News:U-T San Diego reports Nick Novak has agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Chargers. Novak nailed 90 percent of his kicks last season, a career-high, getting 18 of 20 field goals over 13 games including 2 of 4 from 50-plus yards.
Analysis: Novak had a sensational season but it's the first time he's been a very good kicker. For example in 2011 he hit 79.4 percent of his field goals (making an impressive 27 of 34 nonetheless). We wouldn't draft Novak but would consider him off waivers as a one-week replacement option this season.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak made his lone field-goal attempt in Week 17 against the Raiders. Novak connected from 30-yards out in the first quarter to put San Diego up 10-0. He also made all three of his PATs and finished with six points in the 24-21 win.
Analysis: Novak finished with year 18 for 20 in field goal attempts this season and he had a long of 51 yards. He went 2 for 4 from 50-plus yards this year and will be a free agent heading into 2013. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on where he winds up. Novak's value will depend on which team he signs with next season.
News: San Diego kicker Nick Novak drilled both of his field-goal attempts and three extra points during the Chargers' 27-17 victory over the Jets in Week 16. Novak converted a 51-yard kick in the second quarter -- his longest of the season -- and a 27-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Novak rebounded from a meager performance last Sunday against Carolina when he was held to just one extra point with his third outing of the season with at least nine total points. He now has now converted a pair of field goals from outside of 50 yards over the past three weeks, but is still viewed as a low-end Fantasy option heading into Week 17 against Oakland.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak did not see many opportunities in Week 15 against the Panthers. He did not attempt a field goal and converted one extra point in the 31-7 loss.
Analysis: The offensive struggles in San Diego continue to hinder Novak's appeal in Fantasy as he has made just 27 extra points on the year. While he has gone 15 for 17 in field goals, continue to ignore the 31-year-old in all but the deepest of Fantasy formats for Week 16 against the Jets.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak finished with 10 points Week 14 at Pittsburgh. He made field goals of 39 and 51 yards, while making four extra points. It was just the second time this season Novak managed 10 points in a game.
Analysis: Novak is a steady, yet unspectacular Fantasy option. He has made 15 of 17 field goals since taking over as the Chargers' kicker in Week 4 and is averaging 6.1 points per game in 10 appearances. Novak has low-end Fantasy appeal in deeper formats heading into Week 15 vs. Carolina.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak made 2 of 3 field goals in Week 13 against the Bengals. He nailed one from 20 yards in the second quarter before adding a 19-yarder before halftime. He missed from 54 yards in the second half, however, which was his second miss of the season. Novak also added on extra point in the 20-13 loss.
Analysis: Novak has made 13 of 15 field goals on the year while converting all 22 of his extra points. Since the Chargers have struggled on offense for much of the year, continue to ignore the 31-year-old in all but the deepest of Fantasy formats for Week 14 against the Steelers.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak made two field goals and an extra point during San Diego's 16-13 overtime loss to Baltimore in Week 12. Novak converted kicks of 47 yards and 30 yards -- his first outing with multiple field goals since Week 8 in a loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Novak effectively rebounded from his subpar performance a week ago when he failed to attempt a field goal for the first time this season. He has now booted multiple field goals only three times in eight games, and is just 11 for 12 overall. Consider him a low-end Fantasy option for Week 13 against Cincinnati.
News: With Chargers punter Mike Scifres suffering an injury, kicker Nick Novak was forced back into action in Week 11 against the Broncos. Novak did not attempt an extra point in the 30-23 defeat, but did make both of his PATs.
Analysis: Novak did not attempt a field Sunday and is still 9 for 10 on the year. However, he has only kicked more than one FG in two of his seven games on the year and has a long of 47 yards. Fantasy owners should consider the 31-year-old merely a low-end option heading into Week 12.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak wasn't asked to do much during Thursday's contest against the Chiefs in Week 9. Novak drilled his lone field goal attempt from 25 yards out in the second quarter and converted all four of his extra points in a 31-13 victory.
Analysis: Novak made up for his lack of field goal attempts by drilling four extra points. He has converted eight of nine field goals to go along with 14 extra points since joining the Chargers. Fantasy owners should view Novak as a merely a low-end kicker heading into Week 10.
News: The Chargers struggled to get anything going on offense Sunday against the Browns, as kicker Nick Novak provided all of the scoring in their Week 8 loss to the Browns. Novak nailed both of his field-goal tries in the game, once from 43 and once from 31 yards out. The Chargers lost the game, 7-6.
Analysis: Novak has missed just one field goal since joining the Chargers, going 7 of 8 in three games. He has six points in each of the last three games, so he is not getting a ton of opportunities. Novak is just a low-end Fantasy kicker in most formats in Week 9 against the Chiefs.
News: The Chargers announced Monday kicker Nate Kaeding, who has been sidelined by a groin injury, has been placed on injured reserve. However, multiple sources report the Chargers will be required to release Kaeding when healthy. Nick Novak will continue to kick in Kaeding's absence for San Diego.
Analysis: It seems the Chargers have been pleased with Novak's performance the last two seasons filling in for the injured Kaeding. He is 5 for 6 on field goals in three games this season and was 27 of 34 in 15 games last season. Novak is a viable Fantasy option in deeper formats.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak made his lone field-goal attempt in Week 6 against the Broncos. Novak connected from 32-yards out in the 35-24 contest and also made all three of his PATs. He finished with four points.
