Lions sign Akers: The Lions have signed kicker David Akers, the official team website reports. He'll replace 21-year stalwart Jason Hanson. (Updated 4/8/13)
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In 2012 the 15-year vet made just 29 of 42 field goals after making 44 of 52 field goals in 2011. It was the first time since he became a regular placekicker he made less than 70 percent of his field goals. But you can't necessarily blame leg strength as he averaged 66.0 yards per kickoff for the second year in a row, nearly tying the career-high he set in 2011. The Lions see something in him even though Akers made just 9 of 14 field goals indoors last season including two postseason games (two misses from 50-plus yards). For now expect owners to give Akers the benefit of the doubt since kicking for the Lions should result in a high number of attempts, meaning the potential for plenty of Fantasy points. Akers is worth a pick within the last two rounds on Draft Day. (Updated 4/8/13).
David Akers landed on his feet after the 49ers cut him in February. He signed with the Lions in April, and that might be a slight upgrade. He joins a high-powered offense and gets to kick indoors at home. This could be the boost Akers needs after his amazing fall from grace. In 2011, Akers was the No. 1 kicker in all Fantasy leagues. Akers had 186 Fantasy points in a standard league and made 44 of 52 field goals with seven kicks of at least 50 yards and 34 extra points. But in 2012, he fell apart with 131 points. He missed eight field goals and his conversion rate of 69 percent was the lowest in his career. He should rebound with the Lions, and Akers is still worth a last-round pick in the majority of leagues. He will once again be a No. 1 Fantasy option this season. (Updated 4/25/13)