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Friday open thread: Which Lions-Packers players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?

The fantasy playoffs are upon us.

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Head coach Darrell Bevell is undefeated and here to revolutionize the offense! Even if that is not the case, the Detroit Lions are sure to be relevant during the fantasy football playoffs on both sides of the ball, given their contests against Green Bay, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay. All three teams have plenty of weapons on offense, and the games could end up with fairly high scores.

The Lions offense looked revitalized during Bevell’s first game in charge, and some healthy players would help continue that trend. Matthew Stafford (QB14) had one of his best outings of the season last week, and the return of D’Andre Swift would certainly help with an encore. Meanwhile, T.J. Hockenson (TE3) keeps on producing and is starting to look like a lock for double-digits each week.

If anyone has a Packers star in their lineup, get ready for a big day. Aaron Rodgers (QB3), Aaron Jones (RB3), and Devante Adams (WR1) are no-brainers every week, but against Detroit they are set for a monster day. Secondary pieces Allen Lazard (WR46) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR70) are dart throws, but they have a shot at being relevant as well.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Which Lions-Packers players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?

My answer:

I am worried about Marvin Jones (WR28) this week, especially if Kenny Golladay remains out. Jaire Alexander is one of the top corners in the league and will likely focus his attention on Jones if he remains the Lions’ top receiving threat. While Bevell looks to have brought back the vertical passing game, Jones could wind up getting locked out if he cannot get open.

For Green Bay, the lineup is very top-heavy, but perhaps Robert Tonyan (TE4) could join the electric trio up front. Tight end is always difficult after the few stable options, and Tonyan is as good of a choice as any at the position right now. He has scored in each of his past three games while seeing five targets in all three; that kind of volume in this offense is nothing to sneeze at. He also found the end zone against the Lions in Week 2.

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