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Matt Prater

Arizona Cardinals
Place Kicker #5
Arizona Cardinals
Place Kicker #5
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Near perfect Sunday

Prater was 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 5-for-5 on point-after tries during Sunday's 38-13 win in Tennessee.

Analysis: Prater did have one foible on the day, missing a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, he was on point, making a 34-yarder and also recording touchbacks on six of his seven kickoffs. Assuming the Cardinals offense continues to operate at a high level behind quarterback Kyler Murray, Prater should be afforded plenty of options to produce on a weekly basis.

Sep 12, 2021 7:41 PM EST

Links up with Cardinals

Prater signed a two-year contract with Arizona on Wednesday.

Analysis: After enduring a disappointing year with Zane Gonzalez, the Cardinals are turning to a 14-year veteran coming off seven seasons in Detroit. Prater is a two-time Pro Bowler who boasts an 83.2% career field-goal conversion rate, though he dropped all the way down to 75% in 2020. The 36-year-old will be looking to bounce back in Arizona this season, and being part of a high-scoring offense led by Kyler Murray could lead to plenty of fantasy upside.

Mar 17, 2021 4:15 PM EST

Converts 50-yarder

Prater converted his only field-goal attempt and two of three PATs during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Prater got one chance at a field goal from 54 yards out and he made the most of it. However, the veteran missed wide left on one of his PATs and Detroit subsequently felt the need to go for two on a pair of ensuing extra-point attempts, costing Prater's output even further. While Prater will now finish his age-36 campaign with a six-year low in field-goal conversions (21) and one of the lowest conversion rates (74 percent) of his career, fantasy managers should keep in mind that all seven of his misses came on kicks from at least 40 yards and four of those came from beyond 50. As he also remains one of the most consistent PAT kickers league-wide, Prater has a great chance to continue on as a solid fantasy option depending on the team with which the impending free agent chooses to sign with this offseason.

Jan 3, 2021 4:50 PM EST

Output suffers in Stafford's absence

Prater did not attempt a field goal but made his only PAT during Saturday's 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: With quarterback Matthew Stafford (ankle) leaving early for the lockerroom, the Lions had to rely on the ground game against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the fewest yards per rush attempt (3.2) leaguewide in 2020. The results clearly weren't pretty, and Prater's output suffered as a result. While it's possible the Lions could find more success in Week 17 against a Vikings defense that allows the ninth-most yards per rush attempt (4.6) - plus the sixth-most yards per pass attempt (7.8) - it's also possible that Stafford's potential absence could again bomb Prater's fantasy contributions.

Dec 28, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Suiting up Saturday

Prater (back) is active for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Prater sat out Wednesday's practice with his back injury before logging a limited session Thursday, but the two-time Pro Bowler is officially in the clear for Week 16. The 36-year-old remains without a game absence since 2014, though he's in the midst of a slumping 2020 campaign, converting just 20 of his 27 attempts (74.1 percent) on the season.

Dec 26, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Sits out practice Wednesday

Prater (back) did not practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Prater wasn't listed on Tuesday's injury report but showed up with a back issue that kept him from practicing entirely Wednesday. The Lions play Tampa Bay on Saturday, so it would bode well for the placekicker's chances of taking part in that contest if he is able to return to practice Thursday.

Dec 23, 2020 4:12 PM EST

Again limited with FG opportunities

Prater made his only field-goal attempt and two of three PATs during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Prater converted from 53 yards out in the third quarter, but he blemished his day by missing wide left on one of his extra-point attempts. That he's not attempted more than one field goal in each of the past five weeks coupled with the possibility that Matthew Stafford may sit the final two games of the season, Prater is not an advisable fantasy option in Week 15 against Tampa Bay.

Dec 20, 2020 5:24 PM EST

One FG against Green Bay

Prater made his only field-goal attempt and all three of his PATs during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: The Lions were able to punch it in for a touchdown three of the four times they managed to get in scoring position, limiting Prater's opportunities. Despite a welcoming matchup Week 15 matchup with a struggling Titans defense, Prater's chances of a bounce-back performance will be dinged if quarterback Matthew Stafford (ribs) is forced to miss time.

Dec 14, 2020 8:00 AM EST

No field-goal attempts in comeback victory

Prater did not attempt a field goal but converted four of five PATs during Sunday's 34-30 victory over Chicago.

Analysis: After attempting at least three field goals in four of five games out of the Lions' bye week, Prater has now attempted just two total field goals over the last three weeks. While Matthew Stafford's thumb injury undoubtedly played a role in Prater not having many chances during the first two of those three unfortunate games, Prater's problem in this most recent outing -- in which Stafford seemed much healthier -- was that Detroit was actually too efficient with their offensive opportunities. While this obviously isn't much of a consolation to fantasy owners, a healthy Stafford and a rejuvenated Lions offense only bodes well for Prater to get back on track within the indoor confines of Ford Field in Week 14 against Green Bay.

Dec 7, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Hits trio of short kicks

Prater made a 29-yard field goal and both extra-point attempts in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Prater remains perfect from short range, as he's connected on all 10 field-goal tries from within 40 yards while going 26-for-26 on extra-point attempts. This was the third time in five games that he attempted just one field goal. He's been tough to depend on with fluctuating opportunities. A Week 13 matchup against the Bears' sturdy defense provides another challenge for the veteran kicker.

