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TE Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

6-4, 265Born: 4-10-1993College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): It seems crazy that Ebron was one of the hits of Week 14 after the season he has had, but here we are. It's difficult to argue against him as a streamer this week against Chicago.

Week 15: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford put up his second-highest yardage total of the season last week with 381 yards but threw two interceptions and just one touchdown as the Lions actually struggled to barely win over the Buccaneers. Stafford has been a top-five fantasy quarterback since Week 6, averaging 295 passing yards per game with 14 touchdowns over that span with just two games below 290 passing yards over that eight-game span. Stafford has also been absolutely locked in over the last two weeks as he has completed over 80% of his passes in back to back games. Golden Tate has hauled in 16 receptions over his last two games, tied for third-most among receivers over that span as he has been the apple of Stafford's eye recently. Marvin Jones has not seen as many looks as Tate recently, but he has still been putting up decent numbers himself with an average of 88 receiving yards per game over his last eight games and three 100+ yard games over that span. Eric Ebron has also been heating up as he now has at least four receptions in four straight games, including a PPR explosion last week as he hauled in 10-of-11 targets for 94 yards. This big of a game was truly an outlier for Ebron though, as he had just 32 receptions on the season going into last week. The Bears have really been playing well against the pass for most of the season, giving up ninth fewest passing yards and the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game against opposing quarterbacks. Racking up 35 sacks is solid for any defense at this point in the season as Akiem Hicks continues to play at a high level, leading the team in sacks with seven. Despite only snagging six interceptions, this Bears secondary has been very effective on the season. They have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just three of 13 games this season with the pair of Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller locking down opposing receivers. We saw this in action last week as both cornerbacks and the rest of the Bears secondary did a great job shutting down AJ Green and the Bengals offense. This should be a fun matchup to watch with the Bears defense and Lions passing offense both playing at high levels right now, but the edge has to go to the Bears here as these cornerbacks are tough to get open on.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at CHI 28 4 49 0 0 4.9
12 vs MIN 29 4 34 0 0 3.4
13 at BAL 29 4 38 0 0 3.8
14 at TB 42 10 94 0 1 8.4
15 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs TB (11 / 10 / 94 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had his best game of the season with a career-high 10 receptions. Ebron was featured early in the game, with short catches where he ran strong after the catch. Ebron did have a fumble on a reception that was recovered by Tampa Bay. However, Ebron bounced back and performed confidently and effectively the rest of the game. Ebron's catches were in the short and intermediate area, where Stafford spent most of his game throwing.

2017 Week 13 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was used early in the game on a check down for a first down. His usage was predominantly in short and check down usage, including a solid sliding catch. Ebron is relegated to an ancillary role in the offense, but he is playing better and with more confidence than he was for large stretches earlier in the season.

2017 Week 12 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was involved early in the game, catching the a dump off in the flat. He added gains of 13 and 14 yards on out routes later in the game, and had a nice catch on an in route in tight coverage to convert a third down. After struggling and appearing to lack emotional investment in the game, Ebron showed enthusiasm against Minnesota that he had lacked for weeks earlier in the season.

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had his biggest impact against the Bears in the two-minute drill in both halves, when he and Matthew Stafford were able to connect on long passes. The first came on an impressive sideline grab as he absorbed a hit, while the second was a tad fortuitous as the defender in coverage lost his feet and fell down at the crucial moment. Ebron operated mostly as an outlet receiver, as Stafford picked apart the Bears' man to man defense with his quicker, shiftier targets.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron scored his first touchdown since week two, on a stop and go double move while split to the perimeter of the field. Ebron created separation on the move, and caught a well thrown pass from Matthew Stafford. Ebron's only other reception was an early check down pass. Ebron is an ancillary piece to the offense, particularly with the return of WR Kenny Golladay, but again outproduced back up Darren Fells in the game.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was used as an ancillary piece in the offense, but more frequently than in recent weeks. He caught three balls, including a well run out route against linebacker coverage where he made good extension on the play to catch on the run. Ebron is a limited piece to the offense that has leaned heavily on Ameer Abdullah, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in recent weeks. Ebron did out targeted Darren Fells 4 to 1.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had two big catches on the final Detroit drive of the game, including a 44-yard catch and run on a blown coverage on an out route. Ebron did drop a pass in the flat earlier in the game. He was also targeted along the back line of the end zone on a ball that was too high for him to catch. He remained an ancillary option in the passing game, and Darren Fells has clearly been Stafford's preferred target in the red zone in recent weeks.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was only targeted three times on the day. His lone catch was on a deflected pass that he showed concentration to adjust to the altered ball flight. Like recent weeks, he gave up snaps to Darren Fells on key passing situations.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron continued his struggles in the game. He dropped a target in the end zone and also dropped a pass in the middle of the field that was negated by a defensive offsides. Ebron caught one of his four targets for only six yards. Matthew Stafford continues to look like he has lost faith in Ebron. On one of Stafford's scramble plays, Ebron worked the middle of the field on a crossing route, and Stafford looked away to scramble instead of targeting Ebron on the route.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was limited to 27 yards on two receptions on his four targets. Ebron had a nice run after the catch making the first defender miss for 15 yards. Ebron was out produced by backup Darren Fells, who had 40 yards on four catches.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (7 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was ineffective on seven targets. He totaled nine yards on two receptions, and had three catchable balls that he did not catch, including a ball on his hands that he dropped on an out route that could have been a run after the catch opportunity. He also ran a double move on the right side of the field, that he struggled to cut on and then did not track the ball towards his outside shoulder. Stafford looked disappointed after multiple incomplete targets to Ebron.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (5 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron was involved early in the passing game, first on a crossing route for a 17-yard catch and run on a play action pass. Ebron caught his first touchdown of the season on a crossing route where Matthew Stafford set up the throw by avoiding pressure in the pocket, then throwing a ball with nice touch to Ebron in the end zone. Ebron caught all five of his targets for 42 yards, and finished the game tied with Marvin Jones for the team lead in targets.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was limited in the game to three targets. He was moved around the formation, including on the outside where he ran a dig route for a third down conversion. However, his role was limited with the passing game running through Tate and the red zone targets going towards Golladay.

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Lions | Eric Ebron hauls in 10 receptions (Sun Dec 10, 10:09 PM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron racked up 10 receptions for 94 yards on 11 targets in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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