WR Anquan Boldin - Detroit Lions
|6-1, 216||Born: 10-3-1980||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 7: vs Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford rediscovered Golden Tate last weekend (as the team was without tight end Eric Ebron or pass-catching running back Theo Riddick) - Stafford threw 23/31 for 270 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -5 yards during the game, finding Tate for 8/165/1 on 10 targets. Anquan Boldin (nine for 8/60/1), Andre Roberts (two for 2/13/1) and Marvin Jones (six for 2/10/1) all scored TDs for Stafford last weekend. This attack is going strong entering Week Seven. Washington didn't allow an offensive TD to the Eagles last week, and limited Carson Wentz to 11/22 for 145 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with five sacks for -34 yards. Two games back, Joe Flacco had just 30/47 for 188 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -22 yards. So far this year, Washington averages 242.5 net passing yards allowed per game, 14th in the NFL, with six passing scores given up vs. four interceptions and 16 sacks generated. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Wsahington has averaged 12.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 13 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-least); with 8.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Stafford and company, but unless you are absolutely loaded at quarterback on your fantasy team, he'll be hard to sit given how explosive Detroit has been in recent weeks.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs LA (9 / 8 / 60 / 1 rec)
Boldin was heavily involved in the Lions short yardage passing attack Sunday and he was remarkably efficient, converting nine targets into eight catches. The majority of his catches came on quick hitting plays that went for under 10 yards. Six of his eight catches were for less than 10 yards, but they helped to move the chains or put the Lions in positive down and distances which keeps the offense in rhythm and tempo. Boldin did hit the Rams up the seam for 15 yards and got between safety LaMarcus Joyner and Alec Ogletree for a four-yard touchdown. He continues to show very good initial quickness and uses his big body to create separation.
2016 Week 5 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Boldin was targeted four times in this game, all of them coming in the short or intermediate passing game. He is a physical route runner and drew a pass interference call in the first half. Three of Boldin's catches went for first downs and he continues to move the chains for this offense. Boldin's longest play of the day went for 20 yards and came on a play where he showed great physicality to run through coverage and up the seam. He also caught a pass of 14 yards and two for seven yards.
2016 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
Boldin was targeted eight times in this game, most coming in the short throwing game. He is still very effective using his big body to create separation, and the Lions use him to move the chains. He caught six passes and totaled 31 yards, but four of those catches went for first downs. The other area where the Lions are using him is in the pick/rub game as they're deploying him out of the slot and running the outside receiver behind him into a clearing. Boldin is helping with the tempo and rhythm of the offense and those are very critical things for Stafford.
2016 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 4 / 22 / 1 rec)
Boldin was not all that involved in the passing game as the script played out that the Lions needed to go down the field which is not what Boldin does well. However, he was very effective when he was targeted and helped the Lions put points on the board and move the chains. Boldin had four catches, all coming on crossing routes or in the middle of the field. He showed his first-step quickness on a nicely designed play which allowed him to run a quick out to the pylon while keeping the defender away from his hands via his big body. Boldin scored on that play from two yards out.
2016 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)
Boldin also had a case of the drops on Sunday as he dropped a pass on the second play of the game and another on the final drive of the game for the Lions. In between he was very good, showing veteran savvy and the ability to help the Lions by moving the chains for first downs. He was targeted seven times and catching four of them for 48 yards. Boldin caught a 24-yard touchdown pass which was a thing of beauty. He was triple covered in the end zone but he worked his way back to Stafford as the defenders had their eyes on him and not on the ball. Stafford made a dangerous (but fantastic) throw and Boldin caught the pass for a touchdown. He caught another touchdown pass that was negated by a holding call. Boldin also committed a holding penalty and an offensive interference penalty in the game.
2016 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Boldin uses his big body incredibly well and that was on display in this game. In the first half he caught two passes, one on a crossing route where the Lions used a rub concept that allowed Boldin to take the ball into the secondary. The play went for 30 yards but was called back on a hold by Golden Tate, although the play still went for a first down. Boldin's second completion was a very short out route that went for three yards, but it went for a first down and allowed the Lions to continue a drive that ended up in the end zone. Ironically, the Lions had a second down and needed 13 yards for a first down in the second half, and they went with a receiver screen to Boldin and he got 14 yards. Boldin simply helps to move the chains.
Latest NewsLions | Anquan Boldin scores touchdown (Sun Oct 16, 11:44 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) posted eight receptions for a season-high 60 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was targeted nine times. link to story Lions | Anquan Boldin in uniform (Sun Oct 16, 12:36 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game. link to story Lions | Anquan Boldin questionable vs. Rams (Fri Oct 14, 04:43 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) was a full participant in practice Friday, Oct. 14, but was still listed as questionable on the team's injury report. link to story Lions | Lions' practice report for Thursday (Thu Oct 13, 07:36 PM) - Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (knee, quadriceps), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and OL Larry Warford (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 13. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), WR Anquan Boldin (ankle), S Don Carey (ribs), DT A'Shawn Robinson (shoulder) and OL Laken Tomlinson (neck) got in limited sessions. Lions | Anquan Boldin does not practice (Wed Oct 12, 08:17 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 12. More News
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