Week 11 Lions Fantasy Preview

Each week, I will give fantasy football insight into the main Detroit Lions skill position players. I will also provide five lesser known players I like, a Stud of the Week, and a Dud of the Week. Let’s get to it!

Matthew Stafford

Pros: He will be forced to throw due to the Chicago Bears strong run defense. In turn, he can take advantage of youth in Chicago’s secondary. Additionally, the offensive line is healthy and will give him more time to throw.

Cons: It’s a cold weather game on the road. The Bears have a history of playing well against Stafford.

Verdict: Stafford is a low-end QB1 this week– making him a solid but unspectacular fantasy option.

Ameer Abdullah

Pros: Should have consistent volume. He has scored in two consecutive weeks and will be used to control the clock if the Lions lead in the fourth quarter.

Cons: He is facing a strong run defense and has not been particularly involved in the passing game.

Verdict: Abdullah is a good flex play but nothing more.

Theo Riddick

Pros: His role in the offense has increased lately and is coming off a score last week. As usual, he should be a threat in the passing game.

Cons: He won’t get much run between the tackles and could be phased out of the offense if the Lions take an early lead.

Verdict: Riddick is a high floor, low ceiling flex play. I would consider other options.

Golden Tate

Pros: Tate has had 85 or more yards in four straight games. Facing an inexperienced secondary, he is clearly Stafford’s favorite target.

Cons: Wouldn’t expect him to be targeted on deep routes.

Verdict: Tate has been a beast of late. Fire him up as a WR2 on Sunday.

Marvin Jones

Pros: Jones only needs one big play to put up a good game. The Lions have been throwing deep more often the past three games.

Cons: He can be inconsistent (one catch on two targets last week in a good matchup against Cleveland).

Verdict: Marvin is still dependent on the big play, but he should be more involved this week. He’s a good flex play.

Kenny Golladay

Pros: Golladay has obvious talent, is the prototypical red zone target, and seems to be fully healthy.

Cons: He clearly is the third or fourth option in the offense at this stage making him very touchdown dependent.

Verdict: Golladay is worth a spot on your roster, but I wouldn’t recommend starting him on Sunday.

Eric Ebron

Pros: Ebron scored last week and seems to have reclaimed his starting position.

Cons: He isn’t a huge part of the offense.

Verdict: Ebron is nothing more than a streaming TE option when he has a favorable matchup. Leave him on waivers this week.

Matt Prater

Pros: Prater improved his accuracy this season with incredible range.

Cons: The cold weather will make the ball harder to kick.

Verdict: Prater is a top 10 fantasy kicker this week and the rest of the season.

Lions D/ST

Pros: They are great at forcing turnovers, facing a rookie quarterback, and there is always a chance Agnew takes a punt return to the house.

Cons: Chicago will likely run a safe offense to limit the possibility of turnovers.

Verdict: The Lions are a top-tier fantasy defense this week. Start them with confidence.

Five players I like this week:

Rex Burkhead, RB, NE (at OAK)

Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG (vs. KC)

Bruce Ellington, WR, HOU (vs. ARI)

Jared Cook, TE, OAK (vs. NE)

Tyler Kroft, TE, CIN (at DEN)

Stud of the Week:

Kareem Hunt, RB, KC (at NYG)

Dud of the Week:

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU (vs. ARI)

Good luck this weekend, everyone.

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