Let's hop on the freeway and take a drive to Detroit, a blue collar city who's Lions haven't won “the big game” since it was called a “championship”. More than half a century later, residents of the Motor City long to see their beloved Lions hoist the Lombardi trophy as winners of the Super Bowl. Although the Lions have not historically had high levels of success in the win column, they have had players put up really solid fantasy numbers. Let's take a look at three players who could help you hoist your league's trophy this winter.
Matt Stafford – QB
Stafford is coming off one of his worst fantasy seasons in recent memory. For the first time since 2011, he threw for less than 4,000 yards and had just 21 passing touchdowns. He and the Lions will look to bounce back from what was a disappointing last place divisional finish. But can you trust Matt to lead your fantasy football team?
My answer is yes – well, sort of. I wouldn't recommend drafting Stafford with the thought in mind that he will be your starting quarterback for the entire season. I do however, believe he will be a solid streaming candidate whom you can use throughout the season. He's currently being drafted at the back end of the 14th round, and has a few favorable match-ups to start the season. Drafting him this late poses very little risk and allows you to focus on drafting great backs and receivers early.
Kerryon Johnson - RB
Kerryon is probably the second-year back I am most hyped for this season (other than Saquon Barkley). He averaged 85 all purpose yards per game thru 10 games and scored four times in what was primarily a back up role to LeGarrette Blount. I expect him to take a sophomore year leap as he becomes the lead back for the Lions in 2019. He averaged 5.4 yards a carry in a season that was cut short by a knee injury.
Johnson's current ADP is 3.09, the 20th running back off the board. His knee is reported to be 100% healed, and although he will probably be part of some sort of time share, he has the talent to be a three-down running back for a team that wants to focus on the running game. I like the drat price, and I expect him to finish higher than RB 20 by season's end.
Kenny Golladay – WR
Last season Golladay emerged as the top WR for Stafford in the Lions offense. He amassed over 1,000 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns over 15 games. The big-bodied 3rd round pick took advantage of opportunity in 2018. He's currently being drafted as the WR 19 towards the end of the 4th round in mock drafts. Is he worth the draft capital?
In my opinion, this is a little early for Golladay. While I like his talent, there will be a lot more mouths for Stafford to feed in 2019. Keep in mind Golladay put up the numbers he did without Marvin Jones for almost the entire second half of the season. The Lions sent possession receiver Golden Tate packing during the second half of the year as well. The Lions brought in veteran wide out Danny Amendola to replace Tate in the slot, and spent a first round pick on tight end T.J. Hockenson. Kenny is being drafted around names like Robert Woods, Chris Godwin, and Cooper Kupp – all three whom I would probably rather draft. Golladay will have some big games, but I fear there will be games where he will disappear from the offense. I'd draft him if you can get him a round later, but the fourth round is a bit early for my liking.
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