Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 7/19/17 6:18am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford could sign a new deal in the next two weeks as there is internal optimism a deal gets done, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Stafford has turned the corner under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and was in the MVP race until a finger injury curtailed his production last season. Stafford is among the glut of QBs just shy of the elite tier as a QB1.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 7/19/17 4:16pm ET
The Detroit Lions are talking with QB Matthew Stafford about a contract extension, and there is internal optimism at the team's headquarters that an agreement could be reached within the next two weeks.
Huddle Up: Stafford likely will look to sign a deal similar to the one Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr received earlier this offseason. He has thrown for at least 4,200 yards in each of the last six seasons and posted 56 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Stafford will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with again in 2017 and should be considered a solid No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 7/17/17 9:17am ET
Retired WR Calvin Johnson was invited to training camp by the Detroit Lions, team president Rod Wood told WJR Radio.
Huddle Up: Megatron has stated that he was physically taxed and hasn't seemed willing to return. With the Lions in contention now, there could be hope that he returns. It's a long shot, he will be a fine WR2 if he returns.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/16/17 5:11pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has the sixth-most receptions in the NFL since signing with Detroit in 2014, and he has reached 90 receptions in all three seasons with the team.
Huddle Up: Tate is locked in as Matthew Stafford's go-to option. He is an underrated WR2 with a high floor in PPR formats.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 7/16/17 6:30pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford needs a contract extension as soon as possible, according to WR Golden Tate. 'They gotta get that done,' Tate said 'He deserves it. He does everything right. You don't have to worry about him getting in trouble. He balls-out. He's tough as nails. He's what you want in a quarterback.'
Huddle Up: Tate has enjoyed plenty of success catching passes from Stafford, so it is no surprise that he is a believer. Stafford enters the season as a dependable QB1, and Tate is a quality WR2.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 7/14/17 8:36pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will be used mainly in the passing game if RB Ameer Abdullah is healthy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and Birkett believes Riddick could approach 1,000 yards from scrimmage with around 700 coming as a receiver.
Huddle Up: Riddick should at least make for a solid flex play in PPR formats, and given Abdullah's injury history, there is a good chance Riddick could be a RB2 at some point this season.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 7/13/17 8:23pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron was third on the team in yards and receptions last year, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes the departure of free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) could help Ebron improve on his one touchdown from a year ago.
Huddle Up: Ebron should continue to have a prominent role in Detroit's passing game, giving him a safe floor and making him worth grabbing as a low-end TE1.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/12/17 7:09am ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate was seventh in the NFL last season with 153 receiving yards after contact.
Huddle Up: Tate started slowly, but he ended up with a 91-1,077-4 line. He's an underrated WR2 in fantasy.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 7/10/17 1:05pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron is 'overly excited' for how he's going to be used in the Lions' offense this year, adding that it's going to be fun for him.
Huddle Up: Anquan Boldin is gone, so Ebron has a good opportunity to at least score more this season. He's been somewhat disappointing so far in his young career, but if he can stay healthy he has TE1 potential.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/10/17 9:38pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has forced 53 missed tackles since 2015, the most in the NFL by a wide receiver over that span.
Huddle Up: Tate has been a target and reception machine since joining Detroit in 2014, racking up at least 90 catches and drawing more than 125 targets in each of his three years with the Lions. Considering his talents and the high-powered offense he plays in with Matthew Stafford under center, it looks like Tate can be relied upon again as a WR2 in 2017.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 6/24/17 3:51pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones focused on strengthening his lower body to improve his explosiveness and also spent time working out with former NFL receiver Randy Moss. 'I think Marvin started out (last) season extremely well. He?s been doing even better this spring. He?s had one of those springs that you kind of look to. This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start that he had last year. He?s really, really had a real good spring,' head coach Jim Caldwell said.
Huddle Up: Jones still has some breakout potential in him following the departure of Anquan Boldin, but Eric Ebron would seem to be the first in line to benefit since he runs more routes closer to the line of scrimmage. Rookie Kenny Golladay has also impressed so far. If Jones can improve in the short passing game - he focused on route-running with Moss - perhaps he can move into the WR3 discussion.
