News that Detroit Lions have decided to make Calvin Johnson inactive for today’s game against the Green Bay Packers is sure to send Fantasy Football owners scrambling. While Megatron owners now have a starting spot to fill with someone else, there are ramifications for others as well.
The Lions won’t suddenly keep from putting the ball in the air because Johnson is out, but Matthew Stafford owners will have to at least consider their alternatives depending on who else they have and the matchup.
The Lions receiver who gets the biggest boost is Ryan Broyles. He’s been eased back into things after a late-season ACL injury a year ago and although he’s been quiet in his return so far, has the ability to bust out any week. He was proving himself to be a productive receiver before being lost against the Colts last year and seems poised to show that once again now that he is healthy.
The loss of Calvin takes out a big red zone target for Matthew Stafford. Joseph Fauria has already seen a few red zone opportunities and may be the number one red zone target with Calvin out. It would be a boom or bust play for a fantasy owner with rough options at tight end but Fauria could also see more action outside the red zone today.
Reggie Bush should be in any fantasy owner’s lineup anyway but this game represents a massive opportunity to show just how much of a difference-maker he is for this Lions offense.