Harrison Butker

Kansas City Chiefs
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Kansas City Chiefs
Place Kicker #7

Harrison Butker News

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Butker (back) is active for Saturday's contest against the Raiders, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports.

Analysis: There was some real concerns Butker would ultimately miss the regular season finale, but after an extensive warm up, the veteran kicker is good to go. It's possible the Chiefs may have to go through this same sort of cadence next week provided they're unable to claim the No. 1 seed and first-round bye.

Jan 7, 2023 12:18 PM EST

Iffy for Saturday's game

Butker (back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Butker wasn't included on the Chiefs' injury report to begin Week 18 before he was added to the report Wednesday, when a bout with back spasms prevented him from practicing. He took a step in the right direction Thursday by returning to practice as a limited participant, but the Chiefs aren't yet comfortable clearing Butker to play in the regular-season finale. According to Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star, head coach Andy Reid said after Thursday's session that "there's a chance" the team may need to add a kicker to the roster if Butker isn't fit to play Saturday. Kansas City would have to make any roster move by Friday if there's truly any lingering concern about Butker's availability.

Jan 5, 2023 1:02 PM EST

Returns to practice

Butker (back) was on the practice field Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how heavily Butker participated, but his return to the field after dealing with back spasms Wednesday suggests he is making process in his recovery. The team has still yet to bring in another kicker, so it appears they may have some confidence in his ability to suit up Saturday against the Raiders.

Jan 5, 2023 10:19 AM EST

Sidelined due to back spasms

Butker didn't practice Wednesday due to back spasms.

Analysis: Butker wasn't listed on the injury report Tuesday, but he lands on the list Wednesday as a non-participant due to back spasms. His absence is certainly concerning, and if he isn't able to practice Thursday, his status for Saturday's game against the Raiders will be in serious jeopardy. Kansas City currently doesn't have a kicker on its practice squad, but Matthew Wright, who saw action with the Chiefs earlier in the season, remains a free agent after being let go by Pittsburgh.

Jan 4, 2023 1:38 PM EST

Slow night in kicking game

Butker missed his only field goal attempt and all three of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: The Broncos' defense is a challenging fantasy matchup, which played a hand in Butker's relatively slow night in the kicking game. He hasn't quite converted in the kicking game at the same rate he has in every year prior, missing at a higher rate from both inside 50 yards and beyond than he has in any year prior. Butker's fantasy output has been relatively mediocre as a result, but he should remain a popular option as long as he is part of a Chiefs team led by Patrick Mahomes under center.

Jan 3, 2023 10:32 AM EST

Makes one field goal

Butker connected on his lone field-goal attempt and made all three of his extra-point attempts in Saturday's win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Butker's only field-goal attempt was good from 47 yards out late in the second quarter. The veteran kicker has now completed 77 percent of his field-goal attempts on the season, which is his lowest percentage of his career. Butker will look to be more involved in Week 16 when the Chiefs host the Broncos.

Dec 26, 2022 5:07 PM EST

Misfires twice Sunday

Butker connected on 1-for-2 field-goal attempts and 1-for-2 point-after tries during Sunday's 30-24 overtime win over the Texans.

Analysis: Butker had missed just one kick over the previous four games, so Sunday's showing was a bit disappointing, especially for fantasy teams hoping for a significant playoff effort from him. For those still forging on, Butker and the Chiefs have a good matchup for an offensive explosion next week against a Seattle defense yielding the fourth-most points per game (25.4) this season.

Dec 20, 2022 9:21 AM EST

Nails all six attempts

Butker went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 4-for-4 on point-after tries during Sunday's 34-28 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Butker has missed just one kick total over the last four games and has made multiple field goals in three of the last four. He remains one of the top options at the kicker spot in fantasy leagues and sees some good matchups over the season's final weeks.

Dec 13, 2022 8:50 AM EST

Misfires on late game-tying kick

Butker went 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 3-for-3 on point-after tries during Sunday's 27-24 loss against the Bengals.

Analysis: Butker had a flawless 4-for-4 night going on kicks before he stepped up to attempt a 55-yard field goal with under four minutes remaining to knot up the game. Unfortunately, it sailed wide right, and the Chiefs didn't get another opportunity. That doesn't devalue Butker much from a fantasy standpoint. He's knocked home a combined eight field goals in the last three weeks.

Dec 6, 2022 9:14 AM EST

Perfect gain in kicking game

Butker converted all four of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 26-10 victory over the Rams.