Analysis: Novak is now 5 for 6 on the year with a long of 47 yards and has filled in nicely for the injured Nate Kaeding. While there is still no timetable for Kaeding's return, he could be ready to rock following San Diego's bye in Week 7. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how things play out over the next few weeks. As long as Novak has a starting job, he will be worth using in deeper formats.
News: Chargers replacement kicker Nick Novak went 1 for 2 on field-goal tries Sunday against the Saints in Week 5. Novak nailed his first try from 20 yards, but was unsuccessful on a later attempt from 55 yards. He was good on his three extra-point attempts in a 31-24 loss.
Analysis: Novak was less sharp in Week 5 than his first game, however he also did not have as many opportunities. The Chargers are going to continue to give him chances to score, so consider him a decent Fantasy option for Week 6 against the Broncos as he continues to fill in for Nate Kaeding.
News: San Diego kicker Nick Novak, signed just to start Week 4 at Kansas City with Nate Kaeding injured, had a solid game in a victory over the Chiefs. Novak went 3 for 3 on field goals as he connected from 24, 47 and 45 yards, respectively. Novak added four extra points in the game and finished with 13 points scored.
Analysis: Novak was sharp on Sunday of Week 4 in Kansas City. The only problem with his value going forward is, we're not sure if the team will turn right back to Kaeding. Fantasy owners should avoid Novak Week 5 at New Orleans for this reason.
News: The Chargers signed veteran kicker Nick Novak on Friday after starter Nate Kaeding was listed on the injury report with a groin issue, U-T San Diego reports. Novak was released prior to the start of the regular season, but is expected to serve as the kicker in Week 4 at Kansas City.
Analysis: Novak performed well in Kaeding's absence last season and converted 27 of 34 field goals, including a career-long 53-yarder. But with Kaeding back he was not needed this year and was trimmed from the roster. His stay with the Chargers could be brief, but he represents a quality option in most Fantasy formats if Kaeding is inactive.
News: After missing all but one kickoff of the 2011 season due to a torn ACL, kicker Nate Kaeding won his job back from Nick Novak, who kicked in his place last season in San Diego.
Analysis: Novak might not be out of work for long after hitting nearly 80 percent of his field goal attempts for the Chargers last season including 4 of 7 from 50-plus yards. Fantasy owners shouldn't touch him, though.
News: Placekicker Nick Novak has a deep admiration for Nate Kaeding, but Novak makes no qualms that he is working hard to return as the Chargers' kicker this season. Novak was signed last year after Kaeding tore his ACL in the season's opening kickoff and was solid filling in for Kaeding. He made 27 of 34 attempts including a career long of 53-yards and a franchise record of 11 field goals of 40 yards or longer in a season. Despite Novak's success, most believe Kaeding will be the Chargers' kicker this season. But Kaeding has made just three of nine postseason attempts in his career and arguably his misses prevented the Chargers from advancing in the playoffs on three separate occasions (2004, '07 and '09 seasons). There are also recent concerns with his durability. Prior to missing nearly all of last season, Kaeding missed three games with a groin injury in 2010. It's an honest competition, Novak said. From what we are told, this is an open competition and we are getting equal reps and everything is equal across the board as far as the opportunities that we are given. If it weren't that way, it would be O.K., but it wouldn't be an equal competition. At this point we are still getting equal reps.
Analysis: Normally it's a fine idea to draft the Chargers' kicker because the offense puts up tons of points. But with the uncertainty about who will actually be the kicker, owners shouldn't feel obligated to draft one. Conceivably you could draft one and then pick up the other if he wins the job, or you could just pick a kicker from any of the other 31 teams in the NFL.
News: Chargers kickers Nick Novak and Nate Kaeding have been consistent in limited opportunities in OTAs. Novak was 27 of 34 with a long of 53 while replacing Kaeding who tore an ACL during the Chargers season-opening kickoff last year. Kaeding is favored to win back his job, but Novakwill likely be given a chance to compete for it through preseason. Novak said he had a great offseason and is peaking at the right time.
Analysis: Novak may not kick for the Chargers but could fill an opening elsewhere in the league this season. We wouldn't draft him at this time.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak converted most of his chances in Week 17 against the Raiders. He made 1 of 2 field goals and all five of his extra points in the 38-26 win. He made a 51-yarder in the second quarter before missing one from 44 yards in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Novak took over for the injured Nate Kaeding in Week 2 and ended up having a productive season in Fantasy. He made 27 of 34 field goals on the year, including going 4 for 7 from 50-plus yards. He could be a viable option in Fantasy in 2012 if he lands with a high-scoring team so keep an eye on his situation during the offseason.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak attempted just one field goal, a chip shot from 22-yards out, in San Diegos 38-10 loss to the Lions in Week 16. He made the field goal and nailed his lone extra-point attempt, however it wasnt a very productive day for him, all things considered; the Chargers fell behind early and spent most of the game trying for touchdowns instead of field goals.
Analysis: Novak has now made 26 of 32 field goals on the season, including going 11 for 16 from 40-plus yards. He had been taking advantage of the Chargers offense rolling in previous weeks; however he was a victim of poor circumstances in Week 16. Continue to roll with Novak as a viable option in the majority of Fantasy leagues for Week 17 against Oakland.
