Gould said the 49ers' locker room is "probably the best" he's ever been a part of in the NFL, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Entering the second season of a two-year, $4 million contract, the 35-year-old kicker likely would be amenable to signing an extension. He had the best season of a solid career in 2017, converting 39 of 41 field-goal attempts for a San Francisco team that ranked 12th in yards and only 27th in red-zone touchdown percentage (47.1). Gould likely will trade some of those field goals for PATs this upcoming season, but he'll still be a strong fantasy option if Jimmy Garoppolo can carry his late-season success into 2018.
Gould converted both of his field-goal attempts (33, 48) and all four PATs in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Rams. Gould finishes the season 39-for-41 on field-goal tries, a conversion rate (95 percent) that was only bested by Graham Gano of the Panthers on 11 fewer attempts. In fact, one of his two misses was a block, so the veteran was even slightly better than his final totals indicate. Maybe the 34-year-old was out to prove the Chicago Bears -- who struggled kicking the ball this year -- wrong for letting him go, as his 49-for-51 mark over the past two years is near the tops amongst all NFL kickers. Whatever the case, Gould looks as good as ever, and should benefit from what appears to be an upward-trending offense in San Francisco next season.
Gould made a 27-yard field goal but missed one of his six extra-point tries in Sunday's 44-33 win over the Jaguars. Gould's missed extra point was just the fourth time he's misfired on 65 total attempts this season. The reliable veteran has tallied 56 points over the past four games, moving him into fourth league-wide in scoring.
Gould was perfect on all six of his field-goal attempts Sunday, adding an extra point in a 25-23 win over the Titans. Jimmy Garoppolo has not only improved the 49ers' receiving options, but his presence has made Gould one of the best fantasy kickers by affording him 15 field-goal opportunities over the past three weeks. The 35-year-old has been as accurate as ever, missing just one field goal (the other was blocked) over that span and going a perfect 4-for-4 from 50-plus yards. San Francisco's offense will face one of its stiffest tests against the Jaguars' vaunted defense next week, so it would be realistic to assume a reduced number of scoring opportunities for the red-hot placekicker.
Gould made field goals from 52, 35, 25 and 41 yards in Sunday's 26-16 win over the Texans, when he also made both his extra-point tries. Gould has now notched 29 points in two games since Jimmy Garoppolo took over as San Francisco's starting quarterback. While it remains to be seen whether his rise in production continues, that's the best two-week stretch Gould has put together this season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||6.00|
|4||09/30||@Los Angeles Chargers||6||6.00|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||26||8.25|
|7||10/22||Los Angeles Rams||11||7.06|
|10||11/13||New York Giants||21||7.88|
|12||11/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||7.50|
|17||12/30||@Los Angeles Rams||11||7.06|