Nov 30, 2020 12:11 PM EST

Lays goose egg

Prater missed his only field-goal attempt during Sunday's 20-0 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: The Lions had severe struggles moving the ball while quarterback Matthew Stafford played through a thumb injury. Prater subsequently received a single field-goal attempt from 51 yards out, which he missed wide left. Having previously attempted at least three field goals in six of nine games in 2020, there seems to a solid chance Prater and the Lions rebound in Week 12 against a Texans defense that is allowing the fourth-most total points per game (28.0) in 2020.

Nov 22, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Walk-off field goal beats Washington

Prater converted three of three field-goal attempts and three of three PATs during Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington.

Analysis: Including the game-winning field goal from 59-yards out in the final seconds, Prater drilled two kicks from beyond 50 yards, which is his NFL-record seventh career time of doing so. It's also the sixth time in nine games this season that Prater has attempted at least three field goals. Even with the injuries mounting on the Lions defense, Prater and Detroit should be able to find success in Week 11 against a collapsing Panthers defense that was diced for over 550 total yards and 46 points by Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Nov 15, 2020 5:46 PM EST

Converts two of three FGA

Prater made two of three field-goal attempts and both of his PATs during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Prater badly missed his opening FGA from 46 yards wide left but later redeemed himself with kicks from 23 and 45 yards. The veteran has now converted multiple field goals in five of eight games with 12 total attempts coming from beyond 40 yards. While the Lions offense could struggle if Matthew Stafford (concussion) is forced to miss time, a Week 10 matchup with a middling Washington team is not something to run away from

Nov 9, 2020 11:33 AM EST

Misses FG from 48 yards

Prater missed his only field-goal attempt but made three of three PATs during Sunday's 41-21 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Missing his only attempt from 48 yards out, Prater's fantasy performance otherwise suffered from an unlucky combination of Detriot's red-zone success and a number of Matthew Stafford's drive-killing mistakes. The veteran should get back on track in Week 9 against a Vikings defense that has allowed the third-most points per game (32.0) in 2020.

Nov 1, 2020 3:16 PM EST

Makes extra-long PAT for the win

Prater converted three of four field-goal attempts and both of his PATs during Sunday's 23-22 victory over Atlanta.

Analysis: Prater practically won this game for Detroit, first capping off one of the Lions' only successful drives in the first half with a 50-yard field goal as the second quarter expired. Prater then made another from 51 yards out in the third, uncharacteristically missed a go-ahead FGA from 46 in the fourth, then later redeemed himself with a successful 49-yard go-ahead field goal as well as the walk-off PAT that happened to be from 48 yards out due to penalties. Prater has now attempted at least four field goals in three of six games in 2020 and he will remain amongst the highest-upside fantasy options when the Lions take on the Colts in Week 8.

Oct 26, 2020 1:10 PM EST

Converts two of three field-goal attempts

Prater made two of three field-goal attempts and four of four PATs during Sunday's 34-16 victory over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Prater missed wide left from 57 yards out but connected from 31 and 41 yards. While the veteran has been somewhat frustrating to own this season due to near goose eggs in Weeks 2 and 4, Prater has the green light to attempt kicks from 50 yards out on a weekly basis and he is usually productive when he gets the opportunities. In a Lions offense that is close to fully healthy, Prater could have a big day against a Falcons defense that has given up the fifth-most points per game (30.7) in 2020.

Oct 19, 2020 7:54 PM EST

No field-goal attempts

Prater did not attempt a field goal but made three of three PATs during Sunday's 35-29 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: In a weird game where neither team attempted a single field goal, Prater was also hurt by the Lions needing to go for two late in the game. While this is a letdown after Prater's big performance in Week 3, the veteran kicker will remain a solid fantasy option when Detroit reconvenes from its Week 5 bye.

Oct 4, 2020 3:45 PM EST

Big day in desert

Prater made four of four field-goal attempts and two of two PATs during Sunday's 26-23 victory over Arizona.

Analysis: Detroit was able to move the ball in the return of receiver Kenny Golladay, but the offense struggled to punch the ball in the end zone. Prater thus benefited with four field-goal tries from within 40 yards. The veteran should continue to benefit from the Lions' near full return to health on the offensive side of the roster when Detroit hosts New Orleans at home in Week 4.

Sep 28, 2020 6:55 PM EST

Misses from long distance

Prater missed his only field-goal attempt but converted three of three PATs during Sunday's 42-21 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Detroit has struggled to move the ball in the absence of two key playmakers, receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot). Combined with the Lions' ability to find the end zone when they were able to get into scoring position Sunday, Prater ultimately wound up with a single field-goal attempt from 57 yards out, which he missed wide right. If Golladay and Vaitai are able to return in Week 3 - which seems possible - Prater could be in for a bounce-back performance against a Cardinals team that has pushed the tempo (79.5 offensive snaps per game) through two weeks into the 2020 campaign.

Sep 21, 2020 10:08 AM EST

Three field goals in season opener

Prater made three of four field goals and both of his PATs during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Prater was one of three kickers league-wide to see at least four field goals in Week 1, but he missed a 55-yard attempt wide right. While he won't always get this many opportunities on a weekly basis, the veteran can be counted on for at least a couple per game while quarterback Matthew Stafford is healthy. In eight games with a healthy Stafford in 2019, Prater attempted 2.4 field goals per game, compared to 1.6 FGA per game in the other eight games without Stafford.

Sep 14, 2020 1:29 PM EST

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