Week 13 is the last chance for 99% of us to make the fantasy football playoffs. If you drafted Detriot Lions’ WR Kenny Golladay, odds are your fantasy team still has work to do to make the playoffs. Having been out for the last four games due to injury, is Kenny Golladay any closer to returning, and could he possibly be on your roster during this critical week on the fantasy calendar?
December 4 Update: Is Kenny Golladay playing in Week 13?
Kenny Golladay did not practice throughout the week. On Friday, he was ruled out for the Week 13 matchup vs. the Chicago Bears.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay has missed six games due to injury this season
To say the 2020 season has been a disappointment for Kenny Golladay would be an understatement. Golladay came into the season with high expectations that he would continue his upward trajectory. He was coming off back to back 1,000 plus yards seasons after catching 65 of his 116 targets for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns. All of those are impressive numbers, especially with Matthew Stafford missing eight games due to a back injury. Since 2018, Golladay ranks second in yards per reception (min 100 catches) with 16.7, only behind Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans with 17.5.
Then 2020 starts up, and like everything else in the world, it goes downhill for Golladay.
Golladay missed the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the condensed training camp leading up to Week 1. He made his season debut in Week 3 and then showed us why he was being selected inside the first three rounds of fantasy drafts.
Golladay has 20 catches on 32 targets for 338 yards and two touchdowns in five games. On a points per game basis, Golladay’s 13.2 is respectable and would be WR35. But after being selected as the WR8 (25th in ADP), his WR85 ranking on the season leaves him as one of the most disappointing picks of the 2020 fantasy season.
The issue is that Kenny Golladay has yet to return to the field since a hip injury he suffered in the Lions Week 8 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, where he saw four targets but failed to record a catch. He has missed four-straight games and is in danger of missing Week 13 as well unless things turn around quickly.
Kenny Golladay missed Wednesday’s practice due to his hip injury
According to Justin Rogers of the Detroit Free Press, Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell said Golladay would not participate in Wednesday afternoon’s practice.
It’s still too early to rule out Kenny Golladay’s return, but if he’s not at least a limited participant in practice by Friday, there’s probably no chance he plays on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
It is worth noting that rookie RB D’Andre Swift was a participant at practice on Wednesday. An excellent sign for Swift as he tries to come back from a concussion that kept him sidelined for the Thanksgiving Day game. Swift appears to have taken over the backfield in Detroit, and nothing that Adrian Peterson or Kerryon Johnson have done in his absence changes that.
If Kenny Golladay does not return, who should fantasy managers target?
It seems more and more likely that Kenny Golladay will not return for the team’s Week 13 matchup against the Chicago Bears.
That should leave Marvin Jones and TJ Hockenson as the top targets once again, but we are also awaiting word on Danny Amendola, who has missed the last couple of games. Since Week 8, when Golladay was initially injured, Marvin Jones is the WR11 in PPR fantasy scoring. Jones has hauled in 24 of his 39 targets for 277 yards and four touchdowns. Marvin Hall has served as the WR2 for the team catching 12 of 22 attempts for 234 yards and one touchdown.
TJ Hockenson could have a great week in Golladay’s absence
If there is one person who has benefited while Kenny Golladay attempts to return, it’s TE TJ Hockenson. Since Week 8, Hockenson is the TE2, only behind Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. Hockenson has been targeted 37 times, catching 23 passes for 274 yards and one touchdown while averaging 11.3 PPR points per game. On the season, the second-year player out of Iowa is the TE3 after being peppered with 68 targets, catching 45 passes for 530 yards and scoring five touchdowns.
The Bears allow the second-fewest points to opposing wide receivers in 2020 with only 30.05 PPR points per game. Nearly all of those teams were at full strength, which is unlikely to be the case for the Lions on Sunday. Where they can be attacked is by the tight end position. They are 30th in the NFL in points given up to tight ends at 15.59 per game. I am firing up TJ Hockenson this week as a top-five fantasy play, even if Kenny Golladay can somehow return on a short week.
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