This Sunday, the Detroit Lions (1-3) will face off against the Green Bay Packers (2-1-1). Here are my fantasy football projections for Week 5.
Who to Start
Other than a rough Week 1 performance, Matthew Stafford has racked up solid fantasy football numbers between Weeks 2 and 4. Additionally, The Green Bay defense has not been able to limit the production of high caliber QBs. In Week 3, Kirk Cousin was able to throw for 425-yards and four TDs against this Packers defense. From my perspective, I view Stafford and Cousins as similar QBs and thus expect Stafford to have a breakout game this week.
I would also start any of Detroit’s top wide receivers: Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr, and Kenny Golladay. In their three losses and sole victory, none of these WRs have played terribly. Golden Tate was the headliner of last weeks game as he notched 132-yards to go along with two TDs. All of these players have a chance to have breakout games, and the risk of starting them is minimal.
Who to Sit
Coach Patricia’s offense has begun to run the ball more often, and Kerryon Johnson has started to emerge as a rushing and passing threat. However, I still have doubts about the consistency of their running game and questions about the offensive line. I would not take this risk and would rather start any other top-20 RB.
Moving on, I would also bench the Detroit defense. With Aaron Rodgers on the field, the Lions defense will be exposed. There were several notable errors by the defense against the Cowboys, and a veteran QB like Rodgers will know how to exploit these flaws. All in all, the Detroit offense will perform, but the defense will struggle.
Under the Radar
Matt Prater is my under the radar player for this week. Based on the first four games of the season, it is clear that it’s challenging for the Lions to score TDs in the red zone. As a result, the offense has to settle for field goals. This doesn’t benefit the Lions in the win column, but it is excellent for anyone with Matt Prater as their starting kicker.
T.J. Lang is still suffering from a concussion and will likely be inactive come Sunday. This is Lang’s fifth brain injury, and his absence will be felt on the offensive line. Ezekiel Ansah is doubtful to play against the Packers; he was inactive against the Cowboys last week.
There are no suspensions on the Detroit Lions roster.