Marvin Jones, TJ Hockenson, Quintez Cephus Fantasy Outlook With Kenny Golladay Sidelined - Roto Street Journal
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Marvin Jones, TJ Hockenson, Quintez Cephus Fantasy Outlook With Kenny Golladay Sidelined

Kenny Golladay was on a tear after returning from an earlier injury this season. Having scored a touchdown or eclipsing 100 yards in every game prior to his Week 8 hip injury, Golladay was playing for his next contract. After already being declared “week-to-week” by a non-committal Matt Patricia, the writing is on the wall for an extended absence by Golladay.

The biggest and most obvious fantasy winners of Golladay’s absence project to be TJ Hockenson, Marvin Jones, and D’Andre Swift. Hockenson has seen at least five targets in his last three games and caught at least five passes in his last two games. Without Golladay to dominate the intermediate levels of the field, Hockenson will likely be looked to more along the seams as a defensive mismatch.

Then there’s Jones who immediately stepped up last week and found the end zone twice on his three receptions. The week prior, Jones racked up 80 yards on five receptions. He’ll likely be the team’s go-to target to move the chains and will be a prime red zone option next to Hockenson. Jones is surprisingly still available in 42 percent of leagues and should be rostered moving forward.

Swift, on the other hand, has slowly been seeing his role grow, as the rookie has continued to develop in the Lions offense. In his last four games, Swift has seen at least four targets. Also, in two of his last three games, Swift has seen at least nine rushing attempts, including his Week 6 explosion against the Jaguars.

With Golladay out, Swift could be looked at to serve as more of a staple in the passing game; primarily as a safety valve for quarterback Matthew Stafford, when he returns from the COVID-19 list, which we hope is this week.

During the first two weeks of the season when Golladay was nursing a hamstring strain, Quintez Cephus served almost literally as a Golladay handcuff. At that time, Cephus saw 79 percent and 66 percent of the team’s snaps and then saw his snaps plummet when Golladay returned in Week 3.

As for Marvin Hall, after Golladay went down, Hall put up a stat line of four receptions on seven targets for 113 yards. Meanwhile, Cephus hasn’t seen target since week two. Both are viable deep waiver wire stashes as this murky Golladay situation slowly works itself out.

Check out The Wolf’s Week 9 Rankings to see where these guys land.


  • Graduate of Regent University (2019) BA Sports Journalism Writer: Full Press Coverage, UnFiltered Sports Network Fantasy Football Enthusiast Fantasy Analyst/Writer for the Roto Street Journal

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