Cairo Santos
Cairo Santos
27-Year-Old KickerK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Santos lost the job in Kansas City last season when a groin injury opened the door for Harrison Butker, who converted 38 field goals in 13 games. After briefly catching on in Chicago, the 26-year-old Brazilian finds himself in New York, where he needs to fend off competition from Taylor Bertolet. The Jets are unlikely to provide their kicker with a wealth of opportunities, regardless of which player wins the job. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Buccaneers in March of 2019.
Remains in Tampa
KTampa Bay Buccaneers
March 12, 2019
Santos will re-sign with the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Santos played in nine games between the Buccaneers and Rams in 2018, converting 14 of 18 field goals and five of six extra points. He could have light competition during the offseason and training camp from Danish kicker Phillip Andersen, who last played in the German Football League. Nevertheless, the job belongs to Santos unless he loses it.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Santos tied a career high with 129 points last season thanks to an 88.6 field-goal percentage, also a career high. He has finished as the No. 6 scoring kicker in back-to-back seasons, and given his 7.5 percentage point increase in accuracy, the starting job is firmly his for 2017. With the Chiefs' offense expected to be a solid unit again, there's little reason to think Santos will take a major step back in the scoring column, though there's also little reason to believe he'll take a big step forward.
Santos wasn't a highly-accurate kicker during his rookie 2014 season, and he got even worse last year, with only two kickers who played at least 12 games finishing with a worse conversion rate. That being said, four of his seven misses came from beyond 50 yards (and two more from beyond 40), so at least he's hitting the higher percentage ones. The Chiefs have shown no interest in bringing in competition, so Santos' job is safe for now. If the Kansas City offense can maintain its level from last season, or at least not fall off a cliff, Santos should be a decent fantasy option, though one has to wonder if the team will start considering an alternative if he doesn't improve his accuracy.
Santos' cumulative stats from his 2014 rookie season were better than his week-to-week production, as he attempted more than two field goals just once before Week 15, but then had three, four and five attempts in the last three weeks, the last of which many leagues ignore. Additionally, even when he was given opportunities, they weren't deep enough to benefit fantasy owners with bonus points. Santos only had two opportunities from 50-plus yards, and missed 30 percent of his chances between 40 and 49 yards (7-of-10). Ultimately, the Chiefs didn't provide enough scoring opportunities as he finished 17th in PAT attempts and 18th in field-goal attempts. He could possibly see more opportunities this season, as the Chiefs added wideout Jeremy Maclin and will rely on the continued development of tight end Travis Kelce and perhaps the league's best running back in Jamaal Charles, but it's tough to see Santos leaping into a top-tier fantasy option.
Santos beat out Ryan Succop for the Chiefs' kicking job. As an unproven kicker attached to a seemingly mediocre offense, a wait-and see approach is in order for prospective fantasy owners.
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Perfect in finale
KTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 1, 2019
Santos was successful on field-goal attempts of 36 and 45 yards and also drilled both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-32 loss to the Falcons.
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Solid afternoon in defeat
KTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 24, 2018
Santos made field-goal attempts of 37 and 45 yards while misfiring on a 52-yard try in the Buccaneers 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also drilled both of his extra-point attempts.
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Regains confidence in Week 15 loss
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December 17, 2018
Santos made field-goal attempts of 21 and 28 yards and did not have any extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
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First stumbles in new uniform
KTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 10, 2018
Santos missed field-goal attempts of 46 and 40 yards while hitting both of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
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Keeps rolling in Week 13 win
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December 3, 2018
Santos drilled his sole field-goal attempt from 35 yards and also connected on all three extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 24-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
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