Player Outlook
Prater's accuracy has waned slightly over the past three years, but as long as he has this job, he's in consideration for a top-12 spot in the kicker rankings. The Cardinals provide Prater with just about the perfect situation. They have a high-powered offense, play more than half their games in a controlled environment, and their quarterback has never posted a consistently high touchdown rate. That was enough to make him a top-10 kicker last year despite the fact that he missed seven field goals and two extra points. He should be drafted in the final two rounds as a starter.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 30 37 47 137 1448.5
2020 21 28 38 101 1076.7
3y Avg. 26 32 40 118 1257.8
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Fantasy News

  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Finishes sixth in scoring average

    Prater struck true on 30 of 37 field-goal attempts and 47 of 49 point-after tries in 17 contests during the 2021 season. The Cardinals finished with the 11th-ranked scoring offense at 26.4 points per game, but Prater himself ended up in a tie for sixth among kickers that made at least 16 appearances with the Ravens' Justin Tucker at 8.1 points per game. Arizona has a number of key skill players set to become unrestricted free agents in March -- RBs James Conner and Chase Edmonds, WRs A.J. Green and Christian Kirk and TEs Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams -- but being attached to a Kyler Murray-led offense should continue to be beneficial for Prater, who is locked up for $4.5 million in 2022.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Racks up 12 points in Week 18

    Prater made all three field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 38-30 defeat to the Seahawks. With the 12-point performance, Prater pushed his way into a tie for sixth with Justin Tucker in terms of points per game (8.1) among kickers who played at least 16 games. While his success rate on FGAs (81.1 percent) is his second lowest since 2014, he has nailed 47 of 49 PATs (95.9 percent) on the campaign. Prater will look to keep it up in Monday's wild-card game versus the Rams.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Matches season high

    Prater made all four of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys. Prater tied his season high in points by converting field goals from 24, 53, 26 and 38 yards. In doing so, he not only rebounded from missing three kicks in Week 16, but Prater also helped Arizona clinch a three-point win. The veteran now sports 125 points heading into the final game of the season, placing in the top 10 at his position league-wide.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Converts two field goals

    Prater converted both of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 30-12 loss to the Lions. The Cardinals struggled at Ford Field on Sunday, but Prater drilled a pair of 29-yarders in the second half to put the team on the board. Although he saw limited action against the Lions on Sunday, the 37-year-old has now made multiple field goals in each of the last three games, and he's converted all seven of his field-goal attempts while making all five of his extra-point tries during that time.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Connects on all five kicks

    Prater nailed both field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 33-22 victory at Chicago. In the Cardinals' last game back in Week 11 at Seattle, Prater put together his worst showing of the season, missing a pair of field goals and an extra point. This time around, he had veritable layups when Arizona's offense faltered in the red zone, connecting from 33 and 25 yards. The nine-point effort ensured that Prater returned to the top 10 among kickers on a per-game basis (7.6, tied with the Eagles' Jake Elliott). Prater will aim to keep up the momentum next Monday versus the Rams.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Misses three kicks

    Prater missed two of three field-goal attempts and one of three extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Seahawks. Prater converted his first PAT before missing his second as well as a 39-yard field goal during the second quarter. Although he responded by hitting a 53-yard attempt to begin the second half, Prater subsequently missed a 36-yarder in the fourth. He ended by making another extra point, but overall it was Prater's worst performance of the campaign. Considering he'd gone five straight games without a miss prior to Sunday, Prater will aim to get back on track when the Cardinals return from their bye to face the Bears in Week 13.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Makes both kicks

    Prater made his only field-goal attempt as well as his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers. Prater's opportunities were limited due to Arizona's offensive struggles without starting quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle). The veteran converted from 47 yards on his field goal, helping bring his season tally to 77 points through 10 games.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Nets seven points

