2013 Outlook: Among all kickers, Lindell has the second-longest active tenure with his current NFL team; only Sebastian Janikowski has been with the Raiders longer than Lindell has been with the Bills. And considering he's booted in windy Ralph Wilson Stadium, Lindell's accuracy has been solid. Alas, the past three years, he's received 21, 15 and 24 field-goal attempts, giving him the smallest total of any kicker in that span. And now the Bills have drafted Dustin Hopkins to battle Lindell in camp. Stay away.
2013 Outlook: Carpenter has the third-most field-goal attempts of all NFL kickers over the past three years. Unfortunately, he's missed at least five tries in each of those seasons while nailing 79.4 percent of them, an unacceptable success rate. He's got a big leg but also a big contract, which helps explain why the Dolphins drafted Caleb Sturgis this April. Even if Carpetner is able to hold off Sturgis, we're not taking him in any-sized fantasy league.
2013 Outlook: You don't typically spend a fifth-round pick on a kicker unless you expect him to make your team, so Dan Carpenter is officially on notice. Sturgis was a strong bootsman for Florida, routinely drilling longer kicks in pressure SEC situations. Carpenter has been a high-usage kicker for the Dolphins over the past three seasons, but hasn't made the most of his opportunities. We give Sturgis at least a 50-50 chance of unseating the veteran on South Beach.
2013 Outlook: Hopkins is the all-time leading point scorer in FBS history among kickers, having started four seasons at Florida St. Now he'll come north to Buffalo, the owner of a stronger leg than longtime incumbent Rian Lindell, to wage a training camp battle. We doubt an NFL team would spend a draft pick on a kicker if they didn't expect him to make the squad, so Lindell should worry. Of course, we're not sold the Bills will provide enough offense to make their kicker valuable for fantasy.