Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/26/15 6:22pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson had huge days Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Stafford threw for 337 yards and five touchdowns, while Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Those fantasy owners who stuck with Stafford and have endured Johnson's less-than-stellar start are giving thanks after hitting the Turkey Day fantasy lottery. Stafford came into the contest with 15 TD passes and only one 300-yard game while Megatron doubled his season-TD total in one impressive afternoon.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 11/24/15 9:59pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said his recent struggles will end this week. Ebron did not catch a pass last week against the Oakland Raiders and has only totaled seven catches for 52 yards the last three weeks.
Huddle Up: Following Thursday's matchup against the Eagles, Ebron has some tight end-friendly matchups against the Packers (eight most fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs) , Rams (14th) and Saints (first) looming, and he should be on your radar if you need help at the position.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/24/15 11:49pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited for the second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Huddle Up: Megatron seemingly is limited by one health issue or another every week, but keeps consistently cranking out fantasy-useful games -- particularly in PPR -- as he's had at least five catches and 67 yards in each of his last nine contests.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/13/15 6:15pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice Friday, Nov. 13, and is questionable for Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Johnson practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday and the feeling was he was headed toward playing Sunday, but then came his Friday with no participation. It could be a rare end-of-the-practice-week rest day, but it appears we're headed toward a game-time decision. Be sure to check the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report before kickoff.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 11/12/15 3:04pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's role will be growing, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Huddle Up: The rookie had at least seven touches in his first seven games before getting only one carry for 3 yards in the team's Week 8 beatdown in London. If you can, though, keep him on your bench this week to see exactly what the Lions cooked up over the bye.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/12/15 6:34pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Nothing new here as Johnson still looks to be on track to play Sunday against the Packers.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/11/15 1:51pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he expects to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Megatron had the benefit of last week's bye to help heal the ankle injury he suffered Week 8 in London, but let's see how the practice week goes.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 11/5/15 3:45pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's future in Detroit is very much in doubt following the 2015 season, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Stafford's six-plus years with the Lions have netted two playoff berths and some impressive numbers at times, but the 27-year-old Stafford is 36-49 as a starter and the Lions haven't won a playoff game since the 1991 divisional round. Barring a turnaround, the franchise will be making its sixth coaching change since 2000, and this time a new QB might be in the offing as well even though Stafford just signed a 3-year, $53 million extension.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/3/15 6:53pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he hasn't demanded a trade after the team has started the season as a disappointment, and he wants to win with the Lions. He wouldn't say whether his contract included a no-trade clause. 'I'm fortunate enough to play in this league, that the Lions took me where I'm at,' Johnson said. 'They brought me here and I have a great cast of teammates, you know, guys I have been playing with for a long time.'
Huddle Up: Although Megatron's value would've jumped had he been dealt to a team like the Patriots -- as one of the possible locales mentioned in speculative pre-deadline stories -- he'll remain a borderline WR1 with the Lions as long as the ankle injury suffered near the end of the Week 8 loss to the Chiefs isn't still lingering after the bye week.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/26/15 9:11am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) had five catches on five targets for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Enron's recent knee injury interrupted a solid sophomore season, but it looks as though he picked up right where he left off with a strong showing against the Vikings. He's playing his way into every-week fantasy starter status.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 10/26/15 8:14pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's (hand) X-rays came back negative Monday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Stafford, who has thrown for a combined 661 yards and six TDs over the last two games, should be fine for this coming Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs in London, but keep tabs on his practice participation throughout the week to make sure.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/23/15 5:55pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 23, and is probable for Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Ebron, who got off to a strong start with 13 catches for 157 yards and two TDs in his first three outings, is set to make his return after missing the last two contests.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/23/15 5:55pm ET
Detroit Lions RBs Joique Bell (ankle) and Theo Riddick (groin) are both listed as probable for Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. Riddick was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 23, while Bell practiced in full.
Huddle Up: Riddick remains a solid PPR play as he leads all RBs in receptions with 33, but Bell's return after a three-game absence just further dilutes a ground situation in Detroit that's already arguably the league's worst.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 10/19/15 10:16am ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (chest) suffered a chest injury in the Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears and he was unable to return. Head coach Jim Caldwell did not have an update on him after the game Sunday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: The Lions backfield is a hot mess right now, as all of its members are dealing with varying degrees of injury. Kenner's injury Sunday cost him a shot at carries on a day when Joique Bell was inactive and Ameer Abdullah was plagued by both fumbleitis and a shoulder stinger. It's a race to see who can get healthiest first to claim touches in Detroit's backfield.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 10/19/15 10:16am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (arm) suffered a stinger in his arm on a third-quarter fumble in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears, according to head coach Jim Caldwell, and he was benched for several series. Abdullah was benched last week for losing two fumbles, and he now has four on the season.
