WR Kenny Golladay - Detroit Lions
|6-4, 218||Born: 11-1-1993||College: Northern Illinois||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Golladay's stock was actually improved by the switch from the second to the third string quarterback. He should be in lineups against the Vikings this week.
Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Detroit Lions, now on their third starting quarterback of the season, enter week 14 with a long week of rest to build an offense around David Blough following a close Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chicago Bears. Detroit's impressive passing numbers this season are a product of Matthew Stafford's strong 2019 campaign, but without him, they mean very little moving forward. The Lions' passing attack should continue to be a high-volume unit, as they project to play from behind once again this weekend, which bodes well for the offense's raw totals, and Blough's overperformance (relative to expectation) in his debut could foster a surprisingly-strong fantasy environment for a select few Detroit pass-catchers. Blough, as many backup quarterbacks do, relied heavily upon his proverbial safety blankets through the air, peppering tight end T.J. Hockenson and slot receiver Danny Amendola with 11 and 8 targets, respectively. Both players run primarily short and intermediate routes. While Hockenson is out for the season, Danny Amendola may continue to see increased usage with the rookie under center. Logan Thomas should slot into the lineup for T.J. Hockenson, although he projects for very little usage through the air in this offense. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. are the team's two most talented receivers, and while Golladay continued to command his high-value deep targets, Jones, Jr. saw little action with Blough at the helm. Exercise caution with this unit, as there is very little data about the receivers' usage with rookie David Blough at quarterback thus far. Minnesota's pass defense grades as a solid unit, ranking in the top third of the NFL in almost every meaningful category this season. As they have played with a lead for most of their 8-4 start to the year, the Vikings have defended the 9th-most pass attempts of any team in the league, allowing just 6.1 net yards per attempt, the 12th-best mark in the NFL. The Vikings field a deep unit of capable pass defenders, aside from one glaring weakness at cornerback. On the defensive line, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter make up one of the strongest edge-rushing pairs in the league. Then, at the back-end of the defense, Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith, two of the league's best pass-defending safeties, do their best to mask the team's weakness at cornerback. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have been horrific in coverage this season, allowing 4 100-yard receivers over the team's last 4 games, and there is no reason to believe they'll right the ship anytime soon. This weekend, taking on one of the league's best wide receiver duos in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Vikings' weak cornerbacks will be put to the test. With a backup quarterback at the helm, expectations for Detroit's passing attack should be tempered in Week 14, as they take on a generally-strong pass defense with the one glaring weakness.
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 13 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 158 / 1 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a big game on only four catches on Thanksgiving despite the Lions starting third-string quarterback David Blough. On the first drive of the game, Golladay hit Chicago with a double move on third down for a 75-yard touchdown. He also added another deep reception in the first quarter to break the century mark before the second quarter. He later added a deep reception between the corner and safety along the perimeter and another deep reception in the middle of the field on the final drive of the game. Golladay was targeted once in the end zone but was both called for and drew a pass interference penalty on the play. Golladay will get a tough matchup next week against the Vikings.
2019 Week 12 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Kenny Golladay caught all four of his targets against Washington on Sunday, with his best working coming on an out route he was able to turn upfield for a 34-yard gain. Golladay went without a reception for almost two full quarters during the game and was out targeted by Marvin Jones 11 to 4. Golladay's game is largely dependent on successful quarterback because he struggles to separate from coverage, and the downgrade from the injured Matthew Stafford to Jeff Driskel caps his upside. He will face the Bears on Thanksgiving.
2019 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec)
Kenny Golladay had a quiet game against the Cowboys on Sunday, reeling in his only catch late in the fourth quarter. Golladay made his catch count as he hauled in a highlight jump ball down the field while also drawing a facemask penalty on the play. The remainder of his game was forgettable as he failed to catch two contested balls down the field and was undercut on a slant route. He will look for a strong matchup next week against Washington if Matthew Stafford returns from injury.
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 plays well in Week 13 (Thu Nov 28, 04:17 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay caught four passes for 158 yards and one touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 13. He was targeted four times during the game. link to story Lions | Four grabs for Kenny Golladay (Sun Nov 24, 09:14 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay caught all four of his targets for 61 yards in a 19-16 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 12. link to story
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