Spaz, the magnificent football predicting cat, and I were right last week and we believe the Lions will win again in week #3 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Hopefully, it’s not over-confidence, but this Detroit team bears very little resemblance to the squad Matt Millen left behind. General manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz have carefully brought together the players needed to grab a playoff spot in 2011.
Let’s look at the predictions for week #3 and the results from week #2.
Prediction and Results
“The Lion who will roar” (Hometown Hero): You have to stick with the “hot arm” of quarterback Matthew Stafford. He’s thrown seven touchdown passes and amassed 599 yards passing.
A Week #2 Bingo – Matthew Stafford went from three touchdown passes in week #1 to four last Sunday. His fantasy numbers shot up from 22 points in week #1 to 25 in week #2.
“Above (not On) Par Lion”: Running back Jahvid Best performed so well against the Kansas City Chiefs in week #2 that he’s got the same number of fantasy points (34) this season as wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
A Week #2 Whoops – Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught only one pass for seven yards and then hurt his shoulder against the Chiefs.
“Bench that Lion” (Hometown Zero): Brandon Pettigrew is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings and Stafford has plenty of other receivers to fill the void.
A Week #2 Bingo – Jerome Harrison had only four carries for 6 yards in week #2.
Summary: Spaz and I are ignoring the difficulties the Lions have in winning in Minnesota.
Week #3 Predictions: Spaz (2-0) – Detroit 28, Minnesota 14. Deni (1-1) – Detroit 28, Minnesota 7.
Week #2 Results: Final Score – Detroit 48, Kansas City 3. Neither Spaz nor I predicted a rout over the Chiefs, but we both picked the Lions to win.
“I wish I had him this week” – Week #3 Predictions: For Detroit fantasy owners with stars from other teams, here are three players that should have a better than average game in week #3:
• Tom Brady, QB, New England – Brady has been brilliant and the Bills won’t slow him down in week #3. He should continue being the leading scorer in fantasy football.
• Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee – Johnson should be able to chew up some yards against the weak defensive line of the Broncos.
• Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore – I am convinced that I was a week off, because the Rams’ rush defense is awful. Rice should bounce back from a disappointing week #2 and put up some solid numbers Sunday.
“I wish I had him this week” – Week #2 Results: Minor Yahoo
• Tom Brady, QB, New England – Brady put up 28 fantasy points in week #2 to follow up on the 34 he scored in the opening weekend of the season.
• Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay – Rodgers couldn’t match Brady, but he did score 21 fantasy points against Carolina.
• Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore – Tennessee did an incredible job of containing Rice and holding him down to just 43 yards rushing.
“Expect a Downturn” – Week #3 Predictions: Here are three players whose performances will take a slide:
• Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis – The Colts offense is a shambles and running the ball becomes difficult without quarterback Peyton Manning to toss passes tindianapolis receivers.
• Miles Austin, WR, Dallas – Austin may be one of top five scorers in fantasy football, but his hamstring injury will keep him out of the Monday night game.
• Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England – A knee injury will keep Hernandez out of an AFC East showdown with the Bills.
“Expect a Downturn” – Week #2 Results: Minor Whoops
• Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis – Well, when you don’t play, you don’t score any fantasy points.
• LaGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay – Whoops! Blount bounced back from a one point performance against the Lions to score 19 fantasy points against the Vikings in week #2.
• Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia – Well, he did catch four passes for 43 yards, but they didn’t translate into many fantasy football points..
Which players do you think will surprise or disappoint us in week #3?
Here’s your opportunity to share your opinions and expertise with other fantasy sports enthusiasts and me. You can submit your predictions by choosing to “Comment” on this story or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.