Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
NFC North | 3-12-1
Rank: 19th
Avg Yds
Rank: 16th
Avg PYds
Rank: 10th
Avg RYds
Rank: 20th
Posted 8/08/2020 9:17 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Hockenson should return to practice in the next few days and will be the starting tight end for the Lions. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues this season.
Posted 8/05/2020 3:59 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: On the heels of a breakout, 11-touchdown season, Golladay enters 2020 with big expectations and not a lot of upside. He was ninth in PPR fantasy points last season and third in non-PPR. He'll be a low-end WR1 consideration, but he's much safer as a WR2.
Posted 8/04/2020 8:08 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was removed from the COVID-19 list and placed back onto the active roster Tuesday, Aug. 4. His positive test for COVID-19 was determined to be a false-positive.
Huddle Up: Any concern over his status and availability for the regular season should be gone. He's a strong target as a low-end QB1.
Posted 8/01/2020 8:48 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Stafford will be sidelined for an undisclosed period of time, so fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation. He can be a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback this season if he is healthy.
Posted 7/29/2020 10:18 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Hockenson will be away from the team for a bit, but it is not known if he tested positive for the illness. He had a big Week 1 last season but had a disappointing rest of the season. Hockenson probably will be the starting tight end in 2020 but may only be a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
Posted 7/29/2020 10:11 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 29.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Golladay has tested positive for the virus, but he will be away from the team for the time being. He is the main option in the passing game for the Lions and should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/10/2020 4:35 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift says he's eager to compete with returning starter Kerryon Johnson for snaps. 'I've been competing all my life,' Swift said Thursday, July 9 on a conference call. 'Kerryon is a great back, great player. I remember when he was at Auburn, and he was killing us. He's still doing great in the league. I can't even give you my role. Whatever role they have for me, I just gotta make sure I'm in the best shape and know all of the plays so I'm ready to take it on full force. But I'm not going in there looking to do anything, just doing what I've been doing.'
Huddle Up: This will be a preseason position battle to watch, and don't be surprised if the second-round pick out of Georgia emerges as the Lions' lead back. And while there is certainly uncertainty here, value Swift as a RB3 for now.
Posted 7/06/2020 7:57 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay recorded 17 receptions of at least 25 yards during the 2019 season.
Huddle Up: Golladay was successful last season even though he had to play with several quarterbacks. He has a chance to improve on his stats with a full season with Matthew Stafford. He should be at least a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
Posted 7/04/2020 9:00 pm UTC
Detroit Lions second-round draft choice RB D'Andre Swift signed a four-year contract with the Lions Saturday, July 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Swift will be the starting running back for the Lions this season, but he should receive a solid amount of touches as a rookie. He can be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 back in fantasy leagues and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Posted 7/01/2020 8:02 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay posted five touchdowns of at least 25 yards last season, which was tied for most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Golladay has taken over the No. 1 receiver job for the Lions and will be the focal point in the passing game. He should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
Posted 6/27/2020 7:35 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford recently worked out with FB Nick Bawden, WR Jamal Agnew and TE Jesse James.
Huddle Up: Stafford missed part of last season because of an injury but should be ready for the start of the 2020 season. He has posted solid numbers over the last several season and can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/25/2020 10:18 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) was seen working out with teammates in a video shared to social media by the team Thursday, June 25.
Huddle Up: While going against recommendations shared by the NFLPA, it's good to see Stafford is able to put in the early extra work. His 312.4 passing yards per game through eight contests in 2019 was his highest YPG average since 2011 and his 8.6 yards per attempts were a career-best. He'll be a high-floor QB1 likely to be available in the latter third of drafts.
Posted 6/21/2020 1:06 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay's 16.7 yards per reception since 2018 rank second among all receivers with at least 100 receptions in that span.
Huddle Up: Golladay led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions in 2019, turning in his second consecutive 1,000-yard season despite quarterback Matthew Stafford missing time. Golladay is already a WR2 as he heads into his fourth season, and he could make the leap into the top tier.
