Fantasy Player Projections

 
Texans
Ford Field
Thursday , Nov. 22 | 12:30 PM EST (CBS)
Lions
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

236 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

A week ago, Schaub tied Warren Moon's mark for the second-most passing yards in an NFL game, with 527. He also tossed five scores. Would the real Matt Schaub stand up, please? The passer fantasy owners know is the one who had averaged 223.6 yards per game prior to the Jaguars matchup -- and that's the Schaub they'll see on Thanksgiving.

RBArian Foster

Arian Foster

101 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 42 rec yards

The touchdown streak may be over, but the legend lives on. Foster is still the best fantasy back on the board, and he will mash a Lions defense that got bullied by Adrian Peterson two weeks ago for 171 yards.

RBJustin Forsett

Justin Forsett

21 rush yards, 1 rec, 4 rec yards

Forsett is keeping Ben Tate's seat warm while the injured back tends to his bum hamstring. Last week Forsett looked sharp, averaging 8.4 yards on seven carries. He's a good change of pace rusher, but not a fantasy prospect or even a real handcuff option.

WRAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

5 rec, 88 yards, rec TD

Don't call it a comeback -- Johnson has been here for years. Once again he's on track for close to 100 catches and 1,400 yards, and he's been targeted 10 or more times in five straight games.

WRKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 42 yards

Even on Matt Schaub's best day, Walter was a mediocre fantasy play, with 54 yards and no touchdowns. He averages just 4.4 targets per game and hasn't cracked the 75-yard mark. There's no value here.

TEOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

5 rec, 57 yards, rec TD

The only reason Garrett Graham saw so much love last week was because Daniels was not 100 percent. This week Daniels will resume his usual workload against a Lions team that has given up touchdowns to tight ends in three of the past four games.

KShayne Graham

Shayne Graham

4 PATs, FG

Graham has missed three kicks over the past three weeks, but we'll forgive him. He is on pace to score 139 points, placing him among the top-10 fantasy kickers in terms of production.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks, TD

Last week, the Packers picked off Matthew Stafford twice and sacked him five times without Clay Matthews in the lineup. The Texans are licking their chops.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

270 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Last week the Texans' secondary got scorched by a below average Jaguars passing game, and Justin Blackmon looked like a megastar. Stafford has a true "mega" star at receiver and a much better arm than Chad Henne. Expect Detroit to come out firing.

RBMikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure

62 rush yards, 1 rec, 4 rec yards

Leshoure has not carried the ball enough to approach the 100-yard mark in recent weeks. Houston won't do him any favors. The Texans have allowed an average of 21.7 carries per game, among the fewest in the league.

RBJoique Bell

Joique Bell

9 rush yards, 2 rec, 17 rec yards

Bell remains a non-factor in the Lions' rushing attack, having received just one carry in each of the past two weeks and barely being used as a receiver against Green Bay. Detroit gave some time to Kevin Smith, and Mikel Leshoure performed well. Looks like Bell is back to square one.

WRCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

8 rec, 112 yards, rec TD

Yes, we respect the Texans' pass defense ... just not enough to believe it will negate the game's most dangerous receiver. Johnson has momentum working for him after three straight games with 125-plus yards.

WRRyan Broyles

Ryan Broyles

6 rec, 64 yards, rec TD

Broyles stands to gain from the team's decision to deactivate Titus Young for Week 12 due to character-related issues. Broyles has shown ability and toughness and may finally be rewarded.

TEBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

5 rec, 47 yards, rec TD

No one expected to see Tony Scheffler get 10 targets in Week 11 -- especially not Pettigrew, who was thrown to seven times. Not to worry. Scheffler's role occasionally changes depending on the matchup, but Pettigrew's place in this offense is assured.

KJason Hanson

Jason Hanson

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Hanson ranks among the top 10 in made field goals and is still on pace to register the best point total (134) of his 21-year career. Even against Houston, Hanson is a strong fantasy play.

DEFENSE

Sack

Detroit's defense has picked it up a notch, with five sacks in the past two games, but this week it faces its toughest test to date. Matt Schaub has been sacked 13 times all season, and the Texans have given the ball away just 11 times.

 
 
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