Don’t forget about this Detroit Lions player on your fantasy team

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This consistent Detroit Lions’ player would be an excellent addition to your fantasy team

Of all the positions in fantasy football, kicker is the least important as they typically don’t get you too many points. In standard leagues, an extra point will get you, well one point whereas a field goal will get you what it’s worth … three points, unless they net one from 50 yards or beyond which will usually get you five.

Despite its irrelevancy to some extent, the kicker position still needs to be filled as there is a slot for one in standard leagues and it will still get you a few fantasy points which could be the difference maker in a close matchup. In order to fill the kicker position, you should consider drafting Detroit Lions’ kicker Matt Prater for a multitude of reasons.

Prater is an experienced kicker who has been in the league for 13 seasons. Since his rookie year in 2007, he’s been to two Pro Bowls with his latest appearance coming in 2016 and was named to the Second-team All-Pro in 2013. Despite these accolades being a little far in the distance, he’s still been among the better kickers in the league.

Believe it or not, Prater holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history. As a member of the Denver Broncos back in 2013, Prater netted a 64-yard field goal in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans.

Last season, he made all extra points except one (35 for 36) and converted 83.9% of field goal attempts. He made all field goals in the range of 20-29 yards, was 2 for 3 in field goal attempts from 30-39 yards and made of six of nine tries from 40-49 yards. What I think is his most impressive feat is his attempts from 50+ yards as he made all but one try (seven for eight).

Another thing that makes Prater a valuable fantasy kicker is his health and durability. Prater hasn’t missed a single game over the past five seasons which shows that he can be relied on to stay healthy for the 2020 season.

The Lions also have a strong offense, an attack that could be among the top 10 in the league. A strong offense equals more touchdowns which means more extra point and field goal opportunities for the kicker.

To add to all this, while it doesn’t mean much from a fantasy perspective, Bud Light is offering free beer for the city of Detroit if Prater beats out Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus for the longest field goal made this season. Prater has made it known that he is determined to get free beer for the city he represents.

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In order to get Matt Prater for your fantasy team, target him in one of the last three rounds of your fantasy draft. But if you don’t get him, don’t fret. There are many other kickers that can make field goals. If they couldn’t, they wouldn’t be in the NFL in the first place.