WR Kenny Golladay - Detroit Lions
|6-4, 218||Born: 11-1-1993||College: Northern Illinois||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Golladay caught a long touchdown on an improvised play, but he is still a lower ceiling option as long as Matthew Stafford is out, or even limited by his back injury.
Week 11: vs Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Detroit Lions' passing projections for week 11 are highly dependent upon the status of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford missed last week's game due to a back injury, and his status for this week is unknown. If he is unable to go, Jeff Driskel will start once again for the Lions. Driskel started last weekend against the Chicago Bears and threw for 269 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception on 46 pass attempts on the day. Unsurprisingly, Driskel's favorite targets through the air were Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Lions' two dominant pass-catchers. Golladay and Jones, Jr. commanded the most valuable targets in the team's offense; however, their stat lines for the game were less-than-impressive. Even if each of their respective volumes continues at Stafford-like levels with Driskel under-center, the lack of efficiency will severely limit their receiving production. Danny Amendola has emerged as a reliable number-three option through the air over the last month of the season, with at least eight targets in three out of the last four games. He will play a factor in the team's passing game, but he is a definitive third-fiddle in the Lions' aerial attack. Rookie tight end, T.J. Hockenson has flashed occasionally, but his volume through the air is highly inconsistent. A strong matchup this weekend may foster another ceiling performance from the rookie, but it is far from a sure thing. Should Matthew Stafford tough it out in week 11 and play through his back injury, the same pass-catchers remain atop the list of expected producers for the Lions. However, their efficiency levels should increase dramatically compared to if Jeff Driskel were under-center. The Dallas Cowboys' pass defense is one of the league's most consistent units this season, ranking sixth in adjusted yards per pass attempt allowed through nine games. Along the defensive line, Demarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Michael Bennett make up one of the league's deepest and most-talented rotations of edge rushers. While their pass-rush is a definitive strength, the linebacker position has been a massive weakness for the Cowboys in coverage. All three of their starting linebackers have struggled against the pass this season, leaving their defense susceptible over the middle of the field. Opposing tight ends have capitalized on this weakness, as they have scored four touchdowns in the last four weeks against the Cowboys. On the season, the Cowboys have allowed the third-most DraftKings points per game to opposing tight ends in the NFL, which bodes well for Lions' rookie, T.J. Hockenson. Dallas' secondary is a deep and talented unit lacking any obvious weakness, and picking them apart through the air has proven to be an arduous task. Expect the Cowboys' defense to give the Lions' passing-attack fits in week 11, especially if Jeff Driskel is forced into action once again while Matthew Stafford heals from a back injury.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Kenny Golladay's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs CHI (9 / 3 / 57 / 1 rec)
Kenny Golladay had an up and down game against the Bears on Sunday. Golladay caught a long touchdown on a scramble drill by Jeff Driskel and drew another target in the red zone that was overthrown. He could have had a bigger game, but had a reception called back by a penalty and added three drops. The Detroit offense is weaker without Matthew Stafford at quarterback and Golladay should hope for Stafford to return next week at Dallas.
2019 Week 9 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 132 / 1 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a strong performance against the Raiders on Sunday with his big play coming on a busted coverage, where he was able to shed tacklers down the field for a touchdown. He also had a couple of good catches on intermediate routes across the field, including on a catch where he drew a defensive pass interference. Golladay had a lot of air yards in the game as he was overthrown on a deep pass and drew a defensive pass interference on a deep pass near the end zone. Golladay's numbers were good, but he could have easily had a larger day if one of the two long throws was caught. Golladay will have a tough matchup next week against the Bears.
2019 Week 8 vs NYG (8 / 6 / 123 / 2 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a quiet start against the Giants before erupting for two touchdowns and a 100-yard game. Golladay's first reception was on an intermediate crossing route late in the second quarter, but he had a strong second half that included two touchdowns. The first was a terrific body control catch in tight coverage along the sideline in the red zone. The second was a wide-open target on a trick play where the Giants busted a coverage. Golladay also had a strong catch on a crossing route in tight coverage but added a fumble late in the game that the Giants recovered. Golladay will get a good matchup next week against the Raiders.
