Calvin Johnson was hurt and a decoy. Now he’s just hurt. With Megatron out roughly 1-2 weeks so he can actually heal up and get back to 100% for a change, the Detroit Lions are in an interesting situation. Needless to say, fantasy football league managers are in one, too.
How do you make up for the loss of Calvin Johnson? You probably don’t, but hitting the waiver wire might be key. In that same breath, Golden Tate is slated to have a monster role with Megatron sidelined. He put up 130 receiving yards in week five and also scored, already showcasing his underrated ability in this offense. Tate slides in as a solid WR2 the next couple of games, if not better. Tight end Eric Ebron could suddenly be unleashed, as well. Ebron scored in week four and almost scored again this past week. He has the size and athleticism to create serious mismatches, and even if the Lions don’t get him super involved, he’ll remain a major red-zone threat. With no Megatron, the Lions simply can’t afford to not get him more involved.
All that being said, no Johnson obviously has to hit Matthew Stafford’s fantasy stock in a bad way. He was already sacking it up ever since an awesome week one, so no Megatron probably is going to yield stat lines much like what we saw this past week (200+ yards, maybe 1-2 TDs and 1-2 turnovers). That’s really what he’s been getting you, anyways, so you can’t expect him to suddenly go nuts without his best weapon in the passing game. Stafford does get the Vikings in week six, so he’ll probably remain a top-10 fantasy passer. He just might not be the sexiest quarterback to target in DFS fantasy football right now.