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Matt Prater | Place Kicker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/10/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: UCF
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Lions K Matt Prater is 13-of-15 (86.6 percent) on field goals over the last six weeks.
Prater had a shaky debut as a Lion, missing two field goals. He's settled in since then and is a top-10 option in the Ford Field dome against the Bucs Sunday. "I think it's just reps, getting more and more work with the guys in practice, and it carries over into the game," said Prater, who made 96.2 percent of his field goals last year. "A lot of people don't think about the timing with a new snapper and holder, and that's half the battle." Dec 4 - 9:25 AM

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Coach Jim Caldwell continues to support K Matt Prater.

Prater had a 42-yarder blocked against the Dolphins in Week 10 and has now missed 3-of-10 field goals as a Lion. He's also had to knock in a short one off an upright. Still, Caldwell is sticking with the ex-Bronco heading into Sunday's game at Arizona. Considering his current form, we'd probably hold off on streaming Prater until he gets back home against the Bears in Week 13.
Nov 11 - 9:49 AM

Coach Jim Caldwell said he'll stick with Matt Prater as his kicker.

Fighting windy conditions and a bit of rust, Prater missed field goals from 44 and 50 yards out in his Lions debut Sunday. But he did make a 52-yarder and his resume speaks volumes. Prater will be a fine fantasy kicking option in Ford Field's perfect conditions against the Saints in Week 7.
Oct 13 - 9:40 AM

Lions signed K Matt Prater to a one-year contract.

It's kind of surprising Prater couldn't land a long-term deal. But it's a great spot for him, and the Lions need the help as their kickers have converted a god-awful 33 percent of their field goals so far this season. Prater immediately becomes one of the top kickers to own in Detroit's high-octane offense.
Oct 7 - 8:21 PM

The Lions are expected to sign Matt Prater as their new kicker.

Prater is one of the league's best kickers, so it's not exactly a surprise. The move should become official sometime in the next 24 hours. Prater will assume immediate fantasy relevance in the Lions' high-powered offense.
Oct 7 - 7:22 PM

Free agent kickers Matt Prater and Jay Feely will work out for the Lions on Tuesday.

Prater, who has long been one of the best kickers in the league, is the favorite to replace Alex Henery, who was waived on Monday. Prater would still be kicking for the Broncos if not for his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Oct 6 - 1:07 PM

Broncos released K Matt Prater.

Brandon McManus has won the Broncos' placekicking job and is worth owning in all fantasy leagues, despite a slow statistical start. Prater's base salary was $3 million while McManus only costs the veteran minimum. Now an unrestricted free agent, look for Prater to resurface quickly. Still only 30 years old, Prater was one of the best kickers in football last season.
Oct 3 - 1:47 PM

Suspended Matt Prater is expected to resume Broncos kicking duties Week 6.

Fill-in Brandon McManus has been fine, going 3-of-3 on field goals and making all eight of his extra points through three games. But Prater was the NFL's best kicker last season, going 25-of-26 on field goals and leading the way in touchbacks (81). He's also 21-of-27 lifetime from 50 or more yards out. Prater will almost certainly get his job back as the proven veteran with a history of making pressure-packed kicks. He'll slide back in as a no-brainer top-three fantasy option weekly.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 3 - 12:14 PM

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

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.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:15:00 AM

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