Fantasy Football 2015: Lions at Saints Week 15 Preview
Detroit Lions (4-9) at New Orleans Saints (5-8)
Monday, December 21, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Finishing off the Week 15 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC matchup between the Lions and the Saints. Detroit (4-9) lost to the Rams in their last appearance, while New Orleans (5-8) beat the Buccaneers by a TD. Both these teams are just playing out their schedules now, but there will be a lot of pride on the line in a primetime game.
There will be several notable fantasy football contributors on both sidelines for this one, so let’s take a look at a few key guys and see if we can determine what to expect on our fantasy rosters this week.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford put up an okay line in Week 14, just not anything deserving of a No. 1 fantasy quarterback. He went 30-of-46 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Stafford has put up four touchdowns in the past two weeks overall, both losses for the Lions. Sure, he did have that five-touchdown game against the Eagles, but Weeks 13 and 14 are closer to how he’ll look on average. That said, the Saints secondary is horrid.
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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees was pretty good in Week 14 against the Buccaneers. He logged a 31-of-41 fantasy line, with 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
In the last two weeks, Brees has accounted for five touchdowns and just one pick. That’s a great bounce-back from his ugly game in Houston. He’s still a No. 1 fantasy QB in just about any format.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: There’s not a whole lot to like in the Lions backfield these days. Abdullah had just seven rushes for 23 yards in the Rams game, and fellow RB Joique Bell put up 50 yards on his touches.
Each RB had two catches as well, for 20-something yards apiece. Abdullah hasn’t scored since Week 1 on the ground; Week 3 through the air. He and Bell are low, low flex guys.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints: Hightower was able to step into the workhorse RB role in Week 14, putting up 28 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also had one 10-yard catch.
Hightower should be the main guy going forward, and he’ll be a popular fantasy pickup this week. He gets starting consideration in most leagues from here on out.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Golden Tate has frequently outshone the great Johnson this season, and that was once again the case in Week 14. Tate had nine grabs for 60 yards and two scores; Johnson put up just one catch for 16 yards.
Johnson has been pretty dependent on getting into the end zone for good fantasy points this year. He has just one 100-yard game, and has been held without a touchdown in eight appearances.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks had something of an off-game statistically against the Buccaneers. He put up just 29 yards on three catches, with Marques Colston snagging the touchdowns.
Cooks’ line was hurt by the fact that the Saints were up for most of the game. He’s getting to be more of a boom-or-bust guy in fantasy terms, however, as he has 35 yards or fewer in two of the last three.
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