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Nick Folk Injury Update Creates Fantasy Value for Kai Forbath After Signing With Patriots

Max Staley
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Over the last two decades, the New England Patriots have had unparalleled stability at head coach, quarterback and more quietly, at kicker. Adam Vinatieri was with the team from 1996-2005, then Stephen Gostkowski took over the starting job from 2006 until now.

Unfortunately, Gostowski was ruled out for the season earlier in the year, marking just the second time in his career that he's missed more than one game. Since his injury, there's been a revolving door at kicker in New England.

Mike Nugent was signed and released, in favor of Nick Folk, who played just three games before being released himself, seemingly due to an appendectomy. Kai Forbath will take over for Folk, at least for this week, though there's a chance Folk returns when healthy.

Folk was No. 10 at his position in our Week 13 kicker rankings prior to this news, and it's fair to expect Forbath to produce at a similar rate. Forbath has hit at least 80.0 percent of his field goals in each of the last three seasons, while Folk has been above 75.0 percent in four of his last five seasons.

While not nearly as dynamic as in years past, New England is still the league's fifth-best scoring offense at 27.3 points per game, which will make any Patriots kicker fantasy relevant.

Against the Houston Texans (No. 16 scoring defense), Forbath is fantasy viable in Week 13.

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