Zuerlein agreed to a three-year deal with the Rams on Tuesday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports. Zuerlein attempted only 22 field goals in 2016 but converted 19 of them and was perfect from inside of 40 yards. The kicker's deal will keep him with the Rams through the 2019 season. At this point, the main thing limiting Zuerlein's fantasy production is the Rams offense, which was last in the league in both yards and points per game last season.
Zuerlein only kicked 19 field goals and 23 extra points during the 2016 season. The Los Angeles offense finished last in both yards and scoring and did absolutely no fantasy favors for Zuerlein. If there is any silver lining, at least his accuracy improved following his poor 2015 showing where he converted just 20 of 30 field-goal attempts. Without significant improvements from the Rams' offense, Zuerlein is unlikely to morph back into a reliable fantasy asset, especially considering he's only connected on 39 field-goal attempts the past two years.
Zuerlein converted all three of his extra-point attempts during Saturday's loss to San Francisco. With just two field goals through his past five games, Zuerlein hasn't been provided with an opportunity to help fantasy owners down the stretch. He's hit all nine of his extra-point bids during the span, but the Los Angeles offense doesn't move the ball well or score enough for Zuerlein to be anything more than a desperation option. The Rams are last in the league in both yards (272.0) and points (14.5) per game, after all.
Zuerlein connected on a 36-yard field goal to provide the only offense for the Rams during their loss to Seattle on Thursday. Zuerlein has only converted three field goals over five games with Jared Goff leading the Los Angeles offense. While the placekicker presents upside in a soft Week 16 matchup against San Francisco, fantasy owners will likely still want to target a safer option. After all, the Rams are the lowest-scoring team in the league, and Zuerlein has just 17 field goals for the year.
Zuerlein connected on both of his extra-point attempts during Sunday's loss to Atlanta. With just two field goals through four games with Jared Goff starting at quarterback, Zuerlein's already minimal fantasy value has plummeted even further. The Rams aren't providing the place kicker with enough opportunities to make a fantasy impact, and Zuerlein should probably be avoided in all fantasy settings going forward.
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