This article is part of our Game Spotlight series.
Detroit (4-7) vs. Los Angeles Rams (10-1), 1:00
Open: 55 O/U, LAR -8.5
Live: 54.5 O/U, LAR -10
The Lions are sinking and the Rams are about to tie on a few more stones to speed up the process, but there should be a considerable amount of fantasy utility to extract from this game, and even on the Detroit side.
The Rams have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks so far, conceding roughly 247 yards and 2.27 touchdowns through the air per game, so particulary with the presumption that the Rams light up the Lions defense, Matthew Stafford could patch together some cheap fantasy value even if his team gets clobbered in the process. This would be a risky investment given Stafford's struggles over the last four games, in which he's combined for just three touchdowns to four interceptions while averaging just 232 passing yards per game. The anticipated return of Aqib Talib from injury only heightens this sense. But to be fair to Stafford, those four weeks consisted of two matchups with the ruthless Bears defense, and another game was on the road against a strong Vikings defense. Even with Talib back, this might be Stafford's easiest matchup in more than two months.
Even if Stafford doesn't play well, the absences of Golden Tate and Marvin Jones dictate that Kenny Golladay still carry a strong projection, because he's the heir to a huge target share in a setting where Stafford's attempt volume might go for 40 or