Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 6/22/19 7:29pm ET
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.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/18/19 12:57pm ET
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.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 5/26/19 6:12pm ET
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.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 5/26/19 6:07pm ET
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.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 5/3/19 6:12pm ET
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.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 5/2/19 9:34am ET
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.
T.J. Hockenson - TEPosted 4/26/19 9:33am ET
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is only the sixth tight end drafted in the top 10 since 1990, joining Eric Ebron (2014), Vernon Davis (2006), Kellen Winslow (2004), Rickey Dudley (1996) and Kyle Brady (1995).
Huddle Up: None of the previous three (Ebron, Davis or Winslow) finished inside the fantasy top 20 as a rookies so Hockenson will be trying to make history this coming season. Value him as a TE2 with ample upside to start.
T.J. Hockenson - TEPosted 4/25/19 6:13pm ET
Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the eighth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Hockenson is considered a complete prospect at the position, which should help him see plenty of snaps as a rookie. It can often take tight ends a while to contribute for fantasy owners , but Hockenson will have upside as a TE2.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 3/28/19 11:58am ET
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.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 3/26/19 10:45am ET
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.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 3/1/19 12:46pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) is expected to be a full participant in the team's offseason program after undergoing knee surgery that ended his 2018 season.
Huddle Up: Although he was inconsistent along the way, Jones was having a season on par with his breakout 2017 campaign before going down for the count in Week 10. Head coach Matt Patricia was reportedly vague when asked if he expected Jones to return to his pre-injury form once healthy, but the fact he will likely get cleared for the offseason program bodes well. Fantasy owners should consider him as a high-end WR3 until further notice.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 2/21/19 8:24pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson's ability to catch passes out of the backfield will be a 'bonus' for the offense, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. 'We're going to run the football, and we're going to run it really well,' Bevell said.
Huddle Up: Johnson flashed lead back potential before suffering an injury, and if he does become the centerpiece of the backfield, he will have RB1 upside with a RB2 floor in 2019.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 1/25/19 6:23pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones could be 'expendable' this offseason because of the emergence of WR Kenny Golladay, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com.
Huddle Up: If the Lions do move on from Jones, Golladay should deliver another 1,000-yard campaign in 2019 and have a great shot at WR2 production as the centerpiece of Detroit's passing attack. Jones could still be a useful fantasy option in his own right, but his value would depend on his landing spot.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 1/24/19 1:42pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is expected to be released or traded this offseason, which would save the Lions more than $3.4 million, according to Spotrac.
Huddle Up: Kerryon Johnson will be featured in his second season and LeGarrette Blount will be tasked with the short-yardage and goal-line duties. It makes sense for the Lions to cut ties, but Riddick will be wanted somewhere. He's a valuable pass-catching back with at least PPR flex upside.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 1/11/19 6:59pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner was praised for his consistency by head coach Matt Patricia. 'He's somebody you can put in any situation, and he'll execute to the highest of his ability,' Patricia said.
Huddle Up: Kerryon Johnson figures to open 2019 as the starter in the Detroit backfield, but Zenner could have some value as a handcuff in deeper leagues.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 1/4/19 10:25am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford drew a vote of confidence Friday, Jan. 4, from general manager Bob Quinn, who said he believes the team can win a Super Bowl with Stafford. 'Matthew Stafford is our quarterback; he will be our quarterback here,' Quinn said Friday, Jan. 4, in his annual end-of-season news conference.
Huddle Up: With 3,777 yards and 21 TD passes, Stafford had his worst full season of his career and finished as fantasy's 20th-ranked QB. Perhaps a new offensive coordinator and more/healthier pass-catching weapons will help Stafford rebound next season, but he looks to be a QB2 draft prospect at best for now.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 1/3/19 4:40pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford admitted he would 'love' to remain with the only team he's ever played for. 'I think there's something special about a guy getting a chance to play his entire career in one place,' Stafford said. 'Not many guys get to do that these days. I would love to be one of those guys.' It remains to be seen, however, if the Lions feel the same way.
