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Thursday Reaction Houston vs Detroit

Thursday Reaction Detroit vs Houston

Did you survive Thanksgiving? Are you reading this with your turkey hangover as you prepare for the rest of Week 12? If so, I’ll try not to bore you to sleep. Was the loss to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving the final straw for Lions head coach Matt Patricia? That is yet to be seen but I believe they have to look yet another direction to find a winning formula. You was facing the worst defense in the league, what happened? Was it lack of weapons because of injury or bad play calling or both? This game started out looking promising, back and forth both teams scoring, but they Lions made too many costly mistakes and with no pass rush, Deshaun Watson just set back in the pocket and was able to connect on the long pass. Detroit also had issues holding on to the ball. Stafford threw a pick 6 to JJ Watt, giving Watt his 6th NFL TD, and running backs Jonathan Williams and Kerryon Johnson both lost fumbles.

The Lions offense basically played one half of football. Matt Stafford was 28 for 42 for 295 yards and 1 TD and one pick 6. He had struggled getting the ball to his number one wide receiver, since Kenny Golladay went down with the hip injury, Marvin Jones. He targeted Jones 12 times and they only connected on 6 for 48 yards. Newly signed Mohamed Sanu did snag a touchdown and caught 4 balls for 32 yards, and tight T.J. Hockenson caught 5 receptions for 89 yards. The running game clearly misses the burst that D’Andre Swift brings out of the backfield. Adrian Peterson lumbered along for 55 yards and 2 goalline TDs, and Kerryon Johnson carried the ball 11 times for 46 yards. Johnson also had 4 receptions for 52 yards. In the absence of Swift, those two bring limited upside out of the backfield and I think this team is missing that and that play action. It feels lilke Matt Patricia is following a losing formula of trying the same thing over and over again and getting the same results.

Houston on the other hand, took advantage of a limited pass rush and man to man defense. Deshaun Watson was able to sit in the pocket and find the open receiver and air the ball out for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. His average depth per target was a whopping 13 yards. That is perfect design for this group of speedy wide receivers. He targeted Will Fuller 7 times and Fuller caught 6 of them for 171 yards and 2 TDs; he targeted Brandin Cooks 5 times and Cooks caught all 5 for 85 yards. The running game just isn’t anything to write home about, we need to quit Duke Johnson in the fantasy world. Johnson did score and he caught three passes, so it was a respectable result if you trotted him out there, I just didn’t and won’t recommend it. There was a C.J. Prosise sighting, as he also scored. The Texans defense played a major role in the outcome of this game also, J.J. Watt picked off Matt Stafford early in the game and took to the endzone for his 6th career TD, and the defense also grabbed two fumbles. They chased Stafford and hit him 8 times and sacked him 4 times. At 4-7 the Texans aren’t going to win any playoff games and who knows what will happen with their coaching staff but on Thanksgiving in front of a nationally televised game, they looked good.

Fantasy Studs

Deshaun Watson: 17/25 318 yards 4 TDs, 8 carries for 24 yards. Duel-threat QB who has a big arm and runs the ball just enough. If you paid up for in fantasy, you haven’t been disappointed.

Adrian Peterson: 15 carries for 55 yards and 2 TDs. He only makes the stud list because of those two TDs, which gave him 17.5 fantasy points. If you was brave enough to start him, it paid off.

Duke Johnson: 9 carries 37 yards, 3 receptions 43 yards 1 TD. Only makes this list in a PPR format with 17 points. Like Adrian Peterson, if you was brave enough to trot him out there it paid off but not a guy who I trust week to week.

Will Fuller: 6 receptions 171 yards 2 TDs. This is what you expected if you had him on your roster. He averaged 28.5 yards per reception and his longest was 40 yards, if you get bonussues for more than 150 yards and 40 yard recpetions, Fuller really paid off for you.

T.J. Hockenson: 5 receptions for 89 yards, 13.9 PPR fantasy points. Not what you really consider a Stud but as far as tight ends go, those are studly numbers

Fantasy Duds

Marvin Jones: 6 rececptions 48 yards, 10 PPR fantasy points. Good for flex spot if you are happy with 10 points, he’ll get you that every week

There aren’t any other real duds this week. Brandin Cooks did fine with 5 receptions for 85 yards, Matthew Stafford was 28/42 295 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT, and Kerryon Johnson had 11 carries and 46 yards with 4 receptions and 52 yards.

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