Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
NFC North | 6-10-0
Rank: 25th
Avg Yds
Rank: 23rd
Avg PYds
Rank: 20th
Avg RYds
Rank: 22nd
Posted 8/23/2019 8:08 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 12 of his 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 24-20 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Stafford has delivered a few low-end QB1 season in the past, but while he may be more efficient in an offense that is expected to focus more on the ground game, he is likely headed for midrange QB2 production.
Posted 8/23/2019 8:08 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson caught three of his four targets for 52 yards in a 24-20 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Rookie tight ends have a notoriously tough time transitioning to the NFL, but Hockenson is going to have a role immediately. He should at least be a threat in the red zone and a streaming option for fantasy owners.
Posted 8/19/2019 10:08 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) and DL Mike Daniels (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Jones has been in and out of practices of late. He should be fine for the start of the regular season and will have little trouble fulfilling a WR3 price tag as the leader of the Lions' pass-catching corps.
Posted 8/11/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford on Sunday, Aug. 11, received a second straight day rest day from practice to keep his arm fresh.
Huddle Up: After three straight top-10 QB fantasy finishes, Stafford slipped to 20th last season and remains valued as a low-end QB2 heading into the new season with the Lions expected to become more ground oriented.
Posted 8/10/2019 12:08 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions WR Jermaine Kearse (leg) could miss the 2019 season due to a broken left leg and additional injuries suffered to his ankle during the preseason game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Kearse had been the leading candidate to win the Lions' No. 4 receiver job behind Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola prior to getting hurt. WRs Andy Jones, Brandon Powell, Travis Fulham and Tommylee Lewis will battle for reserve spots but none of these candidates possess much value in any fantasy format.
Posted 7/26/2019 1:07 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) returned to practice Thursday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Kenny Golladay will likely be the go-to target in the passing game, but Jones should see plenty of targets in his own right. He could be a sneaky WR3 available who is still on the board in the middle rounds.
Posted 7/26/2019 1:07 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) returned to practice Thursday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Coming off his first 1,000-yard campaign, Golladay still has plenty of room to grow as he enters his third season. Consider him a WR2 with a WR1 ceiling.
Posted 7/25/2019 2:07 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson has the potential to be the workhorse in 2019, but after missing six games due to a knee injury in 2018, and his head coach's belief in a by-committee approach, he might have his workload managed early on. 'Nobody's setting a number, a ceiling, a floor or anything of who's going to get what touches and all that,' running backs coach Kyle Caskey said Wednesday, July 24. 'It's all about getting the running game going and then setting up all the other stuff for us. But whoever the best running back is that comes out of this thing will be getting the touches, whoever's hot will be getting the touches.'
Huddle Up: It is expected Johnson will the bellcow, in terms of carrying the football, while Theo Riddick will see plenty of work catching the ball out of the backfield. Ty Johnson, C.J. Anderson, Mark Thompson and Zach Zenner are also in the mix, jockeying for touches, but Johnson is the Detroit back to own for fantasy purposes, and he could be a solid RB2 in most formats if he can stay healthy.
Posted 7/18/2019 6:07 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner could challenge veteran RB C.J. Anderson for the No. 2 spot behind RB Kerryon Johnson, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers, who notes that Zenner's north-south running style is a good fit for the team's blocking scheme.
Huddle Up: At this point, Johnson is the only sure thing in the Lions backfield, so you'll need to keep an eye on the preseason to see how Anderson, Zenner and Theo Riddick slot in behind him to see if anyone other than Johnson warrants a selection in fantasy drafts.
Posted 7/07/2019 4:07 pm UTC
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he's excited about the team's options at tight end heading into the 2019 season. 'I think that whole room has been a big upgrade in all ways,' he said. 'From Jesse (James) to T.J. (Hockenson) to Logan (Thomas) ... it's a great group for us to work with to kind of sift through those guys and find out what they're doing well,' said Bevell. 'But that's a talented group. We're really excited about all of those guys.'
Huddle Up: Lions tight ends accounted for just 13 percent of the team's catches in 2019, with Levine Toilolo leading the group with 21. The Lions used the No. 8 pick in the 2019 draft on Hockensen, who made 49 catches for 760 yards and six touchdowns in his final year at Iowa. He's worth little more than a late-round flier but could see work in the red zone. The Lions have a relatively thin receiving corps behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.
Posted 6/30/2019 3:06 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay could top 1,200 receiving yards as the No. 1 option in the passing attack, according to Reggie Wayne of
Huddle Up: Golladay heads into his third season with one 1,000-yard campaign under his belt, and we probably haven't seen his ceiling yet. There's a good chance he finishes 2019 as a WR2.
Posted 6/26/2019 6:06 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) is likely to remain with the club through the start of the season, in the opinion of the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, who writes he 'can't imagine' the Lions trading him at this point. Birkett does add, however, that if the team is struggling come October they could revisit dealing Jones.
Huddle Up: Jones' contract is a good one, and as Birkett points out, the Lions would be hard pressed to find similar production at that salary. That being said, Birkett does reiterate that Jones isn't a Matt Patricia guy, and trade rumors -- like the one that made the rounds recently about Jones to the Redskins in a swap for Josh Doctson -- are bound to keep coming up. Given his upside, Jones could represent solid late-round value.
Posted 6/23/2019 2:06 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is 'easily' going to top 1,000 rushing yards this season if he stays healthy, in the opinion of Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Huddle Up: It's not exactly a bold prediction considering how well Johnson performed as a rookie before suffering an injury. Johnson should be the lead back for the Lions, and he has the tools to be an every-down player. He's at least a RB2 option.
