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80 Joseph Fauria TE
Height/Weight: 6-7/255 | Birthdate: 1/16/1990 | Birthplace: Northridge, CA, USA | Team: Detroit | College: UCLA | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 16/5
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Joseph Fauria wants to compete for TE job


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria understands why the team drafted Eric Ebron with a first-round pick. He just wants a chance to compete with him for the starting job, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Joseph Fauria's Fantasy stock slides


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) The drafting of Eric Ebron crushed any hope Joseph Fauria had of being a dangerous Fantasy option week in and week out in the Lions' new offense, which is based on what the Saints have been doing and includes a lot of tight end elements. Fauria did have seven touchdowns over 18 catches at 11.5 yards per grab last season and could still make some noise in the red zone but Ebron figures to dominate the playing time. Fauria no longer is worth taking in a typical Fantasy draft.

Joseph Fauria tumbles down Lions depth chart


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Joseph Fauria was one of our Fantasy sleepers this summer ... until Eric Ebron took his place. Actually, Ebron has more upside than Fauria, which hurts to say since Fauria seems like a fun-loving guy, but Fantasy can be cold and cruel. 

The Lions persist that Fauria will still have a role in the offense per the Detroit Free Press, but it could be limited to the red zone and thus keep him off the field for much of the time. Fantasy owners shouldn't draft him. 


The Lions offense is going to be awesome


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 


New coach Caldwell talks up Joseph Fauria


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) Calling him a "unique, physical specimen," new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he expects to see more from second-year tight end Joseph Fauria in 2014. Fauria made waves as a rookie last year catching seven touchdowns (including three in the same game) on just 18 catches. 

"We've got the tall guy who can get down in the goal line area we can do something with, but not only that, I think you'll see Joe's going to be pretty good out in the field, too," Caldwell said from the NFL Owners Meetings. "[T]here will be some things he can do every down, there will be some things, obviously, he can do on passing downs as well. ... Do I think that he's one of those guys you can put in a bunch of point-of-attack runs and heavy run-oriented situations? I think you're misusing him in terms of his talent level. I mean the guy is athletic, he can run, he can jump, and to take him and pidgeon hole him into one area, I think, would be unfair. I do think he's talented enough to play on every down but I do also think that he's a specialized talent that you have to make certain that you put him in the best possible position in order to be successful."

Fauria will battle for playing time this summer; the team re-signed fellow tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who might end up seeing far more playing time but not necessarily as many targets. 


Joseph Fauria ticketed for bigger role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, a 6-foot-7 red-zone threat as a rookie, should have a bigger role in the 2014 offense, general manager Martin Mayhew told MLive.com. "I think Matthew [Stafford] had a comfort level with him in the red area more so than in the field," Mayhew said.

"And then the offensive coordinator feeling comfortable to create opportunities for him to get the ball. So, it'll be a process. He certainly has the talent level to suggest he can be more productive in the field than he has been."

Seven of Fauria's 18 catches went for touchdowns. If the Lions don't re-sign Brandon Pettigrew, Fauria could see a major spike in playing time. Fauria played fewer than a quarter of the snaps last season due to his weakness as a blocker, the report said.


Add Joseph Fauria to your deep TE sleeper list


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) It's early, and the Lions could always move in another direction, but there's an indication that Joseph Fauria could emerge as Detroit's primary tight end in 2014.

This is especially relevant since the guy calling the Lions' plays, Joe Lombardi, is a former Saints assistant who will use the Saints playbook as a basis for the one he'll call plays from in Detroit. And you know who the Saints tight end is, right?

Fauria has intrigued me because of his size. I'm not sure if he has the pure athleticism and speed Graham has but after scoring seven times on 18 catches last year as an undrafted rookie there's clearly a role for him at least in the red zone. Plus if he's out there along with Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and whoever lines up at receiver then he'll be a tough guy to cover. 

I've added Fauria to the bottom of my sleeper tight ends list and would consider a late-round pick on him in Fantasy drafts. 


Could Joseph Fauria play the role of Jimmy Graham?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi says he plans to use the Saints playbook as a starting point for Detroit's new offense. 

Does that mean second-year tight end Joe Fauria could play in the same kind of capacity as Jimmy Graham in New Orleans? That's what the 6-foot-7 tight end is aiming for

"I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play," Fauria said. "I'm not calling myself Jimmy Graham, but I strive to have the kind of production he has. I think I can contribute very similarly to how he has with the Saints."

Fauria told his trainer he wants to fine-tune "everything" this season and has already had a number of talks with his position coach, Ron Prince, about improving everything from his skill set to his playing time. 

The Lions' official team website notes that if the team doesn't re-sign Brandon Pettigrew then Fauria's chances of being a contributor go up significantly. 


Lions wide receivers do little Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions pass catchers Kevin Ogletree, Nate Burleson and Joseph Fauria didn't play a big role Week 17.

Ogletree led the way for the club, picking up 75 yards on five catches. Burleson also caught five passes, and gained 64 yards. Fauria caught three passes for 20 yards. 


