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.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 9/29/15 10:43pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson has only been thrown to deeper than 15 yards three times since the third quarter of Week 1. On the season, QB Matthew Stafford has only made 14 attempts of passes 15 yards or more. 'There [have] been routes that have been called that are deep routes and those kinds of things,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'Sometimes it just doesn't happen.'
Huddle Up: One of the main issues here is trusting the team's shaky offensive line to hold blocks long enough to run deep routes, and to be fair, the Lions also have faced two of the league's better pass rushes in the Broncos and Vikings the past two weeks. And it doesn't get any easier with a visit to Seattle up next, but definitely don't give up on Megatron as he's still been targeted 34 times -- the 10th-highest mark in the league.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 9/25/15 6:39pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 25, and is probable for Week 3 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Stafford will start as usual Sunday night, but it's not exactly a plus-matchup facing a strong Broncos' pass rush and a defense which has yet to surrender a passing TD this season.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 9/23/15 3:40pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ribs, arm) looks like he will be able to play in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos. He said his bruised ribs 'feel pretty good,' and he took part in the individual part of practice Wednesday, Sept. 23, throwing passes at all distances. It's unknown if he'll wear extra padding this weekend, but he doesn't plan to take extra precautions for his health. OG Manuel Ramirez has 'no doubts' that Stafford will play against the Broncos.
Huddle Up: There's been little serious doubt Stafford would play after not missing a start over the last four-plus seasons, but Sunday night's matchup isn't exactly an ideal one with the Broncos' pass rush wreaking havoc so far this season and Denver ranking No. 1 against the pass (135 yards per game) through two games.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 9/21/15 2:19pm ET
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is non-committal on whether QB Matthew Stafford (chest, ribs) will suit up in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos. 'We'll see,' Caldwell said. 'He's very, very sore. There's no question about that. He got hit far too many times.' Caldwell typically is non-committal on whether his injured players will play, though, especially early in the week. Through two weeks Stafford has gone 51-for-83 for 532 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Caldwell didn't rule out the team signing a third quarterback this week. The decision on whether Stafford will play in Week 3 will likely start with doctor's opinions. Stafford has started every game for the Lions the past five years and hasn't missed a game since 2010.
Huddle Up: Stafford was erratic all game long against the Vikings. He should be considered highly questionable for Sunday night's game against Denver. Dan Orlovsky will start if Stafford can't play.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 9/21/15 8:04pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (chest, ribs, elbow) was spotted in the locker room Monday, Sept. 21, moving around better than he was after the game Sunday, Sept. 20, and he didn't appear to have wraps on his chest or ribs. However, his left elbow was still bandaged, and the Lions are waiting on the results of his X-rays. Stafford said, 'I feel OK' when asked if he will play in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Stafford is battered and bruised but, barring an unforeseen X-ray finding, look for him to start Sunday night in the Lions' home opener. After missing 13 games in his second season (2010), he's started 66 straight games.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 9/20/15 10:44pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah had six carries for nine yards and one catch for nine yards in a 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Abdullah only touched the ball seven times on Sunday. Nine of the Lions' backs were effective against the Vikings but Abdullah needs more than seven touches in a game. The Lions coaching staff has to do a better job of getting him the ball.
DeAndre Levy - LBPosted 9/18/15 1:39pm ET
Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) remains out Friday, Sept. 18, and hasn't practiced for a month, but the team has remained mum on his injury. Asked about an unsourced report from a Detroit sports website that suggested Levy contracted a parasite during the offseason, head coach Jim Caldwell said, 'I don't address rumors and innuendo.' Joe Panos, Levy's agent, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that the report is '100 percent false.' Panos did not immediately return messages from ESPN. The team opted against placing Levy on short-term Injured Reserve.
Huddle Up: Even though the Lions' leading 2014 tackler (155 total with 121 solo stops) hasn't been ruled out for a set length of time, it doesn't sound as if he'll back any time soon not having practiced since early Aug. Definitely continue to make other IDP plans until we get more positive news.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 9/18/15 1:39pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson only had four targets in Week 1 because of game flow, head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'That particular issue (not throwing to Johnson enough), obviously, it'll be talked about until the point where the next game comes in, and after that, there'll be another issue of some sort,' Caldwell said. 'But I can tell you this, it's not the first time that a primary player on any team hasn't gotten the ball as much as you'd like him to get the ball, and it won't be the last. That's just kind of the way it goes because of flow of the game. There's a lot of issues involved in that.'
