Fantasy Football Week 9 Preview: Lions at Jaguars

Contributed by: Jason Stolberg
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2012 4:52 PM

Matthew Stafford Detroit: The Lions come off a surprisingly spry offensive show when they hosted the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. 

That game coupled with the win over the Eagles the week before their bye may serve to springboard them into the playoff picture over the next few weeks. 

Then again, a loss to the Jaguars this week would likely end any talk of possible playoffs as quickly as it started after last week’s game.

As long as the weather is decent, Matthew Stafford should still be able to put on an aerial show, even if Calvin Johnson isn’t 100 percent healthy. The Jaguars aren’t good in any facet of defense, ranking at least 23rd in just about every major defensive category. 

Even if Stafford has to look for Titus Young, Ryan Broyles, and Brandon Pettigrew instead of Megatron, he should still be good for 300 yards and a couple of scores.

Mikel Leshoure has mostly underwhelmed of late, but a date in Jacksonville should cure what ails him. Even though Joique Bell has replaced him on passing downs, Leshoure should still be good for about 100 total yards and a chance for a score.

Good Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, WR Titus Young, TE Brandon Pettigrew

Middle of the Road: RB Mikel Leshoure, WR Ryan Broyles

Bad Start: TE Tony Scheffler


Jacksonville: The last couple of years, the Jaguars' offense pretty much was Maurice Jones-Drew and nothing else. With MJD down for the count with a mid-foot sprain, the Jaguars' offense has evolved into Cecil Shorts and nothing else. 

Even with no MJD, the Jags gave the Packers all they could handle in Week 8 before finally losing a close game.

This week, the Jags draw a Lions team that is coming on strong of late, but still has shown plenty of times that they’re more than willing to hand a game to an opponent, sometimes in spectacular fashion. 

This means that while the Lions should trounce the Jaguars, they probably won’t, and there will probably be some fantasy value to be found here.

Cecil Shorts is worth a pick up and play as a WR3/Flex option if he’s still sitting on your waiver wire, while Rashad Jennings has shown to be a good options at RB both running and receiving, and will likely roll up over 100 total yards; he’s worth a RB2 or Flex play as well.

Good Start: RB Rashad Jennings, WR Cecil Shorts

Middle of the Road:  None

Bad Start: QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Justin Blackmon, TE Marcedes Lewis


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