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Defenses & Dragons: Week 15 Detroit Lions fantasy pick of the week

Pump the brakes on all the hate.

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I get the frustration. Even after a win, the outlook for the Detroit Lions is not great. It would take a miracle and a half to reach the postseason, and the offense looks as bad as it has in years. A first-year head coach and some exciting rookies were supposed to energize the team. Instead, it is yet another dreary December in the Motor City.

But with Christmas around the corner, now is the time for some hope. The fantasy playoffs are upon us, and anything can happen in a one-game scenario. Look, Kenny Golladay has not been exactly what we had wanted as the Lions’ temporary WR1, but big players find a way to fight through. On the road in a must-win game, Golladay is the Week 15 Defenses & Dragons player of the week.

FantasyPros Ranking: WR30 (0.5 PPR)
FanDuel Pricing: WR18 ($6800)

Interestingly, Golladay’s perception is varied across the industry, but that kind of makes sense given his recent performance. The sophomore is undoubtedly talented and has recorded at least 14 points in six of his 13 outings this season. However, many of them happened early in the season; over the past three weeks he has averaged just 6.5 points.

Much of this is due to opportunity. Golladay averaged under seven targets during this stretch, which is not enough volume to match his early-season numbers. While he is drawing tougher defensive assignments, the expectation was for his workload to increase with the departure of Golden Tate and the injury to Marvin Jones.

The suggestion to play Golladay in the penultimate week of the fantasy season may be a little bold, but there is just too much talent for the wideout to continue to stay quiet. Sure, Buffalo has limited big games from opposing receivers, but there will be enough space for Golladay to produce if he gets the ball. Plan on a back-end WR2 output on Sunday.

Prediction: 8 receptions, 95 yards, 0 touchdowns; 13.5 fantasy points

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