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WR Deonte Thompson - Buffalo Bills

6-0, 203Born: 2-14-1989College: FloridaDrafted: ---

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Week 15: vs Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Good matchup. Rookie Josh Allen continues to flash big, explosive traits as a pro quarterback. His mobility and footspeed have been huge for the Bills' anemic offense, and his arm is truly NFL-caliber. And his aggressive mindset has created a handful of big plays, plus a dynamic connection with fellow rookie wideout Robert Foster. Still, Allen remains an exceptionally raw passer. In terms of adjusted net yards per attempt, which factors in touchdowns, interceptions and sacks, he sits dead-last among 35 qualifying quarterbacks. Allen has averaged just 169 yards per start, with just 5 touchdowns on the season. He's paying off with his legs, but remains miles from fantasy relevance as a passer. Foster has emerged as the team's most dynamic receiver, racking up 330 yards over the last 4 weeks. He's broken loose for receptions of 47, 43, and 75 yards, and caught 7 of his 8 targets last Sunday. Foster is primarily a vertical threat, but certainly boasts the talent to unseat Zay Jones as the Bills' No. 1. Jones is a severely limited receiver, averaging an anemic 6.2 yards per target on the year. Altogether, there isn't nearly enough volume or efficiency here to produce a worthwhile fantasy starter, despite a few moments of dynamism between Allen and Foster. The Lions continue to struggle mightily against the pass. The raw numbers aren't terrible: they're allowing just 233 yards per game, good for 11th-best in football. But that's a deflated number, as the 5-8 Lions have faced just 31 attempts a game, second-fewest in the league. And from an efficiency standpoint, they've been a bottom-of-the-barrel unit. Opposing passers are completing 67% of those throws and producing 6.9 net yards per attempt (seventh-most). Their Week 10 drubbing by Allen Robinson and the Bears was extreme, but a great snapshot of their weaknesses, specifically tight coverage and downfield tackling. Aside from top cornerback Darius Slay, who's been good but not great this year, the Lions sorely lack talent in the secondary. Teez Tabor and Nevin Lawson have been targeted frequently and with great success, leading to Tabor's complete benching in Week 12. His replacement, Mike Ford, has been a step up but still nothing to fear. This group will breathe a little easier Sunday against erratic Bills rookie Josh Allen and his barren receiving corps, but remains very beatable by the big play. Robert Foster will see some downfield opportunity, and he faces some very winnable matchups beyond Slay.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
12 vs JAX 16 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
13 at MIA 25 0 0 0 1 1 12 0 0 1.2
14 vs NYJ 11 0 0 0 2 1 14 0 0 1.4
15 vs DET 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
15 vs DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1 * * * *
15 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
15 vs DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Deonte Thompson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Schedule

15vs Detroit Lions
16@ New England Patriots
17vs Miami Dolphins