Posted 6/18/2020 8:34 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (ankle) has been able to start running routes a part of his rehab but has not completely recovered from his ankle injury, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Huddle Up: Hockenson was limited to 12 games last season and finished with 367 yards and two touchdowns. He likely will see a decent amount of targets in the passing game this upcoming season but probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
Posted 6/17/2020 8:30 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift has all of the skills to be a complete back for the Lions, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Huddle Up: Swift likely will share playing time with Kerryon Johnson this season but should be the running back of the future for the Lions. He could be at least a No. 4 back in standard leagues and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Posted 6/12/2020 4:40 pm UTC
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was hurt more than most Lions pass-catchers following Mathew Stafford's season-ending injury in 2019, but Hockenson has the talent to blossom in his second pro season and should be a key part of an improved Lions offense, in the opinion of one NFL analyst.
Huddle Up: Hockenson's massive Week 1 (6 receptions, 131 yards, TD) proved to be his only game all season with more than 8.7 fantasy points, and he then missed the final quarter of the season with an ankle injury. He's a TE2 for draft purposes this summer, but he has more upside than most tight ends in that range.
Posted 6/06/2020 12:17 am UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has been working out with WR Quintez Cephus in California this offseason.
Huddle Up: Jones should one of the main options in the passing game this upcoming season and has shown good chemistry with Matthew Stafford. He can be considered at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues. Cephus probably will not have a big role in the offense if he makes the team and can be avoided.
Posted 5/26/2020 1:30 am UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's average throw depth was 10.6 yards in 2019 - tied for the highest mark by a quarterback with at least 250 pass attempts since at least 2015. It was also his best mark over that same span by 2.6 yards per throw.
Huddle Up: A fair amount of credit goes to Kenny Golladay, who averaged 18.3 yards per catch and amassed 28 receptions that covered at least 15 yards (although only 15 came prior to Stafford's season-ending back injury). With that said, 60 of Stafford's 187 completions resulted in plays of 15 or more yards. Stafford was on pace for his best fantasy season since 2011 prior to getting hurt, and there's a very reasonable chance he'll be able to pick up where he left off this season and serve as a low-end QB1 at worst.
Posted 5/23/2020 11:38 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola said he has been working out with New York Giants QB Colt McCoy and Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield this offseason since they all live in the same area.
Huddle Up: Amendola is coming off a solid 2019 season where he posted 678 yards and one touchdown. He should be a reliable target for the Lions again this upcoming season and should have value in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted 5/23/2020 9:49 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Jason Huntley should contend for a rotational role in 2020, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. General manager Bob Quinn compared Huntley to the type of player of J.D. McKissic.
Huddle Up: Huntley will start the season behind 2018 second-round pick Kerryon Johnson and 2020 second-rounder D'Andre Swift. He'll compete more with Bo Scarbrough, Ty Johnson and Wes Hills for any remaining touches. He'll have a long way to go to have value in redraft leagues and isn't a strong dynasty target in anything less than the deepest of leagues.
Posted 5/23/2020 7:15 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the potential to become one of the NFL's top receivers, according to veteran teammate Danny Amendola. 'What I love about Kenny is he's a dog,' Amendola said. 'He plays the game very physical and he's a great teammate. The sky is the limit for Kenny. It's just a matter of getting out there, getting years under his belt and getting experience under his belt.' Amendola also said he and Golladay have worked out together in Austin, Texas this offseason.
Huddle Up: Golladay, a third-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, was named to his first Pro Bowl last season. He caught 65 of 116 targets for 1,190 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. With QB Matthew Stafford back to full health and expected to play a full season, Golladay is a high-end WR2 who could very well move into the WR1 tier by the end of the year.
Posted 5/21/2020 6:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia discussed drafting RB D'Andre Swift and the team's utilization of the running back position during a Wednesday, May 20, appearance on NBC's 'The Rich Eisen Show.' 'For me, we're going to try to play whoever is going to help us in that particular play, that particular game, whatever it might be,' he said. 'If you're out there for the very first play, or you get out there on the second play, I don't really understand what the difference is in a starter in that case. But, certainly, we're excited to be able to acquire Swift and get him on our team and seeing what he can do. Sometimes you put two or three running backs out there. We will see what happens.' Patricia said he didn't have to think twice about landing Swift in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. 'Everything checked the boxes for us, a guy that we think is dynamic enough in the run-game, explosive, big playmaker,' Patricia said, 'but (he) also can catch the ball, get out of the backfield, open up the formation and just put a lot of pressure on the defense to make plays we need.'
