Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 8/10/18 11:42pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson gained 67 total yards (34 rushing, 33 receiving) against the Oakland Raiders on Friday, Aug. 10. He also had a 57-yard run that was erased on a holding penalty.
Huddle Up: Despite the presence of steady vets LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick, Johnson is the best combination of rushing and receiving ability the team has in the backfield. He showed speed and toughness in his preseason debut and should push for a larger slice of the pie if he can keep it up. Consider Johnson an RB4/RB5 with some juice in the later rounds.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 8/1/18 11:42pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson has consistently displayed good speed and vision as a runner thus far in camp, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Rothstein goes on to say that LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will still get their touches, so it's not like Johnson is distancing himself from the competition, but the rookie is clearly the back with upside in Motown. Johnson has late-round appeal as a fourth or fifth RB.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 7/30/18 11:10am ET
Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (undisclosed) participated in practice Monday, July 30, after leaving practice early Sunday, July 29, because of an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: Blount probably will be used as short-yardage and goal line back this season, so he may not receive a consistent amount of touches from week to week. He can be considered a No. 4 running back in standard leagues but will be less valuable in point-per-reception leagues.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/29/18 6:20am ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he never seriously considered holding out even though the five-year, $31 million contract he signed prior to the 2014 season has been a relative bargain for the team. Tate is in the final year of his current deal but would prefer not to be actively involved in negotiations on a possible contract extension now that training camp has started.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Tate has caught 90 passes or more in each of the last four seasons, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark in three of those campaigns. He should be viewed as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3, with added value in PPR fantasy formats.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 7/28/18 10:05am ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) left practice early Saturday, July 28, after suffering an apparent knee injury but said his knee was fine after practice.
Huddle Up: Jones could sit out a few practices but probably will be fine moving forward. He has been very successful since joining the Lions and will continue to see a solid amount of targets. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy receiver in most leagues.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 7/17/18 12:55am ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the potential to dominate, according to WR Golden Tate, who also referred to Golladay as a 'WR1 kind of guy.' He added: 'I saw freakish catches, man -- some real freakin' freakish catches. Kenny's still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he's moving at a great pace. If he can just keep the mentality he has coming in, he studies, and just tries to get better every day, I'm telling you, this guy can be dominant.'
Huddle Up: Golladay has all the tools to be a successful NFL wide receiver. He was limited last year as a rookie due to injury, ultimately missing five games, but still managed to put up some decent numbers when he was on the field, hauling 28 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns, with five of those receptions covering at least 40 yards. Golladay can potentially offer great value towards the end of fantasy drafts.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 7/12/18 7:36pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson heads into training camp with a 'good chance' to earn the lead role, in the opinion of Nick Shook of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Even if Johnson enters the season as the starter, he won't be an every-down back just yet. LeGarrette Blount will likely earn some touches, and Theo Riddick is penciled in for passing downs. Johnson looks like a RB4 with upside in redraft leagues, and he could be worth a late first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 6/22/18 8:45pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson spent time returning kickoffs during spring practices.
Huddle Up: Johnson has long-term upside, but he will have to deal with a crowded backfield as a rookie. Returning kicks won't help his fantasy stock much, but he is still worth grabbing as a RB4 in redraft leagues.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 6/1/18 6:14pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is a 'three-down player' and can handle all situations, according to running backs coach David Walker.
Huddle Up: With LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick also in the backfield, Johnson probably won't have the opportunity to be a workhorse this season. Still, he's an appealing RB4 with upside in redraft leagues and a great asset in keeper leagues.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 5/25/18 6:31pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount were 'no doubt' the top two running backs during OTAs Thursday, May 24, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Huddle Up: Johnson has the long-term upside, but he and Blount will likely split carries on early downs and near the goal line in some capacity. Keep an eye on the situation because there is a good chance one of these backs emerges as a RB3.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/12/18 9:40am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he was frustrated with the role he had in 2017 because he did not receive consistent touches during games.
Huddle Up: Abdullah probably will not have a big role in the offense again this season with LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick on the roster. Owners should monitor his situation during training camp to see what role he will receive, but he likely will not be a great fantasy option.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 5/6/18 7:13pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he has been adding muscle this offseason to make himself harder to tackle and increase his yards after catch.
Huddle Up: Jones emerged as one of the best downfield threats in the NFL last year, finishing with more than 1,000 yards and nine scores. He's already a WR2 heading into 2018, and becoming more of a threat after the catch would only boost his stock.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 5/3/18 10:46am ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the ability to do some 'special things' in his second year in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Cooter admitted that Golladay needs to get better but gave the young receiver credit for working hard and moving in the right direction. 'We look forward to him being a big part of our offense next year.'
Huddle Up: Golladay will have a firm grasp on the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver job if he can stay healthy, which is something he struggled with in his rookie year. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will demand the majority of targets in front of him, but his high upside makes him worthy of a low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 consideration.
Kerryon Johnson - RBPosted 4/29/18 6:27pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson's durability is not a concern, according to general manager Bob Quinn. 'He'll hold up,' Quinn said. 'So we feel really good about that. There's no issues with his durability for us.'
