The Detroit Lions were shut out in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, and they struggled to get much going offensively, which is rare with Matthew Stafford running the offense at quarterback. Should fantasy owners expect a better performance on Thanksgiving Day? Here’s a deeper look.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford finished Sunday’s 20-0 loss completing 18 of 33 passes for 178 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Stafford was listed as questionable heading into this game with a thumb injury, so it’s possible this had a bit of an impact of his performance. However, it’s likely injuries at the skill positions played more of a factor especially without wide receiver Kenny Golladay. In addition, receiver Danny Amendola missed the game, as did running back D’Andre Swift.
On Thursday, Stafford and the Lions will face the Houston Texans defense that is ranked No. 22 in the NFL, allowing 252.4 yards per game through the air. In its last game, Houston gave up 365 passing yards to New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton on 26 of 40 passing with a touchdown.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
The Lions will be without Golladay for Thursday’s game, but even still there should be plenty of points scored on Thanksgiving Day. Stafford is a low-end quarterback No. 1 option for fantasy managers.