Joseph Fauria racks up 43 yards in OT loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria stepped in in the absence of Brandon Pettigrew with a decent performance during Sunday's loss to the Giants in Week 16.

Fauria caught a pair of passes for 17 yards, respectively, in the first half. He was held to just one catch for nine yards in the second half but did score a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. He caught three of the seven passes thrown his way for 43 yards in a 23-20 defeat.

The Lions, already eliminated from the playoffs, will end the season at Minnesota in Week 17.

Joseph Fauria does it again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria drew one target in the loss to the Ravens, but he made it count with a 14-yard touchdown. That gives Fauria seven touchdowns among his 12 catches this year.

Fauria went up over linebacker Daryl Smith to make the grab, which put Detroit on top with 2:21 remaining.

Fauria plays the Giants in Week 16.


Lions role players help in a win


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Several players helped the Lions in their 40-10 win over the Packers on Thanksgiving Day. Dorin Dickerson saw a few snaps and caught a 26-yard pass. Backup rusher Theo Riddick had a 5-yard catch. Tight end Joseph Fauria had a chance to score but ran the wrong route in the end zone and wasn't thrown at again the rest of the game despite logging a decent amount of snaps. 

The Lions play at the Eagles in Week 14. 


Lions tight ends contribute two scores in loss to Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Lions tight ends only caught four passes between them Sunday, but they sure made an impact despite the defeat.

Brandon Pettigrew snagged three for 32 yards, but one was an 18-yard scoring reception in the third quarter that gave his team a short-lived lead. Joseph Fauria managed just one catch, but it was a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter that also put the Lions ahead.

They hope their efforts will result in a victory Thursday against Green Bay.


Lions tight ends do little against Steelers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria had a tough time against the Steelers Week 11.

Pettigrew was the bigger threat in the passing game, catching three balls for 37 yards. Pettigrew was targeted five times. Fauria caught just one pass, picking up 14 yards. He was targeted twice. 

Both players will look for more Week 12 against Tampa Bay.


Joseph Fauria quickly losing ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria hasn't done much since his three touchdown game, and continues to be a risky week-to-week Fantasy play. 

Fauria hasn't been a big part of Detroit's offense lately. In his last three games, Fauria has caught two passes for just 40 yards. Against the Bears, Fauria's only reception came in the four quarter. Fauria wasn't even targeted against Dallas, and wound up going without a reception.

If Matthew Stafford decides to look for Fauria, he has a decent matchup. The Steelers have been middle of the pack against opposing tight ends, allowing 7.00 Fantasy points per game. Of the team's 10 passing touchdowns, three have gone to tight ends. Fauria remains a risky play due to his lack of targets, even in a good matchup.


Joseph Fauria not doing much vs. Bears


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Lions rookie tight end Joseph Fauria failed to make much of an impact as he was held out of the end zone during Sunday's win over the Bears in Week 10.

Fauria was held without a grab until the fourth quarter. He caught a deep 25-yard pass down the middle for his first and only catch of the game. He has just two catches for 40 yards since his three-touchdown game against the Browns in Week 6.

Fauria will try to get back on track against the Steelers in Week 11.

Another TD in line for Joseph Fauria?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria has taken a step back as of late and could be a risky option for Week 10 against the Bears in Chicago.

Fauria was held without a target in his previous meeting against the Bears in Week 4. Two games later, he earned the start and caught three passes for 34 yards and three touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 6. Since that game, he has only had one catch for 15 yards on four targets.

Opposing tight ends have cracked the century mark in two of the last four games against the Bears. That said, Fauria's value only comes in the red zone, as he's never had more than 34 yards in a game this season. The Bears have only allowed two touchdowns all season to tight ends. Consider him a risky bye week replacement option for Week 10.

Lions juggling options in the slot


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2013) Without Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson for Week 10 against the Bears, the Lions have some questions about their receiving options this Sunday. According to the MLive.com, Jeremy Ross is the leader to start in the slot this Sunday, after barely playing in three games since being promoted from the practice squad.

"Jeremy Ross has stepped in, has played fair, does a nice job for us," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "We know that he will be able to do some of those things for us."

The inexperienced Ross won't be the only player the Lions consider as an option in the slot, as they like to move players around the formation. Running back Reggie Bush and tight end Joseph Fauria are also considered options to slide to the slot in some sets.


Three-receiver sets lead to Joseph Fauria's disappearing act


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria was noticeably absent in red-zone situations during Sunday's game against the Cowboys. The Lions often went with three-receiver sets against Dallas' nickel defense, meaning only one tight end was on the field for Detroit, which was starter Brandon Pettigrew.

Fauria played just 15 of 82 offensive snaps Sunday (18.3 percent) and finished without a reception.

"Every week is going to be a little bit different," coach Jim Schwartz said, per MLive.com. "I think that everybody's role is going to change from week-to-week, and things like that. He can contribute in other ways other than the red zone.

