Garrett Hartley K NO 3 Months
Coach Sean Payton didn't rule out benching K Garrett Hartley for Week 16.
In the Week 15 loss at St. Louis, Hartley had a 36-yard field goal blocked and simply shanked a 26-yarder late in the game. He's now just 22-of-30 on the season, a mark that puts him 30th in the league in accuracy. Fantasy owners should be looking for more reliable options than Hartley even if Payton chooses to stay the course.
Garrett Hartley K NO 4 Months
Garrett Hartley went 3-of-3 on field goals in Sunday's 23-20 Week 11 win over the 49ers.
Hartley came into the game having missed four of his last six attempts. But he was clutch in this one, making all three kicks with under eight minutes remaining in a close game. It should be a big boost of confidence for Hartley, who will be one of fantasy's best kicking options in the Week 12 Thursday night game at Atlanta.
Garrett Hartley K NO 4 Months
Garrett Hartley has missed four of his last six field-goal attempts.
The Saints worked out five kickers this week in an effort to update their emergency list -- and send Hartley a message in the process. He missed a 37-yarder against the Cowboys on Sunday night. "My leg feels great," he said. "I'm striking a clean ball. Bouncing back, even after a game like [last Sunday's], when obviously I didn't strike the ball well and I know why. It's a simple fix." Hartley will still be a top-10 fantasy kicking option this week thanks to the Saints offense and the friendly confines of the Superdome.
Garrett Hartley K NO Jan 31 '13
Saints K Garrett Hartley triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $734,000 to $2.166 million.
Hartley made 18-of-22 field goals and all 57 extra point opportunities in 2012, a year after missing the entire season with a hip injury. He beat out veteran John Kasay for kicking duties in training camp. Hartley has three years left on his contract.
Garrett Hartley K NO Oct 04 '12
Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon has expressed no concern with K Garrett Hartley's missed kicks in consecutive games.
McMahon said Hartley is reacting well to the misses. The Saints have yet to discuss bringing back veteran Jon Kasay as competition for Hartley.
Garrett Hartley K NO Sep 01 '12
Garrett Hartley has won the Saints' placekicking job.
Hartley proved his health by going 6-of-7 in preseason games. He'll be a fantasy kicker to target thanks to the Saints' explosive offense and the friendly confines of the Superdome. In 27 career games with New Orleans, Hartley has made 42 total field goals and gone 10-of-11 from 40-49 yards out.
Garrett Hartley K NO Aug 13 '12
Garrett Hartley remains the favorite to win the Saints kicker job.
Veteran John Kasay was signed just in case Hartley wasn't fully recovered from his 2011 hip injury. Hartley is 17 years younger, has four years left on his contract and has kicked well in practices. The Superdome and the Saints' explosive offense make Hartley a strong fantasy kicking option.
Garrett Hartley K NO Jun 15 '12
SportsNOLA.com expects Garrett Hartley to beat out John Kasay for field-goal duties this summer.
The Saints want Hartley to earn the job in training-camp competition, but he'll likely be given the benefit of the doubt as long as he manages to keep it close. Hartley has a stronger leg and youth on his side.
Garrett Hartley K NO May 15 '12
The Saints plan to stage a camp battle at kicker between Garrett Hartley and John Kasay.
Kasay's April re-signing was viewed as insurance on Hartley after he missed all of 2011 with a hip injury, but special teams coordinator Greg McMahon insists there will be an "open competition." Our money is on Hartley, who is 17 years Kasay's junior. Whoever wins should be one of fantasy football's most valuable kickers.