 36, 47 and 48 yards. The 34-year-old is having a tough year overall, however, as he's made 18 of 24 tries (75 percent). He'll look to keep up his recent success against the Steelers in Week 15.
Hauschka made two of three field goals and two of three extra points in Thursday's 26-15 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Hauschka was good from 26 and 41 yards, but he failed to make a 50-yarder. The veteran kicker has struggled from 50 and beyond this year with just one conversion on five attempts, but he's been superb from within, drilling 14 of 16. Hauschka will look to get back on track against the Ravens, who haven't allowed more than 20 points since Week 5.
Hauschka connected on two field goals and two extra points in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Hauschka disappointed by missing two field goals in a 19-16 loss to the Browns in Week 10, only to bounce back over the last two games by drilling all five field goals and six extra points. The veteran kicker still rings up at a career worse 13-for-18 (72 percent), and he's made just one kick over 50 yards on four tries.
Hauschka made all seven of his kicks in Sunday's win over Miami -- four extra points and field goals from 51, 34 and 21 yards.
Analysis: This was quite the bounce back after Hausch Money wasn't so money in the previous tight loss to the Browns, missing two key field goals in a tight loss. Hauschka also broke a string of five straight missed kicks from 50-plus yards. The veteran appears to have figured some things out, though we'll see if he gets another game free of weather issues when the Bills host the Broncos in Week 12.
Hauschka connected on both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 14-7 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Hauschka wasn't called upon much in this contest, as the Bills converted on both of their red-zone trips and failed a fourth-down attempt on the Titans' 31-yard line. Nevertheless, Hauschka was perfect in limited action, and he should have plenty of work on tap when the lowly Dolphins travel after Buffalo's upcoming bye week.
Hauschka missed one of his two field-goal attempts but made his only extra-point try in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Hauschka converted from 46 yards on his first kick, but went wide left on a 49-yarder as the first-half clock expired. The veteran has now missed a field goal in back-to-back games, restricting him to 20 points on the season.
Hauschka made two of three field-goal attempts and converted his only extra-point try during Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Hauschka's first miss of the season came on a 62-yard field-goal try at the end of the second quarter. The veteran kicker boasts reliable accuracy, but Buffalo's offense doesn't always provide him with enough opportunities to be a top fantasy option.
Hauschka made all four extra points in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Giants.
Analysis: The veteran kicker remains perfect this season, converting all six extra-point attempts and his only field-goal attempt -- a 43-yard try in Week 1.
Hauschka made his lone field-goal attempt and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Hauschka made only three of five field goals in the preseason but nonetheless received a two-year extension in late August, and he looked just fine in Sunday's season opener. The 34-year-old's only field goal Sunday came from 43 yards. The Giants await the Bills in Week 2 after surrendering 35 points to the Cowboys.
Hauschka inked a two-year contract extension with the Bills on Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Hauschka is coming off an inconsistent 2018 season, in which he made only 22 of 28 field goals and 25 of 26 extra points, but coach Sean McDermott still appears confident in the veteran's starting capabilities and has locked him up for the foreseeable future. The 10-year veteran notched only 91 points last season, the lowest full-season total of his career, but his arrow seems to be pointing up in a Bills offense loaded with new weapons.
Hauschka missed his only field-goal attempt Thursday against the Colts, a 34-yard attempt.
Analysis: Hauschka also barely snuck in an extra-point try while going 2-for-2 on PATs for the night. He's been a staple for the Bills the last two seasons, but after struggling badly down the stretch in 2018 -- he missed at least one field-goal try in the last four games he had an attempt -- he should probably start showing more consistency if he wants to remain a no-brainer decision for coach Sean McDermott again. Chase McLaughlin is in camp, and while the rookie doesn't pose much of a threat, you never know if Hauschka keeps missing,
Hauschka appears to be at 100 percent despite report of an ankle injury Wednesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hauschka was spotted Wednesday with a wrap on his left ankle, but apparently this is a practice the kicker employs regularly and isn't a cause for concern. While reports surfaced that he missed practice due to injury, it turns out he was merely just working with his private kicking coach. Multiple members of the Bills coaching staff have relayed that there are no longer issues related to the injury he battled near the end of last season.
Hauschka did not practice Wednesday due to an apparent left ankle injury, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The severity of Hauschka's injury remains uncertain. As long as the veteran remains sidelined, Chase McLaughlin stands to handle reps with the first team. Assuming Hauschka is able to resume practicing without missing much time, McLaughlin is unlikely to challenge him for the starting job.
Hauschka, who played through a hip injury for part of the 2018 season, has been healthy while participating in the team's offseason conditioning program and spring practices, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The only competition for Hausch Money in camp will be undrafted free agent Chase McLaughlin, so the job will belong to the veteran barring something crazy happening. Hauschka only posted 91 points last season, the lowest of his career for any full campaign. The Buffalo offense should be improved after all kinds of money was spent this offseason, though we'll remind you this is still a defensive-oriented team that plays many of its games in windy or otherwise bad weather.
Hauschka finished the season making only 22 of 28 field goals and 25 of 26 extra points.
Analysis: Hauschka finished No. 18 among all kickers in standard fantasy scoring, but that's not all that good considering a number of teams had midseason kicker switches. The 78.6 percent on field goals was the worst Hauschka has posted since the 2009 season, as he was stifled by a team that spent a good part of the season unable to move the ball, a shuffling of holders, and a hip injury. It'd be highly unlikely the Bills move on from him, as he as great for the team in 2017 and some of the issues in 2018 were out of his control. With Josh Allen heading into his second year and the Bills having all kinds of cap money to continue rebuilding the offense, and perhaps a more stable situation for his holder, things should be on the upswing for the veteran kicker heading into 2019.
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