On we go. The Detroit Lions enjoyed their early bye once again and hopefully will come out of the off week as a different team! Though sweeping changes are unlikely, there is no doubt that the offense can turn it up a notch. On the other hand, the defense might be a lost cause, but for fantasy purposes that may not be a bad thing.
The rankers are ready for a Lions rebound, although that might be fueled by a mediocre Jaguars defense. Matthew Stafford (QB9), Adrian Peterson (RB29) if healthy, Kenny Golladay (WR22), and T.J. Hockenson (TE7) are all good options, while D’Andre Swift (RB36) and Marvin Jones (WR54) are on the outside looking in.
The top Jacksonville options also get a boost because of the matchup. Gardner Minshew (QB8) has impressed to start the year, but no story has been bigger than James Robinson (RB5) who came out of nowhere to take the backfield and put up huge points. If D.J. Chark (WR16) and Laviska Shenault (WR29) are healthy, both weapons can be very dangerous.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions-Jaguars players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?
My answer: With jobs potentially on the line, it just seems crazy that the Lions would not feature their second-round pick more. Swift clearly has the talent, and while four games do not determine a player’s whole trajectory, refusing to use him more represents a huge waste of a premium draft pick. This game would be a good chance for the rookie to show off his skills—especially with Adrian Peterson potentially battling an illness—and I think he finds the end zone on Sunday.
On the other side, I am hesitant to trust Chark. He has one big game this year, but has been pretty modest otherwise. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are not shy about using their own second-rounder, as Shenault’s role seems to be growing. Robinson is probably the most obvious play of the bunch, and between him and Shenault, I wonder if there is enough volume to make Chark anything more than a low-end wide receiver.