Lions vs. Cardinals: Fantasy football projections featuring Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Matthew Stafford

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We break down the pertinent fantasy football projections in the Week 15 matchup between the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals host the Detroit Lions in Week 15. Both teams are just playing out the string with the playoffs out of reach, but there are still some interesting matchups here for the fantasy semifinals. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.

Detroit Lions

Do you really need me to tell you to start Calvin Johnson? Megatron is gunning for Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record. He is only 302 yards away with three games to go, and Matthew Stafford is the perfect QB to help him get it.

Other than that, there's not much else worth mentioning in fantasy here. Mikel LeShoure gets the redzone carries and is usually good for a vulture TD or two, but it's pretty slim pickings outside of Megatron and Stafford.

Arizona Cardinals

There's a reason the Lions D/ST was one of the hottest waiver pickups this week--the Cardinals offense is absolutely pathetic, and hit rock bottom with an embarrassing performance in Seattle. Ryan Lindley is starting again because hey, why not? Newly signed street free agent Brian Hoyer may actually be the best QB on the roster. Beanie Wells is still doing nothing and the O-line is still a sieve.

All of this is just more bad news for Larry Fitzgerald. It would've been unconscionable to suggest this at the beginning of the season, but Fitz should be benched for the fantasy playoffs. Over the past four games, Fitzgerald has a paltry six catches for 67 yards and can do nothing about the QB situation. It's a tragic situation for one of the most talented receivers we will ever see.

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