The forecast for Thursday night's game between the Giants and Patriots calls for rain and wind gusts of 30+ mph. That's enough to impact the passing and kicking games. Hopefully you're not relying on anything in New York's passing game. We nudged QB Tom Brady and WRs Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon down the Week 6 Rankings -- but they all still sit safely inside starter territory in this pristine matchup. Try to avoid both Ks in this game.
The Patriots have signed K Mike Nugent to replace K Stephen Gostkowski, who is out for the year with a hip injury. Nugent sports a career 81.4% FG conversion rate across 14 seasons, including nailing all 6 FG tries in 3 games with the Raiders last year. He's a viable fantasy option kicking for the high-scoring Patriots.
The Raiders have signed K Matthew McCrane to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent. McCrane is a Kansas State product who converted a solid 86.4% of his FG tries over the past 4 seasons. There's no reason to roster him in fantasy right now.
Raiders K Mike Nugent has a hip injury and is in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Browns, according to insider Michael Gehlken. Oakland figures to add a K over the next couple of days, but this is a situation to avoid in Week 4 fantasy lineups.
UPDATE: Nugent has been placed on IR.
The Raiders have placed K Eddy Pineiro (groin) on IR and will roll with K Mike Nugent. The 36-year-old has connected on 83.9% of his career FGs. He might be a spot-start option this season, but you should be able to do better than Nugent coming out of your draft.
Raiders K Eddy Pineiro is sidelined with a groin injury, according to insider Scott Bair. Pineiro was thought to be ahead of Mike Nugent in the race for Oakland's starting job, but this injury could change that. Avoid the situation in fantasy drafts for now.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Raiders have waived K Giorgio Tavecchio and signed K Mike Nugent to a 1-year deal. Tavecchio had been competing with Eddy Pineiro after stepping in for injured K Sebastian Janikowski as Oakland's kicker in 2017. Pineiro and Nugent will now compete for the 2018 job. That continued uncertainty makes either kicker a shaky option in current best-ball drafting. You're best off looking elsewhere.
Bears K Cairo Santos has been placed on IR with a groin injury. He'll be replaced by K Mike Nugent, who went 7 of 9 on FG attempts in 4 games with Dallas earlier this season. He's not a fantasy option in the Bears' 30th-ranked scoring offense.
The Cowboys have signed K Mike Nugent. He'll replace K Dan Bailey for however long he's out with his groin injury. Nugent was axed by the Giants at final cuts this September but sports a career 81% conversion rate on FG attempts. He's a viable fantasy option on a Dallas offense that ranks 6th in yards per game and 7th in points.
The Giants have signed K Mike Nugent. He'll compete with Aldrick Rosas for the job. The G-Men have produced a top-5 fantasy K in 2 of the last 5 seasons, so the winner will be on the radar. But you should avoid the situation until we know who that will be.
The Bengals have released K Mike Nugent. He's been abysmal this season, missing 6 FGs and 6 XPs. Cincinnati will move forward with K Randy Bullock, who played 1 game for the Steelers a couple of weeks ago, connecting on 3 FGs and 1 XP. Bullock, coincidentally, will play against Pittsburgh this weekend.
The Bengals have re-signed K Mike Nugent to an undisclosed contract. He connected on 19 of 23 FG attempts in 12 games last year before being sidelined by a calf injury. That had him 15th in fantasy points at K. Nugent finished 7th in 2011.
Bengals K Mike Nugent (calf) has been placed on IR. Josh Brown will kick for Cincy in Week 17 and in the playoffs. He's gone 8 for 9 on FGs over the past 3 weeks, with his only miss coming from 56 yards out.
Bengals K Mike Nugent (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Steelers. Josh Brown will kick again for Cincy.
Bengals K Mike Nugent (calf) is a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against the Steelers. Josh Brown will kick again if Nugent can't go. Avoid the situation in fantasy.
As expected, Bengals K Mike Nugent is inactive for today's game against the Cowboys. Josh Brown kicks in his place. He's not a recommended fantasy option.
Bengals K Mike Nugent is likely out for this weekend's game against the Cowboys with a calf injury. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cincy will sign K Josh Brown to replace Nugent. Avoid the situation in fantasy.
Bengals K Mike Nugent didn't miss a FG in the 1st week of camp. He's now 8 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and says he's just about back to 100%. Nugent is locked-in as Cincinnati's starter. But he's only connected on 79% of his kicks for his career. And this Bengals offense is far from a juggernaut. Nugent isn't a recommended fantasy option.
Bengals K Mike Nugent, who tore his ACL and MCL last November, has already started kicking again. He's just 5 months removed from surgery, but it sounds like he'll be a full-go for training camp. Still, Nugent made just 15 of 19 FG attempts before going down with the knee injury last year. We wouldn't bother with him in fantasy drafts this summer.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that an MRI on Bengals K Mike Nugent's injured knee revealed that he'll miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Cincinnati will sign a free-agent kicker within the next few days.
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