The Cardinals signed Dawson on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Dawson continues his nearly two-decade trek as an NFL kicker, joining the third organization of his career. He's been afforded the opportunity to replace Chandler Catanzaro, who connected on just 21 of 28 field goals last season. Falling below that mark (75 percent) twice in 18 campaigns, Dawson, a 84.5 percent career kicker, has missed just three tries in each of the past two campaigns. After having combined for 48 attempts over that span while kicking for the 49ers, Dawson's fantasy value could be in for a decent uptick in 2017, considering that Catanzaro recorded 59 attempts over his last two years in Arizona.
Dawson did not attempt a field goal, but he connected on all three extra points in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Dawson's season fizzled out in the final weeks of the season, failing to attempt a field goal in the team's final three games. He is not to blame for the lack of opportunities as San Francisco's offense ranked near the bottom of the league. The 41-year-old proved he can still get the job done, hitting 18-of-21 field goal attempts, only missing from 40-plus yards. Despite his advanced age, Dawson will have suitors in the free agent market -- assuming he is not ready call it a career -- given the glaring inconsistency of today's kickers.
Dawson was 2-for-2 on PAT tries, but did not attempt a field goal in Saturday's win over Los Angeles. It's been slim pickings for the veteran kicker down the stretch as the 49ers have provided him with zero field goal opportunities over the past two weeks. Next week forecasts for more of the same against a stout Seattle defense, making Dawson a low-end kicking option for Week 17.
Dawson only recorded one point in Sunday's contest, going 1-for-2 in PAT attempts in a blowout loss to Atlanta. Dawson has hit a bit of a rough patch down the stretch, missing two field goals and one PAT over his last two contests after being the model of consistency prior to those blunders. It is tough to rely on a cold kicker in the fantasy football playoffs, but Saturday's opponent, the Rams, are one of the few teams the 49ers may actually be able to keep up with, which should keep Dawson involved from start to finish.
Dawson only hit one of his three field goal attempts in Sunday's overtime loss to the Jets. Dawson uncharacteristically had his first multi-miss outing of the season, failing to convert from 44 and 48 yards. The veteran kicker's only other field goal miss came against the Seahawks back in Week 3. He has also converted all of his PATs this season, something not many kickers can say. While he rarely puts up huge point totals in the 49ers' inconsistent offense, Dawson should still be considered one of the most accurate kickers in the league.
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