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.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 4/28/17 8:12pm ET
The Detroit Lions selected WR Kenny Golladay with the 96th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Golladay has an intriguing combination of size and speed, but he is a project. You can file the name away, but even in keeper formats, he is a bit of a reach.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 4/21/17 9:09am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.
Huddle Up: Ebron has steadily improved over his first three years in Detroit, but he has still been a bit of a disappointment, especially considering Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald went two and three picks after him, respectively. Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku has been a popular mock draft selection for the Lions this spring, perhaps in part because second-year position coach Al Golden recruited him to the Hurricanes.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 4/19/17 6:15am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) said his injured middle finger didn't require surgery, just rest, and it started to feel better in February. In the 12 games before the injury, Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Over the final five games, including a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he completed 59.6 percent with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Huddle Up: Stafford looked like a rejuvenated quarterback before the injury, and with his hot stretch at the end of 2015, there's enough of a sample size to give his performance merit. He's a midrange QB1 option in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 4/17/17 7:48pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'
Huddle Up: Entering his third season, Abdullah has already been through an assortment of injuries, missing all but two games a year ago. Before going down, he showed some glimpses of what made him a second-round draft pick in 2015, rushing for 101 yards on 18 carries in just six quarters before tearing a ligament in his left foot. With Theo Riddick still around getting a good chunk of work out of the backfield, it's hard to trust Abdullah as a fantasy option going into 2017.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 4/14/17 6:10pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is in the early stages of contact extension talks, general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday, April 13.
Huddle Up: Stafford's numbers remained solid last year despite the loss of Calvin Johnson, and you can feel comfortable drafting him as a low-end QB1.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/29/17 6:09pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is expected to see some work during OTAs this spring, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Abdullah ran for 101 yards on 18 carries and caught five passes for 57 yards before injuring his foot last season, and he remains the best early-down option for the Lions at the moment when he is healthy. The Lions should be a much better running team this year simply after adding Rick Wagner and T.J. Lang up front, so Abdullah could have some low-end RB2 appeal if he can put his injury woes behind him.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 3/26/17 12:03pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) underwent surgery on both of his wrists after the season, according to sources. Riddick is expected to be a full participant in organized team activities later this spring.
Huddle Up: The Lions appear to be doing everything in their power to improve the running game this offseason, but Riddick's role as the passing-down specialist in an offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's quick-hitting offense would seem to make him the safest fantasy investment at his position. At the moment, he's worth a look as a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues this season.
Anquan Boldin - WRPosted 3/18/17 3:18pm ET
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) could return to the Detroit Lions for a second season according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, but likely only if T.J. Jones and Jace Billingsley do not step up to assume the No. 3 receiving job. Rothstein also believes Boldin is unlikely to sign with any team until just before training camp.
Huddle Up: Boldin is 36, so it makes sense the Lions would want one of their younger receivers to step forward. Boldin was arguably Matthew Stafford's favorite third-down and red zone weapon last season and still has enough left to help a team in a similar role in 2017. Regardless of where he lands, he'll like be no more than a low-end WR4 or WR5 in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/9/17 9:12pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) foot injury was frustrating to deal with last season, according to general manager Bob Quinn, and beat writer Bob Wojnowski believes Detroit needs to add a power back to stabilize a running game that has produced one 1,000-yard rusher in the last 14 seasons.
Huddle Up: If Detroit decides to give Abdullah another chance to lead the backfield, he will be worth grabbing as a low-end WR2 despite the injury risk.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/3/17 7:30am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) has been medically cleared from his foot injury.
Huddle Up: Abdullah is as talented as anyone at the position, but he has been plagued by injuries. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry before his foot injury. He figures to be a big part of the offense, and a case can be made for him as an RB2 in fantasy.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 3/1/17 1:39pm ET
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team would like to sign QB Matthew Stafford to a contract extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: Stafford has one year left in his current contract and likely will be interested in an extension. Stafford has thrown for at least 4,200 yards in each of the last six seasons and has recorded at least 24 touchdowns in three of the last four seasons. Stafford probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues next season.
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