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Joseph Fauria | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 267
College: UCLA
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Joseph Fauria caught his lone target for a gain of 20 in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.
Fauria, Eric Ebron, and Brandon Pettigrew have opened the season playing in a three-tight end rotation, with Ebron getting the most targets and Pettigrew the most snaps. Fauria is not worth rostering outside of Dynasty leagues. Sep 14 - 5:28 PM

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Lions TE Joseph Fauria has been getting first- and second-team reps at camp.

Fauria struggled badly as a blocker and route-runner last season, but made a name for himself as a red-zone player by scoring seven touchdowns on 18 catches. He's reportedly improved greatly in both areas this year and is pushing for more snaps between the 20s. They'll be extremely difficult to come by for Fauria with Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron in front of him on the depth chart.
Aug 7 - 10:07 AM

GM Martin Mayhew suggested the Lions are not happy with TE Joseph Fauria's route-running.

Tight end did not look like a need for the Lions with Fauria and Brandon Pettigrew on the roster. But they still used the No. 10 overall pick on Eric Ebron. "Fauria is good in the red area right now; we’re working on developing the rest of his game and running routes and things," Mayhew said. "This guy (Ebron) can run routes and get open and get separation." Fauria will be in some red-zone packages and back up the rookie.
May 14 - 10:19 AM

Lions TE Joseph Fauria has slipped to No. 3 on the depth chart following the selection of Eric Ebron.

The Lions insist Fauria can "still have a role," but it may only be in red-zone packages. 6-foot-7 Fauria caught seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie last year, but finished with only 18 receptions. Expect Fauria to be Ebron's backup at "move" tight end, with Michael Williams behind Brandon Pettigrew.
May 9 - 1:29 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew expects TE Joseph Fauria to have an expanded role next season.

Fauria was a strict red-zone specialist as a rookie, managing seven touchdowns on only 18 receptions. He could enter 2014 as the favorite to start if Detroit fails to bring back free agent Brandon Pettigrew. Even if Pettigrew re-signs, the Lions are expected to get Fauria more involved under new OC Joe Lombardi. Fauria is a TE2 with upside in Dynasty fantasy leagues.
Feb 28 - 7:14 PM

Joseph Fauria is expected to play an "important role" in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense.

Lombardi worked with Jimmy Graham in New Orleans and plans to bring the Saints playbook to Detroit, which has caught Fauria's attention. "I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play," Fauria said. "I think I can contribute very similarly to how he has with the Saints." Those are lofty aspirations. Fauria was merely a red-zone option as a rookie. His role could increase dramatically if free agent Brandon Pettigrew walks.
Feb 13 - 11:14 AM

Joseph Fauria caught three balls for 20 yards in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

An undrafted rookie out of UCLA, Fauria finished a promising rookie year with a receiving stat line of 18-207-7, establishing himself as a legitimate red-zone weapon at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds. Fauria excels as a hands catcher, but will need to polish his blocking skills to become an every-down player. For now, he's only treatable as a TE2 in Dynasty fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Joseph Fauria is the only healthy tight end on the Lions' roster right now.

Brandon Pettigrew is on injured reserve and Dorin Dickerson is in the concussion protocol. It gives Fauria another chance to prove he's more than a mere goal-line tight end. Last week, the undrafted rookie caught three passes while setting season-highs in yards (43) and targets (7). With Calvin Johnson (knee) likely sitting, Fauria's role could be even bigger against the Vikings. There's some Week 17 streamer appeal here.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Joseph Fauria caught three balls for 43 yards in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Giants.

With Brandon Pettigrew inactive, Fauria shared time with H-back type Dorin Dickerson, seeing more snaps in the open field than usual. The Lions usually use Fauria as a red-zone receiver only. He did deliver in scoring position early in the fourth quarter, catching a two-point conversion following Theo Riddick's goal-line score. If Pettigrew doesn't play in Week 17 against the Vikings, Fauria would draw another start. Pettigrew was on crutches last week.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:08:00 PM expects Joseph Fauria to have a bigger role if Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is unable to go for Week 16.

That obviously goes without saying since Fauria is Pettigrew's direct backup, but it's still worth noting considering Fauria has just 12 catches on 20 targets all season. His seven touchdowns and dance moves have made it seem as if he's a bigger part of the Lions offense than he really is. Fauria will be an intriguing streaming option if/when Pettigrew sits, but is still likely to burn fantasy owners if he gets held out of the end zone.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 08:25:00 PM

Joseph Fauria caught a 14-yard touchdown in Week 15 versus Baltimore.

It was the lone target Fauria drew in the passing game. He beat Ravens LB Daryl Smith down the middle of the field to reel in the score late in the fourth quarter. It put the Lions up 16-15 with under three minutes to play. Fauria finished off the touchdown by doing the "Dougie." His dances are sights to see. Fauria is off the re-draft radar but should be owned in dynasty.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 12:51:00 AM

Joseph Fauria was held without a catch in Detroit's Week 13 win over the Packers.

Fauria's lone target came in the red zone, but he couldn't haul in it. Otherwise, the highlight of his day was FOX's Joe Buck praising his dancing ability. Fauria shouldn't be owned in re-draft leagues.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Joseph Fauria caught a ten-yard touchdown in the Lions' Week 12 loss to Tampa Bay.

6-foot-7 red-zone specialist Fauria simply out-talled CB Danny Gorrer on his ten-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, narrowly dragging both feet in bounds. Fauria's fantasy value is entirely TD-dependent, leaving him with very little usefulness outside of Dynasty leagues as a bench stash.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Lions TE Joseph Fauria has played just 27 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps since catching three touchdowns in Week 6 against Cleveland.

He's managed three catches for 53 yards combined during the four-game stretch. Coach Jim Schwartz chalked up Fauria's lack of productivity to "not catching anybody by surprise anymore." Defenses have begun defending Fauria physically at the line of scrimmage, disrupting his routes. Schwartz still considers Fauria a "pivotal" part of the Lions' offense, even as a part-time player.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 08:38:00 PM

Joseph Fauria caught one pass for 14 yards in Detroit's Week 11 loss to the Steelers.

Fauria's only other target came from the Steelers' one-yard line, but he couldn't turn it into his first touchdown since Week 6. Fauria isn't on the re-draft league radar.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 06:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Jeremy Ross
4T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Ryan Broyles
3Corey Fuller
WR31Kevin Ogletree
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Nate Freese