Matt Prater
K DET (10)
2 weeks ago

Prater converted his only field goal attempt and went 4-of-5 on extra point attempts in Sunday's 39-35 victory over the Colts.

EDGE Analysis

Prater attempted just one field goal Sunday, and it came with four seconds remaining. However, his lack of attempts largely stemmed from his team's efficiency in the red zone. The Lions won't play an injury-depleted defense every week, though, so more formidable opponents may cause a decrease in said efficiency, in which case less touchdowns could lead to more field goal attempts for Prater moving forward.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
1 month ago

Prater converted 2-of-3 field goal attempts Saturday during the Lions' preseason loss to the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Prater's lone blemish was a 53-yard attempt that pegged the right upright, but he otherwise converted a 28-yarder as well as a 60-yarder as time expired in the first half. Though facing heat from undrafted rookie Devon Bell, who converted one of his two attempts on Saturday, Prater has displayed significantly superior leg strength and appears poised to handle Detroit's kicking duties yet again during the 2016 campaign.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
9 months ago

Prater went 22 for 24 on field goals and 36 for 39 on extra points during the 2015 season.

EDGE Analysis

Prater also kicked the second longest field goal in the league this season, a 59-yarder in Week 17. Prater's field goal percentage tied New England's Stephen Gostkowski for fifth in the league, but that may speak more to his value in actual football as opposed to fantasy football. No other kicker in the top 10 in accuracy attempted fewer kicks than Prater, who made the 23rd most field goals in the league overall. Prater is known for having a mighty pendulum for a right leg, but he's probably not worth a pickup to start the 2016 season. Nine kickers kicked at least 30 field goals this season, a figure Prater has only reached once in his career, back in 2009 with Denver.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
10 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

Prater returned to a limited practice Wednesday, setting him up to play in Thursday's game. Any real concerns about his availability were put to rest when the Lions decided not to sign another kicker Wednesday afternoon/evening.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
10 months ago

Prater (illness) is expected to play Thursday against the Packers, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Prater signaled that a return was possible with a limited practice session Wednesday, and considering the Lions haven't inked another kicker to the 53-man roster, he seems poised to fulfill his typical game-day duties. After being presented with just three field goals over the first five contests, he's knocked through all 11 chances in the past six outings.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
10 months ago

Prater (illness) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest versus the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Barring the addition of a kicker before the contest, Prater should be past the illness that held him out of practice this week. On the season, he's nailed all 14 field goals, including three from 40-to-49 yards and two from 50-plus in the past three games.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
10 months ago

Prater (illness) did not practice Tuesday for the second straight day, Kyle Meinnke of MLive Media Group reports

EDGE Analysis

Prater remains sidelined by his illness, but the Lions have not provided any clues that he is in danger of missing Thursday's game against the Packers. Expect Prater to be good to go Thursday unless the Lions add a kicker to the roster at some point over the next couple days.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
10 months ago

Prater (illness) missed Monday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

We'd expect Prater to recover in time for Thursday's game against the Packers, a notion supported by the fact that there's been no reports yet of the Lions adding another kicker to their roster.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
1 year ago

Prater made his only field goal attempt of the season Sunday, knocking in a 26-yard field goal against the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Prater drove in four extra points in Week 1, but his fantasy value took a hit after a disappointing loss to the Vikings on Sunday, in which the Lions' offense struggled to get anything going and Matthew Stafford came away with an injury to his ribs. While Stafford shouldn't miss much time, if any, the 2015 Lions' offense has yet to display any semblance of an elite offense like in years past, making Prater a low-end fantasy option at best.

Matt Prater
K DET (10)
2 years ago

The Lions re-signed Prater to a three-year contract Friday.

Prater was released by the Broncos in early October while serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He then signed with the Lions, and went on to make 21-of-26 field-goal attempts (80.8 percent), despite trying half of his kicks from 40-plus yards out. Other than the off-field issues, Prater has generally been of the NFL's better kickers, offering solid accuracy and excellent leg strength. Of course, he's no longer attached to an elite offense, so he'll probably fall into the indecipherable middle tier of kickers for 2015.