Player Outlook
Lutz has been a reliable Fantasy option for most of his career while scooping up Fantasy points behind the high-powered Saints offense led by Drew Brees, averaging at least three extra points per game every year along with one-and-a-half to two field goals. He missed all of last year due to injury, but the kickers who filled in showed there isn't likely to be as much opportunity for Lutz to score in 2022, as the Saints had 20 fewer extra-point attempts last year than they did in Brees' final season. That puts Lutz outside of the top 12 at kicker and makes him nothing more than waiver-wire fodder heading into the season.

Fantasy Stats

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2021
2020 23 28 57 126 1277.9
3y Avg. 18 21 35 89 908.2

Fantasy News

  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Gains medical clearance

    Lutz (abdomen) announced Monday he has been cleared to return to game action, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Lutz was forced to sit out the entire 2021 season after undergoing core-muscle surgery last August, and his absence as a steadfast presence was notable for New Orleans' offense. Getting Lutz back in action as the starting placekicker will be a notable boost for the Saints for the 2022 campaign.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Expected to be ready in 2022

    Lutz (abdomen) is expected to be ready for the 2022 season, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The longtime New Orleans kicker missed the entire 2021 campaign after undergoing core-muscle surgery in August and then suffering a setback in his recovery. While it's not certain how close Lutz is to returning to the field, he again seems on track to serve as the Saints' placekicker in 2022, especially after Brett Maher was let go last week.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Shifts back to IR

    Lutz (abdomen) was moved to IR from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Lutz was already out for the season after having core-muscle surgery and then suffering complications from it. Now that he has cleared COVID protocols, he can return to preparing for a return in 2022.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Moves to COVID-19 list

    The Saints shifted Lutz (core) from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Lutz already won't play this season due to core-muscle surgery and complications stemming from the procedure. Now, he's among 39 players to test positive for the virus Tuesday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lutz will move his rehab away from team facilities and enter into quarantine until he passes the necessary league protocols.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Rules self out for season

    Lutz announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he had a setback in his recovery from core-muscle surgery and won't play in 2021. Lutz underwent the procedure in early August. Last week, the Saints designated him to return from injured reserve in the hope that he would be ready to kick for the team by midseason. Unfortunately for Lutz he hit a snag in his recovery, prompting him to rule out a return in 2021. He'll revert to injured reserve for the rest of the season once his 21-day evaluation window officially comes to a close in early November, paving the way for Brian Johnson to handle kicking duties for the Saints moving forward. Johnson, the third kicker the Saints have used this season, made his NFL debut in Monday's 13-10 win over the Seahawks and converted both of his field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point try.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Not returning Monday

    The Saints didn't activate Lutz (core) from injured reserve Monday, making him ineligible to play Week 8 at Seattle, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Lutz was designated to return from IR last Monday, but one week wasn't enough for him to get back to 100 percent from the core muscle surgery he underwent in early August. He'll thus aim to be available Sunday against the Buccaneers, but in the meantime New Orleans will roll with undrafted rookie Brian Johnson at kicker.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Could be back Week 7

    The Saints designated Lutz (abdomen) for a return from injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reported earlier this month that Lutz was trending toward making his season debut next Monday in Seattle, but even though Lutz has been cleared to resume practicing this week, it's unclear if he'll be deemed fit for kicking duties. Since New Orleans signed Brian Johnson off the Bears' practice squad Oct. 12, he'll need to remain on the 53-man roster for at least three games. Ideally, the Saints wouldn't want to dedicate two roster spots to kickers, but that could come to fruition if Lutz looks healthy enough in practice this week to get activated ahead of Monday's game. Whether he returns to the roster Week 7 or later on in the 21-day evaluation window, Lutz presumably will unseat the unproven Johnson atop the depth chart. The 27-year-old kicked in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2020, converting on 23 of 28 field-goal attempts and 57 of 58 extra-point tries.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Week 7 return likely

    Lutz (abdomen) is only expected to be sidelined a few more weeks, making his likely season debut Week 7 in Seattle on Monday, Oct. 25, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. The Saints are among the four teams with a Week 6 bye, so if their belief comes to pass, Lutz actually will miss just five games as a result of the core muscle surgery he underwent in early August. The team has the ability to open a three-week window to practice by designating him to return from IR. When that happens, it may indicate an even more precise return to action. In the interim, though, New Orleans has moved on to its second kicker of the season, swapping Aldrick Rosas for Cody Parkey this week.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Week 4 debut unlikely

