Three-a-days? How about four-a-days? Okay, you got it! Adam Filadelfo has been working like crazy cranking out these team previews for you. The Team Talk series continue with two more entries - the Lions now and the Packers later on today.
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It wasn't that long ago, that Lions fans were wearing paper bags over
their heads because they were so ashamed of their team. Two years ago,
the Lions made the playoffs. They could be back there again thanks to
some of these key contributors.
Matthew Stafford - He has had more passing attempts than any other
quarterback the last two seasons. Based on that stat alone, Stafford
should get you major fantasy points. He can throw for 300 yards on any
given Sunday regardless of the opponent . The touchdowns will be there too... don't worry about his lower number in 2012. If you average his last two seasons he's still over 30, a number that you can reasonably predict this year. Stafford would be more reliable
if he cut down on the number of interceptions which is another reason he can
be selected later on in drafts. If you wait until after the top
quarterbacks are selected, Stafford is a great choice. He can definitely
be counted on every week.
Calvin Johnson - The nickname says it all: Megatron. When talking about wide receiver
tiers, CJ is in a tier all by himself at the top. in fact, he's the only receiver that can
be selected in the first round that won't get you taunted by the rest of
your league. He's a total difference maker at the receiver position who
will have a ridiculous amount of receptions and yards. His touchdowns
were down last year but that shouldn't concern owners since he led the league in times tackled inside the five yard line. Those touchdowns
are expected to go back up which lead to Megatron being the top receiver
again in fantasy football.
Reggie Bush - There are very few running backs that have the
explosiveness of Reggie Bush. He's one of the few that can turn a broken
play into positive yardage. Bush will rack up receptions and yards and
will reward owners immensely this year. He could see upwards of 70
receptions (or even more) which would make him an excellent RB2. (And tremendous in PPR.) However, he shouldn't be
counted on as your top back due to the fact he does miss time with
injuries. It's not enough to pass up on him in drafts but he's a great
compliment to a back you drafted earlier. Besides missing a game or two,
the touchdowns may not be there. He could finish with single digit
scores which will disappoint some fantasy owners but he will more than
make up for that with receptions and yards.
Ryan Broyles - I suppose playing across from Megatron has its advantages
but to me, Broyles is nothing more than a late round flyer who has a good chance of failing to live up to expectations. With defenses game planning for CJ on a weekly basis,
it is possible Broyles makes some noise.
If the pickings are slim late in your draft, take a
shot on Broyles. There is a little upside there but don't get your hopes
Brandon Pettigrew - For the last few seasons, Brandon Pettigrew's name
has been tossed around as a tight end who's ready to take the next step.
Honestly, I believe what you see is what you get with Pettigrew. This
is who he is. While he's not a bad option at
tight end to own in fantasy football, it always seems like he's not able
to take that next step. In an offense that throws the ball 700 times a
year, you'd think Pettigrew would have a few more receptions and yards.
While the potential is there and Pettigrew isn't a bad choice to fill
your tight end position, I'd like to see a bit more from him before I
Joique Bell - If you're looking for the handcuff to Reggie Bush, Bell
should be your guy. While not as explosive as Bush, Bell could be a nice
option if/when Reggie misses time. He'll get some carries and also his share of targets in a pass happy offense like the Lions. He could be worth a late round
pick for Reggie Bush owners.
D/ST - There's always a chance this defense can come up big because their
defensive line is so monstrous. If Suh can keep his composure and
Fairly takes a step forward, watch out. I still think Detroit has more
high scoring affairs than not but the defense could produce a lot of
sacks with that front line. I'd still use a wait and see approach with
them but this is a defense to keep an eye on once bye weeks start.
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