Huddle Up: The Lions did lead the Chargers until early in the fourth quarter last Sunday, but four targets is definitely low going by Megatronian standards. If things are still off this Sunday in the team's NFC North opener in the Twin Cities, it might be time for Johnson's fantasy owners to start getting concerned.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 9/17/15 6:31pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (quadriceps) returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Tate took a helmet to the quad returning a punt in the opener against the Chargers, and not only is he expected to play Sunday, he's also expected to resume his punt-return duties as well, according to Lions coach Jim Caldwell.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 9/10/15 10:42am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is a better receiver than the team thought he was, and beat writer Tim Twentyman said Abdullah is a better receiver than former Lions RB Reggie Bush was. The team figures to use Abdullah a lot in the receiving game, and his role will likely dip into RB Theo Riddick's role.
Huddle Up: All Abdullah does is impress; eventually he's going to take the Lions' starting job outright, with Riddick and Joique Bell fighting for table scraps. Fantasy owners who spent an early pick on the rookie hope Detroit's coaching staff comes to their senses sooner rather than later.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 9/10/15 11:58pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell will likely receive the most carries in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers while RB Ameer Abdullah will be used as a change-of-pace back, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Huddle Up: There was much hype over the rookie early in the preseason, but this has been the most likely outcome all along if Bell was going to open the season fairly healthy.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 9/7/15 11:29pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could be a candidate to return punts this season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Tate, as many might have forgotten, led the Lions' wideouts in fantasy points last season, and while Megatron will be the team's No. 1 WR as long as he's fully healthy, the punt-return duties adds a little extra value for Tate in league's which credit WRs with return scores.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 9/4/15 6:46pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner finished the preseason with 35 carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and he appears to be a roster lock.
Huddle Up: Those 183 yards, for what it's worth, were tops in the league this preseason, but the undrafted rookie's only real fantasy value lies in dynasty and deep leagues with Joique Bell, second-round pick Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick still ahead of him on the depth chart.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/31/15 3:30pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Bell should resume his role as the Lions' early down back with rookie Ameer Abdullah mixing in as a change-of-pace back. Bell's ADP will rise now from Round 6 but the Lions look like they'll use at least two backs in their rotation this year.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 8/26/15 5:35pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: No real news here as the Lions are doing everything they can to cut back on Megatron's wear and tear.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/24/15 3:59pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is expected to return this season as a bellcow running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Bell has been nursing injuries all offseason, but Caldwell still envisions him producing similarly to how he did last year.
Huddle Up: Bell will have a large role but Ameer Abdullah is going to see his share of touches as well. The question is Bell's health. He still isn't practicing and the season is less than three weeks away. Bell does represent some value right now. His current ADP is Round 7, while Abdullah is going in Round 4.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 8/20/15 7:52pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (rest) will not play Thursday, Aug. 20, against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: No worries, just another exhibition-season rest day for Megatron.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/19/15 9:55am ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') will return as the starting running back when he returns from the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to RB Zach Zenner.
Huddle Up: This feels a little like lip service to the veteran. While Bell recovers from two offseason surgeries Ameer Abdullah has been the standout performer in Lions' camp. It's likely that if Bell gets healthy he gets significant touches, but Abdullah has been so good thus far it will be nearly impossible for Detroit to keep him off the field.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/14/15 9:32am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for a game-high 67 yards on seven carries in a 23-3 win over the New York Jets in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Abdullah has been one of the standouts in training camp thus far, and he carried that success over to the game. He's still likely to share touches with Joique Bell, but with the latter coming off a pair of off-season surgeries the upside is that Abdullah takes over the bulk of the Detroit backfield workload sooner rather than later.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/13/15 6:09pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell and RB Ameer Abdullah are expected to have their touches fluctuate based on the weekly matchup, but it's unlikely there are games where one dominates the touches if both are healthy.
Huddle Up: Even with Bell bouncing back from injuries and Abdullah turning heads in camp, this has long had the look of a mix-and-match 50/50 RBBC with both having low-end RB2 value.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/11/15 11:42pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) ran harder on the side during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Huddle Up: Bell had best be making steady progress as the glowing reports about second-round pick Ameer Abdullah seem to flow daily from Lions' camp. Currently, the rookie has the ADP edge, going 75th overall on average (26th among RBs) to Bell's 94 ADP (30th among backs).
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 8/10/15 7:48pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is listed as the starting running back on the team's first depth chart since RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. RB Ameer Abdullah is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: By the time the games that count arrive, all three (Riddick, Bell and Abdullah) should be ready to go, giving the Motown RB situation the early look of a fantasy quagmire. Definitely a situation to keep tabs on this preseason to see if any one of the trio separates himself -- either moving ahead or falling behind.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 8/9/15 4:39pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is expected to have a similar role in 2015 than he did last season but could see more time in the slot.
Huddle Up: All three of the Lions' top backs -- Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah and Riddick -- are solid to strong receivers, but Riddick is more of a pure pass-catcher than RB in the Shane Vereen mold with 38 career receptions to only 29 carries. His best value comes late in PPR leagues.
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