With wide receiver Golden Tate’s arm in a sling over the Detroit Lions bye week, the Lions will need someone to step up and handle the over-the-middle pass catching duties. Insert tight end Darren Fells.
That’s right, don’t expect a sudden surge in production from maligned tight end Eric Ebron. He has only had one game where he’s caught more than two passes, not to mention he only has one touchdown on the year. He has only had one quality start this year, and that was in Week 2 against the New York Giants.
Instead, if you’re looking to replace your current tight end, or if you have a guy like Delanie Walker on a bye next week, look at Fells to continue his hot streak.
What’s not to like about Fells these last couple of weeks. Since Week 4 he has been on the field more than Ebron, and has been targeted just as often. But where he has really emerged is in the red zone. He has three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Ebron has had two since the beginning of last season.
I understand that Ebron is an elite athlete at the tight end position, but he’s lacking a very important attribute for the position; great hands. Can you really blame Matthew Stafford for not looking Ebron’s way when in scoring territory lately? Not at all. In fact I would be upset if he goes back to that dried up well. Instead he should go to Fells, the man with hands as soft as a baby’s bottom.
While the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers isn’t the most inviting, the Lions are going to need to fill the void that the Golden Tate injury creates. There will be plenty of targets available and I think Fells could thrive by running some more routes, especially down the seams and over the middle on play-action. The Steelers most likely won’t key in on Fells, since he’s typically known as a run-blocker.
Another bonus for all the pass catchers of the Lions is the fact that they are underdogs against the Steelers, who seem to be figuring things out since Ben Roethlisberger’s five interception day against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5.
Game script is a term that a lot of the best fantasy football players may be familiar with, but others fail to comprehend. It refers to the way a game is most likely to play out. The Steelers are favored by three points right now, and it’s quite possible that number goes up as we near kickoff.
This means that if you are a believer in Las Vegas knowing things that we don’t, then you should believe that the Lions will be playing this game from behind. The Lions are already a pass happy attack as it is, but once they get behind it is easy for Stafford and company to abandon the run.
If you play Fells you will most likely be betting on him catching a touchdown, and although it’s hard to imagine him catching a touchdown in three consecutive games, it is easy for me to see him finding his way into the end zone. Fells could make you a happy man come garbage time if this one gets out of hand.