News: Despite missing a field goal in Week 15 against the Ravens, Chargers K Nick Novak still had a productive performance. He made 2 of 3 field goals and converted four extra points in the 34-14 win. His miss came in the third quarter when he banged a 37-yarder of the upright. Novak made his field goals from distances of 28 and 45 yards.
Analysis: Novak has now made 25 of 31 field goals on the season, including going 11 for 16 from 40-plus yards. He has benefited from the Chargers scoring more points in recent weeks and that should continue with the Lions up next on the schedule. Continue to roll with Novak as a viable option in the majority of Fantasy leagues for Week 16.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak booted a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter of Sunday's game versus the Bills. He did get one extra-point attempt blocked in the first half, but his team was up 16-0 at the break. He would hit four more extra points in the game as the Chargers beat the Bills, 37-10.
Analysis: Novak has done a good job since taking over as San Diego's kicker. He didn't have to do much besides kick extra points in Week 14. He may be called on for more duties in Week 15 with the Ravens coming to town. Fantasy owners should consider Novak a viable kicking option heading into next Sunday.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak had a productive performance in Week 13 against the Jaguars. He made his lone field goal and converted five extra points in the 38-14 win. He connected from 29 yards in the first quarter and has made 22 of 27 field goals this season.
Analysis: Novak has done a solid job thus far and is having a career campaign in his first season with the Chargers. He has benefited from their high-scoring offense, and has made 9 of 14 field goal from 40-plus yards. Heading into Week 14 against the Bills, continue to view Novak as a viable Fantasy K.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak booted a 53-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game in Week 12 against the Broncos, giving him a new career long. He hit a 25 yarder to open the second half for the Bolts as they extended their lead. He later missed a 48-yard field goal in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, putting an end to a promising drive. Novak had a shot to be the hero as he had another 53 yard attempt in overtime, but the Broncos called a timeout to freeze him. He got a second shot at it, but would push the kick wide right. The Chargers would lose the game, 16-13.
Analysis: Novak has filled in for the injured Nate Kaeding this season and probably excelled more than the Chargers could have hoped. But in Week 12, when the game was on the line, Novak couldn't come through with a pressure kick. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end No. 1 kicking option heading into Week 13 against Jacksonville.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak made two of his three field-goal attempts in Week 11 against the Bears. Novak was able to connect from 28 and 48 yards in the 31-20 loss, but came up just short on a 55-yard try. He actually hit the cross bar on the attempt, although he still made both of his extra-point attempts to finish with eight points.
Analysis: Novak just missed on his 55-yard attempt that would probably been good from 54 yards. Still, he is now 18 for 21 in field-goal attempts this season and has done well since coming on for the injured Nate Kaeding. While the Chargers continue to lose games, San Diego still boasts one of the more explosive offenses in the league, which gives Novak plenty of chances to score points. Consider him a low-end No. 1 Fantasy K heading into Week 12 against Oakland.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak made 1 of his 2 field-goal attempts in Week 10 against the Raiders. Novak hit from 20-yards out in the first quarter before missing from 46 yards in the fourth. He made both of his extra-point attempts in the 24-17 loss to finish with five points.
Analysis: Novak is now 16 for 18 in field-goal attempts on the season and has done well since coming on for the injured Nate Kaeding. Despite their recent issues, San Diego still boasts one of the more explosive offenses in the league, which gives Novak plenty of chances to score points. Consider him a low-end No. 1 Fantasy K heading into Week 11 against the Bears.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak made his long field-goal attempt in Week 9 against the Packers. Novak connected on a career-long 52-yarder in the second quarter. He also made all five of his extra-point attempts and finished with eight points.
Analysis: Novak has now made 16 of his 17 field-goal attempts since being signed in Week 2 to replace Nate Kaeding. The Chargers have one of the more explosive offenses in the league, so he should continue to see plenty of scoring chances moving forward. Consider Novak a low-end No. 1 Fantasy K heading into Week 10 against the Raiders.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak entered Week 8 against the Chiefs having gone a perfect 11 for 11 in field goal attempts so far this season. He extend that streak to 12 straight with a 44-yarder in the second quarter but suffered his first miss right before halftime from 52 yards out. He would make three more field goals in the second half and finished 4 for 5 in the 23-20 loss. Novak made three field goals of 40-plus yards and one from 26 yards.
Analysis: Despite his first miss of the season, Novak had a pretty productive outing on Monday night and has done a solid job filling in for the injured Nate Kaeding. With San Diego having one of the more potent offenses in the league he should continue to see plenty of opportunities so plan on keeping Novak active in the majority of Fantasy formats for Week 9 against the Packers.
News: San Diego K Nick Novak connected on all three extra-point attempts and did not try a field goal during the Chargers' 27-21 loss to the Jets in Week 7 on Sunday. It was the first time Novak did not attempt a field goal since Week 2 against New England -- his first game of the season.
Analysis: Novak has been perfect on all 11 field-goal attempts this year as he has been a valuable part of the offense after Nate Kaeding went down with a season-ending knee injury. Fantasy owners should view Novak as a rebound candidate in Week 8 against lowly Kansas City.
