Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 8/25/16 5:58am ET
Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley was released Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Zach Zenner and/or Dwayne Washington may move up to be the team's third running back. They won't be entirely useful in fantasy unless something happens to Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick ahead of them, but the two youngsters are amidst the RB5 speculative flyers. Ridley could still latch on and serve as an RB5 somewhere before the season.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 8/25/16 6:12am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the other Lions quarterbacks have run a no-huddle offense 62% of the time this preseason. The Lions ran a no-huddle offense just 7% of the time last season. According to ProFootballFocus, Stafford has completed all six of his passes for 108 yards when targeting WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out of the no-huddle. He's 6-for-11 passing for 63 yards on the rest of his throws combined. Overall, Stafford has completed 70.6% of his passes this preseason.
Huddle Up: Stafford had a big second half last year with 19 touchdowns and two interceptions when offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter took over. He lost Megatron to retirement, but the show appears to roll on. Stafford is in the lower-middle portion of starting quarterbacks, but he could be on the cusp of that breakthrough year.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/25/16 10:28am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Ebron was on the field earlier in the week but does not appear ready to practice at this point. Ebron is expected to be ready for Week 1, but owners should keep an eye on the situation. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 tight end in most leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/23/16 7:03am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play in Week 1, barring a setback, according to a source. Ebron has an outside chance at playing in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: Ebron is a breakout candidate that figures to be a big cog in an offense that took off under Jim Bob Cooter late last season. Ebron is a midrange TE1 with upside.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 8/23/16 3:10pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23. The extent of his participation was not disclosed, however.
Huddle Up: Tate's mystery injury isn't a big deal, apparently. He should be good to go for this weekend and is still in the WR2 conversation in all formats with Calvin Johnson out of the picture.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/21/16 2:13pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) still has no timetable for a return, but there is some optimism he'll be 'ready to roll' by Week 1, according to Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett.
Huddle Up: Ebron is still not practicing, but he was reportedly spotted jogging and caught passes from a JUGS machine Sunday. Birkett also tweeted it was the first time he'd seen the third-year tight end run since he first suffered his ankle injury on Aug. 6. Given his injury history and the plethora of pass-catching weapons Detroit has at the moment, Ebron should probably be considered a high-upside TE2.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 8/21/16 7:01pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20. He wouldn't mention the specifics of his injury, but he talked about playing in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: Tate is set to be Detroit's top receiver in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement. He is a borderline WR2 in PPR formats and a solid WR3 in standard leagues.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 8/19/16 2:19pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick received all of the snaps with the first-team offense during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, in part because RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not play.
Huddle Up: Riddick will have a solid role on offense even when Abdullah will be able to play again. He should be a valuable option for owners in point-per-reception leagues since he caught 80 passes last season. He could be a weekly flex option in PPR leagues and a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in standard leagues.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 8/19/16 2:08pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense plays at a quicker pace this season. He has gone 12-for-17 for 171 yards in two preseason games when the team has used an up-tempo offense.
Huddle Up: Stafford played well once Jim Bob Cooter became the offensive coordinator last season and should continue to improve this season. He did lose Calvin Johnson during the offseason but still has several weapons to work with in the passing game. Stafford probably should be a high-end No. 2 quarterback in most leagues but could be used as a starter against certain opponents.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 8/18/16 8:04pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones finished with four catches for a game-high 65 yards in a 30-14 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Jones continues to thrive in his first year in Detroit, and he has enough upside to grab in the middle rounds as a WR3.
DeAndre Levy - LBPosted 8/16/16 9:56am ET
Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, Aug. 16, and is expected to practice.
Huddle Up: Levy is a versatile IDP performer when he is healthy, but the nature of his hip injury could limit his mobility. Cautiously consider him a No. 2 linebacker target.
Andre Caldwell - WRPosted 8/15/16 2:06pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: The tough early turn of events for Caldwell has thinned out the Lions' backup WR corps somewhat, clearing the paths for the likes of Jeremy Kerley and TJ Jones.
Andrew Quarless - TEPosted 8/15/16 2:12pm ET
Free-agent TE Andrew Quarless (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 15. Quarless is suspended for the first two games on the season but can practice immediately. TE Ben McCord was waived.
Huddle Up: With Eric Ebron battling an ankle injury and Brandon Pettigrew on the PUP list, the Lions are in need of tight-end help, and they have turned to the ex-Packer Quarless. It might only be a preseason, check-the-tires move, though, until Ebron can get back on the field.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 8/13/16 2:07pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley did not see playing time until the second half of the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 12, and finished the game with 14 yards on five carries.
Huddle Up: Ridley is battling with George Winn for a roster spot. He was the fourth running back in the game Friday night. The former Patriot and Jet faces an uphill battle to make Detroit's final roster.
Anquan Boldin - WRPosted 8/12/16 10:59pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin has been impressive during training camp, and there is 'no doubt' he will be the No. 3 receiver to open the season, according to beat writer Kyle Meinke.
Huddle Up: Boldin still has a lot left in the tank at age 35. He'll likely play primarily in the slot with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate lining up outside. Boldin isn't even getting drafted in a majority of leagues but he has some season-long and DFS value playing in the Lions offense.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 8/10/16 10:07am ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has been the team's top receiver in camp, and it hasn't been close, as WR Golden Tate has had issues holding on to the football. Jones was targeted on seven of the 14 passes QB Matthew Stafford threw in the joint practice Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: This is notable for prospective Jones buyers, but it's peculiar regarding Tate. He was receiving positive reviews from camp as recently as two weeks ago as the only Lions receiver not dropping balls. Jones is a WR3/4, while Tate is a rock-solid No. 2 in PPR.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 8/10/16 1:44pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has had sure hands in camp while his counterparts have had issues, including WR Jeremy Kerley who had a trio of drops in a recent practice.
