The Detroit Lions have their two best offensive pieces and biggest fantasy producers out this week. While this sucks for the Lions and some fantasy owners, it creates an opportunity for other Lions players to break out and show how valuable they can be. Which Lions players will break out this week and which ones will continue to be lackluster? Let’s break down each player and the type of impact they can have.
Starts- DJ Chark, Lions Wide Reciever
Jamaal Williams, Lions Runningback
DJ Chark will likely be the Lions’ top target with Amon-Ra St. Brown out due to an ankle injury. Chark has had a rough go of it so far this year, only catching seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown through three weeks. With the team’s top receiver out, Chark’s targets should drastically go up and allow him to show what he can do with the opportunity. He has the skill to double his current numbers in this one game.
Chark had Pro Bowl level skill during his tenure with the Jaguars with worse quarterback play than he has right now. This week against the Seahawks is a great opportunity to show that he hasn’t taken a step back after his injuries and can be a good receiver option long-term for the Lions. The Seahawks have tended to start both of their rookie corners, which Chark could use to his advantage. If Chark can force one of the rookies to make some mistakes he can be one of the highest-producing receivers for fantasy this week.
Jamaal Williams is one of the better RB2s in the league and was a big-time steal in late rounds of fantasy drafts. Even when he wasn’t getting a lot of touches he was putting up quality fantasy points due to him being the Lions’ goal-line back. Then he stepped in as the lead running back for Swift and had a great day, going for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Vikings have one of the better run defenses in the league and Jamaal Williams put up some of the most fantasy points by a runningback last week.
The Seattle Seahawks have the third-worst run defense in the league, and the Lions have the third-best rushing attack in the league. While that rushing attack will be without it’s best piece, in D’Andre Swift, for the next few weeks, it shouldn’t take too much of a step back with Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds. Williams will almost certainly get the majority of the workload and will continue to be extremely productive, he is a must-start in your fantasy league.
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Sits- TJ Hockenson, Lions Tight End
So far this year Hockenson has not lived up to the hype that draft experts were giving him and certainly hasn’t lived up to the spot people were drafting him at. The main reason for this is he hasn’t been running many routes this year. When he has been targeted, it has either been in short-yardage situations or he has dropped the ball. On the year he has only caught ten passes for 82 yards and one touchdown, which is very uncharacteristic for Hockenson.
Along with Hockenson not getting too involved in the offense this year, the Seahawks’ linebacking and safety core is the strongest part of their defense. While it’s still not necessarily a great core it is still the strongest part of the defense. Dan Campbell will likely see this and try to attack the run defense or secondary way more throughout the game. So while two of the top targets are gone this week, it’s not likely Hockenson will get the ball a ton