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WR Anquan Boldin - Detroit Lions

6-1, 216Born: 10-3-1980College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Boldin has nine targets in back to back games, and this week he draws New Orleans. If you need a one-week fill-in or you don't like your PPR bench depth, Boldin can help.

Week 13: at New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matthew Stafford pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback on Thanksgiving, squeaking the Lions past the Vikings 16-13 with 23/40 for 232 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -18 yards). Anquan Boldin led the team in receiving TDs, with nine for 7/69/1 receiving, while Golden Tate led the team in receiving yards (seven for 5/77/0). Marvin Jones led the team in targets with 11 and showed signs of life with 4/54/0 receiving - those three were the only receivers over 20 yards on the day. Eric Ebron disappointed fantasy owners with a lean one target for zero receptions last week. Matthew Stafford has not gone over 300 yards passing since Week Three, and has multiple (two) TD passes in one of his last five games played. The Lions' passing attack is in a lull entering Week 13. The Saints' pass defense is in the bottom 1/3 of the league, ranking 27th averaging 271.4 net yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores surrendered vs. seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 22 sacks (tied for 20th) generated so far. Rookie Jared Goff had 20/32 for 178 net yards, three TDs and one interception thrown at New Orleans last week (three sacks taken for -36 yards), while two games ago Cam Newton and company were limited to 14/33 for 173 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks generated for -19 yards by the Saints. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), New Orleans has averaged 21.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th in the NFL); and 22.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (17th); with 10.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-most). This is a good matchup between Detroit's passing attack and a pass defense that has improved from horrid in September to mediocre here in November/early December.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at MIN 44 0 0 0 4 2 10 1 0 7
11 vs JAX 39 0 0 0 9 6 37 0 0 3.7
12 vs MIN 45 0 0 0 9 7 69 1 0 12.9
13 at NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
13 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
13 at NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 69 / 1 rec)

Boldin continues to showcase his ability to separate with his short area quickness and his big body. He is involved in the dirty areas of the passing game, working over the middle and in traffic. He continues to move the chains and is being targeted in the red zone which gives him fantasy viability. He was targeted nine times in this game and caught seven passes for 69 yards and a score. Early in the game Boldin worked the soft zone in the middle of the Vikings defense and secured two catches that went for first down on the first drive of the game. He then scored a two yard touchdown which showcased his veteran savvy and ability to use his eyes to get open for a scrambling quarterback. Boldin ran a crosser at the back of the end zone and Stafford was forced to climb the pocket because of pressure. Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes had his back on Stafford and Boldin saw Stafford scrambling and quickly stopped his feet and went the other way, leaving Waynes in the dust and catching an easy score. Boldin had catches of seven and 10 yards but made two huge plays on the Lions game-tying drive that started at the Lions two-yard line. Boldin ran a short out route to the left sideline and Stafford hit him on the move and Boldin took it up the left sideline for 29 yards. A short time later he took a short throw for seven yards, dragging a defender almost the entire way to put the Lions in good down and distance. Boldin is proving to be a glue-type player for this offense and a fantastic free agent signing.

2016 Week 11 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

Boldin was the most targeted receiver on Sunday as the Jaguars threw a blanket on the outside options the Lions deployed. Boldin is still extremely effective running short crossing routes and slants which allows him to use his big body to separate and get open to help move the chains. Boldin was involved between the numbers all game and was targeted nine total times, all of them coming on short throws. He caught six passes and totaled 37 yards, but his longest catch of the day went for eight yards. Boldin was prevented from making big plays but was effective in keeping the Lions offense in good down and distance situations.

2016 Week 9 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

Boldin was not looked at all that much against the Vikings but when he was targeted it mattered. Boldin was targeted four times overall in the game; three coming on third down throws and one coming in the red zone from the one-yard line. All three throws coming on third down throws came with him getting enough distance for first down, but he dropped two of them which is unlike him. To be fair, these balls came in hot but they did hot him in both hands and should have been caught. Boldin caught a one-yard touchdown pass and that came on an out route where he used his big body to the create separation and Stafford delivered a strike for the score.

2016 Week 7 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)

Boldin was not heavily involved in the passing game in Week 7. He was targeted twice very early in the game. Boldin set up over the middle of the field on the first snap of the game but linebacker Will Compton made a very nice play to break up the pass. Boldin also ran a route short of the sticks on third down and caught the pass, but he couldn't get the first down and the Lions punted on fourth down. Boldin didn't show up again until later in the game. He ran a very nice route on 3rd-and-6, throttling down to sit into zone coverage and taking a pass for nine yards into the red zone. Boldin caught the game-winning touchdown on a phenomenal route and throw combination. He was lined up out in the slot and he ran a stutter and go route with Stafford zipping the ball over a linebacker and in front of a cornerback for an 18-yard score. He made a few huge plays when the Lions really needed him, and has been a consistent performer for the Lions every week.

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 News

Lions | Anquan Boldin a pleasant surprise (Thu Nov 24, 04:09 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown Thursday, Nov. 24, against the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: With the Vikings more interested in Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, as well as Eric Ebron so Boldin found himself free more often. He's been hit and miss this year, and is definitely on the downside of his career, but it's nice to see a spark here or there.
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