    Prater made his only field-goal attempt as well as all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-17 win over the 49ers. Prater converted from 26 yards on his lone field goal and has now gone four straight games without a miss. His 73 points through nine games currently places him fourth league-wide at his position.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Just three points

    Prater did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Week 8's 24-21 loss to the Packers. Prater was only called upon for PATs and has now attempted just one field goal over the Cardinals' past two games. Despite his season-low tally in Week 8, the veteran still sports 66 points so far, trailing just three kickers league-wide.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Puts up seven points Sunday

    Prater made his only field-goal attempt and all four point-after tries during Sunday's 31-5 win versus the Texans. Prater's seven points were his second fewest of the season -- tied with Week 3 at Jacksonville -- but he remains embedded in the top five in scoring in the NFL at nine points per game (tied with the Patriots' Nick Folk). As a beneficiary of the Cardinals' Kyler Murray-led offense, Prater can continue to be utilized in lineups on a weekly basis, including Thursday's showdown with the Packers.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Nails all seven kicks in Week 6

    Prater went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 4-for-4 on point-after tries during Sunday's 37-14 victory at Cleveland. Prater matched his season best from Week 4 with 13 points Sunday, marking the third time in six games in which he's reached double digits. Overall, he's missed three of 14 FGAs and none of his 23 PATs en route to 9.3 points per game, which is good for third highest among NFL kickers this season. It helps to be attached to the Cardinals' No. 4 scoring offense (32.3 points per game), providing the backdrop for Prater to be a regular in lineups.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Misses kick Sunday

    Prater missed one of his two field-goal attempts but made both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 17-10 win over the 49ers. Prater's lone misfire came on an ambitious 61-yard attempt as the first half expired. Prior to then, he converted on a 21-yarder during the second quarter. With five total points Sunday, Prater now boasts 43 on the season, currently ranking fifth in the category among kickers league-wide.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Second perfect game of season

    Prater made all three field-goal attempts and was 4-for-4 on point-after tries during Sunday's 37-20 road victory versus the Rams. With the Cardinals putting up 30-plus points in all four games this season, Prater has been busy, matching the Chiefs' Harrison Butker for the NFL lead with 17 successful PATs. Additionally, Prater has vaulted himself into the top five in points per game among kickers with seven made field goals, averaging 9.5 points weekly. He'll look to keep up the pace Sunday against the 49ers' 22nd-ranked scoring defense (25.5 per game).
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Contributes toward record

    Prater missed one of two field-goal attempts but made all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-19 win over the Jaguars. Prater's miss came on an ambitious 68-yard attempt to end the first half, which, unsurprisingly, came up short and was then miraculously returned 109 yards for a touchdown, tying for the longest play in NFL history. The veteran kicker got back on track by converting a more customary 34-yarder in the second half, which, alongside four PATs, saw Prater bring his season tally to 25 points through three games.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Hits all six kicks Week 2

    Prater made both field-goal attempts and all four point-after tries during Sunday's 34-33 win versus the Vikings. After scoring eight points in the Cardinals' season opener, Prater again was busy with Kyler Murray and company going up and down the field. On this occasion, though, Prater made his one field goal longer than 40 yards, nailing a 62-yarder as time expired in the first half. With 18 points so far on his ledger through two games, he sits in a tie for seventh among kickers with the Giants' Graham Gano.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Near perfect Sunday

    Prater was 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 5-for-5 on point-after tries during Sunday's 38-13 win in Tennessee. Prater did have one foible on the day, missing a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, he was on point, making a 34-yarder and also recording touchbacks on six of his seven kickoffs. Assuming the Cardinals offense continues to operate at a high level behind quarterback Kyler Murray, Prater should be afforded plenty of options to produce on a weekly basis.
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  • Cardinals' Matt Prater: Links up with Cardinals

    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.
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  • Lions' Matt Prater: Converts 50-yarder

    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.
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  • Lions' Matt Prater: Output suffers in Stafford's absence

    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.
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  • Lions' Matt Prater: Suiting up Saturday

    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.
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