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By Michael Blunda

The Lions might be without QB Matthew Stafford for the foreseeable future, but it doesn't look like their fantasy situation will be affected.

With a shoulder injury in Week Nine possibly ending Stafford's season, Shaun Hill re-entered the starting lineup Sunday at Buffalo and proceeded to put up solid numbers in a narrow defeat. Hill threw for 323 yards with one TD and one interception, the veteran's third 300-yard outing of the season. Considering the respectable stats he has posted as a starter, he could be a fairly dependable option for the remainder of 2010.

More importantly, though, is the game had by WR Calvin Johnson. After being held to one reception last week, Megatron bounced back with 10 catches for 128 yards and a score, proving again that he doesn't need Stafford to be effective. Johnson now has nine TD grabs and has three 100-yard games in his last four contests. He remains one of fantasy's elite receivers.

Detroit's other two productive targets also had decent days. TE Brandon Pettigrew (4-50-0) and WR Nate Burleson (4-47-0) shouldn't lose much, if any, value with Hill playing. The only thing that has been suffering on the Lions' offense is the running game, as Jahvid Best hasn't done much statistically since Week Two. But from an aerial standpoint, the Lions should be just fine with Hill running the show.

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