It really is not that much sunnier in Philadelphia than it is Detroit. After winning their season opener, the Eagles have lost five of their last six, needing a late touchdown to get by the Panthers for their only other victory. Of course, that is still two more wins than the Lions can claim, but the mood is not that dissimilar.
Both teams have growing questions—and grumbles—surrounding the quarterback position, but from a fantasy perspective the outcomes have been very different. Expect that trend to continue on Sunday. Reminder: the below scoring includes 6-point touchdowns and 0.5 PPR.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions-Eagles player will outperform their projections?
- Kalif Raymond (8.4 pts): 3.7 rec, 54 rec yd, 0.2 TD
- T.J. Hockenson (9.9 pts): 5.1 rec, 55 rec yd, 0.3 TD
- Jalen Hurts (26.4 pts): 263 pass yd, 1.5 pass TD, 0.7 Int, 52 rush yd, 0.5 rush TD
- DeVonta Smith (12.4 pts): 5.1 rec, 74 rec yd, 0.4 TD
My answer: Hurts has been an extremely steady fantasy quarterback and is a clear top-five option at the position... for now. Despite consistently high box score numbers, the eye test has caused many to debate his long-term viability in Philadelphia. His passing can leave production on the table, and that has led to a modest start to the season for the star rookie Smith.
Meanwhile, the Detroit passing game is basically non-existent. Hockenson has been a big disappointment after two solid games to open the season, and given that he was the only pass catcher with any expectations, there now is an even bigger gap to fill. Raymond is coming off of a really solid six-catch, 115-yard performance against the Rams and could be an option to step up for Jared Goff.
Which player will outperform their projections?
This poll is closed
Kalif Raymond (8.4 pts)
T.J. Hockenson (9.9 pts)
Jalen Hurts (26.4 pts)
DeVonta Smith (12.4 pts)