A pair of one-win teams will go at in Week 6 when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Detroit Lions at TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars have lost four straight since downing the Colts in their opener. Jacksonville has surrendered 30 or more points in all four losses, too much for second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew and company to overcome.
The Lions are fresh off a bye week. Before that they suffered losses to the Saints, Packers, and Bears while beating the Cardinals. Detroit has a chance to make up some ground these next two weeks, facing two of the worst teams in football. After the Jaguars, they head to Atlanta to face the winless Falcons. The Lions have become known for their late-game collapses, as they’ve blown double-digit leads in two losses this season.
We break down how to watch Sunday’s game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Lions: -3.5, -186
Jaguars: +3.5, +163
OUT: CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S C.J. Moore (calf), C Frank Ragnow (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dakota Allen (foot), DE Josh Allen (knee), WR D.J. Chark (ankle), TE Tyler Eifert (neck), DT Abry Jones (ankle, hamstring)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
T.J. Hockenson, TE, $5,300
If you need a tight end, you could do a lot worse than Hockenson. He leads Detroit in catches and yards. He’s pretty consistent too. He’s had 50 or more yards in three of four games. In the one game he fell short, he caught a touchdown pass. Bonus: the Jaguars have struggled defending tight ends this season.
Adrian Peterson, RB, $4,700
Old reliable. Peterson has become the clear-cut No. 1 in Detroit’s backfield, with more than twice as many carries as Kerryon Johnson, the No. 2. Peterson is averaging a healthy 4.5 yards per carry, but the key for him will be finding the end zone, which he’s only done once this season. He does not offer much in the passing game, catching just four balls all year.
James Robinson, RB, $6,800
Speaking of reliable running backs, Robinson is as steady as they come. He has 73 carries this season. Quarterback Gardner Minshew is the only other Jaguar with more than nine. Robinson averages a healthy 4.6 yards per carry and averages just south of 40 receiving yards per game too. Jacksonville often is trailing a lot, which means it has to throw the ball, but that might not be the case this week against a poor Lions team.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, $5,200
The second-round pick has quietly put together a strong rookie season, leading the Jaguars in receptions and receiving yards. Jacksonville sometime tries to get him involved in the ground game too, as he has nine carries this season, third-most on the team. Unfortunately his value is limited by the fact he only has one touchdown.