Detroit Lions versus New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-21-2015
The New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football will host the Detroit Lions. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 21st to follow the scoring resorts of their one day league fantasy roster picks.
Following the results of the action of Sunday the New Orleans Saints are eliminated from the playoffs with the victories by the Vikings and Seahawks. The Lions were eliminated last week. The Saints are 5-8 and broke a four game losing streak with a road win at Tampa Bay 24-17. The 17 points allowed last week were the lowest the team has allowed all season. The Saints are 32nd in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 30.5 points per game. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in rush and pass defense. On the other side of the football the Saints are the number three offense in the NFL as they average 395 yards per game despite losing many weapons the past few seasons.
The Detroit Lions are going through another down season with a record of 4-9. They are losers of two straight after dropping a 21-14 road decision at the St Louis Rams. The defense has dipped down to 28th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 25.8 points per game. The Lions offense has underperformed. They are 23rd in total and scoring offense as they put up just 20.5 points per game. The run game has not done much as the Lions are 32nd and last in the league running for 79.3 yards per game.
Detroit Lions QB:
The seven year veteran quarterback has completed 65% of his throws this season with 24 touchdowns and 13 picks. Last week in the loss at the Rams, Stafford hit on 65% of his passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Stafford is on a three game run where he has thrown multiple touchdown passes. He has a total of nine touchdown passes over his past three games. Stafford will be throwing passes to a bad defensive team.
Detroit Lions RB:
The rookie running back has rushed for 437 yards on 116 carries with a touchdown. He does have a receiving touchdown on the campaign. The Lions have run poorly and Abdullah has rushed for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. He had seven carries for 23 yards last week. Abdullah has not rushed for 100 yards on the campaign and his best rushing performance was at home against Philadelphia where he ran for 63 yards on 16 carries.
Detroit Lions WR:
Johnson leads the Lions with 71 catches for 981 yard with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career low 13.8 yards per catch average on the season which is four yards below his career best 17.8 yards per reception he had in 2013. Last week against the Rams Johnson had a season low one catch for 16 yards. The injury report indicates that Johnson is probable for this team as he has an ankle injury.
Detroit Lions Defense
It is hard to make a case for the Lions as they sit 28th in the league in scoring defense. They are defending a very good offensive team on the road in the Superdome who plays well when they are in the spotlight.
New Orleans Saints QB:
The veteran quarterback has completed 67.8% of his throws for 3794 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has two touchdowns hitting 75% of his throws last week in the win at Tampa Bay and two weeks ago he threw for 3 touchdowns at home to Carolina. Brees has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.
New Orleans Saints RB:
With the running back position suffering injuries its Tim Hightower getting the start. He had 28 carries last week at Tampa Bay and ran for 85 yards.
New Orleans Saints WR:
The second year wide out leads the Saints with 64 catches for 869 yards with seven touchdowns. He 13.6 yards per catch average is over three yards greater than his numbers in his rookie campaign.
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QB: Drew Brees (Saints)
WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints)