BFF Tips: Fantasy Football Outlook for Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals

Your BFF tips are here! Each week through the remainder of the season I will breakdown the fantasy impacts of the Detroit Lions players as well and their opponents. This is just one guys thoughts on a few players we’re either cheering for…or against. (BFF=Brad’s Fantasy Football)

The Cardiac Cats were back at it last week with another comeback performance that was short on overwhelming fantasy numbers, but boy did Calvin give us reason to believe.

 

Detroit

QB- Tough call this week- he has Calvin, he has Golden, he has TE’s, the line is a little banged up, and he just hasn’t shown that Brees-esque level of dominance we expected when we signed Lombardi to run the offense.  The conference leading Cardinals bring in a defense leading the NFL  in interceptions, but, they give up the 6th most passing yards in the league.  This week is big for the Lions, and I think Stafford steps up and delivers.  He’s a confident top 10 play.

RB- Joique remains your #1 RB on the roster, Reggie is out again, meaning he will get the majority of the touches.  Theo Riddick will look to build on his game winning vulture TD.  Of the two feature backs that will be playing, I’d feel confident starting Joique as an RB2/Flex based upon his touches- but the Cards defense is stout against the run giving up only 3.4 ypc and only 5 rushing TDs all season.  Riddick is a TD dependent desperation play in 12 team and larger leagues, I’d feel more comfortable playing Theo in if you’re in a PPR league.

WR- Megatron vs Patrick Peterson.  This is going to be awesome football.  Calvin showed us what we were missing last week, and is a must start moving forward.  Golden Tate remains a very dependable safety valve for Stafford.  Outside of these two, there aren’t consistent enough targets to endorse another WR.  The Cards pass defense is your traditional bend but don’t break.  Don’t expect monster numbers, but they should be solid.  Start Calvin, start GT3.

TE- Looks like all 3 tight ends are available this week- the bend without breaking pass defense of the Cards would indicate that you could play them.  The question is which one?  Odds are Pettigrew will see the majority of the targets, with Ebron and Fauria seeing the majority of the redzone looks this week.  Unfortunately this is pure conjecture considering the lack of time we’ve seen all of them in this offense.  Unless you’re truly desperate do not start any Lions TEs this week they are all low floor-medium ceiling players.

K- Prater looks more comfortable, and University of Phoenix Stadium, despite its retractable roof, is a dome- which would normally make him a solid start.  However,  the Cardinals ability to stuff the run in the redzone in conjunction with the curse of Jason Hanson makes me question his ability to put up points.  I’d avoid starting him this week.  He’s not in my top 15.

 

Arizona

QB- Michigan State Spartan Drew Stanton will step in for the incredibly unlucky Carson Palmer this week.  Stanton has been a serviceable QB when called upon this season, but the Lions are only giving up 212 ypg, (tops in the NFC), and have given up only 10 passing TDs all year (tied for tops in the NFL).  While his talented WR corps and ability to make plays with his feet is dangerous, the way this Lions defense has been playing this season I would avoid playing Stanton this week.

RB- Andre Ellington has been a stud all year running and receiving.  This is a terrible match up for him with the way the Lions have stuffed the run this year (71.3/ypg best in the NFC).  Ellington, is normally a RB1, but this week, he’s right there with Joique as an RB2/Flex with a low floor-low celing.  He’s outside my top 15 this week.

WR- Larry Fitzgerald isn’t the player he once was, and Malcolm Floyd and John Brown are decent complimentary players.  This week none of them have favorable match ups against the Lions defense.  I’d say all are flex plays at best, with Fitz and Floyd being favored over Brown- but keep in mind that Brown was a recipient of most of Stanton’s looks while Palmer was out earlier in the year.  None of them are in my top 20 this week.  All are WR3/Flex at best.

TE- John Carlson would be a desperation play as he’s likely to see dump offs from Stanton while Suh chases him around the backfield.  Unfortunately DeAndre Levy is lurking back there in coverage, and I just don’t see anything positive coming out of this position for the Cards. 

K- Chandler Catanzaro looks to be a solid play this week, as he has been all year.  I believe the Cards will be able to move the ball some, and Catanzaro stands to benefit.  He’s a top 10 play at home this week.

This weeks fantasy advice provided by Chris Parker.