News:The Sports Xchange notes has anybody had a better month than Chargers K Nick Novak? In a span of about four weeks he's gone from being unemployed to kicking for a first-place team. "It's great," Novak said. "A couple of weeks ago I didn't have a job, so now I'm part of something great and I'm just very excited to be part of this. This is a great locker room and a great group of guys."
Analysis: The Chargers are coming off a Week 6 bye, but before that Novak kicked nine field goals between Week 4 and Week 5. He is 11 for 11 on field goals this season and has made all three attempts from 40-plus yards. He is proving to be as valuable as the guy he replaced -- Nate Kaeding, who is out for the year with a knee injury. Consider Novak a viable Fantasy option heading into Week 7 against the Jets.
News: San Diego kicker Nick Novak nailed both his extra-point attempts and all five field goals in Week 5 against Denver. Novak connected from 24, 32, 28, a career-long 51 and 36 yards in the Chargers 29-24 win.
Analysis: Novak is a perfect 11-for-11 in field goal attempts this season. Novak signed with San Diego after Nate Kaeding went down with a season-ending injury after the first play in Week 1 against Minnesota. He's proving his worth in San Diego and should be viewed as a viable kicker option in Week 7 when the Chargers face the Dolphins.
News: Chargers K Nick Novak turned in his most productive game of the season during Week 4 against the Dolphins. Novak made off four of his field-goal attempts, including a 48-yarder in the second quarter. He also hit from 27, 23 and 38 yards in the 26-16 victory and also hit both of his extra-point attempts.
Analysis: Novak signed with San Diego after Nate Kaeding went down with a season-ending injury after the first play in Week 1 against Minnesota, but had been relatively quiet until Sunday. However, his performance against Miami will certainly garner him some attention moving forward. While he is a bit unproven, the Chargers can put up points in a hurry, so he could be a nice pickup off the waiver wire moving forward. San Diego takes on the Broncos in Week 5.
News: Chargers kicker Nick Novak's 35-yard field goal on Sunday against the Chiefs was his first in the NFL since 2008 when played for the Chiefs. Novak appeared in six games for them in 2008 and made six of 10 field-goal attempts. He would connect from 35 and 41 yards in San Diego's 20-17 win. Novak also nailed both his extra-point attempts.
Analysis: Novak signed with San Diego after Nate Kaeding went down with a season-ending injury after the first play in Week 1 against Minnesota. While San Diego can score a lot of points, Novak is still an unproven kicker. By the end of the season he could be on many Fantasy teams, but for now he's best left on waivers.
News: San Diego K Nick Novak connected on all three of his extra-point attempts during the Chargers' 35-21 loss to New England in Week 2 on Sunday. Novak, who has converted 63.3 of his field-goal chances in his career, did not try a field goal against the Patriots.
Analysis: Novak signed with San Diego after Nate Kaeding went down with a season-ending injury after the first play in Week 1 against Minnesota. The 30-year-old spent time with the Jets in training camp this year and could have a solid season behind the potent Chargers offense.
News: The Chargers have signed K Nick Novak to replace the injured Nate Kaeding, who is out for the season with a knee injury he suffered in Week 1.
Analysis: Novak was in training camp with the Jets before losing a close battle with Nick Folk for the starting PK job. Novak hasn't kicked in an NFL game since 2008, but apparently the Chargers have confidence in him as a replacement for Kaeding, who was a high-end Fantasy kicker. The Chargers offense is going to give Novak ample opportunities for scoring chances, so you might consider taking a flier on him in deeper formats.
News: The Jets announced Tuesday that K Nick Folk won the placekicking competition by beating out Nick Novak, who was then released by the team.
Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan said Novak had a good camp, but it seems he just was happier with Folk handling the placekicking responsibilities. Novak might land with another team, but until he has a starting job, then leave him on Fantasy waivers.
News: Kicker Nick Novak, formerly of the UFL, has been signed by the Jets, according to a report by NFL Network. Current Jets kicker Nick Folk had some inconsistencies during 2010 and the team is not necessarily set on his return for 2011.
Analysis: Looks like there's a battle brewing for the kicking job with the Jets in 2011. Folk wasn't a bad option and had 39 field goal opportunities last season (and hit a 56-yarder). We suspect Folk will maintain the job over Novak, but because there's uncertainty over who will kick for the Jets, neither kicker is worth drafting in standard play -- owners can easily draft another kicker who is locked into a job.
News: The Chargers have signed kicker Nick Novak to a one-year contract. The move comes as Nate Kaeding rehabs a groin injury sustained in practice prior to the Pro Bowl.
Analysis: Novak was out of football last year. He kicked for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Before that, he played for the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals in 2005-06. It would be a huge upset if Novak overtook Kaeding for the starting kicking job in San Diego. Keep him off rosters for now.
News: The Kansas City Chiefs, who are still looking to sign a quarterback, released kicker Nick Novak and signed Connor Barth as his replacement on Tuesday. Novak missed two field goals in last week's 34-10 loss to Tennessee. Barth was beaten out by Novak in a close competition and released in August.
Analysis: The Chiefs have one of the worst offenses in the NFL, especially with QB Brodie Croyle done for the season. It doesn't really matter who they start at kicker, they would not be a recommended Fantasy option.
