Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 8/22/17 6:31am ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has shown signs that it won't be long before he cracks the starting lineup. At 6-foot-4, he's a better fit for the outside, which could shift WR Golden Tate to the slot.
Huddle Up: Golladay has four catches for 59 yards and two scores in two preseason games, and he is gaining steam as a WR5 upside pick.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 8/22/17 6:30am ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could play more in the slot with WR Kenny Golladay potentially ready for a starting spot outside.
Huddle Up: Tate is built more like a slot receiver, and he doesn't get enough credit for what he has done the last three seasons somewhat out of position on the outside. He'll remain their top receiving option, and the move could only be a positive. He's a strong WR2 in fantasy.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/21/17 2:36pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Ebron has been dealing with the injury for several weeks, so owners will need to monitor the situation to see when he will be able to return to the field. Ebron has the potential to be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues, but his injury history may make him drop in drafts.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/19/17 8:08am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has looked 'sharp' throughout training camp, 'appears to have retained speed and agility' he had prior to his injury last season and should get almost all the work on early downs for Detroit this season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Rothstein makes it clear he expects Theo Riddick to retain his passing-game role and Zach Zenner to be a goal-line presence, but he believes 1,000 yards rushing is very realistic for Abdullah this season. Given the fact he is unlikely to see much of the high-leverage work that would help his fantasy upside, the third-year back figures to be a low-end RB2 at best in 2017.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/17/17 6:40pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Ebron has spent most of training camp on the sidelines because of his hamstring injury, so owners will need to continue to monitor the situation. He can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end when healthy, but owners probably should take another strong tight end option if they draft Ebron.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 8/16/17 4:21pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay worked exclusively with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, when they lined up in three-receiver sets. He lined up as an outside receiver.
Huddle Up: Golladay caught two touchdowns in the first preseason game and appears to have a chance to be the No. 3 receiver this season. Owners will need to keep an eye on him during the remaining preseason because he has a chance to be a No. 5 fantasy receiver if he has a solid role in the passing game.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/16/17 4:32pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Ebron suffered a setback or if the team is being cautious with him, but he probably will not play in the second preseason game. Ebron will have a role in the passing game if he is able to recover before the start of the season and has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 8/13/17 12:55pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay finished with three catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the team's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Golladay's first score on a catch in which his right arm was obstructed by cornerback Quincy Wilson and as he was falling into the end zone, while the second came on an underthrown fade-stop. Both receptions showed off the rookie's ability to play the ball in the air and justified the hype he has created during camp. While Golden Tate and Marvin Jones have secure holds on their starting jobs, Golladay is a solid stash in dynasty and could carry some WR5 value.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/11/17 6:41am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: For all the headaches he has caused fantasy owners with his propensity for injury, Ebron still has a lot of upside. He's a low-end TE1, which still presents quite a bit of room for draft day profit.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/7/17 5:51pm ET
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he envisions TE Eric Ebron to be in the 60-catch range this season.
Huddle Up: Ebron caught 61 passes in 13 games last season, so he should be able to post similar numbers this season. He has posted only seven touchdowns in his three years in the NFL but is still a solid fantasy option because of his receptions and receiving yards. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/6/17 3:44pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but said it was a maintenance day. He expects to play in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Abdullah will be part of a committee at running back this season but is expected to be the starter at the position. Owners can consider him as a No. 3 running back, but he probably will not be an every week starter.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/6/17 4:12pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6.
Huddle Up: The Lions are likely being cautious with Ebron and do not want to bring him back too soon. He probably will miss at least the first preseason game, so owners should continue to monitor the situation. Ebron has a chance to have a solid role in the passing game but probably should be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues at this point.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/6/17 6:06pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but he was able to run on the sidelines.
Huddle Up: Detroit has no reason to rush Ebron back. He might not have the upside many expected when he was drafted, but he has developed into a low-end TE1.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/5/17 8:31am ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner received the goal-line reps with the first-team offense during a padded practice ahead of Ameer Abdullah on Friday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: It is just one practice, but a pretty clear indication Zenner must be running ahead of Abdullah for short-yardage and goal-line work. It also contradicts the recent reports out of Detroit that Abdullah would be 'featured.' It seems pretty clear Theo Riddick and Zenner are going to be involved in the red zone. It all adds up to Abdullah being a risky RB2 selection in the fourth-round area of most drafts.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 8/5/17 9:21pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has emerged as one of the QB Matthew Stafford's favorite targets in the red zone, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
Huddle Up: Jones started with a bang but tailed off in his first season with the Lions, but he still finished with 930 yards. WR3 production isn't out of the question in 2017, especially if Stafford is looking his way around the goal line.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/2/17 9:44pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the club's main featured back this season, according to running backs coach David Walker, who said, 'Ameer's our guy.' Walker added: 'Theo has his role, and then the other guys, they got to kind of fit where they fit and that's how we'll go.'
Huddle Up: While this may be music to the ears of those who have already drafted Abdullah at a steep discount, it is by no means a lock that the former 2015 second-round draft pick will get more than 200 carries, especially since he's coming off two significant surgeries in 19 months. Even so, Abdullah is worth a late-round flier, as he's got a ton of talent and can break out if he's able to stay healthy. That might be a big 'if,' however.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 7/31/17 6:18am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrists) practiced in a non-contact jersey Sunday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Riddick is expected to be a valued target inside the red zone, and he could provide bang for the fantasy buck as an RB3 in PPR leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 7/31/17 6:30pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 31.
Huddle Up: The Lions probably will take things slow with Ebron because of the injury and Ebron's injury history. Owners should monitor his progress over the next few days to see if the injury is not serious. Ebron is expected to have solid role in the passing game as long as he is healthy and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in most leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 7/30/17 4:37pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) left practice early Sunday, July 30, after he suffered an apparent hamstring injury, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to look for an update on Ebron's status in the next day or two to see if it will cost him more than a few days. He has dealt with injuries in the past and has missed at least two games in each of his first three seasons. He is coming off a decent 2016 season and is expected to have a solid role in the passing game this season. He is a risky option because of his injury history but could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 7/26/17 10:34am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick could see his role expand even more inside the red zone this year, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Huddle Up: The Lions need someone to replace Anquan Boldin's 22 red zone targets last year, good for third in the league. Riddick had five receiving touchdowns last year - all inside the 20 and three from one yard out. Along with Eric Ebron, expect Riddick to become a key part of Detroit's attack near the goal line. Riddick should provide RB3 worth in fantasy.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 7/24/17 4:31pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) expects to be ready for the start of training camp but it is not known if he will be limited during the early part of camp. Riddick's surgically repaired wrists are structurally sound, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Riddick missed all of the offseason workouts because of his wrists but probably will receive some work during the preseason. He likely will be used as mostly a receiver out of the backfield but will also receive some carries during the season. He will be a valuable option in point-per-reception leagues and can be a No. 3 running back or flex option for owners.
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.
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