The Detroit Lions will travel to Bank of America Stadium for Week 11 to take on the Carolina Panthers. The home team has lost five straight games and will look to end its downward spiral against the NFC North’s third place squad.
Teddy Bridgewater remains extremely efficient under center but hasn’t been able to secure wins with his dynamic receiving corps. The signal-caller suffered a knee injury in Week 10 and his status for Week 11 is up in the air. Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel, and D.J. Moore could be affected by having someone new under center. Christian McCaffrey could thrive if the offense focuses on the run though.
The Lions won a thriller in Week 10 despite not having Kenny Golladay (hip) for a second consecutive game. Matthew Stafford has been resourceful with his other targets and D’Andre Swift has transitioned into a dangerous feature back. Detroit and Carolina are below average against the run, so running backs could be big in this matchup.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Lions: #19 Overall — #14 offense, #25 defense, #15 special teams
Panthers: #17 Overall — #7 offense, #27 defense, #11 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, $6,000
Stafford will likely be Detroit’s top scorer. He won’t have a true go-to guy if Golladay misses a third game and Danny Amendola is dealing with a hip injury as well. Stafford should be able to spread the ball around just fine with reliable targets like T.J, Hockenson, Marvin Jones Jr., and Swift out of the backfield.
D’Andre Swift Running Back, $6,400
Swift rushed for 81 yards on a season-high 16 carries and caught five passes for 68 yards and a score in his first NFL start. His ceiling has been raised by his new role. Take advantage of his price point, as he’s bound to get more expensive after facing one of the weaker run defenses in the NFL.
Mike Davis, Running Back, $6,800
McCaffrey has officially been ruled out for Week 10, and word is that Davis is dealing with a thumb injury from Week 9. However, a downgrade a quarterback could lead to Carolina focusing on the run and screen passes out of the backfield. That bodes well for Carolina’s best weapon. Detroit has arguably the worst defense against running backs on DraftKings, so Davis could find himself with a nice bounce back game in Week 11.
D.J. Moore, Wide Receiver, $5,600
Moore is still underpriced because of how well Anderson and Samuel have played lately. You can’t pass on a wideout with his kind of playmaking ability at this price. It’s not often that you can roster a player who’s inside the top 15 in receiving yards for less than $6,000.