News: Chiefs K Nick Novak was only 1-for-3 on field goal attempts Week 7 against the Titans. His one connection was for 26 yards. He also had an extra point. He's now 6-for-10 on the season.
Analysis: The Chiefs have one of the worst offenses in the NFL, especially with QB Brodie Croyle done for the season. Plus, Novak hasn't done much with his few opportunities. Consider him a last resort for Week 8 against the Jets.
News: For the second time in 2008, Chiefs K Nick Novak was held off the stat sheet. Kansas City lost 34-0 Week 5 against the Panthers and the shutout prevented Novak from getting on the scoreboard. He didn't even get to attempt a field goal as Kansas City managed just 127 yards. Novak also didn't put any points on the board Week 2 against the Raiders as Oakland won 24-8.
Analysis: The Chiefs offense is in a bit of disarray right now and it's really hard to tell if an offense is going to show up on a weekly basis. That kind of inconsistency makes Novak a very bad Fantasy option. Kansas City is off until Week 7 against the Titans.
News: Kansas City K Nick Novak made the most out of the fact that the Chiefs had trouble finding the end zone against the Broncos on Sunday. Novak connected on four field goals, with a long of 43 yards, and only missed once. He was also 3-for-3 on extra points for a total of 15 points in Week 4.
Analysis: The Chiefs played well on Sunday in Week 4 but had trouble punching it into the end zone. Novak benefited from that. With the Chiefs headed to Carolina in Week 5, Novak has become an excellent option for Week 5. Start him if you are in need of a kicker.
News: Chiefs K Nick Novak missed a 32-yard field goal during a Week 3 loss to the Raiders and finished with just two extra points. Novak has just six points in three games and was held off the stat sheet Week 2 against the Raiders.
Analysis: The Chiefs have pretty much made a case for being the worst team in the NFL and that doesn't bode well at all for Novak. He remains a less than desireable Fantasy option heading into Week 4 against the Broncos.
News: Chiefs WR Jeff Webb, K Nick Novak, RB B.J. Sams, TE John Paul Foschi and TE Brad Cottam all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 2 against the Raiders.
Analysis: Most of these players are either reserves, play on special teams or aren't an integral part of the Chiefs' offense. They have little to no Fantasy value heading into Week 3 against the Falcons.
News: Chiefs PK Nick Novak hit a 40-yard field goal and three extra points at New England in Week 1. After getting 20 yards on two catches from starting QB Brodie Croyle, who left the game with a shoulder injury, Bowe caught three passes for 29 yards with a touchdown from Damon Huard.
Analysis: The Chiefs weren't expected to be an offensive dynamo, and they showed it. Novak is not worth a look when Kansas City hosts Oakland in Week 2.
News: The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs are planning to waive rookie kicker Connor Barth and give the starting kicking job to NFL veteran Nick Novak.
Analysis: Novak may eventually be ousted from the spot; the Chiefs haven't had a reliable kicker year in and year out since Morten Andersen. For now, Novak is only worth picking up off the waiver wire as a one-week replacement. He's not a recommended option at New England in Week 1.
News: Don't tell the young players on the Kansas City Chiefs that the final preseason game is meaningless. Especially don't say that to Connor Barth and Nick Novak, two friends whose battle for the job of place kicker may finally be settled Thursday night when the Chiefs host the St. Louis Rams in the final preseason tuneup for both teams. Veteran Jay Feely was brought in on Monday, an apparent admission that the Chiefs were not entirely happy with either Barth or Novak. But the Feely experiment lasted about one day. The Chiefs announced Wednesday that Feely had been released after Novak and Barth clearly out-kicked the veteran in practice. Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said the decision to cut Feely and stick with Barth, a rookie, and Novak, who has only a smattering of NFL experience, also had to do with being honest with his team.
Analysis: Novak and Barth became friends while battling for the job. Each is 2-for-3 with the miss coming from beyond 40 yards. Barth is a rookie, and Novak is 13-for-20 in 16 games with Washington, Arizona and Washington. The winner of the competition will be nothing more than a No. 2 Fantasy kicker.
News: Apparently unsatisfied with both candidates in a summer-long kicking competition, the Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent Jay Feely to a one-year contract Monday. Feely will join Connor Barth and Nick Novak on Tuesday in what coach Herm Edwards called a "kick-off," and one of the three will be released before Thursday night's preseason finale against St. Louis. Feely will no doubt be given every chance to win the job. He was taking a physical Monday and unavailable for comment. "He's been a good kicker in the league," Edwards said. "We just felt you exhaust all your avenues and this was an avenue that came available. And so we decided to bring him in and see where it's at. Just because you're a veteran kicker doesn't mean you won't struggle."
Analysis: Novak and Barth became friends while battling for the job. Each is 2-for-3 with the miss coming from beyond 40 yards. Barth is a rookie, and Novak is 13-for-20 in 16 games with Washington, Arizona and Washington. Barth and Novak said they did well in Monday's 15-kick practice, but they understand the situation. "That's been a struggling position in Kansas City for a while," Barth said. "If you don't make your kicks, they're going to wonder why. When there's a veteran kicker out there who's been in the league who's had success, why wouldn't they give him a shot?" The winner of the competition will be nothing more than a No. 2 Fantasy kicker.