Huddle Up: The combination of injury and fumbleitis glued the rookie to the bench in Week 6. Working in his favor is what the team has invested in him and the fact that every other member of the Detroit backfield is dinged up.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/19/15 3:47pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) is expected to return from his knee injury in the near future, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Ebron practiced last week but was held out of Sunday's game against the Bears. There's a good chance he returns this week versus the Vikings. He'll be a low-end TE1 if healthy.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/16/15 6:53pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 16, but has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Chicago Bears after he wasn't given medical clearance.
Huddle Up: Ebron got off to a promising start this season but will miss a second straight game.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 10/16/15 11:38pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson faces the Chicago Bears in Week 6, and Johnson has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last six games against the Bears.
Huddle Up: Hopefully the Bears' defense is what Megatron needs to get going. With the Lions rarely throwing the ball over 10 yards anymore, Theo Riddick now has more fantasy value than Johnson. Megatron has yet to top 100 yards and has only scored once all year.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 10/13/15 10:06pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick leads all running backs in targets (36), is tied for second in receiving touchdowns (2) and is fourth in receiving yards (228).
Huddle Up: With 30 catches for 228 yards and the two TDs, Riddick has been the fantasy MVP for the winless Lions, and is an every-week PPR-league starting consideration.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/12/15 10:15pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) said he will participate in practice this week and hopes to be able to play in the Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: It's been a lost season so far for Bell who's missed the last two games after rushing for all of 22 yards and a TD on 20 carries in his first three outings. We'll see what his practice participation looks like this week.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 10/11/15 11:48pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick had a team-high 10 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in a 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5.
Huddle Up: The Lions simply can't run the football right now so Riddick is the best fantasy option as a receiver out of the backfield. He's a viable Flex play in PPR formats.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/8/15 7:05pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday, Oct. 8, and is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Certainly if they haven't already, Ebron's fantasy owners need to make alternative TE plans for Week 5.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/8/15 7:05pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 8, and is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: That means another week of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick sharing the workload Sunday, but don't expect much as a Detroit RB has yet to top 50 rushing yards in a game this season.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 10/6/15 10:01am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick ran once for five yards in the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5, and he added five receptions for 31 yards.
Huddle Up: Seattle's swarming defense limited what the Lions could do offensively, but Riddick again carved out PPR value with five receptions. It's a role he seems locked into, even with Ameer Abdullah on the roster, so if you're scraping for a PPR RB replacement for Lance Dunbar Riddick might be your low-cost alternative.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/6/15 4:24pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) had an MRI and X-rays reveal no structural damage in his left knee. His status is still to be determined for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if Ebron sits out Sunday coming off a short week, but it's definitely great news overall for the tight end, who has 15 catches for 179 yards and a team-high two TDs so far this season.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 10/6/15 5:41pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has now gone seven straight games without throwing for 300 yards, which is the longest streak of his career since his first seven starts.
Huddle Up: Whether it's his poor offensive line, the decline of top target Calvin Johnson or just plain poor play on his part, Stafford clearly no longer can be counted on as a reliable starting option in 10-14-team leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 10/5/15 10:00pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron left the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter after going down and clutching his knee. He is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Ebron had caught two passes for 22 yards before a teammate rolled into the side of his knee at the end of the play, and Ebron limped off the field in pain and disgust. It certainly didn't look good, but we'll wait and see what the official word is from the Lions.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/3/15 4:51pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner could be in for a bigger role Monday, Oct. 5, against the Seattle Seahawks with RB Joique Bell (ankle) suffering from an ankle injury. Bell did not practice Saturday, Oct. 3, and could miss the Lions' Week 4 outing. Head coach Jim Caldwell gave Zenner a vote of confidence, saying if Zenner does play, he won't have any problem knowing what he's doing.
Huddle Up: Zenner had a great preseason and while he's not on the fantasy radar yet, he's a name to watch. Bell was injured all training camp and he just doesn't look right. Zenner could earn a bigger role as the season goes on.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/2/15 5:55pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice again Friday, Oct. 2, and is in danger of missing Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Oct. 5.
Huddle Up: The Lions don't play until Monday so they have one more day of practice and on more opportunity for Bell to get in some work, but his fantasy owners should already have another plan in place.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 10/1/15 6:06pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) missed practice with an ankle injury Thursday, Oct. 1, and DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman hinted that that could mean more usage of RB Ameer Abdullah in Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: It was the team's first practice of the week so don't read too much into this, but regardless, the 2015 season has been a struggle for Bell and the rookie Abdullah should certainly be in line for a bigger workload.
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