Fantasy Player Projections

 
Detroit Lions
Cowboys Stadium | Sunday, November 21 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Cowboys 21, Lions 20
Dallas Cowboys
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBShaun Hill
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Hill can be a perfectly serviceable fantasy option, with some upside considering his weapons and the Lions' lack of a running game. Detroit fans and fantasy owners would probably prefer to have Matthew Stafford (shoulder) at the helm, however.
RBJahvid Best
6 rec, 40 rec yards, 40 rush yards
At this point, Best is only serviceable in PPR leagues due to his healthy 5-catch-per-game average. Otherwise, he has been anemic lately as a ball carrier. Best put up just 35 yards rushing against Buffalo's 32nd-ranked rush defense.
WRCalvin Johnson
6 rec, 105 yards, 1 TD
Johnson struggled two weeks ago when the Lions were forced to deploy Drew Stanton at quarterback due to injuries. Otherwise, he has been a stellar fantasy options with an established rapport with Shaun Hill. Keep him in your lineup.
WRNate Burleson
5 rec, 60 yards
Burleson continues to play behind Calvin Johnson, but at least he has been a pretty steady second fiddle. He has seen at least eight targets in each of his last four games, and the Lions have already proven they can throw the ball even with Shaun Hill.
TEBrandon Pettigrew
4 rec, 35 yards
Shaun Hill's assumption of the starting quarterback spot could improve Pettigrew's fantasy prospects. The two developed a strong rapport, which seemed to dip slightly when Matt Stafford return from injury in weeks 8 and 9.
KDave Rayner
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Jason Hanson (knee) is expected to sit out again this week, so Rayner should once again be handling field goals and extra points. Rayner went 2-for-3 on field goals last week, including a make from 45 yards.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Lions' defense hasn't been as god-awful as many suspected, but there still isn't anything here worth fantasy consideration. Against a Cowboys offense that bounced back last week against the Giants, leave the Lions where they are on waivers.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJon Kitna
275 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Following three ugly starts, Kitna looked like a different quarterback last Sunday, throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns on just 13-for-22 passing. Against a mediocre Lions' secondary, he could have another big day.
RBFelix Jones
3 rec, 40 rec yards, 60 rush yards
Jones ran well Sunday, but his biggest contribution came in the passing game on a 71-yard touchdown reception. He is the type of player who thrives off the big play, which can makes him a risky option considering his inconsistent touches.
RBMarion Barber
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Barber ran with some authority lat week, 47 yards on eight carries. He should continue to see a similar number of touches as he has been, which is not enough to make him better than a flex play most weeks.
WRMiles Austin
3 rec, 50 yards
Austin found the end zone for the first time since Week 5 when Tony Romo was throwing passes. He had 68 yards receiving but just two receptions. Keep that in mind before claiming him back in full fantasy form. He only received three targets.
WRDez Bryant
5 rec, 110 yards
One could make the argument that Bryant is a better option than Miles Austin at the moment. Bryant again dominated on Sunday with 104 yards receiving and a touchdown, albeit on three receptions. He is certainly worth consideration against Detroit.
TEJason Witten
5 rec, 60 yards
Witten was utilized more as a blocker last week against a strong Giants pass rush, and caught just one pass for seven yards. There should be less to worry about against the Lions, so expect better numbers.
KDavid Buehler
3 PATs
A rejuvenated Cowboys' offense should only help Buehler's fantasy prospects. He had three field-goal attempts for the first time since Week 5 as Dallas rolled up 427 yards of total offense.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Cowboys have been giving up an average of over 445 yards of total offense over their last four outings. Against a decent Lions' offense, the Cowboys are a bad play.
 
 
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