Darren Fells - TEPosted 6/22/17 9:09pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he believes the addition of TE Darren Fells will allow him to play to his strengths. 'I think it's going to play a significant role for me to allow me to do the things that I'm best at,' Ebron said.
Huddle Up: Ebron finished with a career-high 711 receiving yards last year despite missing three games, and if Fells can handle a lot of the blocking duties, it could free up Ebron to do more damage in the passing game. Grab him as a low-end TE1.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/20/17 9:28am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one year left on the extension he signed in 2013, and Lions general manager Bob Quinn told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio over the weekend he?s ?confident? a deal will get done.
Huddle Up: The Lions are expected to make Stafford the highest paid player in the NFL at an average annual salary of more than $25 million per season, although the prevailing wisdom seems to be he will wait until potential contracts with Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr get done before finalizing his contract. Stafford has settled into a midrange QB1 under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 6/19/17 2:22pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones focused on strengthening his lower body to improve his explosiveness this offseason. He worked out with former NFL WR Randy Moss to help him in that endeavor and to improve his yards after the catch. Head coach Jim Caldwell praised Jones for the offseason he has put together so far. 'This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start that he had last year,' Caldwell said. 'He's really, really had a real good spring.'
Huddle Up: Jones has been overlooked somewhat since that fast start last season. He remains the Lions' No. 2 wide receiver behind Golden Tate, but T.J. Jones and rookie Kenny Golladay are asking to take targets away. That being said, Jones is a solid low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 option after nearly gaining 1,000 yards and four scores in 2016.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/18/17 4:19pm ET
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team is working on an extension for QB Matthew Stafford and hopes to have news on the situation later in the summer.
Huddle Up: Stafford is entering the final year of his contract, so there is a good chance that the two sides will reach an agreement this offseason. Stafford will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with this season and can be a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/11/17 6:09pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah makes the offense noticeably better and is 'the best two-way back' on the roster, in the opinion of Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Huddle Up: Injuries have plagued Abdullah thus far, but he will lead Detroit's backfield if healthy. He has RB2 upside, and you may be able to grab him at RB3 price because of his injury history.
Jared Abbrederis - WRPosted 6/3/17 5:51pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Jared Abbrederis has caught the eye of head coach Jim Caldwell for his ability to run routes. '(Abbrederis is) a really good route runner, very, very good just in terms of his ability to find open areas. He has good spatial awareness. ? He?s really coming along and really doing well, so he?s just got to keep progressing,' Caldwell said.
Huddle Up: There's playing time to be had behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Third-rounder Kenny Golladay is making a strong impression as well, but every offense can use a player like Abbrederis who will always be where he is supposed to be. With that said, he is not a fantasy option.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/1/17 10:58am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) tore his Lisfranc ligament in Week 2 last season. It was well documented that Abdullah injured his foot, but the Lisfranc injury, specifically, had not been disclosed.
Huddle Up: Abdullah is honed in on his recover and has had plenty of time to recover since the injury happened so early last season. He remains the Lions' starter, but Abdullah will yield most of the passing down work to Theo Riddick, as usual. In standard formats, Abdullah is an ideal RB2 to RB3 candidate.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/31/17 7:34am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah remains the team's starting running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Abdullah has been that shiny sports car fantasy owners have salivated at driving only to realize the tires were flat. He has the makings of a PPR stud, and he's still just 24 in a few days, but injuries have wreck his first two seasons. The Lions have some depth, but Abdullah really has no one to vulture him except Theo Riddick in the passing game, which makes Abdullah a low-end RB2 with luster.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 5/31/17 12:19pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) was running and working out on the sidelines during practice Wednesday, May 31, and had the ball in his left hand because his right hand is heavily wrapped.
