As exciting as last week’s win was for the Detroit Lions, it came with a modest fantasy performance overall. The Lions will take any win they can get, but this offense should put up more than 23 points (with seven coming very, very late) against the mediocre Falcons defense. Unfortunately, the task does not get easier this week against the Colts.
The fantasy rankings reflect this. Matthew Stafford (QB15), D’Andre Swift (RB19), Kenny Golladay (WR10), and T.J. Hockenson (TE8) all slide down a bit, aside from Swift who most believe is primed to take on a bigger role eventually. Even if he does not dominate the touches, the rookie has scored in three straight and has become a decent play.
Speaking of first-year running backs, Jonathan Taylor (RB6) is just about the only real fantasy option on the Indianapolis side. Philip Rivers (QB22) has only one top-10 finish this season, Trey Burton (TE17) is a desperation play at best, and there are a whole bunch of questions at wide receiver. T.Y. Hilton (WR45) might be the most logical choice, but he has really fallen off this year, while much of the supporting cast is dealing with injuries.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions-Colts players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?
While it was great to see Marvin Jones more involved against Atlanta, the veteran receiver is still the fourth or fifth option on offense. Jones had a season-high five catches and 80 yards, and he has only scored once this whole year. Last Sunday was good to see, but this is sadly his ceiling and I do not expect it to continue.
One receiver I do think is worth taking a shot on is Marcus Johnson. After bouncing around the NFL for the past few seasons, Johnson has maybe found a home in the Colts offense. His stats have been ramping up during his first three games with Indianapolis, and he brought in five of eight targets for 108 yards in the week before the bye. The Lions secondary is still suspect, so do not be surprised if Rivers hits Johnson on few long passes this weekend.