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WR Kenny Golladay - Detroit Lions

6-4, 218Born: 11-1-1993College: Northern IllinoisDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 19): The Week 1 hype has faded for Golladay, who was an almost insignificant part of the offense in the Week 2 win. He could still have some boom weeks, but with Eric Ebron coming on, those are going to be rarer and harder to predict.

Week 3: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Despite passing, Matthew Stafford played very well last week despite passing for only 122 yards, the second-lowest passing yardage mark of his career. Stafford helped his team jump out to a lead in the first half before allowing his run game and excellent defense to put the game away in the second half, only attempting four passes after halftime. The run-heavy game script did not bode well in fantasy terms for the Lions receivers, as only tight end Eric Ebron had more than 40 receiving yards on the day. Ebron snagged one of Stafford's touchdowns, while Marvin Jones Jr accounted for the other as his lone, but very impressive, reception of an excellent back shoulder pass from Stafford. Golden Tate was very quietly hauled in all four of his targets, but for only 25 yards. After a big Week 1 debut, Kenny Golladay was a non-factor with only one catch for eight yards. The Falcons pass rush was strong last week against Aaron Rodgers, forcing Rodgers out of the pocket over and over again while sacking him three times for 35 negative yards. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Pro Bowl linebacker Vic Beasley left last week's game with a hamstring injury and did not return. He is expected to miss multiple weeks with a hamstring tear, so this will be a huge help to a Lions offensive line that has historically struggled to keep Matt Stafford upright. The Falcons secondary has also played very well this season against opposing wide receivers as they kept the Packers, with both Brian Poole and Desmond Trufant leading putting in a couple of dominant performances. Trufant only allowed two catches for 26 yards while tacking on an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown last week. Poole should be matched up on Golden Tate out of the slot for most of the day next week, so Tate will have a tough time there. Trufant plays most of his snaps on the left side of the field, which should mean he will mostly draw Marvin Jones Jr. The Falcons did allow the sixth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends last season and have already allowed 13 receptions for 139 yards to tight ends this season--so Eric Ebron would be in play as an option here. The one spot that the Falcons continue to struggle with is defending the running back out of the backfield as evidenced in week one when Tarik Cohen had eight receptions and in week two where Ty Montgomery caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown which could setup well for Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick out of the backfield this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs ARI 44 0 0 0 7 4 69 2 0 18.9
2 at NYG 34 0 0 0 3 1 8 0 0 0.8
3 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Golladay was limited to one catch for 8 yards after his week one break out. Golladay caught a low slant for his lone catch. Stafford took four deep shots to Golladay but was unable to connect, with Golladay getting little separation in the game. One of the plays was called back by a holding call on LT Greg Robinson, and a second was on a free play after there were twelve Giants on the field.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 69 / 2 rec)

Kenny Golladay flashed his promise during his first NFL game by catching two touchdowns passes. The first was a red zone target where Golladay used his size and frame to catch the ball above Justin Bethel. The second was a go route late in the fourth quarter. Golladay gained a release against Bethel and dove to catch the ball at the goal line before sliding into the end zone for the touchdown. Golladay made some mistakes including a drop with bad hand technique on third down that would have been a conversion. He was also targeted on an unsuccessful two-point conversion on a fade route. Golladay did not extend to high point the ball on the play, and as a result, Bethel was able to break the pass up. Golladay rotated in the game at the third wide receiver position with T.J. Jones, but tied for the second most targets, and they came in high leverage situations.

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Latest News

Lions | Kenny Golladay disappears in Week 2 (Mon Sep 18, 11:50 PM) - Detroit Lions rookie WR Kenny Golladay managed just one catch for eight yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 8. He was targeted three times.

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Lions | Kenny Golladay logs 44 snaps in Week 1 (Wed Sep 13, 12:04 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay played 44-of-73 offensive snaps in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, while fellow No. 3 receiver T.J. Jones finished with 18.

Our View: Golladay had a lot of hype around him in the preseason, and he paid off for the fantasy owners that flexed him in Week 1 with two touchdowns against the Cardinals. Going forward, Golladay should continue to be a solid piece in the offense and clearly a threat in the red zone.
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Lions | Kenny Golladay hauls in two touchdowns (Sun Sep 10, 07:35 PM) - Detroit Lions rookie WR Kenny Golladay posted four receptions for 69 yards and a pair of scores in Week 1 against the Cardinals. He was targeted seven times.

Our View: Golladay missed opportunities early, but came on to score twice, using his size in the red zone and making a diving catch on a deep score. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/Flex who is going to keep Eric Ebron from taking off this year.
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Lions | Kenny Golladay playing Week 1 (Sun Sep 10, 12:05 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (ankle) is officially active for Week 1.

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Lions | Detroit's Friday practice report (Fri Sep 8, 04:25 PM) - Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang (non-injury) and DT Haloti Ngata (non-injury) did not practice Friday, Sept. 8, but they are not listed on the injury report for Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. RB Zach Zenner (back) also practiced in full and is not listed. DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee), WR Kenny Golladay (ankle) and OT Corey Robinson (foot) were each limited and are all considered questionable.

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Schedule

3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5vs Carolina Panthers
6@ New Orleans Saints
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ Green Bay Packers
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Green Bay Packers