Huddle Up: Though Stafford has enjoyed a very solid tenure in his 10 years in Detroit, it might be understandable if the club wants to move on after their former No. 1 overall draft pick endured a disappointing campaign that saw his numbers drop all across the board. In his defense, though, Stafford was very banged up as the season was winding down, so it's also reasonable to believe he can bounce back in 2019.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 1/2/19 7:17pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said his knee is close to 100 percent and believes he could have returned this season if the Lions had made the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Johnson was limited to 10 games this season because of the injury but finished with 641 yards and three touchdowns. He likely will compete for the starting running back job next season and could be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back if he wins the job.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 12/30/18 11:53am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (groin) suffered a groin injury during Week 17 on Sunday, Dec. 30. His return is listed as questionable.
Huddle Up: Riddick had four rushes for 24 yards and no catches before the injury. Zack Zenner and LeGarrette Blount will pick up the RB slack if Riddick can't return.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 12/30/18 2:10pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner ran 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers while posting a 30-yard reception on his two targets.
Huddle Up: Zenner excelled when given the chance, and he could slot in behind Kerryon Johnson heading into the 2019 season. He isn't someone to bother with in fantasy leagues unless injuries strike like they did in 2018.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 12/30/18 2:06pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers. It was his first multi-TD game since Nov. 11 in Chicago.
Huddle Up: Stafford started the season strong, but he finished terribly. He ended up with 3,777 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions through 16 trying games, leading to team to a disappointing 6-10 record. He has been a QB1 in most fantasy formats in the past, but he devolved into a QB2 for most of this season.
Andy Jones - WRPosted 12/30/18 2:19pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Andy Jones registered six grabs for 50 yards on 12 targets in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers, as the organization gave their younger receivers a good long look in this one.
Huddle Up: Jones finished the year with just 11 grabs, 80 yards and a score, but he could factor into the team's plans more prominently heading into the 2019 season. Still, he'll have to have a giant offseason and training camp before fantasy owners bother kicking the tires on him.
T.J. Jones - WRPosted 12/30/18 2:16pm ET
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones finished with three grabs for 40 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Jones discovered the end zone for the first time this season, ending up with 19 grabs, 190 yards and two scores. He could be up for a bigger role heading into 2019 depending on the team's offseason personnel moves and draft picks.
Brandon Powell - WRPosted 12/30/18 2:12pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Brandon Powell posted six grabs for a career- high 103 yards on nine targets in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: The rookie from Florida was up for five previous games, but he had just five grabs for 26 yards. He might get a long look during the offseason, as he certainly looked good in this one. Fantasy owners will want to see how the receiver corps shakes down heading into 2019 before considering him.
Dwayne Washington - RBPosted 12/30/18 3:36pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Dwayne Washington rushed 11 times for 108 yards in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Washington was getting his chance with Alvin Kamara inactive and Mark Ingram rested early. He is a nice insurance policy heading into 2019, but it would take disaster for him to be worthwhile from a fantasy perspective.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 12/28/18 9:21am ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was present at practice Friday, Dec. 28, with a helmet, but did not participate in individual drills.
Huddle Up: Golladay isn't trending in the right direction after returning to limited participation the previous day, and fantasy general managers hoping to use him Sunday are going to need to spend the weekend monitoring updates.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 12/28/18 3:04pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Stafford has struggled during the second half of the season and has only five touchdowns passes in the last eight games. He should be kept on the bench in all leagues this week.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 12/28/18 3:01pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Golladay appears to have a good chance to play this week, but his official status will not be known until the inactive list is posted. He is the main option in the passing game for the Lions and can still be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver if he plays.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 12/28/18 2:55pm ET
Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Blount has been held to under 35 yards in each of the last three games and has only two touchdowns in the last nine games. Owners should be able to find better options for their lineups even if Blount is able to play.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 12/27/18 2:23pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Golladay appears to have a good chance to play this week, but owners should know more about his status in the next day or two. He has been the main option in the passing game during the second half of the season and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver if he plays.
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