Huddle Up: Kerryon Johnson is talented, but knee injuries have robbed him of action in each of his first two NFL seasons. There will be some form of a committee at work in Detroit, and talent typically wins out, which favors Swift, in this case. The rookie still has to learn on the fly, however -- something playing into Johnson's corner. For now, the safe approach is neither back is better than an RB3, and swift is closer to a No. 2 than Johnson.
Posted 4/28/2020 4:33 am UTC
The Detroit Lions were a bit surprised Georgia RB D'Andre Swift was still available 35th overall; the two had consistent conversations during the pre-draft process. Swift said he talked with the Lions more than most other NFL teams. His selection was the second time in the past three years Detroit invested a second-round pick in the running back position. RB Kerryon Johnson, the incumbent starter, has been on Injured Reserve twice in his first two years, missing 14 total games. With that in mind, Detroit general manager Bob Quinn is a fan of having multiple backs on roster. 'I think you always want a stable of backs. I've said that for a long time ... we always need multiple backs,' Quinn said. Quinn is also a big fan of Swift. 'This guy's really good in the open field. Makes guys miss in space. Big-play ability. Catches the ball well out of the backfield. Good route runner,' Quinn said. Having Swift on board allows Detroit offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell flexibility in ways to diversify the offense.
Huddle Up: It may only be a matter of time before Swift outright takes over the team's No. 1 running duties, as Swift has three-down potential. The unusual offseason may slow that process, but Swift has RB2 or flex fantasy potential early in the season with enough touches ... and a lot of upside after that if he takes over the full-time role.
Posted 4/17/2020 2:42 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) would be a full participant if the offseason program were to begin next week, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: Stafford has been linked to the trade market this offseason, and he has a world of arm talent. He just has yet to put it together or have the supporting cast to go along with good health. He'll be a back-end QB1 option that could boom or bust.
Posted 4/16/2020 3:58 pm UTC
The Detroit Lions expect second-year TE T.J. Hockenson, according to The Detroit News' Justin Rogers, to take a big step forward in 2020. Hockenson exploded onto the scene during Week 1 last year, catching six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. After that, he and TE Jesse James combined for just 42 catches, 378 yards and one score. Detroit offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will need to find a way to make Hockenson a bigger factor while also utilizing James in a complementary role.
Huddle Up: Hockenson, 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, has the makings for an elite option, but it may take time. He had a 32-367-2 line last year, while starting seven games and being limited to 12 overall due to injury. If James plays a larger role, it likely will come at the expense of Hockenson's numbers. Hockenson is a borderline TE1 on potential.
Posted 4/04/2020 3:31 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson averaged 20.3 touches and 87.5 yards from scrimmage over the first four games in 2019.
Huddle Up: An injury eventually cost Johnson most of the 2019 season, but the heavy workload early in the year shouldn't be forgotten. Unless the Lions add a back early in the draft, Johnson could have another chance to show he can be a bell cow. Keep him in mind as a volume-based RB2 candidate.
Posted 3/30/2020 6:28 pm UTC
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he wants to catch at least 15 touchdowns this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Jones has caught at least nine touchdowns in two of his last three seasons and will have Matthew Stafford back in the lineup in 2020. He can be considered at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/02/2020 6:33 pm UTC
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) is 'completely healed' from the fracture in his back that cost him the final eight games of the 2019 season, according to his wife via social media.
Huddle Up: There's been a ton of speculation this offseason that Stafford's days might be numbered in Detroit, but just about everyone with a say in the Lions' organization has denied that. Stafford was on track for one of the best years of his career prior to going down, and it is a reasonable bet he'll need to post QB1 numbers yet again in 2020 if Detroit doesn't add a significant amount of talent this offseason.
Posted 3/01/2020 2:47 pm UTC
Several coaches and general managers around the National Football League believe that Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford wants to be traded to another team, according to Michael Silver of the NFL Network.
Huddle Up: Within the last few weeks, Lions head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have both denied that Stafford will be traded this offseason. However, it is interesting to note that the rumors may continue to swirl due to the player's perceived dissatisfaction with the club rather than the team actively trying to move him. After missing half of the 2019 campaign due to back and hip injuries, Stafford should be viewed as a midrange QB1 option entering next season's fantasy drafts.
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