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TE Darren Fells - Detroit Lions

6-7, 255Born: 4-22-1986College: UC-IrvineDrafted: ---

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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 30 1 9 0 0 0.9
12 vs MIN 27 0 0 0 0 0
13 at BAL 31 2 10 0 0 1
14 at TB 30 1 23 0 0 2.3
15 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 13 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Darren Fells was limited to only two catches, both in the short passing game. Fells had no usage in the red zone that has buoyed his fantasy production in recent weeks.

2017 Week 12 vs MIN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Darren Fells had two prime opportunities for touchdowns down the seam but dropped both. The first one was arguably broken up by the defender, but the type of ball Fells should have caught. The second was a ball that Fells had in his hands, but failed to secure through the catch and fall to the ground. Fells was held without a catch in the game, but continues to see high leverage targets by Matthew Stafford in the red zone.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Darren Fells caught his only target for 10 yards. Fells was targeted in key spots in the red zone in recent weeks, but Detroit went away from Fells this week. Notably the Lions did struggle in the red zone, stalling out twice on 1st and goal situations form inside the two-yard line, and Fells was not targeted in either situation.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Darren Fells continued to be a red zone favorite of Matthew Stafford. Stafford threw an excellent ball to Fells down the seam in the end zone for what would have been a touchdown, but the ball was broken up at the catch point. Fells was also targeted on a ball out of his reach in the red zone. He finished with only one catch for 12 yards.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)

Darren Fells continued to see high value targets against New Orleans. He was targeted in the red zone on a 4th and goal from 5-yard line where he caught the ball short of the end zone in the flat and was stopped short of the end zone. Fells caught another touchdown pass, his third in two weeks, on a ball down the seam. Fells has emerged as the most reliable tight end option for Detroit in high value situations.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 24 / 2 rec)

Darren Fells made the most of his two targets converting both targets for touchdowns. One target was on a red zone scramble drill where Fells adjusted to Stafford scrambling and worked himself open for a touchdown. Fells was targeted again on an out route on Carolina's 20-yard line which he converted for a run after the catch for a touchdown. Fells had four career touchdowns before the game.

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Schedule

15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Green Bay Packers