With Jon Kitna expected to be placed on injured reserve, the QB duties fall in the lap of Orlovsky for the time being. Orlovsky brought more athleticism to the position, but he looks ill-prepared for the starting job at this point. When he ran out of bounds on the safety against the Vikings last week, he had no clue where he was on the field. That says enough and on the road again this week without Roy Williams, Orlovsky will look lost again.
Johnson is getting the majority of the carries for the Lions and he will likely carry the load this week at Houston. Johnson had 17 carries for 38 yards last week at Minnesota, but should have more success this week against a Texans' defense that ranks 24th vs. the run and has allowed 10 rushing TDs in five games. If the Lions are to have any success this week, it will have to come on the ground.
Smith gained 62 yards on just five carries last week at Minnesota, but during the last three weeks he's had just 16 carries. That's not enough to count on for your lineup, but look for more than that this week as the Lions will have to run the ball more often with Orlovsky at QB. Don't start Smith, but expect better numbers in Week 7.
Johnson had four catches for 85 yards and a TD last week at Minnesota as he reached the end zone for the first time since Week 6. But he suffered blurry vision with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second half and sat out the last series, which hurt the Lions. Johnson is expected to play this week, but his success will be limited with Orlovsky now at QB and defenses no longer to also account for Roy Williams.
Furrey will now start with Roy Williams traded to Dallas, but this offense is definitely going to fizzle in a hurry. Furrey had no catches last week at Minnesota, but should be a bigger part of the offense going forward. He's been a dud thus far and his value won't improve now with Orlovsky at QB.
The Lions have done a terrible job utilizing their third WR and both McDonald and Furrey were unproductive in that role. The Lions were reportedly trying to trade McDonald, but settled on dealing Roy Williams instead. McDonald will now be the No. 3 WR going forward, despite failing to catch a pass last week at Minnesota.
Schaub heard the boo birds early last week, but he turned them into cheers by leading the Texans to a dramatic 29-28 win over Miami, their first win of the season. Schaub wet a franchise record with 379 passing yards and had one TD, but it was his three-yard TD scamper on fourth down with three seconds left that won the game. The Lions rank 30th vs. the pass, so look for Schaub to have another big game this week.
Slaton is now splitting time with Ahman Green, which reduces his fantasy value. He was limited to 15 carries last week for 58 yards, but should get more carries this week as the Lions rank 31st vs. the run. Start Slaton this week and expect at least one score against a defense that allows 4.9 yards per carry.
Green was limited to eight rushes for 41 yards last week vs. Miami and now has 20 carries over the last two weeks. He's still not a worthy fantasy play, but against a Lions' defense that ranks 31st vs. the run he should get his fair share of touches this week as the Texans get ahead early and then milk the clock.
Johnson turned in his second straight monstrous week as he torched the Dolphins last week for 10 catches for 178 yards and a TD. Over the last two weeks, he now has 19 catches for 309 yards and two TDs. Against a weak Lions' defense that ranks 30th against the pass and has no defender capable of matching up with him, Johnson should turn in another 100-yard game.
Walter just missed his first 100-yard receiving game of the season last week as he caught four passes for 98 yards against the Dolphins. He's now had three worthy games thus far and is a reasonable fantasy play this week as the Lions are horrible against the pass. Expect a few big plays and maybe even a score as the Texans win again.
Daniels had four catches for 70 yards last week against Miami and continues to be a solid TE option during a season in which that position has just been devoid of talent. Daniels still doesn't have a TD catch yet this year, but that will change this week as he finds paydirt against a terrible Lions team.