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By Michael Blunda

While all of Lions Nation was excited to see QB Matthew Stafford back on the field Sunday, WR Calvin Johnson might have been the happiest of all.

After missing the last five games with a shoulder injury, Stafford returned with a vengeance this week, throwing for 212 yards and four TDs in a win over the Redskins. That was a great day, but it wasn't quite as good as Johnson's. The superstar wideout had nine catches for 101 yards and three TDs in a monster effort.

It's not like Johnson was struggling with QB Shaun Hill under center — he had five TDs in Hill's five starts — but he becomes a much more dynamic threat with Stafford at the helm. The 2009 first-rounder targeted Johnson 15 times, and he looked to him time and again in the red zone. It resulted in three scores for the receiver, who now has eight TDs on the season.

While Johnson should be in line for a monster second half of 2010, Stafford also looks like he could be a stellar fantasy player the rest of the way. If he was dropped in your league, he's definitely someone you'll want to grab this week.

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