News: The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs may attempt to sign free-agent kicker Jay Feely, who was released Monday by Miami. While Nick Novak and Connor Barth have kicked field goals well in training camp, the Chiefs aren't at ease with the idea of using a kicker without significant NFL experience. "We know what he's capable of doing," coach Herm Edwards said. "We're going to continue to look at our guys. We're going to let these guys kick. We'll have to wait and see. Nothing is out of the realm of trying to get better."
Analysis: Feely would return as a No. 2 Fantasy option if he signed with the Chiefs. For now, don't draft Feely in any leagues, but continue to monitor his status. As for Novak and Barth, the winner of the competition would also be a No. 2 Fantasy kicker if he remains with the team.
News: The Chiefs have to make a decision between kickers Nick Novak and rookie Connor Barth, reports the Kansas City Star. "It's wide-open," special-teams coach Mike Priefer said. "They both came out of the spring really well. I think Nick had a little bit better spring. I thought when Connor came in he came out like gangbusters and Nick caught up with him and probably passed him just a little bit. But it's a 50-50 chance for either guy." A factor in Novak's favor is his 16 games of NFL experience.
Analysis: Novak likely has the edge based on his experience, but keep an eye on the competition to see who wins. But no matter the starting kicker for the Chiefs, don't plan on drafting Novak or Barth in any leagues this year. Kansas City's offense likely won't put up enough points to make their kicker be a viable Fantasy option this year.
News: The Chiefs signed PKs Billy Cundiff and Nick Novak on Monday. They are expected to compete with PK John Carney for the starting job this offseason. Cundiff signed as a rookie free agent with Dallas in 2002 and spent four seasons with the Cowboys. He played for New Orleans in 2006 and was waived by Atlanta before last season after attending training camp with the Falcons. Novak has played 16 games in the NFL.
Analysis: Whomever kicks for Kansas City in 2008 won't be any better than a bye-week replacement because of the Chiefs' declining offense. Look elsewhere for a starter.
News: The Chiefs will open up the kicking competition in 2008 after they agreed to contract terms with veteran kickers Billy Cundiff and Nick Novak, according to the Kansas City Star. Each worked out for the Chiefs during the season when they were trying to find a replacement first for Justin Medlock and later for Dave Rayner. Cundiff, 27, kicked for the Cowboys and Saints in his five-season career and made 72.3 percent of his field-goal attempts. Novak, 26, kicked three seasons for Arizona and Washington and made 65 percent of his field-goal attempts. The Chiefs may try to re-sign incumbent kicker John Carney. Carney, who will be 44 in April, made all three of his field-goal tries for the Chiefs and 12 of 14 last season, including his eight games with Jacksonville. Carney joined the Chiefs in December but signed for only the season's final five games.
Analysis: Keep an eye on who wins the job. You likely won't draft any of these players heading into 2008 until the winner of the job is named.
News: The Bears let go of DT Justin Frick, LB Leon Joe, WR Timon Marshall, PK Nick Novak, WR Clinton Solomon and waived/injured WR Brandon Rideau.
Analysis: None of these players were expected to contribute much to the club this season anyway. Keep them off of Fantasy rosters for now.
News: Nick Novak was cut by the Washington Redskins on Monday, leaving Shaun Suisham as the team's only kicker despite an inauspicious debut. Suisham, signed from the practice squad Saturday, missed wide left with his only field goal attempt - a 50-yarder - and hit several line-drive kickoffs in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. But that was still enough for the Redskins to give him the nod over Novak, who made only 5 of 10 field attempts this season and regularly left his kickoffs short. Novak missed a 37-yard field goal last week against Carolina, prompting the Redskins to sign Suisham to the practice squad and then to the active roster. Suisham, who spent parts of this season and last season with Dallas, is the 16th kicker the Redskins have used in a regular season game since 1995. John Hall started the season but was placed on injured reserve in October with a leg injury and replaced by Novak.
Analysis: Release Novak immediately and consider Suisham a No. 2 kicker for Week 14 against the Eagles.
News: The Washington Redskins signed Shaun Suisham from the practice squad Saturday, giving the team an alternative to struggling kicker Nick Novak for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs was unavailable for comment, so it was unclear how he planned to use his two kickers. A likely scenario would have Suisham handling kickoffs and Novak kicking extra points and field goals. Novak has made only 5-of-10 field goal attempts this season, and his kickoffs have been short. Suisham was primarily a kickoff specialist earlier this season with Dallas. He was signed to the Redskins practice squad on Tuesday. To make room for Suisham on the active roster, the Redskins waived defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti.
Analysis: Neither player should be used for Fantasy purposes in Week 13.
News: Redskins coach Joe Gibbs wouldn't reveal his plans for the kicking situation on Sunday. Shaun Suisham was signed to the practice squad on Tuesday as a possible alternative to Nick Novak, who has been struggling with both field goals and kickoffs. If Suisham plays, the Redskins would have to make a roster move to promote him to the 53-man squad. "We'll take all the information and make the best decision you can," Gibbs said. "We definitely want to help ourselves on kickoffs, and we want to have a better percentage on field goals."
Analysis: Neither player should be used for Fantasy purposes in Week 13. But if Suisham gets added to the roster, he might be worth adding to your roster in the coming weeks.
