Matt Prater Fantasy News

Lions sign K Matt Prater

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:26pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Kicker Matt Prater beat out Jay Feely and Connor Barth during a three-way kick-off Tuesday at the Lion's Allen Park headquarters, according to an ESPN report.

In eight seasons, the last seven with the Denver Broncos, Prater made 81.6 percent of his field goals. He went 25-26 last season, including an NFL record 64-yarder. For his career, he's 21 for 27 from 50 yards and beyond.

He was released by the Broncos last week, days before his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy was set to end.

Fantasy Impact:

Prater replaces Nate Freese and Alex Henery, who combined to go a league-worst 4-of-12 during the first five weeks of the season. Only one other team has more than two misses. Prater should be a very solid, weekly play as your fantasy kicker, especially with the Lions banged up on offense and possibly missing WR Calvin Johnson and RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

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Lions release kicker Alex Henery

Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:41pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Coach Jim Caldwell announced Monday that the Detroit Lions have released embattled placekicker Alex Henery.

Henery was just 1-of-4 in his two games with the Lions, including an 0-of-3 performance Sunday in a 17-14 loss against the Buffalo Bills. That includes missing a would-be game-winner from 50 yards in the final seconds.

Caldwell said the process has already begun to find Henery's replacement. He'll value experience in the process, but won't rule out any options.

The Lions are expected to hold tryouts this week in Allen Park.

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Prater and Jay Feely are two veterans who are available and could make sense for Detroit, which has made just 4-of-12 field-goal attempts on the season -- and just 1-of-9 from outside 30 yards, the story added.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5. McManus got great news today when the Broncos decided to cut Matt Prater.

Broncos cut K Matt Prater, sticking with Brandon McManus

Friday, October 3, 2014, 3:01pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Matt Prater, who is serving the final days of his four-game suspension for violating the league's alcohol program, was notified around 11 a.m. Friday that he would be released.

"I'm a little surprised," Prater said from Florida. "The Broncos look like they're going to do some great things this year. It's too bad I won't be a part of it. I'm just going to concentrate on keeping myself in shape and hopefully I'll be kicking for someone this year."

The Broncos are sticking with Brandon McManus, who in his first three NFL games is 14-of-16 in kickoff touchbacks and three-of-three on field-goal attempts, although his longest is from 24 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

McManus has only kicked three field goals through three games, but he should be a quality start on an every week basis given the strength of the Denver offense.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:08pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Last month, Denver coach John Fox suggested K Matt Prater hadn't worn out his welcome in Denver, saying, "He's part of our family."

Then, a contrite Prater apologized and pledged to stay out of clubs to avoid the temptation to drink again, which could result in a yearlong ban. His suspension is costing Prater $750,000 of his $3 million base salary. There's the rub.

The Broncos are paying big bucks for their specialists — Prater will count $3.812 million against this year's cap and punter/holder Britton Colquitt another $3.25 million.

Current K Brandon McManus signed a deal that would pay him $420,000 this year and $510,000 in 2015, when Prater's base salary jumps to $3.25 million.

That's no small consideration for a team that has several stars coming up for big long-term contracts, including Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr.

McManus wants to stay here with them. He sees Denver not as a stopover but as his destination.

Fantasy Impact:

So far he's turning this into a decision for the Broncos, but the life of a kicker can change with one missed kick. Prater has two more games to serve and the Broncos take on Seattle and Arizona, both teams with good defense that could keep those contest close - meaning McManus could have a chance to play a big role.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:55pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos acquired kicker Brandon McManus from the New York Giants in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

The Broncos needed a kicker since Matt Prater is about to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

The Broncos waived rookie kicker Mitch Ewald.

Cardinals cut kicker Jay Feely

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:32pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Veteran kicker Jay Feely has lost the competition in Arizona. The Cardinals have decided to release Feely, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

“It’s been an honor to play for the Arizona Cardinals,” Feely wrote on Twitter. “Michael Bidwill, thank you for your leadership and friendship. AZ will still be home!”

Chandler Catanzaro, a rookie out of Clemson, has been competing with Feely through training camp and the preseason. Catanzaro has made all of his field goals in the preseason, while Feely missed a field goal in Sunday’s preseason game.

Fantasy Impact:

Feeley could end up landing in Denver where Matt Prater is suspended the first four games, or perhaps Philadelphia where the Eagles may have lost confidence in Alex Henery.

Broncos K Matt Prater suspended for four games

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:24am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been notified by the NFL he will be suspended through the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The violation was alcohol-related. Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since soon after he was charged with driving under the influence Aug. 12, 2011.

The four-game suspension, which is expected to be announced Monday, was part of an agreement reached between Prater's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, and the league, so an appeal is not expected. The NFL had initially threatened a one-year suspension.

Fantasy Impact:

Prater should return to be one of the best fantasy kickers in the league, but he won't be available for the first month of the seasons. Owners who have already drafted him should clear a roster spot for another kicker. He's still draftable, but owners would need to draft another kicker to fill in while Prater serves his suspension. If he's still lingering on the waiver wire in Week 2 or Week 3, he will be worth a pickup.

Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:32pm

Broncos K Matt Prater (illness, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 21.

Friday, October 11, 2013, 7:17pm

Broncos K Matt Prater (right calf, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Prater is good to go.

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:41pm

Broncos K Matt Prater (right calf) took full practice reps again Thursday. Prater injured his calf last week and still posted top 5 numbers in Week 5. Expect another big day against the Jaguars.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:55pm

Broncos K Matt Prater (right calf) practiced fully Wednesday. Prater injured his calf last week and still posted top 5 numbers in Week 5. Expect another big day against the Jaguars.

Friday, October 4, 2013, 6:03pm

Broncos K Matt Prater (right calf, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. Keep him in your lineups and consider the crisis averted.

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6:32pm

Broncos K Matt Prater (right calf) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. We'll see how Prater's calf responds on Friday. Owners should be ready to make a move if it looks like he might not kick. The Broncos play in the late round of games on Sunday.

Monday, July 2, 2012, 1:51pm

The Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos have signed kicker Matt Prater to a four-year contract, according to a tweet from team executive vice president John Elway Monday morning.

"Matt has developed into one of the NFL's elite kickers and is a big part of our team," Elway tweeted.

The Broncos' strong-legged kicker missed the team's entire offseason program in protest of his $2.654 million franchise tag, which was tendered in lieu of a long-term contract.

Prater is the most accurate kicker in NFL history for field goals of 50 yards or more, having hit 12 of 16.