Prater signed a two-year contract with Arizona on Wednesday. After enduring a disappointing year with Zane Gonzalez, the Cardinals are turning to a 14-year veteran coming off seven seasons in Detroit. Prater is a two-time Pro Bowler who boasts an 83.2 percent career field-goal conversion rate, though he dropped all the way down to 75 percent in 2020. The 36-year-old will be looking to bounce back in Arizona this season, and being part of a high-scoring offense led by Kyler Murray could lead to plenty of fantasy upside.
Prater converted his only field-goal attempt and two of three PATs during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings. Prater got one chance at a field goal from 54 yards out and he made the most of it. However, the veteran missed wide left on one of his PATs, and Detroit subsequently felt the need to go for two on a pair of ensuing extra-point attempts, costing Prater's output even further. While Prater will now finish his age-36 campaign with a six-year low in field-goal conversions (21) and one of the lowest conversion rates (74 percent) of his career, fantasy managers should keep in mind that all seven of his misses came on kicks from at least 40 yards, and four of those came from beyond 50. As he also remains one of the most consistent PAT kickers league-wide, Prater has a great chance to continue on as a solid fantasy option depending on the team with which the impending free agent chooses to sign with this offseason.
Prater did not attempt a field goal but made his only PAT during Saturday's 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay. With quarterback Matthew Stafford (ankle) exiting the game early, the Lions had to rely on the ground game against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the fewest yards per rush attempt (3.2) leaguewide in 2020. The results clearly weren't pretty, and Prater's output suffered as a result. While it's possible the Lions could find more success in Week 17 against a Vikings defense that allows the ninth-most yards per rush attempt (4.6) - plus the sixth-most yards per pass attempt (7.8) - it's also possible that Stafford's potential absence could again bomb Prater's fantasy contributions.
Prater (back) is active for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. Prater sat out Wednesday's practice with his back injury before logging a limited session Thursday, but the two-time Pro Bowler is officially in the clear for Week 16. The 36-year-old remains without a game absence since 2014, though he's in the midst of a slumping 2020 campaign that's consisted of a 74.1 percent field-goal conversion rate over 27 attempts.
Prater (back) did not practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Prater wasn't listed on Tuesday's injury report -- this was an estimation since Detroit didn't practice Tuesday -- but showed up with a back issue that kept him from practicing entirely Wednesday. The Lions play Tampa Bay on Saturday, so it would bode well for the placekicker's chances of taking part in that contest if he is able to return to practice Thursday.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@Los Angeles Rams||6||6.50|
|5||10/10||San Francisco 49ers||26||8.81|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||11||6.72|
|9||11/07||@San Francisco 49ers||26||8.81|
|14||12/13||Los Angeles Rams||6||6.50|