The fantasy preview is early this week due to the Lions playing their traditional Thanksgiving game! Let’s get right to it.
Pros: Stafford is coming off a good performance in poor conditions last week at Chicago. He should perform just as well in Ford Field. His receivers have also been playing quite well lately.
Cons: Minnesota is an outstanding defense. The Vikings boast a shutdown corner in Xavier Rhodes and an outstanding safety in Harrison Smith. Minnesota is also coming off a dominant performance against the high-powered offense of the Rams.
Verdict: With Stafford playing as well as he has been, it’s tough to bench him in fantasy. However, the matchup is not good. I have Matthew as a fringe QB1.
Pros: Ameer has been getting consistent work at the goal line of late, and he has scored in three consecutive games. He is the clear lead back and will look to build on his impressive 94-yard performance against Minnesota in Week 4.
Cons: Abdullah’s average yards per carry has not been good this season, and Minnesota is not a great matchup on paper.
Verdict: Abdullah’s consistent volume makes him a good flex play.
Pros: Riddick has received more carries in recent weeks and his role in the passing game is consistent.
Cons: Theo does not receive a huge share of carries or targets. This lack of volume limits his fantasy value.
Verdict: Against a good defense, I wouldn’t recommend starting Riddick this week.
Pros: Tate will work primarily from the slot, meaning he will avoid Xavier Rhodes. He will likely be heavily targeted on quick passes to negate Minnesota’s impressive pass rush.
Cons: The Vikings are unlikely to allow a big play over the top of the defense, so Golden could be limited to a low yardage total.
Verdict: He may not have had a great game against Chicago, but Tate should still be in your lineup. He is a WR2 this week.
Pros: Marvin took a bad matchup and turned it into a great performance last week against Chicago. He has been good all season and has earned the trust of Stafford.
Cons: Jones will likely be shadowed by Rhodes– one of the best corners in the NFL.
Verdict: Marvin only needs one big play to deliver a solid stat line, making him a WR3 despite the matchup with Rhodes.
Pros: Ebron has not dropped a pass in four weeks. He has clearly regained his role in the offense and is playing as well as he has all season.
Cons: Ebron’s target share is not particularly consistent and the matchup against the Vikings is a tough one.
Verdict: Eric looks better on the field than the stat sheet right now. He is not a viable starter this week.
Pros: Everything. Prater has been nothing short of incredible this year, and he proved it again last week with a game-winning 52-yard field goal in a cold and windy Soldier Field.
Cons: Is there anything to nitpick with Prater? He is really good, simple as that.
Verdict: Start Prater and reap the benefits.
Pros: Detroit’s defense seems to score a touchdown every week. Plus, they have two legitimate threats to intercept a pass every game in Darius Slay and Glover Quin.
Cons: Minnesota does not give up many sacks, nor do they turn the ball over often. This could limit Detroit’s opportunities to put up fantasy points. Also, electric return man Jamal Agnew is out with an injury.
Verdict: There are better D/ST options out there than the Lions this week, but they probably won’t hurt you if you have to start them.
Five Players I Like:
Marcus Mariota, QB (at IND)
Dion Lewis, RB (vs. MIA)
Davante Adams, WR (at PIT)
Cooper Kupp, WR (vs. NO)
Vernon Davis, TE (vs. NYG)
Stud of the Week:
Russell Wilson, QB (at SF)
Dud of the Week:
DeMarco Murray, RB (at IND)Follow here: