Fantasy Player Projections

 
Rams
Rams at Lions
Ford Field
Sunday , Sep. 09 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Lions
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBSam Bradford

Sam Bradford

256 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Bradford will have no choice but to throw the ball all four quarters against a Lions team that attempted more passes last year than any other club. Too bad there are no viable pass catchers in this offense -- not a single one.

RBSteven Jackson

Steven Jackson

91 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 41 rec yards

In games against Detroit in 2009 and 2010, Jackson had 149 and 114 yards rushing, respectively. Not a bad track record for a back many fantasy owners have already written off.

RBIsaiah Pead

Isaiah Pead

32 rush yards, 2 rec, 18 rec yards

As Steven Jackson’s primary backup, Pead’s job will be to keep Jackson fresh for a full 16-game schedule. Fantasy owners can expect eight to 10 touches, but probably not much more than that at this point.

WRDanny Amendola

Danny Amendola

4 rec, 45 yards, rec TD

Amendola is probably the Rams' best all-around receiver, and is now the elder statesman for a group of newcomers at the position. If and when Sam Bradford guides the Rams inside the red zone, expect him to call on Amendola’s number.

WRSteve Smith

Steve Smith

5 rec, 65 yards

Finally healthy, Smith will complement Danny Amendola in the offense as a possession receiver, which could pay dividends this week in a game in which both clubs will be doing an awful lot of passing.

WRBrian Quick

Brian Quick

1 rec, 23 yards

The rookie offers Sam Bradford a larger target than Danny Amendola or Steve Smith when St. Louis is within scoring range. Fantasy owners shouldn’t shop for him on the waiver wire quite yet, though. Quick saw limited action in the preseason, and won’t see much time on Sunday, either.

TELance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

3 rec, 41 yards

The Rams offense is under new leadership, which many have suggested will bode well for second-year Kendricks. Fantasy owners should believe it when they see it.

KGreg Zuerlein

Greg Zuerlein

2 PATs

The rookie joins an offense which attempted just 28 field goals last year. Can’t be any worse, can it? Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect the Rams kicking game to be much better, either.

DEFENSE

Sack

Call the Rams a promising defense with a pair of good young pass rushers (Chris Long and Robert Quinn) and a shutdown corner (Cortland Finnegan). Call the Rams an up-and-coming unit. Just don’t call on the Rams to help your fantasy team this week.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

322 pass yards, 3 pass TDs

Stafford will exploit a pass defense that allowed opposing quarterbacks an 87.3 QB rating last season. He opened last year with a 300-yard, three-touchdown dandy. Yeah, sounds about right.

RBKevin Smith

Kevin Smith

61 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 28 rec yards

Smith is the last man standing on the Lions’ depth chart. Most everyone else is either injured or suspended, or both. Even Smith has injury concerns (ankle) but he has been practicing and will go. Fantasy owners should hold him back; this will be a passing lover’s delight.

WRCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

8 rec, 124 yards, rec TD

The Rams added Cortland Finnegan this offseason to bolster the secondary. They could have added all-time Rams great Night Train Lane -- nobody is going to slow Johnson down.

WRTitus Young

Titus Young

4 rec, 81 yards, rec TD

Detroit’s other showstopper won’t be ignored in Week 1. The Lions invested a lot of energy in trying to get their downfield threat ready for the limelight. Expect Matthew Stafford to go up top to Young at least twice.

WRNate Burleson

Nate Burleson

3 rec, 47 yards

Burleson continues to play an integral role in the Detroit offense as a possession receiver, but to fantasy owners he is close to being irrelevant. Expect his looks to be trimmed down considerably from last year.

TEBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

3 rec, 31 yards, rec TD

Last season, Pettigrew’s catch and yardage totals were considerably better when he was playing on the road, but all five of his touchdowns came at Ford Field.

KJason Hanson

Jason Hanson

4 PATs, 2 FGs

Hanson’s fantasy owners should be delighted to see he is kicking against a defense that allowed 37 field goal attempts last season … that plus all the extra point attempts he’ll get from the offense.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

Detroit’s dirty, risk-taking unit has some cleaning up to do, but fantasy owners have to like the potential for this week against a Rams club that scored just 12.1 points per game last season.

 
 
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