With 3 TDs and 7 INTs on the year, Stafford is an inadvisable option against anybody. Against the Rams last week, he went 14-for-33 for 168 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT. He shouldn't be played unless you can use a QB in the flex spot.
Who'd have thought that Silent Bob would be a starting NFL running back? Averaging a little over 83 total yards a game, Smith has been the Lions best offensive weapon this season. He split carries with Maurice Morris against the Cardinals because of a shoulder injury, gaining 45 yards on 16 carries. Smith is a No. 2 option against the league's 22th-ranked rush defense.
‘Megatron' sat out the past two weeks with a knee injury. He's one of the top talents in the league, and if he plays, should start just because of his big play potential. Monitor the injury situation leading up to game time with this big time No. 2 fantasy WR.
The highly touted rookie was held to 2 catches for 17 yards against the Rams and held without a catch completely against Green Bay. He did next to nothing against but is a better start against an underperforming St. Louis defense that's allowed TD receptions already this year to TEs Dallas Clark, Visanthe Shiancoe, Vernon Davis and John Carlson. Consider him a low-end No. 2 fantasy TE.
Hanson is 9-for-10 on the year after going 21-for-22 in 2008. He's now gone three games without a FG. Even on such a lousy team he's a decent starting option, especially since they play in a dome and have trouble scoring TDs.
Hasselbeck came out of the bye with a nice start against Dallas, going 22-for-39 for 249 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT against an average Cowboys' pass defense. He's a lower-tier No. 1 fantasy option, and a great bye-week or flex option against the 28th-ranked Lions pass defense.
Jones had 15 carries for 56 yards against the Cowboys last week coming out of the bye. He had two good games earlier in the year, but had weekly totals of 25 yards and 34 yards before a 5-carry, 5-yard stinker against the Cards the week before the bye. He is no better than a No. 3 fantasy option even against the Lions' 22nd-ranked run defense.
Housh had a lousy game coming out of the bye against Dallas, catching only 4 passes for 24 yards. He had his first 100-yard game of the year against the Colts (8 for 103) in Week 4 and has 35 catches for 383 yards and 2 TDs on the year. He's a decent No. 2 fantasy option, ready to break out against the Lions' porous pass defense.
Burleson had a nice outing coming off the bye, catching 6 balls for 89 yards against the Cardinals. He has 38 catches for 487 yards and is on pace to have his second 1,000-yard season and first since 2004. He's a certified No. 2 fantasy WR.
Since a great Week 1 -- gaining 95 yards and catching 2 TD passes -- Carlson has been serviceable at best. He caught 3 passes for 36 yards against the Cardinals and hasn't gotten into the end zone since that first game. He is 13th among TEs in catches and 12th in yardage. He's a No. 2 fantasy TE and, at best, a bye-week replacement who is going to get into the end zone again soon.
This is a mediocre unit (ranking 15th in YPG and PPG) that got wrecked last week by the Cowboys as well as by the Cards before the bye. Against a Detroit team struggles to score points, they are probably a good start.