Look, kickers are people too. In this edition of the “Who The Fuck Is That Guy” series, we’re taking a bit of a break from the more conventional fantasy players. “Who The Fuck Is That Guy” is how we conclude every episode of the Vendetta Sports Fantasy Show on our Youtube Channel. Everyone gives a player that no one knows about and no one will ever draft. Yet somehow, someway they will win you your fantasy league. Who said backup kickers can’t be fantasy heroes? Today we’re looking at Ramiz Ahmed. A kicker for the Chicago Bears and Scott’s pick in episode 5.
Ramiz Ahmed is a 24 year old kicker out of Nevada. He was the kickoff specialist his junior year and won field goal duties as a senior in 2018. Despite playing his senior year in 2018, he is listed as a rookie on the teams website. Ahmed is listed at 6’0, 190 pounds. He was brought in to either replace or push Eddy Pineiro.
Ramiz Ahmed was a place kicker for 1 year in college but he was damn effective in that year. In 2018 Ramiz Ahmed attempted 44 extra points, he made 40 of them. That equals to 91 percent. As for field goals, Ahmed excelled under 50 yards. Ahmed attempted 16 field goals under 50 yards and he converted 14 of them. That totals 88 percent. However, he struggled kicking over 50 yards. Ahmed went 1/4 for field goals over 50 yards. That tanks his field goal percentage to 75%.
Say what you want, the Bears offense leaves a lot to be desired. That’s actually perfect for kickers as they get more fantasy points for long field goals than extra points. Last year Eddy Pineiro attempted 28 field goals and made 23 of them. He made 1 from under 19 yards, 8 from 20-29 yards, 9 from 30-39 yards, 3 from 40-49 yards and 2 from over 50 yards. Those are solid kicker numbers for fantasy. Kickers can be a valuable asset to any fantasy team, it just depends on if you have the right guy. Ramiz Ahmed can be that guy for you.
Path To Playing Time
Ramiz Ahmed’s path to playing time varies depending on Eddy Pineiro. Pineiro was absolutely terrible from 40-49 yards last year as he went 3/7. The Bears are still looking for the right kicker ever since Cody Parkey’s double doink, something I, and Bears fans, will never forget. If Pineiro struggles it would come as no surprise if the Bears toss him aside and put Ahmed in. It should also be noted that Pineiro injured his plant leg last season. Although not a serious injury, it’s always possible that it reemerges and forces Ahmed to step up. Of course, there’s always a chance that Pineiro catches Covid-19. If that happens the Bears will likely go with somebody that they know and have worked with to replace Pineiro, enter Ramiz Ahmed.
Kickers are people too, even backup kickers. You may say “Oh there’s no way this happens” but there’s a damn good chance with everything going on. If Pineiro gets cut, injured or catches Covid-19, don’t be surprised to see Ahmed wearing number 6 drill some 40 yard field goals.