Packers versus Lions: Thanksgiving Day Sit and Start Report

James Jones is already one of Matt Flynn's favorite targets

James Jones is already one of Matt Flynn’s favorite targets

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, many Americans are looking forward to the three F’s of Turkey Day: Family, Food, and Fantasy Football. To get you prepared for your football fix, check out this week’s sit/start report for the classic Thanksgiving matchup between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.


James Jones, Green Bay Packers – There was probably no one happier to see Matt Flynn enter the game on Sunday for the Green Bay Packers than wide receiver, James Jones. With Scott Tolzien at quarterback the last few weeks, Jones was barely seeing any balls thrown his way (16 targets in Weeks 9-11). Sunday was a different story, though, as Jones saw 12 targets from Flynn, totaling 80 yards on seven catches. This week, Jones has a juicy matchup against a Lions secondary which is surrendering the second most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Look for Jones to keep producing this week with Flynn under center.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford has been a stud quarterback all season long, and this week should be no different. With Nate Burleson returning from injury this past Sunday, Stafford had yet another weapon at his disposal, throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns and has now thrown for multiple TD passes in 5 of the last 6 weeks. While he did throw four picks, Stafford should fare well this week, returning to the friendly confines of Ford Field. He also gets a nice matchup against a Packers defense which has allowed opposing QBs to throw for at least one touchdown in all but one of their games this year.


Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions – A solid option all year, Bush may struggle to find running room this week against the Packers. The Packers played the Lions well in their first meeting, limiting Bush to only 69 total yards. Bush has also seen a decreased workload the past few weeks. Since recording 21 carries in Week 8, he has not received more than 15 carries in any of the Lions last three games. Temper expectations this week for the running back.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy looked unstoppable last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, racking up 158 total yards and a score. This week, however, Lacy faces a much stiffer test. The Lions front seven has been borderline dominant the past six games as they have not allowed an opposing rusher to rush for more than 61 yards or score a touchdown in that span. Facing such a porous secondary, Green Bay may look to air it out more than usual this week to pick up the win. If that’s the case, Lacy may not see the type of success he has recently been having.


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