Huddle Up: If Johnson can stay healthy, there is a chance he could emerge as the top option in Detroit's crowded backfield. He is worth a look as a RB4 in redraft leagues, but he should be drafted more aggressively in keeper formats.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 4/15/18 12:35pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah would presumably be the easiest running back to move from the roster this offseason because he?s in the final season of his rookie contract and his role appears to be less defined than LeGarrette Blount's or Theo Riddick's, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Abdullah could never get or stay on the good side of the previous administration in Detroit despite being the clear top back on the roster, and he is not tied to the either the general manager or the head coach in place now. At this point, he would likely benefit from a change of scenery. If he gets dealt this spring or summer, Abdullah could finally live up to his previous fantasy hype if he can find a way to improve his ball security and durability.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 3/29/18 7:39pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could have talks of a long-term contract extension begin over the summer, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: Tate is averaging more than 1,000 yards per season in four years in Detroit, catching at least 90 passes in every season. At worst, he's a strong WR3 in PPR formats.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 3/15/18 1:01pm ET
Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) is receiving some interest from the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Ebron has posted decent numbers over the last few seasons and likely would start for the Ravens if he signed with them. Ebron probably will be a No. 2 fantasy tight end no matter where he plays in 2018.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 3/15/18 4:58pm ET
Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) is scheduled to meet with the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, March 18, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Colts have Jack Doyle on the roster, but Ebron would bring another target to the team's passing game if he joins the Colts. Ebron should have a solid role for a team next season and could be a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 3/15/18 4:59pm ET
Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) may have a meeting with the New England Patriots, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Patriots may be looking for a tight end because Rob Gronkowski's future is uncertain. Ebron probably would have a solid role in the passing game if he joined the Patriots and could be a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 3/14/18 12:18pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron was released Wednesday, March 14.
Huddle Up: Ebron has underachieved throughout his four-year career. His years were numbered in Detroit, but he could find a rejuvenated career if he is signed into the right situation. As of now, Darren Fells carries more fantasy value in Detroit, but they could add to the position.
T.J. Jones - WRPosted 3/14/18 4:41pm ET
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones was given an original-round tender on Wednesday, March 14.
Huddle Up: Jones played both inside and outside receiver spots last season, and the team still views him as a capable and versatile backup receiver. Still, his fantasy value is rather minimal.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/2/18 7:15pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has 'three-down value,' according to general manager Bob Quinn, but Quinn said he will have to perform well this offseason to 'prove himself' to the new coaching staff.
Huddle Up: Abdullah disappointed as the lead back last season, and even if he breaks camp as the starter, he projects as a RB3.
Darren Fells - TEPosted 2/19/18 12:37pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron will not be released as he enters the 2018 season under his fifth-year option. Ebron will be guaranteed $8.25 million when the new league year begins. The inconsistent tight end's presence will limit playing time for fellow TEs Darren Fells and Michael Roberts.
Huddle Up: Ebron came on late in the 2017 season and narrowly missed finishing as a TE1. If he can maintain good health and have a better start to the season then there is a chance Ebron can achieve TE1 status. Don't bet on it, though.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 2/4/18 11:10am ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he believes the Lions have the chance to be the top offense in the NFL next season with QB Matthew Stafford and all of the main receivers under contract.
Huddle Up: Jones was one of two Lions receivers that posted at least 1,000 yards this season and also led the team with nine touchdown receptions. He should be considered a No. 2 receiver in most leagues next season, while Stafford and Golden Tate should also be starting fantasy options.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 1/28/18 8:41pm ET
Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk reminds Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com of Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate because of his elusiveness after the catch, and Jeremiah believes Kirk can make a similar impact.
Huddle Up: Kirk's size and speed makes him a potential weapon in the slot, and while his landing spot will determine how quickly he can make a fantasy impact, Kirk should be one of the first few receivers off the board in rookie drafts.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 1/5/18 7:29pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones had a league-high 16 receptions on passes thrown 20 or more yards down the field this year and ranked third in yards and touchdowns, and he credited his success on deep throws to his offseason work with retired WR Randy Moss. 'I'm probably just going to replicate what I did this offseason,' Jones said. 'I worked with Randy more toward the summer, so I'm going to do that.'
Huddle Up: Jones finished ninth in the NFL with a career-high 1,101 yards and ranked fourth with nine touchdowns. He'll enter 2018 as a WR2 candidate.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 12/29/17 1:37pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Ebron has been a big part in the passing game recently with 26 targets over the last three games. He has recorded at least 83 yards in two of his last three games and has a touchdown in each of the last two games. Ebron can be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end this week.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 12/28/17 2:04pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Ebron has been more involved in the passing game lately and has caught a touchdown in each of the last two games. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end against the Green Bay Packers this week.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 12/27/17 10:05pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Taken by itself, Ebron's limited work on a Wednesday might not be cause for concern, but remember the Lions just signed TE Hakeem Valles to the active roster as well. With nothing on the line the team won't push Ebron to play, but if he's a go he's in a tasty matchup against a Packers defense that is both vulnerable and playing out the string. Keep an eye on the situation.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 12/24/17 4:29pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones finished with three receptions and 50 yards on five targets in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Jones has managed three or more receptions in each of his past six games, and 10 of the past 11 outings. He remains a decent WR3 or flex option in PPR leagues, while serving as a WR4 in most standard formats heading into Week 17.
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