Dawson was not called upon for the second consecutive week during Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Rams. The Cardinals offensive ineptitude has had a carryover effect on Dawson's fantasy value. For the second straight week, Dawson was held without a field-goal or extra-point attempt. If the Cardinals can't put themselves in a position to score, Dawson's value will continue to falter.
Dawson did not attempt a field goal or an extra point in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Redskins. Dawson fell victim to the Cardinals offense struggling to move the ball. When the team finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter, the lopsided scoreline forced them to try a two-point conversion instead of trotting Dawson out for an extra point. The veteran will hope to be more involved this Sunday versus the Rams.
Dawson has made all four extra-point attempts and one of two field goals through two preseason games. A 19-year veteran, Dawson is embroiled in a kicking competition with undrafted rookie Matt McCrane, who has struck true on both field-goal tries and one PAT during exhibition season. Last year, his first with the Cardinals, Dawson connected on 80 percent (32 of 40) of his field-goal attempts, the fourth-worst mark of his career and lowest since 2006. McCrane likely is present to keep Dawson honest, but the former left Kansas State as the all-time leader in field-goal percentage (88.4), so the Cards seem to have a pair of viable options as cut-down date approaches Sept. 1.
Dawson nailed 32 of 40 field-goal attempts and 23 of 26 extra-point tries during the 2017 season. The Cardinals lost TD machine David Johnson (wrist) in Week 1, barely fielded a serviceable receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald and only had Carson Palmer under center for seven games this season. Such a hurricane of hits to the offense would seem to impact a scoring offense negatively, and indeed Arizona ranked 25th in the NFL with 18.4 points per game. Nonetheless, Dawson, who dealt with accuracy issues at times, posted the third-most points (119) in a given season in his 19-year career. If the Cardinals keep Dawson around in his age-43 campaign, he'll be owed $3.5 million in 2018.
Dawson made a 21-yard field goal but missed one of his three extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-0 win over the Giants. Dawson now sports 105 points in advance of Sunday's season finale against the Seahawks.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|
|8||10/28||San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|
|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||4.50|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||20||8.00|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||16||7.00|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||4||3.50|