TE Brandon Pettigrew has started to produce exactly as the Lions expected when they took him a few picks after Stafford in 2009.
"When you think about tight ends in the league - guys making big catches over the middle in key moments, especially these first four games - you've got to put Brandon in there. Period, hands down," receiver Nate Burleson said.
"If you look at how we get from 20 to 20 - how we get to the red zone, Brandon's name is going to come up a lot in the stat sheet."
Pettigrew has more value in PPR leagues due to the Lions' tendency to force-feed the ball to Calvin Johnson around the goal line.