News: The Redskins signed kicker Shaun Suisham to the practice squad on Tuesday, effectively putting Nick Novak on notice after another inconsistent performance. Novak has made only 5 of 10 field goal attempts this year, a 50 percent success rate that is last among current regular kickers. Novak went 1-for-2 in Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers, missing from 37 yards and converting from 42, and coach Joe Gibbs said he was also concerned about the depth's of Novak's kickoffs.
Analysis: Novak should not be on Fantasy rosters to begin with because of his inconsistency. If Suisham were to ever play for the Redskins, he'd be at best a low-end option in the deepest of Fantasy Football leagues.
News: Redskins K Nick Novak converted on one of two FG attempts and in Week 10 at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Novak is not a viable Fantasy kicker at the current time. There are better options for Week 11.
News: Redskins K Nick Novak was the savior in Week 9 as his 47-yard field goal at the end of regulation gave the Redskins a 22-19 victory over the Cowboys. A minute earlier Novak missed a 49-yard field goal that would have put the Redskins up, but he didn't miss a second chance to get his team the win. Novak kicked a 28-yard field goal earlier in the game and connected on both of his PATs.
Analysis: Despite the Week 9 heroics, Novak is not a viable Fantasy kicker at the current time.
News: Redskins K Nick Novak missed two field goal attempts in a 36-22 loss to the Colts in Week 8. He was able to convert both his extra point attempts.
Analysis: Both of Novak's misses were bad and the Redskins might use the bye week to find a replacement kicker. But it is too early to speculate. But Novak is not a viable Fantasy kicker at the current time.
News: K Nick Novak was not needed much in his Redskins debut as he was only called on for two PAT attempts, which he converted, in a Week 6 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Give Novak some time to prove himself in Washington before running out and adding him to your roster on a permanent basis. Novak is only worth using as a bye-week replacement in most Fantasy leagues for the time being. The Redskins play the Colts in Week 7.
News: If the Redskins had to lose kicker John Hall to yet another leg injury, they're glad that Nick Novak was available. "There's no doubt that Nick can do it," snapper Ethan Albright said on Wednesday after Novak was back in a Redskins uniform for the first time in 11 months. "It's an easy transition," said Novak, who re-signed with the Redskins on Tuesday after Hall was placed on injured reserve with his fourth leg injury in two years. "I've had Derrick (Frost) as a holder and I've had Ethan as a snapper. I feel confident. I've been training every day for this. Hopefully I'm here for a while."
Analysis: Give Novak some time to prove himself in Washington before running out and adding him to your roster on a permanent basis. Novak is only worth using as a bye-week replacement in most Fantasy leagues for the time being. The Redskins play the Titans in Week 6.
News: The Washington Redskins signed Nick Novak to handle the kicking duties for Week 6 against the Titans and they placed John Hall on injured reserve, ending his season. The Redskins signed Novak on Tuesday after the former University of Maryland kicker won a four-way competition among available free agents.
Analysis: Drop Hall from all Fantasy rosters and grab Novak if you need an emergency replacement. Novak is only worth using as a bye-week replacement in most other Fantasy leagues.
News: The Washington Post reports that Redskins PK John Hall has a strained groin and thigh and that the team is trying out kickers to possibly replace him. Notable kickers coming in to Redskins' camp to work out are Nick Novak (who kicked for the Redskins last year), Todd Peterson, Ola Kimrin (another former Redskin) and Tyler Jones (cut by the Redskins in training camp).
Analysis: Hall was not a reliable Fantasy leg to begin with, so this news shouldn't hurt too many owners. However, with the Redskins hosting the Titans in Week 6, whomever is kicking for Washington might be worth starting. Keep your eyes peeled for who will be in for the Redskins in Week 6.
News: According to published reports, John Hall is skating on thin ice in Washington. The team is expected to audition potential replacements on Tuesday at their training facility.
Analysis: A couple of players mentioned are Nick Novak, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, and Todd Peterson, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons. Hall is no longer a useful Fantasy option even if he is able to retain his job.
News: The Arizona Cardinals waived defensive end Kenny King and running back Roger Robinson with injuries Monday. The team also released quarterback Rohan Davey, kicker Nick Novak, punter Fred Capshaw and linebacker Lawrence Pinson.
Analysis: Novak has no value in Fantasy Football. Ignore him.
News: According to reports, the Arizona Cardinals have signed exclusive rights free agent K Nick Novak to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Novak won't make an impact with Neil Rackers ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: Neil Rackers (calf) is active and will handle all the field goals and extra points in Week 14 against Washington. Nick Novack will handle kickoffs.
Analysis: Novak is no longer a recommended starter.
News: The East Valley Tribune reports Neil Rackers (calf) was upgraded to probable for Week 14 after Friday's practice went well. He will utilize a one-step kicking approach and is expected to handle field goals and extra points but not kickoffs. Nick Novak will handle those duties.
Analysis: Unless Rackers has some sort of setback, Novak no longer has much value in Fantasy Football.
News: The Cardinals agreed to terms with PK Nick Novak. He will replace PK Neil Rackers (calf) until the starter is healthy enough to kick.
Analysis: Rackers got plenty of chances to kick field goals, so Novak is a good option for Fantasy owners since he will now get those chances. Novak was 5 of 7 kicking field goals for the Redskins earlier this season, connecting on all 15 extra point attempts.
