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Matt Prater (illness) did not practice Tuesday for the second straight day, Kyle Meinnke of MLive Media Group reports
Prater remains sidelined by his illness, but the Detroit 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.
Connor Barth converted field goal attempts of 38 and 30 yards and missed wide left on a 54-yard try in Tampa's Week 12 loss to the Colts. He also missed his sole extra-point attempt.
Barth's performance was a mixed bag, as the veteran kicker missed a field goal for the third time in four games and also misfired for the first time this season on an extra-point try. Ironically, Barth's other two field goal misses have been from under 50 yards, and he had been perfect on both prior attempts over that mark this season until Sunday. He continues to have a solid season overall, nailing 17-of-20 three-point tries for an 85 percent success rate.
Zach Hocker made his only extra point attempt in a 31-7 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
Hocker was called on late to replace Greg Zuerlein in the lineup due to a groin injury. He didn't get the chance to do much, and with the St. Louis Rams ' offense being so awful, even if he stays in the lineup he won't be much of a fantasy option.
Cairo Santos made three of his four field goal attempts in Sunday's game against the Bills.
Santos has now made 26 of his 32 attempts on the season, and and he leads the league in field goals this season. Given the defenses ahead for the Kansas City Chiefs , there's no reason to believe there won't be plenty more opportunities the rest of the way.
Matt Prater (illness) missed Monday's practice.
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 Detroit Lions adding another kicker to their roster.
Josh Lambo was good on his lone field goal attempt from 28 yards out and hit all four of his extra point attempts in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.
Lambo has also been solid on kickoffs, which was reportedly one of the primary reasons the Bolts decided to give him the job over Nick Novak this spring. All six of kickoffs in this game resulted in touchbacks. While it has been a tough season in San Diego so far, the San Diego Chargers have to be pleased with the performance of their rookie kicker at least.
Kai Forbath made both of his field goals attempts in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Forbath, who converted a 57-yard kick late in the first half, was one of the few bright spots for a New Orleans Saints ' offense that struggled mightily against a resurgent Houston defense. Since joining the Saints in late October, he's only seen three field goal attempts in five games, but has made 16-of-17 extra points attempts. Forbath is firmly entrenched as the Saints' kicker for the foreseeable future, and while the team's offense has struggled lately, he's still a starting option for fantasy owners.
Sebastian Janikowski made his only field goal attempt, and connected on all three of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Janikowski made a 24-yard field goal at the end of the first half, adding three extra point attempts to cap off another perfect day on the year. The veteran kicker is having another solid season, and he will continue to provide good fantasy value moving forward with a much improved Oakland Raiders ' offense, and an above-average leg.
Ryan Succop didn't attempt a field goal Sunday against the Raiders, and converted only 1-of-2 extra point attempts.
Succop cost himself another extra point opportunity with his miss, as the Tennessee Titans opted to go for two on their next touchdown to get back to a multiple of seven. The 29-year-old kicker is having a very mundane season, mostly due to the offense's inability to get the team into field goal range consistently.
Phil Dawson hit from both 33 and 53 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to Arizona.
In a year of inconsistency from the kicker position, Dawson continues to deliver on a weekly basis. He hasn't been a high-volume scorer (16-of-17 on field goals this year), but he has definitely been a safe option. Soldier Field is never an easy place to kick in, but Dawson has delivered all season, so it is hard to expect anything different in next week's matchup.