Badgley is the lone kicker on the Chargers' 90-man roster heading into training camp. Badgley shored up a long-time problem spot for the Chargers, converting 20 of 22 field-goal attempts and 29 of 30 point-after tries in 12 games last season, including playoffs. His NFL track record is limited to 2018, but few kickers are in better situations to pile up volume, as the Chargers appear strong on both sides of the ball. Badgley is a worthwhile selection in the final round of fantasy drafts.
Badgley knocked down both of his extra-point tries Sunday in the Chargers' 41-28 loss to the Patriots in the divisional round. A week after leading the Chargers to a wild-card round win over the Ravens on the back of his five field goals, Badgley finished with his fewest points in any of his 12 games as the team's kicker. With the Chargers trailing by double digits for the final 42 minutes of the game, there wasn't much incentive for the team to opt for field goals, while Badgley missed out on some additional scoring chances when Los Angeles went for two on its final two touchdowns. The limited work Sunday won't take much shine off what was a stellar debut campaign for Badgley, who stabilized the Los Angeles kicking game with a 20-for-22 success rate on field goals and a 29-for-30 mark on point-after tries.
Badgley made five of his six field-goal attempts Sunday in the 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens. It's fair to say that without Badgley's heroics, the Chargers could very easily have lost Sunday's playoff game despite dominating the contest for three quarters. Save for a second quarter attempt which was blocked, Badgley saved a Chargers offense that was otherwise incapable of stringing an extended drive together, converting on field-goal attempts of 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards. The rookie kicker has been outstanding since earning the permanent starting role in Week 10, making all but one field goal (12-for-13) and one extra point (20-for-21) while providing a sturdy option at a position that has given Chargers fans grief for multiple seasons.
Badgley made all three of his extra-point attempts in the 29-28 win over the Chiefs on Thursday. Badgley didn't have any opportunities to kick a field goal, but he was perfect on his extra points, which is all the Chargers needed in order to claim a come-from-behind victory. Badgley has been a sight for sore eyes for a franchise that has been consistently plagued with below-average special teams and is generally a solid fantasy option given the Chargers' explosive offense.
Badgley made both of his extra-point attempts and all four of his field-goal attempts in the 26-21 victory over the Bengals. It's not an exaggeration to say that Badgley's performance won the Chargers the game, as the rookie kicker was brilliant, connecting on an important 59-yard attempt to end the first half. Badgley has missed an extra point and field goal this season, but that's still light years better than recent production from previous Chargers kickers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/03||Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|
|17||12/29||@Kansas City Chiefs||7||6.39|