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Detroit Lions
Metrodome | Sunday, November 15 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Vikings 34, Lions 13
Minnesota Vikings
QBMatthew Stafford
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
With 5 TD and 12 INT on the year, Stafford is an inadvisable option against anybody. Against the Seabags last week, he went 22-for-42 for 203 yards, 2 TD and 5 INT. He shouldn’t be played unless you can use a QB in the flex spot, and even then only in the deepest leagues.
RBKevin Smith
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 55 rush yards
Who’d have thought that Silent Bob would be a starting NFL running back? Averaging a touch less than 83 total yards a game, Smith has been the Lions’ best offensive weapon this season. That’s like being the highest rated NHL game on Versus. Against Seattle, he gained 67 yards on 13 carries. Smith is a low-end No. 2 option against the league’s seventh-ranked rush defense.
WRCalvin Johnson
3 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
‘Megatron’ only caught 2 passes for 27 yards against the Seahawks. It was his first game back from a knee injury he suffered Week 5. He’s one of the top talents in the NFL, and should start in most leagues just because of his big-play potential. He’s in play as a No. 2 fantasy WR after logging 169 yards and 2 TD in two games against Minnesota last year.
WRBryant Johnson
2 rec, 30 yards
With 2 catches for 35 yards and 1 TD against the Rams, Johnson caught two balls for the third straight week. He is not an advisable starting option under any circumstances, especially since Brandon Pettigrew and Kevin Smith get so many touches..
TEBrandon Pettigrew
5 rec, 50 yards
The highly touted rook caught his first NFL touchdown in a breakout 7-catch, 70-yard performance against Seattle. Consider him a low-end No. 2 fantasy TE against the stingy Vikes’ D ... though you may want to consider selling high in the right trade.
KJason Hanson
1 PAT, 2 FGs
Hanson mmmbopped a 50-yarder against the Seahawks. He went 2-for-3 on the game and is 11-for-13 on the year after going 21-for-22 in 2008. Even on such a lousy team he’s a decent starting option, especially since they play in a dome and have trouble scoring TDs.
1 sack
You shouldn’t start the 26th-ranked YPG and 31st-ranked PPG defense under any circumstances, especially head-to-head against the old Brett Favre magic.
QBBrett Favre
245 pass yards, 2 pass TD
With 16 TD and 3 INT on the year, Favre has the best midseason numbers of his first ballot Hall of Fame career. After dissecting the Pack in his return to Lambeau (17-for-28, 244 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT), Favre is once again to be considered an elite fantasy QB. The sky is the limit against the Lions. The only thing that could keep Favre from being a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 fantasy QB is his bum hip. That stuff happens.
RBAdrian Peterson
2 rec, 25 rec yards, 110 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Peterson carried 25 times for 97 yards and his ninth TD against the Pack before the bye. He’s been largely held in check this season, despite being third in the league in yards and TDs. This could be the week that he finally goes off. He’s rushed for over 100 yards his last three games against Detroit. You picked him first overall. You’d never sit him.
WRBernard Berrian
4 rec, 40 yards
Berrian caught 3 passes against the Packers for 47 yards and 1 TD. He’s a lower-end No. 3 fantasy option with 27 catches and 3 TD on the year. Favre spreads the ball out a lot.
WRPercy Harvin
3 rec, 50 yards, 1 TD
Harvin had 5 catches for 84 yards with a TD and 1 carry for 2 yards. The electrifying rook became an exciting NFL player immediately (28 catches, 369 yards, 3 TD) and the fact that he can get into the end zone on any touch makes him a lower-end No. 3 WR option, especially as an injury replacement.
WRSidney Rice
6 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
You can’t coach size. Sidney ‘Sticky’ Rice -- all 6-foot-4 of him -- is Brett Favre’s favorite target. After catching 16 balls for 312 yards in Weeks 6 and 7, Rice came back to earth with a 4-catch, 40-yard performance against the Packers. He’s 12th in the league in receiving yards and seems to be having a breakout season. He’s a recommended No. 2 fantasy WR against the Lions.
TEVisanthe Shiancoe
3 rec, 45 yards
Favre loves him some tight end, preferably crammed into a pair of Wranglers. Shiancoe caught his sixth TD of the year against Green Bay, his only catch of the game. He’s much lower on the TE rankings for receptions (18th) and receiving yards (23rd), but is a worthy start for his red zone prowess alone.
KRyan Longwell
4 PATs, 2 FGs
Long and strong, he’s one of the top kickers in the league. Longwell went 1-for-1 on a 41-yarder against the Pack. He is 13-for-14 on the season and is always recommended to start unless he’s kicking in a monsoon or hailstorm.
5 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
Led by madman Jared Allen, the Vikes have the top pass rush in the league, garnering a league-leading 30 sacks. They’re a mid-ranked unit in points allowed (17th) and yards allowed per game (18th), but Minnesota is an absolutely a recommended fantasy start against the Lions.
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