Your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, I'm writing Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill for the second Fantasy Friday post in as many weeks. I don't know anything from anything, but just about every ESPN fantasy guru is encouraged about Hill's prospects for Sunday's game at the Dallas Cowboys.
Matthew Berry: Not the Broncos. Not the Saints. And not the Chargers, Colts or Patriots. No team in the NFL has attempted more passes this season than the Detroit Lions. And now Hill is taking all those throws to Dallas, where the Cowboys have allowed 13 touchdown passes in four home games this year. Now, Dallas played a lot more zone last week under defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni's new-look system, trying to give some safety help to the corners, but the Cowboys still gave up 19 fantasy points to Eli Manning. I expect a high-scoring game and Hill, who has at least 43 pass attempts in four of the five games he played from start to finish, should put up very good fantasy numbers.
Bill Barnwell: Hill threw for 323 yards and a touchdown last week, but with his 50 attempts against the dismal pass defense of the Bills, fantasy owners naturally would have hoped for two or three scores. His matchup doesn't get much more difficult this week; the Cowboys have the league's third-worst pass defense, and if the Dallas offense turns this game into a shootout, Hill could end up throwing 50 passes again.
Indeed, opposing quarterbacks have a 105.5 passer rating against the Cowboys this season, having thrown 20 touchdown passes (second-most in the NFL) against seven interceptions. I'm not sure if it will be a winning combination for the Lions, but it sure could be for fantasy owners of whomever plays quarterback for the Lions. In this case, it's our guy Shaun Hill.