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TE Bear Pascoe - Detroit Lions

6-5, 251Born: 2-23-1986College: Fresno StateDrafted: Round 6

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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.

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4@ Minnesota Vikings
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6@ New Orleans Saints
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