FANTASY FOOTBALL: An inside look at Sunday's Detroit vs. Dallas matchup

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Sunday's game between Detroit and Dallas could have some serious Fantasy Football implications in Week 8

Sunday's matchup features two of the top scoring teams in the league, the only two quarterbacks in the NFC with over 2,000 passing yards, two Pro Bowl receivers and a ton of other weapons.

When it comes to the Fantasy Football matchups in this one, start them if you’ve got them.


Matthew Stafford, QB, Start: Stafford has the third-most Fantasy points over the last four weeks and there’s no signs that he’ll slow down this week against a Dallas defense allowing the second-most points and 14 touchdowns to the position this year.

Reggie Bush, RB, Start: Bush was held to just nine Fantasy points last week, but hasn’t been held under double digits in two consecutive weeks this season. Expect a big impact in the passing game, as the Cowboys own the 30th ranked pass defense.

Joique Bell, RB, Sit: Bell isn't going to rack up a lot of yards in backup duty to Bush, so he counts on those touchdowns. He hasn't scored in the last month. The Lions have been throwing quite a bit in the red zone and I think that limits Bell's value.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Start: Last week’s performance showed that injured right knee is just fine. Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has been playing well the last few weeks, but Megatron will get his.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Start: Pettigrew got on the board with his first touchdown of the season last week. The Cowboys have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to the position this year, including four touchdowns. I like Pettigrew to score in back-to-back weeks.

Joseph Fauria, TE, Sit: Fauria had just one catch last week as opponents have caught on to how the Lions want to use him. He’s still a red zone weapon, but his targets will go down inside the 20 with Megatron in the lineup and Pettigrew gaining confidence.

Kris Durham, WR, Start: Durham has turned into a nice possession receiver for the Lions and has been targeted 21 times over the last two games. If you need a good flex option this week, he might provide you with something.


Tony Romo, QB, Start: Romo has cooled off considerably since that 50-point performance against Denver three weeks ago. He’s scored 10 and 14 Fantasy points, respectively, the last two weeks. That could be worrisome to some Romo owners if he wasn’t playing a Lions defense that allowed five touchdown passes and a total of 52 Fantasy points in the last two weeks.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Start: This will have to be monitored as the week goes by. Murray didn’t play last week because of a knee injury and has been limited in practice. If he plays, he’s a pretty good No. 2 or flex option having scored a touchdown in each of his last two games.

Dez Bryant, WR, Start: Bryant is really one of those players who’s become a must-start every week he’s healthy. He’s scored more than 20 Fantasy points three separate times this year and is facing a Lions secondary ranked 28th vs. the pass.

Jason Witten, TE, Sit: Witten has struggled some this year, scoring in double digits just twice (vs. Broncos and Giants). The Lions have allowed just one touchdown this year to the tight end position and that was last week vs. Cincinnati.

Terrence Williams, WR, Start: He’s a name not a lot of people are talking about but could be a great pickup in your league if he’s still available. The rookie out of Baylor played a career-high 59 snaps last week and has scored a touchdown in three-straight games.

Dan Bailey, K, Start: He might be a nice option this week if you’re kicker is on the bye. The Lions have given up the fourth-most Fantasy points to kickers over the last month.