Fantasy Outlook for Lions: Golladay a Good Option Even Though Matt Stafford is Not

SCOUT ANALYST TAKE

Matthew Stafford had fractures in his back and had a bad 2018 season. He has yo-yo'd throughout his career and we project him for 4000+ yards, 25 TDs and just 13 INTs. This bounceback helps keep Kenny Golladay as a Top 20 WR and well worth a high draft pick. But Stafford is barely a Top 25 QB because he produces nothing on the ground.

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Draft Kenny Golladay as a weekly fantasy starter in 2019. His 158 projected fantasy points puts him at #19 behind Amari Cooper and ahead of Tyler Lockett. He has averaged 9.14 fantasy points in his past 15 games, which is slightly less than our projected per game average. His projected per game average is 9.9 fantasy points. He is slightly more valuable in PPR leagues where he is the #17 ranked wide receiver. He is slightly overrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 96%, he is the #18 most highly owned wide receiver. Kenny Golladay is expected to slightly improve on last season's #21 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON WR RANKPROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#17 Cooper Kupp (41% OWN)158 FP, 9.9 per game95 FP, 8 gp, 11.9 per game (#10)
#18 Amari Cooper (98% OWN)158 FP, 9.9 per game140 FP, 15 gp, 9.4 per game (#24)
#19 Kenny Golladay (96% OWN)158 FP, 9.9 per game137 FP, 15 gp, 9.1 per game (#27)
#20 Tyler Lockett (96% OWN)142 FP, 8.9 per game165 FP, 16 gp, 10.3 per game (#23)
#21 Chris Godwin (84% OWN)140 FP, 8.8 per game126 FP, 16 gp, 7.9 per game (#35)

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

KENNY GOLLADAYFPPPRTARRECYDTDRUSHYD
2019 Projection15823613078.612126.09.2
-- Per Game (16 Proj)9.914.88.14.975.80.380.57
Week 1 @ARI10.115.38.15.2750.430.65
Week 2 vs LAC9.614.68.25.0750.340.55
2018 Season13720711870106358
-- Per Game (15 GP)9.113.87.94.770.90.330.53