Detroit Lions veteran-WR Lance Moore will be unable to participate in his team’s Thursday divisional Week 13 matchup against the 7-4 Green Bay Packers – Moore suffered an ankle injury last week against the Philadelphia Eagles that caused him to leave the game. As no conclusive information has been disclosed about the nature or severity of the injury, expect more details to be made available in the coming days – Moore finished the game with a single reception for 14 yards.
Moore’s past few NFL years have seen him assume a journeyman role after leaving the New Orleans Saints: he’s since been taken in by the Pittsburgh Steelers for a year in 2014, and he’s now part of the Detroit Lions, where he continues to fulfill a supporting task on the receiving team. Back in Week 6 against another division-rival, the Chicago Bears, Moore did log an impressive 5-reception, 106-yard game in a winning 37-34 overtime showdown that he capped off with a receiving TD. Otherwise, Moore doesn’t regularly record more than three receptions a game. Throughout eleven games, Moore has gained 321 receiving yards off of 27 catches (11.9 yards-per-catch), with four of them being for TDs.
As Lions QB Matthew Stafford can prove to be very effective in most occasions, he historically has turned over the ball far too many times for the Lions to consistently be an effective ball club on offense. This year, though, he’s been having one of his better years, throwing for 2,944 yards (tenth-best) and 20 TDs (tied for ninth-most) to his 12 INTs (tied for third-most) thus far into the 2015 NFL season – he’s also well-above his career-pass completion rate of 60.2% – this year, he’s at a notably-improved 64.9%. While Moore hasn’t been a major part of the Detroit pass-attack, he has been the target of four receiving touchdowns, so he has been entrusted to work in short space. The Lions don’t have many active receivers, so fantasy-wise, it’s likely one of the TEs will benefit from Moore’s absence, likely TE Eric Ebron, who has also played an ancillary role within Detroit’s passing offense. WRs Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate won’t see any dramatic increase or decrease in their numbers, but Ebron might be asked to take on a larger part downfield – put him at a high TE2 for the Lions’ Week 13 matchup; after Moore’s return, Ebron returns to a low-end TE2. Moore, upon his recovery, will be considered a high-end WR3/low-end WR2 – he’s had one remarkable performance this year, but with Johnson and Tate at either end, his inclusion will continue to measure little more than minimal.