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Matt Prater | Place Kicker

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/10/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: UCF
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Broncos K Matt Prater was facing a year-long suspension before his attorney got it reduced to four games.
Prater has been in the league's drug program since 2011. This report suggests he's had multiple strikes. Prater has a booming leg and is the consensus top fantasy kicker. He'll miss the first four games of the season before returning in Week 6. Look for the Broncos to sign a veteran kicker in the coming days. Aug 24 - 12:42 PM

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NFL suspended Broncos K Matt Prater four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

According to the Denver Post, the violation was "alcohol-related." Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since August 2011, when he was charged with DUI. It's a major fantasy blow, as Prater has one of the league's biggest legs, and is kicking for its best offense. He was Rotoworld's No. 2 kicker. Prater's backup is undrafted rookie Mitch Ewald, but the Broncos will likely search for a veteran fill-in. Prater's track record is such that his roster spot shouldn't be in danger. He is eligible to return in Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4. Prater is no longer draftable in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 24 - 2:15 AM

Broncos K Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 75 extra points in the 2013 regular season.

Prater broke Stephen Gostkowski's previous record of 74 extra points set in 2007. While Prater kicked just 25 field goals last season (tied for 18th), his record-breaking extra points tally propelled him to finish the season as fantasy's No. 2 kicker.
May 16 - 2:30 PM

Matt Prater (illness) practiced in full Wednesday.

Prater is completely over the illness that made him feel like he got "run over by a truck" last week. The second-team All-Pro selection is all systems go for the Super Bowl.
Jan 30 - 8:26 AM

Matt Prater (illness) traveled with the Broncos to New Jersey Sunday.

Prater battled a virus last week and was kept away from the team. "When I woke up Wednesday morning, I felt like I got run over by a truck," he said. But he's feeling much better now and will be a full go for the Super Bowl. Prater was a second-team All-Pro selection this season, making 25-of-26 field goals -- including 6-of-7 from 50-plus. Two of those bombs came away from the thin air in Denver.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 27 - 8:52 AM

Broncos K Matt Prater (illness) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl.

Prater missed his second straight practice Friday, but it's not a major concern. Coach John Fox said Prater should be fine in plenty of time for the Super Bowl.
Jan 24 - 7:55 PM

Matt Prater is now 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) on field goals of at least 50 yards, the most accurate mark in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

Prater's record-breaking 64-yard field goal in Sunday's win over the Titans was not a fluke. Yes, it was boosted by the thin air at Mile High, but this is annually one of the best long-ball kickers in the league. Prater broke the previous record of 63 yards, held by Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and David Akers (2012). He'll be fantasy's top kicking option when the Broncos host the Chargers on Thursday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:15:00 AM

Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in Sunday's Week 14 game against the Titans.

In the thin air of Mile High and despite 16-degree temperatures, the Broncos chose to give Prater a shot as the first half expired. He delivered, breaking the previous record of 63 yards that was originally set by Tom Dempsey back in 1970 (and then tied by others). It's Prater's fifth field goal of 50+ yards on the season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Matt Prater (calf) was 3-of-3 on field goals and 5-of-5 on extra points in Sunday's Week 5 win at Dallas.

Prater's calf was clearly not an issue. He hit one field goal from 48 yards out, another from 50 and then knocked in a 28-yarder as time expired to win the game. There's not a better fantasy kicking option in the league. Prater is 9-of-9 on the season, including 3-of-3 from 50+.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Broncos K Matt Prater (calf) is listed as probable for Sunday's Week 5 game at Dallas.

Prater was limited in practice all week with a right (kicking) calf issue. But the Broncos felt good enough with his status not to sign another kicker. We wouldn't bench fantasy's top option at the position.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 11:56:00 AM

Broncos K Matt Prater was added to the injury report Thursday, getting in a limited session with a right calf injury.

That's Prater's kicking leg. The mid-week add to the injury report suggests he suffered the injury in practice. Prater will likely test his leg on Friday before determining his Week 5 status. For now, he should be considered 50-50.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 03:23:00 PM

Broncos K Matt Prater currently holds the NFL record for best percentage from 50 yards or longer.

Prater easily knocked a 53-yarder through on Monday night, making him 16-of-21 (76.1 percent) in his career. Kicking for the league's best offense in the thin air of Denver, there isn't a better fantasy kicking option in the game.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Matt Prater has made 12-of-16 career field goals from 50-plus yards.

The 75 percent conversion rate is the best in NFL history. Prater is also a remarkable 28-for-29 on field goals attempted during the fourth quarter or overtime during his career. With the thin air in Denver and Peyton Manning bringing a pass-first attack to town, Prater is certainly on the fantasy radar.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 08:13:00 AM

Broncos K Matt Prater's new four-year deal is worth a total of $13 million, and includes a $3 million signing bonus.

Prater's average annual salary of $3.25 million makes him the fifth highest paid kicker in the NFL. With one of the league's biggest legs in an offense now being led by Peyton Manning, Prater is Rotoworld's No. 12 kicker for 2012.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 09:07:00 AM

Broncos agreed to terms with franchise player K Matt Prater on a four-year contract.

Financial terms are currently unavailable, but Prater is expected to make over $3 million per season. One of the stars of the Tim Tebow show last season, Prater drained four "walkoff" field goals, and converted 3-of-4 kicks from beyond 50 yards. He finished a disappointing 30th in kicker fantasy points, but that figures to change in a big way with Peyton Manning in town. If you're into drafting a kicker in fantasy football, Prater will be one to target in 2012.
Mon, Jul 2, 2012 01:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Juwan Thompson
GLB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Matt Prater
2Brandon McManus