Huddle Up: Riddick probably will not do much until training camp because he is still recovering from wrist surgery. He should receive most of his work as a receiver out of the backfield but could receive some carries. He probably can be considered a No. 3 running back in standard leagues and has a chance to be a low-end No. 2 back in point-per-reception leagues.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 5/28/17 8:21am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) is unlikely to do much at OTAs as the team has a history of bringing back established players from injury slowly, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Riddick is coming off surgery on both wrists and Rothstein believes the goal is to have him ready 'by some point in August.' The fifth-year back will continue to see most of his snaps on passing downs, while the Lions cross their fingers Ameer Abdullah can stay healthy and hope the improvements they made on the offensive line are enough to pick up their woeful rushing attack. Riddick should be considered a decent RB2 option in most PPR formats.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 5/27/17 6:51pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he is a lot more comfortable with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's system entering this season after struggling to master the offense last year.
Huddle Up: Jones cooled off after a scorching start to last season, but he still flirted with 1,000 yards. He enters 2017 as Detroit No. 2 receiver, and Jones is worth drafting as a low-end WR3.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/24/17 2:03pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) accelerated through openings and changed direction without breaking stride during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24.
Huddle Up: Abdullah appears to be recovered from his foot injury and should be part of a committee at running back in 2017. He probably will receive most of the carries in the offense but would see limited targets in the passing game. Owners in most leagues probably should consider Abdullah as a No. 3 running back.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/22/17 11:19am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) said he's attacking this offseason with a more focused mindset and working as hard as he can to be the best player he can be. The third-year running back also hopes to leave his injury woes behind him. He's focused on the little things and the work he has to do to maintain his body for the NFL after suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 2 last season.
Huddle Up: Abdullah has the right mindset and the right attitude, but those can only go so far. He'll have had almost a full year to recover from his ailments and has already been named Detroit's starting running back. Abdullah's involvement in the passing game will be limited with Theo Riddick there, but drafting Abdullah as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 could be worth the risk.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/17/17 11:42am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has talked with general manager Bob Quinn about a possible contract extension.
Huddle Up: Ebron posted a career-high 711 receiving yards in 2016 but recorded only one touchdown in 13 games. He has missed at least two games in each of the last three seasons, so he does have a bit of an injury concern. He probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/13/17 8:30am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has yet to play 16 games in a season for the Lions, but he set career-highs last year in receptions (61) and yards (711) last season. He has also improved as a blocker, while his drop rate went from 10.1 percent in 2015 to 5.8 percent in 2016 even as he was targeted 17 more times and had a higher percentage of targets per route run and receptions per route run, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Ebron will complain about the fact he scored only one touchdown, but the evidence does support Rothstein's assertion. The tight end position is one of the hardest for young players to learn, and Ebron entered the league more as a glorified slot than in-line tight end. He's climbed into TE1 territory for fantasy purposes and can be expected to take another leap forward this year so long as he stays healthy for the first time in his career.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 5/4/17 6:27am ET
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's extension talks remain in the early stages, according to Lions general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: Stafford has about a year-long sample size of extremely good play with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, but his finger injury derailed him last year. Now 29, and in a contract year, Stafford should be an upper-middle QB1 you can bank on this season.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/2/17 5:30am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron had his fifth-year option exercised Tuesday, May 2.
Huddle Up: Ebron continues to tease with his athletic ability and continues to go down to injury. He had career highs of 61 catches and 711 yards last season but just one touchdown. This will be a pivotal year for him as a midrange TE1 in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 4/30/17 8:04am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the team's starting running back this fall, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: The Lions didn't select a running back in the draft, so there was little doubt about this one. Abdullah's 2016 season was marred by injury, but he possesses a ton of big-play ability and upside, especially now since Detroit addressed the offensive line in the offseason. Theo Riddick wlll assume his usual passing-down work, but a healthy Abdullah should be able to perform at a RB2 level in fantasy.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 4/30/17 6:53pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the skills to play outside or inside, according to general manager Bob Quinn, but Quinn said Golladay will probably start on the outside while he learns the offense.
Huddle Up: Golladay has all the physical tools to be a matchup problem for defenses, but there could be a decent learning curve as he adjusts to an NFL offense. Still, the Lions sound committed to having him involved, so he is worth a speculative stash in dynasty formats.
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