"We used a lot of three-wide receiver personnel, and it only keeps one tight end on the field. That's no reflection on him. He wasn't benched or de-emphasized. We wanted to keep them in nickel packages."


More dancing in Joseph Fauria's future


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Lions dancing tight end Joseph Fauria leads all NFL rookies with five touchdowns as he enters Week 8 at home against Dallas. Fantasy owners hope he keeps dancing on Sunday.

His matchup against the Cowboys suggests he can. Fauria, who has needed just four games to reach five TDs and didn't score last week against Cincinnati with just one catch for 15 yards, is facing a team allowing the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing TEs on the year.

The Cowboys have allowed 47 receptions to the tight end position, second-most in the league behind only Chicago. Denver's Julius Thomas went for nine grabs for 122 yards and two scores against them back in Week 5. That said, Dallas has been tougher on TEs in recent weeks.

We can't promise Fauria will go for a lot of yardage on Sunday, but you can expect a few red zone targets at the least. He's a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 Fantasy TE for Week 8.

Joseph Fauria denied touchdown Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria had a letdown performance Week 7 vs. Cincinnati after breaking out with three touchdowns Week 6. Fauria finished with one catch for 15 yards in a 27-24 loss.

The Lions tried a few times to get Fauria back into the end zone Sunday. Fauria was targeted on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but somehow Matthew Stafford overthrew the 6-7 tight end.

Stafford tried to connect with Fauria on an 18-yard touchdown pass later in the first half, but Fauria couldn't haul in the pass as he was being covered by two defenders.

Fauria was targeted four times in the loss. Detroit returns to action Week 8 vs. Dallas.


Joseph Fauria far from must-start Fantasy option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) Lions rookie Joseph Fauria became the first tight end in team history to record three touchdowns in a game during a 31-17 win Week 6 at Cleveland. Fauria will certainly have a tough time reapting his Week 6 performance, but he will do his best Week 7 vs. Cincinnati.

Tight ends have totaled three touchdowns in six games against Cincinnati. They also averaging 6.7 Fantasy points per week, which is tied for the 12th-lowest average in the NFL. Tight ends average 45.3 receiving yards per game against Cincinnati, which is the ninth-lowest average in the league.

Fauria has had a knack for finding the end zone, scoring five times in six games. However, he has just seven catches for 66 yards. Coach Jim Schwartz said Fauria still has some work to do before his reps increase on offense. 

As of now, if Fauria doesn't score, then he's going to have a bad Fantasy week. It's definitely a gamble to start him, so consider Fauria more of a No. 2 Fantasy tight end Week 7.


Joseph Fauria still learning how to be NFL tight end


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria has caught just three of his seven passes outside the red zone. He's been a great red zone target with four touchdowns, but his role still might be limited because Fauria is learning how to be an NFL tight end, according to MLive.com.

"He's a young player, there's still a lot of things that he's working on," coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. "I think everybody has seen some of his accomplishments and some of the things that he's good at, but sometimes people miss the things that he's still working on and he's like any young player right there. There's a lot of parts of his game that he's still working on.

"Right now we're just trying to find the best way to use guys, and try to put him on the field in situations that they can respond the best."


The skinny on big Lions tight end Joseph Fauria


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2013) We saw the emergence of Lions tight end Joseph Fauria Sunday against the Browns. He had three targets and caught them all for touchdowns with 34 yards. But it's not his first game with a visit to the end zone.

Fauria has a touchdown in two other games this year, one from 5 yards out and another from a yard out. His scores on Sunday came from 1, 10 and 23 yards out. With four of five TDs from 10 yards or closer it certainly seems like he's evolving into a mismatch in the end zone for defenses to deal with. 

But he also has three games without as much as a target, much less a catch. That makes him risky. 

We also don't have the official tally on how much Fauria played on Sunday against the Browns but in the five previous Lions games he played 14, 12, 18, 20 and 13 percent of the snaps. That's not a lot.

If Fauria picks up more playing time and more targets (he now has nine on the season) then he could really thrive in Fantasy. He's a no-brainer add in long-term leagues but not necessarily a guy to pick up in standard Fantasy play, though he could be a waiver-wire replacement starting in Week 7 against the Bengals for those owners without Jimmy Graham.


Scoring machine Joseph Fauria buries Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Every NFL receiver seeks efficiency, but Lions tight end Joseph Fauria took it to a ridiculous extreme on Sunday. He was targeted three times in Cleveland and all of them resulted in touchdowns.

The nephew of former long-time NFL tight end Christian Fauria has now hit paydirt on five of his seven receptions this season.

Fauria kicked off his scoring spree with a 1-yard touchdown that gave Detroit a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. He added two critical fourth-quarter scores, including a 23-yarder that put the Lions ahead to stay at 24-17 and a 10-yarder that clinched the victory.

The absence of Tony Scheffler (concussion) has given Fauria an opportunity to work as the second tight end behind Brandon Pettigrew. He has certainly taken advantage of it and will try to continue his roll next Sunday against Cincinnati.