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Matt Prater

Matt Prater

Place Kicker #5
ADP:Round: 15, Pick: 1
Team: Detroit Lions
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 187 lb.
College:Central Florida
Age:35
Born:August 10, 1984
Drafted:2006 / UDFA

Matt Prater: Accurate from long range

Prater converted both of his field-goal attempts and both of his PATs during Sunday's 23-20 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: The 56-yarder Prater cranked through in the fourth was dead-center and might have have been good from 70-plus yards, given how much room it had to clear the post. Regardless, the veteran's general ability to connect from long range was critical for the Lions' David-Blough-led offense to maintain its lead for most of the game. With the 2019 campaign now in the books, Prater will finish his age-35 season having converted 26 of 31 field-goal attempts and 35 of 36 PATs over 16 games in 2019. Despite both of his field goals and field-goal attempts representing four-year lows, the entire Lions offense suffered from the absence of Matthew Stafford (back) over the last half of the campaign. A healthy Stafford should mean good things for all parties involved in 2020, the final year left on Prater's current contract.

January 2, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Matt Prater: Accurate from long range

Prater made both of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra points in Sunday's 23-20 loss against the Packers.

Analysis: The 56-yarder Prater cranked through in the fourth was dead-center and might have have been good from 70-plus yards, given how much room it had to clear the post. Regardless, the veteran's general ability to connect from long range was critical for the Lions' David-Blough-led offense to maintain its lead for most of the game. With the 2019 campaign now in the books, Prater will finish his age-35 season having converted 26 of 31 field-goal attempts and 35 of 36 PATs over 16 games in 2019. Despite both of his field goals and field-goal attempts representing four-year lows, the entire Lions offense suffered from the absence of Matthew Stafford (back) over the last half of the season. A healthy Stafford should mean good things for all parties involved in 2020, the last year of Prater's current contract with Detroit.

January 2, 2020 3:54 PM EST

Matt Prater: Ready for season finale

Prater (illness) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Prater was added to the injury report Friday as a limited participant and received the questionable tag due to the illness, but it won't end up impacting his availability for Week 17. The 35-year-old is 24-for-29 on field goals and 33-for-34 on extra points this season and will look to finish the 2019 campaign on a strong note.

December 29, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Matt Prater: Dealing with illness

Prater is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers due to an illness, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Prater took every rep during the Lions' first two practices of the week before the ailment limited his activity in Friday's session, prompting Detroit to give him a designation for the regular-season finale. Unless the Lions add another kicker to the 53-man roster prior to Saturday's deadline for Week 17 transactions, Prater probably won't be at any real risk of sitting out against Green Bay.

December 27, 2019 1:59 PM EST

Matt Prater: Second field goal in three games

Prater converted his only field-goal attempt and both of his PATs during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: The return of Kerryon Johnson didn't bring enough of a lift to the Lions offense to make Prater fantasy-relevant. The limitations of quarterback David Blough simply haven't allowed for many scoring opportunities, and Prater's numbers have suffered. After averaging over 2.2 attempts in the first 11 games of the season, Prater has only attempted five in David Blough's four consecutive starts. It'll remain hard to trust the otherwise dependable Prater during Sunday's season finale against the Packers.

December 23, 2019 7:57 PM EST

Matt Prater: Hits all three kicks

Prater made a 44-yard kick and two extra points in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Prater has now hit 27 straight extra points, and he's connected on 23 of 28 field goals (82 percent). He continues to be excellent from deep as well, making six of seven field goals from beyond 50 yards. Prater could hit some deep bombs in Week 16 at Denver's high altitude.

December 16, 2019 12:46 PM EST

Matt Prater: Misses only attempt from 45 yards out

Prater missed his only field-goal attempt and made his only PAT during Sunday's 20-7 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Prater sailed his one and only attempt from 45 yards wide right and he wasn't afforded a second field-goal chance at any point in the second half. Newly-installed quarterback David Blough simply had a much tougher time moving the ball this week against the Vikings compared to last week against the Bears. There's at least a chance for a nice rebound in Week 15 if Blough can move the ball against Tampa Bay's second-to-last ranked secondary.

December 9, 2019 7:39 PM EST

Matt Prater: Two more field goals

Prater made both of his field-goal attempts and both of his PATs during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: While Prater's stat line was aided by the fact that the Lions offense stalled twice from within the 10-yard line, he's now attempted at least two field goals in eight of 12 games this year. He also afford the Lions an extra possession by way of a successful onside kick during the first quarter. Given the relative success that quarterback David Blough had Thursday - combined with the Minnesota's declining defense - Prater might just be worthy of a spot in starting lineups during Detroit's Week 14 game against the Vikings.

November 29, 2019 11:55 AM EST

Matt Prater: Three-for-four in Washington

Prater made three of four field-goal attempts as well as his only PAT during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Prater was good from 21, 24 and 49 yards out, but the veteran went wide right from 39 yards on a windy day in Washington. It's unfortunate that miss wound up being the difference in the game, but Prater at least made history by passing Errol Mann for the fourth-most points in Lions history. Prater could have another busy day in Week 13 against the Bears if quarterback Jeff Driskel doesn't have too much trouble getting Detroit into scoring position.

November 25, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Matt Prater: No field-goal attempts

Prater did not attempt a field goal but converted all three PATs during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: We knew coming into this that Prater may not get many opportunities to produce, but it wasn't because we thought Jeff Driskel would get the team into the end zone four times. It's actually a great sign for Prater's future outlook that Driskel was able to move the ball on a not-terrible Cowboys defense. While the tune may change when the Lions have to play tough Chicago and Minnesota teams in coming weeks, it's possible Driskel could allow Prater to have a respectable outing in the meantime when Detroit travels to Washington D.C. in Week 12.

