Kai Forbath Fantasy News

Vikes release K Blair Walsh; sign Kai Forbath

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 5:08pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Blair Walsh era is curtains in Minnesota.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that the Vikings have released their embattled kicker after another ugly performance in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Redskins. The team later confirmed the move.

It didn't take long for Minnesota to find Walsh's replacement. The Vikings are expected to sign Kai Forbath, Garafolo reported, per a source informed of the team's plans.

Fantasy Impact:

After the Vikings ripped off 20 unanswered points against Washington, Walsh flubbed an extra point just before the half, keeping Washington within striking distance at 20-14. It was just the latest mistake in a string of high-profile gaffes for the fifth-year veteran. Walsh has missed an NFL-high four extra points this year along with four field goals. His troubles began last season, of course, when the kicker botched a 27-yard field goal attempt with 22 seconds left to hand the Seattle Seahawks a 10-9 win in the NFC wild-card round.

Vikings to stick with K Blair Walsh

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 5:36pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

The Vikings will not be making a move with Blair Walsh on Tuesday after working out a handful of kickers, the Star Tribune has confirmed.

Free agents Kai Forbath and Randy Bullock were among the legs the Vikings tried out after Walsh, the fifth-year pro, missed two kicks and botched a kickoff at the end of the Vikings’ overtime loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Patience has been tested after Walsh’s 27-yard miss that knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs last season. Walsh has missed four of his 16 field goal attempts this year for a 75 percent conversion rate that ranks 24th in the league. Walsh is also tied for a league-worst three missed extra point attempts, including one that bounced off the right upright on Sunday.

Saturday, September 3, 2016, 4:10pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

After a heated competition, Kai Forbath will be the Week 1 kicker for the New Orleans Saints.

Forbath won what was an extremely tight battle with Connor Barth this offseason, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team has not officially announced the decision, though it will be reflected once roster cuts become official Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:16pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Saints have signed kicker Kai Forbath to a one-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract has not been announced. Forbath, who signed the deal shortly after free agency began on Wednesday, kicked in 10 games last season for New Orleans, hitting nine of 13 field goal attempts. He'll have to compete to retain his job with recent Saints acquisition Josh Scobee.

Saints to go with Kai Forbath at kicker

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After missing a pair of field goals in last Thursday’s win over the Falcons, the Saints have parted ways with Zach Hocker.

According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints are replacing Hocker with Kai Forbath.

Hocker was 9-of-13 on field goals in six games for the Saints, and missed an extra point.

Fantasy Impact:

Forbath was cut by Washington in part of declining distance on kickoffs. But he’s an 87 percent career kicker of field goals, and that’s what the Saints are hoping for. He'll have some fantasy value as long as the Saints continue to move the ball on offense.

Texans sign Nick Novak, release Randy Bullock

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

According to ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli, former San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak will sign with Houston.

Novak won a tryout that included fellow kickers Giorgio Tavecchio, Kai Forbath, Chris Boswell and Connor Barth according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans waived Randy Bullock on Tuesday. Bullock missed two extra points in Houston’s first three games, and missed a 43-yard field goal on Sunday against Tampa Bay. The offense could soon get a lift with the return of Arian Foster at RB

Skins to cut Kai Forbath, sign Dustin Hopkins

Monday, September 14, 2015, 12:17pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After losing to the Dolphins yesterday in what the visitors felt was like a home game, they’ve found the appropriate scapegoat in Washington.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Washington plans to cut kicker Kai Forbath, and is bringing in former Bills and Saints kicker Dustin Hopkins.

Forbath missed a 46-yard field goal yesterday, which hardly seemed like a deal-breaker at the time.

Fantasy Impact:

He hit 24-of-27 field goals last year, and has hit at a 88 percent clip in his previous three seasons there. He just doesn't seem to get a ton of chances in the Washington offense, and that was probably going to be the case this year as well. It will likely be the same with Hopkins.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin, probable) practiced fully Wednesday.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Forbath should play, but owners may want to pick up a healthy kicker.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 2. Forbath owners may want to pick up a non-injured kicker.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps.

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:04am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Redskins spent a seventh-round pick on Arkansas place kicker Zach Hocker this spring, hoping to bring in a youngster with a strong leg who would challenge incumbent Kai Forbath.

Their competition lasted all preseason, with the rookie shining initially, hitting a pair of field goals and making a special-teams tackle during the opener against New England, while Forbath was short on his lone attempt from 46 yards.

But Saturday morning, roughly eight hours before the NFL’s deadline for final roster cuts, it was Hocker who was released.

Fantasy Impact:

It all came down to Thursday’s preseason finale at Tampa Bay, in which Hocker missed his lone field-goal attempt, from 39 yards, wide right. Forbath delivered from 45 yards to open the scoring. Forbath usually struggles to make our top kicker list, but if Washington's offense can find its way Forbath could be a spot starter if needed.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:23pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

For Redskins kicker Kai Forbath, that pressure mounted as Jay Gruden became coach of the Redskins and the team promptly selected a rookie kicker in the 2014 NFL Draft. Forbath's success as an accurate field goal kicker came under Mike Shanahan, and his shorter kickoffs have been an issue most of his two years with Washington.

On Thursday night, with a very public battle brewing between Forbath and rookie Zach Hocker, the incumbent did himself no favors. Forbath missed a 46-yard field goal, and compounded his problem by sending a kickoff out of bounds.

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