2019 Week 7 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a disappointing day against the Vikings. He drew a deep target in the first half but was covered well by Xavier Rhodes. His lone catch was a deep out late in the first half. He did draw an unofficial target in the back of the end zone on a play that was called back by penalty and dropped a two-point conversion attempt on a route he ran short of the end zone. He will look to bounce back next week against the Giants.
2019 Week 6 vs GB (9 / 5 / 121 / 0 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a strong start on Monday night against the Packers with a 66-yard reception on a flea-flicker on the first play from scrimmage. Golladay later drew a red zone target from the slot that set up a first and goal inside the five-yard line. He also showed good awareness on a comeback along the sideline in the second half of the game, but the Lions offense failed to sustain drives in the second half which capped Golladay's total production. He did not help the matter by dropping a high point target along the sideline on an out route. He will face a tough Minnesota defense next week.
2019 Week 4 vs KC (9 / 5 / 67 / 2 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a strong week four performance against the Kansas Chiefs after struggling last week. Golladay's two highlights were touchdowns. The first a seam route in the red zone out of the slot on a well-thrown pass from Matthew Stafford. The second was an out route in the end zone where Golladay used good extension to catch the ball and dragged two feet in bounds for a touchdown. He could have had a better day, but he bobbled a catch along the back of the end zone and dropped another ball along the sideline. Golladay will have a bye in week five before facing a tough test against the Packers in week six.
2019 Week 3 vs PHI (8 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a disappointing day despite finishing the day with eight targets. Golladay had a strong catch across the middle early in the game but otherwise struggled. He drew a red zone target but was well covered on the play, and good position on a deep ball that he let go off his hands. He also had another drop and worked himself out of bounds on a sideline throw he should have caught. Despite his frame, Golladay fails too frequently at the catch point for a player that does not separate well from defenders. He will look to improve next week against the Chiefs.
2019 Week 2 vs LAC (10 / 8 / 117 / 1 rec)
Kenny Golladay had one of his better days as a pro against the Chargers in a week two win. Golladay scored the game-winning touchdown on a post against Casey Hayward late in the fourth quarter. He was targeted frequently and led the Lions in both targets and receiving yards. Golladay drew a good stylistic matchup as the Chargers frequently employed off coverage which allowed Golladay room to work without facing press coverage where he struggles. Golladay could have had a monster day, but he was outplayed on a deep pass in the end zone that resulted in an interception. He has tantalizing measurables, but this was an example of how he frequently plays smaller than his size. Golladay will travel to Philadelphia in week three.
2019 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a strong statistical game against the Cardinals in week one. He had two good catches early including a dig across the middle and a crossing route and was the beneficiary of a blown coverage that resulted in a wide-open red zone touchdown. Yet, Golladay continued a trend from last season of failing to separate from defenders, including a deep perimeter pass and a target in the end zone where he had good positioning but failed to catch a high point pass on what could have been a game-winning touchdown. He also appeared to be targeted late in the fourth quarter on a back-shoulder throw that he did not break back for, that would have sealed a Detroit win. Detroit found easy completions while targeting Danny Amendola, T.J. Hockenson, and Marvin Jones, while Golladay's targets are a higher degree of difficulty. Golladay will look to improve in week two against the Chargers.
Latest NewsLions | Kenny Golladay finishes with 57 yards, TD (Sun Nov 10, 06:08 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay ended up with three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. Our View: Golladay was on his way to a dud unless a late heave on an extended play from Jeff Driskel made his fantasy afternoon. His ceiling is modest without Matthew Stafford heading into a matchup with Dallas.
link to story Lions | Kenny Golladay shreds Oakland (Sun Nov 3, 09:09 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay caught four of his seven targets for 132 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. link to story
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