Posted 6/18/2019 7:06 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) played all 16 games in 2018 to run his consecutive-starts streak to 128 despite reportedly finishing the season with broken bones in his back, according to Mike O'Hara of the team's website. 'He had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back. ... It's been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL,' O'Hara said during a recent episode of his weekly podcast with WJR's Ken Brown.
Huddle Up: Stafford played through a multitude of injuries last season - chest, finger and back among them. His production slowed down considerably around midseason and took another hit in December, although most of his supporting cast was already gone or out for the season at that point. Detroit is talking up its desire to be a running team, but it's a safe bet Stafford will still perform at a solid QB2 level in fantasy if he stays healthier in 2019.
Posted 6/06/2019 1:06 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Jermaine Kearse (Jets) is signing with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 6, according to a source. Terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Kearse could be a value pick late in PPR drafts as a WR5.
Posted 6/02/2019 10:06 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB C.J. Anderson said he believes Detroit is a perfect fit for him because of the success offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has had with running backs in the past.
Huddle Up: Anderson likely will not start for the Lions but could receive a handful of touches each game. He may be a late-round pick in some leagues or a handcuff to Kerryon Johnson but will be on the bench most weeks.
Posted 5/27/2019 1:05 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) has been sitting out individual and team drills during OTAs.
Huddle Up: He was initially expected to be ready for OTAs, but it still doesn't sound like there is any concern about his long-term health. Jones figures to slot behind Kenny Golladay in the pecking order in 2019, but he should still have a solid role in the passing attack. He could still be a WR3 candidate for fantasy owners.
Posted 5/27/2019 1:05 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) isn't participating in team drills or individual work during OTAs.
Huddle Up: Golladay topped 1,000 yards last year, and he still has plenty of room to grow. He should be the unquestioned No. 1 option in the Detroit passing attack this year with a great shot at WR2 production.
Posted 5/25/2019 10:05 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is considered the leading candidate to start at tight end this upcoming season, but he likely will be sharing playing time with TE Jesse James.
Huddle Up: Hockenson likely will be a weapon in the red zone, but fantasy players will need to monitor him during training camp and the preseason. He has a chance to be a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/04/2019 1:05 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said he is fully recovered from last year's knee and injury and back to his old self, and his goal in 2019 is to play in every game.
Huddle Up: Although his season was cut short, Johnson showed more than enough upside to enter 2019 as Detroit's lead back. Target him as a RB2.
Posted 5/02/2019 4:05 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson said he hit the proverbial rookie wall early in the 2018 season. 'Rookie wall hit me in like, fall, bro,' Johnson said Thursday, May 2.
Huddle Up: Johnson's rookie season was limited to 10 games and 150 touches due to a knee injury, but he certainly made an impression and deserves RB2 consideration entering his sophomore campaign.
Posted 4/29/2019 4:04 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is likely to be a co-starter in Week 1 with TE Jesse James, in the opinion of beat writer Kyle Meinke
Huddle Up: Hockenson has some TE2 upside, but he has a limited forecast early on if he's sharing time.
Posted 4/01/2019 10:04 pm UTC
Free-agent RB C.J. Anderson (Rams) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, April 1, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Anderson is a good fit in the Detroit backfield as he will assume the role vacated by LeGarrette Blount. Kerryon Johnson is the main man for the Lions, but Anderson will see some short-yardage and goal-line work. Take a chance on him in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Posted 3/28/2019 6:03 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson won't be run into the ground this year coming off a knee injury late last season. 'We could win a couple [games] now, but if we wear this guy out and he doesn't help us in the long run then what's the trade off?' head coach Matt Patricia said.
Huddle Up: Johnson will still be the lead back for the Lions, but time will tell if he sees the 15-20 touches he saw last year when he took over the starting gig. Even with Theo Riddick and others taking snaps away from Johnson, the sophomore running back merits RB2 consideration.
Posted 3/26/2019 5:03 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was the target of an attempted trade by the Miami Dolphins during the 2018 offseason, according to multiple league sources.
Huddle Up: A year later, Ryan Tannehill is gone, Ryan Fitzpatrick is in but the Dolphins are still searching for their franchise QB. Expect Miami to strike in the first round of the draft.
Posted 3/23/2019 1:03 am UTC
Free-agent RB C.J. Anderson (Rams) said on his Twitter feed that his time with the Los Angeles Rams 'was fun' and that he enjoyed the opportunity.
Huddle Up: Anderson was speaking like a player who doesn't expect to be back with the Rams in 2019. However, he did show that he has a little gas left in the tank in the right offense, and depending on where he signs, he could have some appeal as a depth option for fantasy owners.
Posted 3/12/2019 3:03 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent TE Jesse James agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Lions, according to a source. He will receive $11 million fully guaranteed.
Huddle Up: James looks to have some upside as a high-end TE2 with this signing.
Posted 3/11/2019 8:03 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent TE Jesse James plans to sign with the Detroit Lions, according to a source. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: James is a solid tight end and likely will compete for the starting job next season. He posted 423 yards and two touchdowns this past season but should see more targets with the Lions. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/11/2019 12:03 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Danny Amendola (Dolphins) agreed to a one-year deal worth as much as $5.75 million with the Detroit Lions Monday, March 11.
Huddle Up: Amendola lands in a spot where he might pose WR5 value, but he's a wildly inconsistent fantasy asset.
Posted 3/08/2019 8:03 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Danny Amendola (Dolphins) is believed to be interested in signing with the New England Patriots this offseason, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe.
Huddle Up: Amendola played with the Patriots for several seasons before he decided to sign with the Miami Dolphins, so he is familiar with the Patriots. He would be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver next season if he joins New England.
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