Fantasy Player Projections

 
Lions
LP Field
Sunday , Sep. 23 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Titans
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

293 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

The Titans allow opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 74.6 percent of their attempts, and only Washington has allowed more passing touchdowns. That's good news for Stafford, who has thrown just two touchdowns this season. Fantasy owners can expect the top-five fantasy quarterback to get his groove back this weekend.

RBKevin Smith

Kevin Smith

78 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

The Lions have not hidden the fact that they are ready to replace Smith at any time, even though he has done well in the first two games. But Mikel Leshoure is not ready to carry the load, so Smith will see the bulk of the carries again this week against the Titans' 30th-ranked run defense.

RBMikel LeShoure

Mikel LeShoure

38 rush yards

Fresh off suspension, Leshoure is expected to take over as the team's starting running back -- but that will take time. This week fantasy owners can expect a dozen touches and modest results.

WRCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

7 rec, 106 yards, 2 rec TDs

Johnson is one of only six wide receivers with 200 or more yards this season, and yet most fantasy owners would agree he's been a disappointment. This week he'll feast on a Titans secondary that made San Diego's Malcom Floyd look like Megatron a week ago.

WRNate Burleson

Nate Burleson

3 rec, 53 yards, rec TD

There weren't enough footballs to go around last week (Burleson was targeted three times), but this week fantasy owners can expect more from the team's steady possession receiver.

WRTitus Young

Titus Young

2 rec, 31 yards

On one play last week, Young stopped short on his route, almost leading to an interception in the end zone. The buzz he created this summer has fizzled, and now there is no reason for fantasy owners to consider giving him a nod.

TEBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

4 rec, 49 yards

Pettigrew has become the poster boy for what a No. 2 fantasy tight end should be. He's unpredictable and terribly inconsistent. In a game that should allow for tons of Lions passing yards, Pettigrew remains a question mark for fantasy owners.

KJason Hanson

Jason Hanson

4 PATs, FG

The 42-year old showed last week that he's still got it (four-of-five, 13 points). He'll see more extra points than field goals against Tennessee's woeful defense, but Hanson remains worthy of the starting lineup.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

Detroit's defense has given up 50 points in two games against subpar offensive units. This week the Lions face the league's worst offense. Things have to get better, right?

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJake Locker

Jake Locker

194 pass yards, pass TD, INT

There were whispers that Locker might be benched, and the fact that coach Mike Munchak addressed the situation is not good news. Locker needs help; the Lions defense won't offer much of it.

RBChris Johnson

Chris Johnson

63 rush yards, 2 rec, 21 rec yards

The Lions have given up 112.5 rushing yards per game so far, and last week allowed Frank Gore to average 5.2 yards per carry. Time for CJ to break free? Nah, keep away. Tennessee’s running game is a mess right now.

WRKenny Britt

Kenny Britt

4 rec, 51 yards

Fantasy owners were told Britt would slowly work his way back into action, but five yards (on two targets) is less than what everyone had in mind. The Titans desperately need more from Britt, so expect to see a nice jump in production in Week 3.

WRKendall Wright

Kendall Wright

3 rec, 36 yards

Nothing too exciting from the team's first-round pick (seven catches, 61 yards and a touchdown in two games). Wright has another opportunity to see significant time this week with Kenny Britt and Nate Washington both slowed by injuries.

WRNate Washington

Nate Washington

2 rec, 27 yards

Washington was hampered last week by a strained calf. The Titans will be cautious with Washington, as they've been with Kenny Britt, so expect limited reps on Sunday against Detroit.

TEJared Cook

Jared Cook

4 rec, 52 yards, rec TD

Cook may be the best target Jake Locker has right now. At the very least he's the healthiest. Cook faces a Lions defense that gave up two scores to Vernon Davis last week.

KRob Bironas

Rob Bironas

PAT, 2 FGs

The running back is calling out the linemen and the fans are calling for the quarterback's head. And who suffers most? The kicker, of course. Bironas had four points last week, and may not see much more against Detroit.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

Tennessee's defense has allowed 36.0 points per game and has generated just one turnover. This is a scary matchup for Titans fans looking for a cure from their early-season hangover.

 
 
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