With Week 1 in the books, the Detroit Lions are hoping to move on from a horrific first game. However, I’m going to restrain sharing my thoughts on the game and solely focus on the Week 2 fantasy projections for Detroit’s players.
Who to Start
Despite his four-interception game, I still have Matthew Stafford starting in my lineup. However, this depends on how large your league is and who is in your lineup. If Stafford is your backup quarterback, don’t start him. But if he is your main QB, start him. This Sunday, Stafford will be taking on the San Francisco 49ers, whose defense is average at best. I have him passing for around 275 yards, two TDs, and one INT.
The other player I would start is Golden Tate. Even with last game’s result, Tate was able to rack up 79 yards and a TD. With a healthy Stafford looking to bounce back, I have Tate netting 90 yards with one TD.
Who to Sit
The Detroit player I would sit is Marvin Jones Jr. He was only able to grab 4 receptions for 54 yards. The issue with Jones was the drops he had last game. There were a few potential TD passes in the game where Stafford threw the ball to Jones with great looks but they were dropped. With Golden Tate as Stafford’s main target, I see Jones putting up similar numbers as last week.
I also wouldn’t start any Detroit running back because I can’t trust the Lions with their running game. The last time they had a 100-yard rusher was back in 2013 when Reggie Bush did it.
Under the Radar
The most under the radar player for Detroit is WR Kenny Golladay. Yet coming off 114 yards on 7 receptions, he might not be so under the radar now. I view Golladay as a receiver who can break out for a big play when the Lions need one. At the same time, I see him as someone who will either have a huge game or a very quiet one. Being matched against the 49ers, if Golden Tate doesn’t live up to his expectations, then I believe Golladay will become Stafford’s main target, finishing with around 100 yards and one TD.
Last game, Stafford suffered a shin injury and LeGarrette Blount injured his shoulder, but both players were fully participating in Wednesday’s practice. Thus, it doesn’t seem like these injuries will impact them come Sunday. There are no suspensions on the Detroit roster.