Garrard soiled the sheets last week in a great matchup against the Bengals, passing for only 229 yards and 0 TDs. He gets another great matchup this week against a Detroit pass defense that allows 247.1 yards a game. He should do well but as we saw last week he isn't a lock by any means. But in this season of QB unpredictability, it pays to play the matchups on a weekly basis so if you need Garrard this week, the matchup is an excellent one.
We've reached the point in the season where some things are abundantly clear. And one thing that's very clear this season is the Jaguars no longer have a dominant running game. That has lowered Jones-Drew's value for the season but the matchup this week is too good to ignore. The Lions give up 161.8 rushing yards a game and Fred Taylor looks washed up. So Jones-Drew should get plenty of carries and do well. That's been said before but the Lions are truly awful defensively so Jones-Drew will deliver. Trust me.
Taylor looks washed up. He can't be trusted even if the matchup is great – and this one definitely is great. There's definitely a chance he will do well but given how he's been awful in every game but one this season do you really want to bank your week on him? Play it safe and find another RB.
Jones continues to avoid a league suspension and as long as he does, he's a very good starting WR in any format. He had another strong game in Week 9, catching seven passes for 69 yards. The Lions give up plenty of yards in the passing game so Jones is looking great. Watch his status closely, but if he avoids the suspension again start him with confidence.
Lewis remains a nondescript fantasy option. He's caught only 17 passes this season and isn't utilized consistently enough to be a viable starter. This is a great matchup and he has a chance this week but keep in mind this could be a game which sees more running than passing from the Jaguars. Start Lewis only if you're up against it and no other more productive options are available.
Scobee's big leg continues to give him value. He drilled his fourth FG from beyond 50 yards last week in the loss to the Bengals. The Jaguars will have no difficulty moving the ball against the Lions so Scobee should deliver a strong fantasy game on Sunday. Start him with confidence.
The Jaguars' defense is a shell of what it used to be. Jacksonville is ranked 24th in the league in total defense and gives up 21.5 points per game. They could face Daunte Culpepper this week and that's a plus since he hasn't played a game all season and has only been with the Lions for a week. They haven't been very trustworthy but this matchup has potential so if you need the Jaguars this week they should get it done.
With Dan Orlovsky out with a finger injury, the Lions could turn to Culpepper, who just signed last week, instead of Drew Stanton. Most teams would go with Stanton and see what the young QB can do, but this is why they're the Lions. They pull Culpepper off the street and give him a chance to start. You shouldn't do the same in your league this week. You don't want to be the Lions, do you?
Smith continues to be the No. 2 RB behind Rudi Johnson but he continues to be the team's most productive back by far. Why isn't he starting? Because they're the Lions. Smith has been producing well of late with two TDs in his last three games. The Jags give up 114.4 rushing yards a game so Smith has a good chance to do well this week. He's looking good as a flex play.
Rudi continues to start, do nothing and give away to Kevin Smith, who looks good. At least there's something to be said for consistency. Johnson has rushed for 48 yards in his last three games and even though this is a good matchup, there's no reason to start him.
Johnson continues to be immune to the Lions' issues. He's having a fine season and has scored in each of his last four games. Culpepper certainly has the arm to get him the ball downfield so a big play is very possible. The Jags won't be able to stop him so look for Megatron to have another big game.
McDonald had his second straight productive game as the starter opposite Johnson, catching six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Introducing a new QB in the mix makes McDonald a very risky fantasy starter, however, so even in a PPR league exhaust every other option possible before settling on McDonald. The matchup is great but there's too much risk involved to make McDonald anything but an extreme reach this week.
Gaines continues to do little in the passing game. He's caught only 15 passes this season and the Lions don't have enough punch in their passing game to generate a large number of fantasy starters. Look elsewhere for a starting TE this week.
Hanson continues to be perfect this season, having made all 10 of his FG attempts. This matchup lends itself to some scoring for the Lions so Hanson is a solid starter this week. If you need him, roll with him.
The Lions are arguably the league's worst defense. They rank dead last in the league in total defense and give up 29.9 yards a game. The Jaguars have struggled offensively this season but they'll get well on Sunday.