Analysis: After an empty Week 10 showing, Butker has come back with his two biggest fantasy efforts of the year over the last pair of weeks, knocking home a combined seven field goals and five extra points. He hasn't missed a kick over that span, which is a good sign after he missed at least one in the four games prior. He remains one of the top fantasy options at the position kicking behind a Chiefs offense that leads the league with 29.6 points per game.

Nov 29, 2022 9:25 AM EST

Key contributor on SNF

Butker nailed all three field goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 30-27 win versus the Chargers.

Analysis: After going without a field-goal attempt last week, Butker took advantage of the opportunities he got Sunday night, knocking home two from inside 40 and one from beyond 50 yards, in addition to his three extra-point conversions. Kicking behind the highest-scoring offense in the league, Butker should be rostered in almost all formats that include kickers.

Nov 22, 2022 3:31 PM EST

No field-goal tries in Week 10

Butker went 3-for-4 on point-after tries during Sunday's 27-17 win versus Jacksonville.

Analysis: Butker left both a point and a fantasy point on the board with his missed PAT, but it would have been a disappointing fantasy showing either way, mainly because the Chiefs never attempted a field goal when in scoring range. It's not exactly a case of going for it on fourth either; the Chiefs have gone for it on fourth just eight times in nine games, tying for the sixth-fewest fourth-down attempts in the NFL. Butker has attempted at least one field goal in every other game, and the early odds peg the Chiefs-Chargers as one of the highest-score contests next week, so Butker should have an excellent chance to bounce back.

Nov 15, 2022 8:29 AM EST

Hits game-winner despite struggles

Butker connected on 2 of 3 field goal attempts and missed his only extra-point try during Sunday's 20-17 overtime win over Tennessee.

Analysis: After missing just once all year in 2021 from inside 50 yards, Butker has now missed twice from inside 50 in the last two games. He added a missed PAT on his only try in this one, likely leaving a sour taste in his mouth with his first miss on those this season. He's still just a few weeks back from an ankle issue that cost him some time, and Butker has a strong track record in Kansas City, so it's unlikely he's in the hot seat, and he's still kicking for one of the league best offense in terms of points per game (30.4), so Butker should be rostered in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.

Nov 8, 2022 9:38 AM EST

Misfires once in seven kicks

Butker went 0-for-1 on field-goal attempts and 6-for-6 on point-after tries during Sunday's 44-23 win against the 49ers.

Analysis: Unfortunately, Butker's lone miss Sunday came on an attempt that counts for the most for fantasy purposes, but he at least knocked home all six of his extra-point tries to maintain some fantasy value. The Chiefs demonstrated their offensive prowess against one of the better defenses in the NFL, which bodes well for his outlook.

Oct 25, 2022 11:03 AM EST

Long make in return

Butker made two of his three field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Butker returned from an ankle injury suffered in the season opener to drain a 62-yarder before halftime. While he went wide left with a 51-yard try to begin the third quarter, Butker rallied to make from 44 yards later on. Now that he's healthy again, look for Butker to resurface as one of the league's most productive kickers.

Oct 18, 2022 5:01 PM EST

Will be available Sunday

Butker doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against the Bills.

Analysis: As expected, Butker will be available in Week 6 for the first time since spraining his ankle in the season opener. The Chiefs scored 42 points in an overtime win the last time these teams met, so Butker should get plenty of opportunities during his first game back following a four-game absence.

Oct 14, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Practices fully, should play Sunday

Butker (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Butker has been sidelined since spraining his ankle Week 1, but he practiced without limitations Thursday and should be good to go for Sunday's game versus the Bills. Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub also said that he expects Butker to play this weekend barring any setbacks, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.

Oct 13, 2022 2:42 PM EST

Should return Sunday

Butker (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, "as long as he doesn't have any setbacks," according to special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Butker hasn't played since suffering the injury in Week 1, but he appears to be on the verge of a return. If the Chiefs decide to err on the side of caution, or Butker suffers a setback, Matthew Wright would be inline to handle kicking duties for a third straight week.

Oct 13, 2022 10:44 AM EST

Logs limited practice Wednesday

Butker (ankle) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game versus Buffalo, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Butker has not played since he sprained his ankle Week 1, but his participation in practice Wednesday, though limited, suggests he is nearing a return to the field. If for some reason Butker can't play in Week 6, Matthew Wright would be slated to step in again as his replacement.

Oct 12, 2022 2:23 PM EST

Will practice Wednesday

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Butker (ankle) will practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Butker has missed four straight games since suffering an ankle sprain during the season opener, but his participation in practice suggests he's getting close to making his return. If he's able to avoid a setback, it appears like the veteran kicker is trending towards being available for Week 6.

Oct 12, 2022 10:29 AM EST

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