    The Saints aren't expected to activate Lutz (abdomen) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. For the first time all season, Lutz will be eligible to play this week, but since the Saints haven't even designated him for a return from IR, he looks like he'll need more recovering time. The 27-year-old kicker underwent core-muscle surgery in early August and was given an 8-to-12-week recovery timeline, so it wouldn't be surprising if he missed more games beyond Sunday's. Aldrick Rosas was signed off the practice squad in Lutz's absence and had been performing well before missed two field goals in Sunday's win over the Patriots.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Goes to IR

    The Saints placed Lutz (core) on injured reserve Monday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. After undergoing core muscle surgery in early August, Lutz was expected to need 8-to-12 weeks to recover, meaning a move to IR was inevitable. While he can return as early as Week 4 against the Giants, his best-case scenario actually may be Week 5 at Washington. At the moment, the Saints don't have a kicker on the active roster, so they may be getting ready to elevate Aldrick Rosas from the practice squad on a weekly basis until Lutz is back in action.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Undergoing core muscle surgery

    Lutz will have core muscle surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Previous reports hinted at a recovery timeline of 8-12 weeks, essentially ruling Lutz out through September. He played all 16 games in each of his first five NFL seasons, and the Saints haven't been carrying another kicker at training camp. They'll likely look at a bunch of kickers in the coming days.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Could be out 8-12 weeks

    Lutz suffered a core muscle injury during Saturday's practice, and he now may need a surgery that would lead to an absence of eight weeks or longer, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune suggests the recovery timeline could be closer to 12 weeks, with Lutz needing longer than most players because he's a specialist. Lutz played every game in each of his first five NFL seasons, but with the reliable 27-year-old in danger of missing the first half of the upcoming campaign, the Saints figure to look at multiple free-agent kickers.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Cleared for practice

    The Saints removed Lutz (groin) fom the non-football injury list ahead of Wednesday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The Saints never expected Lutz to miss much time and didn't even bother signing another kicker while he was idle. The end of the Drew Brees era comes with some uncertainty, but Lutz is still a viable option at the end of fantasy drafts, as he's an accurate kicker who plays home games in a dome for what should be a competitive team.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Heading to NFI list

    The Saints placed Lutz on the non-football injury list Wednesday with a "soft-tissue" issue, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. General manager Mickey Loomis relayed that he expects Lutz to have a "pretty quick" recovery, meaning he may not miss many practice reps at the beginning of training camp. And with more than two weeks until New Orleans' first preseason game, Lutz has a good chance to miss no exhibition action whatsoever.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Agrees to restructure

    Lutz agreed to re-work his contract with the Saints on Thursday, Luke Johnson of NOLA.com reports. The Saints will reportedly save $1.7 million in cap space by spreading some of the money owed to Lutz into future years. Lutz wrapped up 2020 with a career-worst 82.1 field goal percentage, which sets 2021 up to be a pivotal year for him. He signed a five-year deal back in 2019.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Perfect in divisional-round loss

    Lutz connected on both of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. Lutz ended the season on a high note, nailing all four of his attempts in the 10-point loss. After a down year in terms of accuracy, the Saints' kicker will look to improve in 2021 when he returns to New Orleans for his sixth season.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Misses field goal in Sunday's win

    Lutz missed his only field-goal attempt and made all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday. After an uncharacteristically inaccurate season, Lutz did little to allay concerns about his leg in Sunday's victory, failing to connect on his lone field-goal attempt of the afternoon. He'll need to be at his best in next week's NFC divisional matchup with the Buccaneers.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Makes two field goals

    Lutz converted both of his field-goal attempts and three of four extra-point attempts the Saints' 33-7 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He had a down year in 2020, and his 82 percent conversion rate on field-goal attempts matches the lowest mark of his career, set in his rookie season. Lutz's field-goal attempts were a career-low 28 thanks to the uber-efficient Saints offense, but he missed five of those tries. The young kicker will look to bounce back in 2021.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Scores 10 in Week 16 win

    Lutz connected on all seven of his extra-point attempts and his lone field-goal attempt in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday. The Saints' kicker attempted just one field goal, but the team's seven rushing touchdowns were fruitful for him, as he knocked in all seven extra points. Lutz gets Carolina in Week 17.
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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Nails three extra points

    Lutz made all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 32-29 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Lutz had another disappointing game, though this week it was due to a lack of opportunity and not two missed field goals. Lutz has been tough to trust for fantasy purposes in recent weeks, but he'll get a solid draw with Minnesota in Week 16.
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