November 18, 2019 2:41 PM EST

Matt Prater: Huge night in Green Bay

Prater converted all five field-goal attempts and his only PAT during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: While the Lions presumably wish they didn't have to settle for five field goals in a game that was ultimately decided by a single point, Prater was absolute money in this one. Two of the field goals he drilled were from beyond 50 yards and he had another from beyond 40. Detroit could need Prater's excellence to shine through again in Week 7 should the offense be unable to improve its red-zone efficiency against a tough Vikings defense.

October 15, 2019 6:24 PM EST

Matt Prater: Perfect against Chiefs

Prater converted all three field-goal attempts and all three PATs during Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: After missing three kicks in the past two weeks, Prater rebounded in impressive fashion and ultimately connected on attempts from 25, 48 and 53 yards out. The storied veteran is now 48-for-63 on field-goal attempts 50 yards or longer and his career 76.2 conversion rate only trails Robbie Gould's NFL record of 76.3. Prater will continue to be a considerable fantasy option in Week 6 against the Packers after the Lions return from their Week 5 bye.

September 30, 2019 11:21 AM EST

Matt Prater: Has kick blocked

Prater made two of his three field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Prater converted from 25 and 33 yards on his two makes, which both came during the second quarter. Although he later had a 46-yarder blocked with under two minutes remaining in the game, Detroit's defense stood tall to preserve the Lions' victory. Through three games, Prater sports 19 points, but has now missed three kicks in his last two outings.

September 24, 2019 4:47 PM EST

Matt Prater: Performance to forget

Prater missed his only field-goal attempt and one of two PATs during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.

Analysis: Prater nearly cost Detroit the game with a pair of costly miscues. The first way a missed PAT on the Lions' opening score and the second was a 40-yard field-goal attempt that sailed wide right. However, Prater only missed one other PAT over the past two seasons and has finished in the top half of the league in accuracy each of the past four seasons, so there's plenty of optimism for some sort of rebound performance in Week 3 against the Eagles.

September 15, 2019 1:56 PM EST

Matt Prater: Perfect in season opener

Prater made both field-goal attempts and all three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 27-27 tie at Arizona.

Analysis: Prater drilled a 55-yard field goal to start the scoring in the second quarter but didn't have a second chance at a field goal until overtime. The 35-year-old has been one of the more reliable long-range kickers in the league over the last few years and that seems unlikely to change in 2019.

September 9, 2019 1:07 PM EST

Matt Prater: Drills 61-yard kick

Prater converted two of two field-goal attempts and his only PAT during Friday's preseason loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Prater boomed a 61-yard kick with time expiring in the second quarter, a kick from a length that hasn't been seen in preseason history since 1999. Few kickers around the league have the trust to take attempts from such a distance.

August 23, 2019 10:26 PM EST

Matt Prater: No competition for starting role

Prater appears safe in his job in advance of the 2019 season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: The 12-year-veteran is entering his sixth season with the Lions and hasn't missed a game in four years. While Prater's career field-goal conversion rate of 83.8 percent is only 17th among active kickers, it also ranks in the 24th all-time. However, if you only count Prater's time in Detroit, those numbers would jump to 7th and 8th respectively on the back of an 86.3 conversion rate. Truly one of the most accomplished kickers in the NFL, Prater is not being presented with any outside competition ahead of the 2019 campaign. As such, the 34-year-old's job indeed seems safe.

June 19, 2019 7:23 AM EST

Matt Prater: Flaunts passing ability

Prater converted his only field-goal attempt and lone PAT during Sunday's victory over Green Bay. He also completed his only pass attempt for an eight-yard touchdown.

Analysis: The record holder for the NFL's longest field goal showed his athleticism isn't contained to his kicking abilities, as Prater dropped a perfect touchdown in the back of the end zone to tight end Levine Toilolo on a faked field goal in the second quarter. Also perfect on his kicking opportunities, Prater had quite the day in the Lions' 2018 season finale. He'll now close the season having made 28 of 32 field-goal attempts -- including a perfect 20-for-20 from inside 40 yards -- as well as all 27 of his PATs. Prater remains under contract with Detroit for another two seasons.

December 30, 2018 7:55 PM EST

Matt Prater: Perfect against Vikings

Prater went three-for-three on his field-goal attempts during Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Prater somehow had a serviceable fantasy outing despite the Lions' significant struggles moving the ball against Minnesota's fourth-ranked defense. Having converted multiple field goals in just four of his last nine outings, the strong-legged Prater appears to be a low-floor, high-ceiling fantasy option at this juncture in the season as Detroit approaches it's Week 17 season finale in Green Bay.

December 23, 2018 6:57 PM EST

Matt Prater: Misses fourth-quarter field goal

Prater missed his only field goal attempt but made his only PAT during Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Prater made a critical miscue on a missed 48-yard field goal attempt that would've given the Lions the lead in the final frame -- which marked the veteran's first missed field goal in the fourth quarter over the past three seasons. Given the Lions' massive offensive struggles in the absence of Marvin Jones (knee), Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Golden Tate (traded), it isn't wise to bet on Prater getting many opportunities to rebound during Detroit's tough Week 16 matchup against the Vikings.

December 17, 2018 11:24 AM EST

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