Huddle Up: As you might've noticed on this news feed, there are conflicting reports on Tate's hands in camp, but regardless, with Calvin Johnson and his 149 targets a year ago now gone, Tate figures to be the primary beneficiary, and we have him ranked as a low-end WR2.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/10/16 9:47pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to sit the team's preseason opener Friday, August 12, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ebron hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in a mock game Saturday, August 6.
Huddle Up: Ebron escaped a serious injury but the Lions will be cautious with him. Ebron isn't expected to miss any regular season games at this point.
Cole Wick - TEPosted 8/9/16 1:47pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick, an undrafted rookie from the University of Incarnate Word, ran with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 8, in the place of injured Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle). The 6-6, 257-pound Wick has improved throughout the offseason and has caught the ball well. 'He's growing,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'Last spring I thought he caught onto things fairly well, and now we have a lot more information going in, it happened a lot faster. But I think he's hanging in there, he's working at it and doing a good job.'
Huddle Up: Training-camp rookie hype certainly isn't in short supply this time of year, but the persistent rave reviews surrounding Wick combined with Ebron's ankle sprain make the tight end someone to definitely keep an eye on if you're looking to take a late-round flyer at the position.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/8/16 11:38am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (foot) had a sleeve on his right foot on the sidelines Monday, Aug. 8, but he was not wearing a boot.
Huddle Up: Initial reports were fears that he may have torn his Achilles', but today's sighting lends us to believe that may have been avoided. There's no timetable for his return, but if he can make it back quickly, he's breakout candidate as a low-end TE1.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/8/16 2:12pm ET
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has a 'pretty decent' right ankle sprain, according to a source. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell refused to address the injury when asked Monday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Ebron dodged a more serious injury, but a tough -- possibly a high -- ankle sprain could possibly threaten his early-season health if it's bad enough. Keep an eye on this as Ebron has TE1 upside in the reconfigured Detroit passing attack.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/6/16 2:58pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) may have torn his right Achilles' tendon, the team fears, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ebron was carted off the field Saturday with an apparent Achilles injury. It's a tough blow for Ebron, who by all reports was having a strong camp. With Brandon Pettigrew on PUP, Cole Wick is now the Lions No. 1 tight end.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/6/16 6:39pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) told at least two teammates that he is OK after it was feared he may have torn his right Achilles' tendon, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Early reports looked bad for Ebron but he apparently avoided a severe injury. Ebron could miss some practice time but at least for now, fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Anquan Boldin - WRPosted 8/4/16 8:54am ET
Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin has been a steady target for QB Matthew Stafford throughout training camp, according to beat writer Tim Twentyman. He is expected to step into the slot and add toughness, experience and production to the position group.
Huddle Up: Boldin posted 69 receptions, 789 yards and four touchdowns last season in San Francisco, despite a shaky quarterback situation. He is playing with a much better passer now, and even at 35 years old, consider him a PPR depth selection.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 7/28/16 2:24pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury and should be ready to practice since he was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy eyes will be tracking the second-year back in camp to see how he looks in his new role as the Lions' No. 1 back. In the meantime, we have ranked as a RB2 heading into August.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 7/25/16 1:54am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.
Huddle Up: Good news for the second-year back, who's set to take over as the Lions' No. 1 back this season. Sustained health, though, remain a concern for the 5-8, 198-pound back.
Jay Lee - WRPosted 7/25/16 8:42am ET
Detroit Lions WR Jay Lee's size and physicality stood out during offseason workouts, and beat writer Kyle Meinke believes Lee's blocking ability will be a good complement for Detroit's short passing game and rushing attack.
Huddle Up: There's a vacancy for a big receiver in Detroit, but with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones already slotted for the starting jobs Lee's upside is as the Lions' third receiver.
Cole Wick - TEPosted 7/24/16 1:21pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick looked 'spectacular' in offseason practices and could be in line to push TE Eric Ebron for a starting job if he can carry over that momentum into training camp, according to Detroit Free Press reporter Carlos Monarrez.
Huddle Up: Wick is a name to remember in dynasty drafts to be sure, but if nothing else, the offseason showing of the undrafted rookie should be lighting a fire under the first-round pick Ebron, who had his moments last season with 47 catches for 537 yards and five TDs but has yet to develop into the over-the-middle threat the Lions drafted him to be.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 7/6/16 1:42am ET
The Detroit Lions will have several candidates in mind to complement RB Ameer Abdullah on the field. In contention for the second running back role are RB Stevan Ridley, RB Zach Zenner, and RB George Winn.
Huddle Up: Due to injuries and a lack of use, Ridley only has totaled 130 carries over the last two seasons in New England and New York, but he and Zenner are the favorites to secure the No. 2 gig.
T.J. Jones - WRPosted 7/3/16 12:31pm ET
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones has seen plenty of practice times as the slot receiver with the first-team offense during the offseason, and he been able to create consistent separation.
Huddle Up: Jones only had 10 catches for 132 yards and a TD as a rookie last season, but keep an eye on him in camp as it's an extreme passing-game makeover in the Motor City with Megatron no longer in the picture.