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Brandon Pettigrew TE - UNS

Experience: 7 YRS  
Height: 6'5"  
Weight: 265 
Bye: 0

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Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons.  He didn't practice all week.  TEs Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) have already been ruled out.  It leaves Detroit with Kellen Davis and Jordan Thompson at TE. Neither guy is a fantasy option. 

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Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew says his receiving production should return under the team's new coaching staff.  "Knowing what (offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi) is coming from (New Orleans), the expectation is that balls will be coming my way a little bit more," he told the team website after re-signing this week.  Of course, we heard similar optimism for TE Joseph Fauria's role growing before Pettigrew re-signed.  The veteran drew a career-low 4.5 targets per game last season and finished outside the top 25 fantasy TEs in 2013.  That came with the Lions throwing the 5th most passes in the league while lacking reliable receiving options beyond WR Calvin Johnson.  We're not buying Pettigrew or Fauria as an attractive fantasy target for 2014.

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The Lions have re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew to a 4-year, $16 million contract.  It sounded like Pettigrew was close to a deal with the Jets yesterday afternoon, but Detroit must have swept in to bring Pettigrew back.  The 29-year-old has seen his numbers dip each of the past 2 seasons.  His 41 catches, 416 yards and 2 scores last year were his lowest marks since his 2009 rookie campaign.  Pettigrew remains a strong blocker and will likely be doing plenty of that in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense.  We remain intrigued by 2nd-year TE Joseph Fauria, although Pettigrew's return certainly puts a dent in his fantasy stock.

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The Lions have placed TE Brandon Pettigrew on IR because of the ankle injury that cost him last Sunday's game.  He finishes the year with just 41 catches for 416 yards and 2 TDs, not the kind of stats that will make him a hot free agent target.  Don't be surprised if Pettigrew never again matches the fantasy production from his earlier Detroit years.  He played in an ideal setting for PPR value but has proved his receiving skills to be nothing special.  Rookie TE Joseph Fauria will once again start in Pettigrew's place Sunday.

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Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants.  TE Joseph Fauria should see an increased role, but he remains a TD-dependent fantasy play.  The G-Men have allowed just 3 TE TDs in their last 9 games.

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