Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
NFC North | 2-0-1
Rank: 12th
Avg Yds
Rank: 8th
Avg PYds
Rank: 9th
Avg RYds
Rank: 14th
Posted 9/18/2019 8:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Paul Perkins is learning his new team's playbook this week, and he is excited about the chance and wants to be explosive. 'I'm going to go home and look over some stuff,' he said Wednesday, Sept. 18. 'But the offense seems pretty dope and it seems it can get a lot of guys the ball.'
Huddle Up: Initially Perkins is likely to see a bulk of his action on special teams, where he has excelled. He missed the 2018 season due to a pectoral injury. For now, avoid Perkins in all fantasy formats, but stash the name away. He might not be quite done yet, and could re-emerge as a fantasy option if injuries strike in the Motor City.
Posted 9/15/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson caught one pass for seven yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. He was targeted three times during the game.
Huddle Up: Hockenson had an outstanding Week 1 game but was held in check this week. He should be more involved in the passing game in Week 3 and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in some deeper leagues.
Posted 9/15/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught five passes for 43 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. He was targeted six times during the game.
Huddle Up: Jones has caught nine of his 10 targets this season but has been held to under 55 yards in both games. He will continue to see a solid amount of targets but probably is only a flex option in some leagues.
Posted 9/15/2019 1:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay caught eight passes for 117 yards and one touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. He was targeted 10 times during the game.
Huddle Up: Golladay bounced back after a quiet Week 1 performance and scored a touchdown in his second consecutive game. He is the main option in the Lions passing game and should be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver next week.
Posted 9/15/2019 1:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. He also caught two passes for 47 yards and one touchdown during the game.
Huddle Up: Johnson has rushed for less than 50 yards in each of the first two games but will continue to be the starting running back moving forward. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 back or flex option next week.
Posted 9/15/2019 1:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 22-for-30 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Stafford was not as productive this week as he was in Week 1 but was still able to throw two touchdowns. He will be facing a solid Philadelphia Eagles defense in Week 3 and probably will not be a starting option in most leagues.
Posted 9/10/2019 4:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has the full trust of his coaching staff after television cameras caught him appearing to say 'trust me' after a timeout was called by the sideline with the play clock winding down ahead of a third-and-5 play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's tie against the Arizona Cardinals. 'To sum it up, like 1,000 percent,' head coach Matt Patricia said Monday, Sept. 9, when asked about his trust level with Stafford. 'Everyone knows how much I think of, how highly I think of him and trust him. There's no issue.'
Huddle Up: Stafford completed 27 of 45 attempts for 385 yards and three touchdowns without a pick in the draw. He remains a mid-to-low tier QB1 heading into Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers at home.
Posted 9/06/2019 9:09 am UTC
Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) remained out of practice Friday, Sept. 6, as an observer.
Huddle Up: Davis has been out since his injury in Week 3 of the preseason, and seems likely to miss at least the regular-season opener.
Posted 9/05/2019 7:09 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson has proven to be a 'trustworthy guy,' according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. 'And I think all those things are things that make coaches feel comfortable because of the fact that when he's had opportunities to make plays, he's made his plays,' Bevell said. 'And the assignments, which we ask him to do, he's been on it.'
Huddle Up: Although rookie tight ends typically struggle with consistency, all signs are pointing to Hockenson being given every opportunity to make an impact. He should at least offer potential as a streaming option in redraft leagues.
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 8/13/2019 11:08 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel took snaps at wide receiver Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the request of head coach Zac Taylor, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic. 'I'm still competing at quarterback,' Driskel said. 'That's what I want to be. That's what I think I can be. But I just want to show that I can add value to this team in other ways and show that I want to contribute and can contribute.'
Huddle Up: Driskel is in competition with fourth-round pick Ryan Finley to be Andy Dalton's backup at quarterback. The Bengals seem to be trying to make Driskel their own variation of New Orleans Saints utilityman Taysom Hill, but even the original didn't have any predictable fantasy value.
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 6/29/2019 2:06 am UTC
New York Giants RB Wayne Gallman appears to have fallen behind RB Paul Perkins in the battle for the No. 2 running back job, and Gallman isn't a lock to be the No. 3 back at this point, according to Matt Lombardo of
Huddle Up: It sounds like Saquon Barkley owners should try to target Perkins when trying to secure a handcuff.
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.
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