Matthew Stafford was able to move the ball around fairly easily against the Chicago Bears defense, throwing for 297 yards last week, but Marvin Jones only finished with 55 yards. Part of the problem was Stafford’s ability to spread the ball around, as no Lions pass catcher caught more than 5 passes all game.
This week, the Lions face another NFC South divisional opponent, this time the Green Bay Packers, who are fresh off a convincing 43-34 win over the Minnesota Vikings. A look at the Packers-Vikings box score would potentially give room for optimism for Jones and surprising rookie Quintez Cephus as Adam Theilen was able to go for 110 yards and two scores, but most of Theilen’s production came when the Packers were in “prevent”-style defense and the game was well-decided.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions WRs Marvin Jones, Quintez Cephus
Because Kenny Golladay is already announced as “out” for Week 2, you’re starting Marvin Jones despite his disappointing showing in Week 1. Although Jones only caught four passes from Stafford last week, he still had an encouraging 8 total targets, meaning Stafford was looking Jones’s way during the game.
Speaking of targets, how about that Quintez Cephus guy, huh? Not Jerry Jeudy. Not CeeDee Lamb. Not Justin Jefferson. No, it was 5th round draft pick Quintez Cephus who led all rookie receivers in targets last week, earning a whopping TEN looks from Stafford against the Bears. It’s unclear if Cephus’s targets are just a flash in the pan, but without Golladay, we’ll have another week to see if the Stafford-Cephus connection is the real deal.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Jones as a solid WR2. Sit Cephus, but continue to monitor.