News: The East Valley Tribune reports the Cardinals worked out free agent PKs Shaun Suisham, Matt Fordyce, Jeff Chandler and Nick Novak on Friday. The team is trying to replace PK Neil Rackers, who partially tore his calf and could miss three weeks.
Analysis: He only has value if the team makes him their placekicker. The Arizona kicker will be useful at San Francisco in Week 13.
News: The Washington Redskins on Saturday released kicker Nick Novak, who played in five games while John Hall was injured. Hall strained his quad in the season opener and returned for last week's game against the New York Giants. Novak was kept on the roster for an extra week as insurance in case Hall's injury flared up again. Novak, an undrafted rookie from Maryland, made 5-of-7 field goals. Both misses were blocked.
Analysis: Consider Hall good to go for Week 9 when the Redskins take on the Eagles.
News: Redskins K John Hall is expected to serve as the team's placekicker for Week 9 vs. Philadelphia after getting shutout in Week 8 at the N.Y. Giants. Nick Novak has not been cut, though.
Analysis: Drop Novak in all leagues. He could just be kept around as insurance or the kickoff specialist at this point.
News: Nick Novak will likely serve as the Redskins' kicker in this Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Joe Gibbs told the team's official website Friday. If Novak plays, it's expected John Hall would be deactivated for the game. "We'll probably stay the same way we are with kicking," Gibbs said.
Analysis: Hall (quad) is listed as probable, but the Redskins won't chance it. Novak or Hall should be considered too risky to start or own in Fantasy leagues right now. There are plenty of sure options out on the waiver wire.
News: If John Hall (probable: quad) doesn't have a setback, he'll likely get the nod against the 49ers and rookie free agent Nick Novak, who filled in the last four games, would be let go.
Analysis: Novak doesn't belong on a Fantasy roster at this point.
News: Redskins PK John Hall is out in Week 6 at Kansas City. Nick Novak will once again kick in his place.
Analysis: Novak could get some chances to kick a few field goals; he's a fairly decent option for those owners whose regular kicker is on bye.
News: K John Hall (quad) did not practice this week and was downgraded to doubtful.
Analysis: Nick Novak looks like he will continue to be the Redskins' kicker. With the amount of uncertainty involved with Hall, you should ignore the Redskins' kickers altogether in Fantasy leagues right now.
News: K John Hall's quadriceps injury has kept him out since Week 1 against Chicago and he remains questionable this week. He did not practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Nick Novak looks like he will continue to be the Redskins' kicker. With the amount of uncertainty involved with Hall, you should ignore the Redskins' kickers altogether in Fantasy leagues right now.
News: The Washington Post notes that Hall (quadriceps) might have trouble playing in Week 6 at Kansas City.
Analysis: Rookie Nick Novak has kicked in his absence for the past three games. He has made 2-of-3 field goals in each of his past two games.
News: Nick Novak made two of his three field goal attempts and an extra point in Week 5 at Denver.
Analysis: Novak should have plenty of scoring chances in a possible shootout in Week 6 at Kansas City.
News: Redskins PK John Hall has been downgraded to out in Week 5 at Denver. Nick Novak will once again kick in his place.
Analysis: Novak won the game for the Redskins last week, but is a risky option considering the Denver defense.
News: K John Hall, who pulled a quadriceps on his last kickoff in the Sept. 11 opener against Chicago, has kicked some field goals but no kickoffs in practice since. With coach Joe Gibbs saying Hall -- who missed eight games with four different leg injuries in 2004 -- won't return to action until he has proved he's 100 percent, undrafted rookie Nick Novak will fill in for a third consecutive game.
Analysis: Neither kicker is worth considering for a Week 5 matchup that figures to be tough for the unbeaten Redskins. There should be plenty other healthy and productive options in your league.
News: John Hall (quad) was inactive in Week 4 and has been listed as questionable for Week 5 at Denver. Nick Novak will get the call once again, assuming Hall is unable to go.
Analysis: Neither kicker is worth considering for a Week 5 matchup that figures to be tough for the unbeaten Redskins. There should be plenty other healthy and productive options in your league.
News: The Washington Post reports Redskins head Coach Joe Gibbs indicated that he expects Nick Novak to start in place of John Hall (quadriceps) in Week 4. "I'm pretty certain I'll be kicking," Novak said.
Analysis: Novak has little value as a starter in Fantasy Football.
News: Nick Novak booted a pair of extra points in Monday's game at Dallas in his NFL debut.
Analysis: The Redskins have off in Week 3 before hosting the Seahawks and it is likely John Hall (quadriceps) might be back. Even if Hall sits again in Week 4, Novak is not a useful Fantasy option.
News: The Washington Post reports Nick Novak was told by the Redskins that he will play in Week 2, barring a last-minute change to John Hall's status. "They told me I'd be kicking," Novak said. "But you just never know. It's a last-minute thing. I think if John feels good, then he'll be the guy. It's really up to them."
Analysis: Even if Novack gets the start, he has no value as an option in Fantasy Football.
News: The Redskins signed Novak to take over placekicking duties until John Hall (quadriceps) is able to return from his injury.
Analysis: Novak is not worth any Fantasy consideration unless you need an emergency replacement for Hall. Even then, you should be able to find better options off of the waiver wire.