Mikel Leshoure Fantasy News

Free agent RB Mikel LeShoure visiting the Colts

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:02pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear last month that sluggish running back Trent Richardson "needs to answer the bell" this season.

If Richardson can't improve upon his preseason average of 2.6 yards per carry, Grigson will need to explore alternatives beyond injury-prone veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and unproven Dan "Boom" Herron.

To that end, the Colts are meeting with free agent Mikel Leshoure, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Fantasy Impact:

Leshoure would provide more depth at running back after Vick Ballard's season-ending injury. He could also push Richardson to be the primary back if T-Rich continues to disappoint. Bradshaw would still be the most talented back in Indianapolis, but his neck injury makes him unreliable as a bell cow.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:55am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

RB Mikel Leshoure still sees himself as a featured back, but that was never going to happen in Detroit.

Now he's free to pursue a featured role wherever he likes.

The Lions have informed Leshoure he'll be among their 22 cuts Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 2:06pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

RB Mikel Leshoure has received a somewhat surprising number of first-team reps with the Detroit Lions in training camp. He's listed third on the depth chart.

And it appears he'll play quite a bit Saturday night when Detroit opens the preseason with a game against the Cleveland Browns.

But Leshoure likely won't be a significant contributor once the season begins, with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell entrenched atop the depth chart. Theo Riddick almost certainly will be the No. 3, with his growing role in the passing game and contributions on special teams.

Fantasy Impact:

Why is he playing so much and getting first team reps - the story says it's possible the Lions are looking to deal him, something that's actually been talked about long before this. Now that Riddick appears to have passed him on the depth chart, the Lions are better off moving him for something else.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 7:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions RB Mikel Leshoure was listed ahead of Theo Riddick on the team's first depth chart.

Fantasy Impact:

This may not mean much, but it takes a bit of wind out of Riddick's sails. The team could also be setting up Leshoure for a feature role in a preseason game only to drive up his trade value.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:02am

Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure acknowledges there was a point last season when he realized he would not get an opportunity to play under the old coaching staff.

But he says he never wavered in his belief that he can be a productive NFL tailback, if given an opportunity. And he says he'll find that opportunity this year, whether it's in Detroit or elsewhere.

"I feel like I'll get a role somewhere," he said, when asked after practice Monday whether he'd prefer to move on if he can't land a job in Detroit. "So I'm going to think about that right now."

Leshoure was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft, then led the Lions in rushing a year later. But he plummeted down the depth chart in 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush was signed in 2013 and the emergence of Joique Bell pushed Leshoure down the chart. Now this season, there is hype around sixth-round draft pick Theo Riddick. Seems like Leshoure may have to get a fresh start somewhere else.

Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell aren’t going anywhere. Theo Riddick was one of the stars of the spring and looks like he’ll end up having a role in the offense beyond special teams this season. Mikel Leshoure missed part of spring workouts, so it is tough to say where his role will be this season, if he has one. But Detroit has its first three running backs pretty set right now unless it makes a free-agent move at the position.

Theo Riddick's role could increase in 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:01pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

"He's hard to guard one-on-one, so that is going to be good for us to have another piece of the puzzle," Reggie Bush said this weekend of Theo Riddick's role in the Lions' new offense, per Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press.

"He has a natural given ability to be able to make people miss in space," Bush said. "... He's far more advanced now compared to where I was as a rookie. I wasn't as good of a natural runner, it took me a couple years to get to that point and he already kinda has that. So, I'm sure you'll see him used a lot in the passing game this year and the running game."

While he won't usurp Bush's role, if the veteran gets injured during the course of the year, Riddick should get the opportunity to fill those shoes.

Fantasy Impact:

We like Joique Bell as a middle round value, but in the last week we've heard reports that both Mikel Leshoure and Theo Riddick are set for bigger roles in 2014, which would lead to fewer touches for Bell and Bush. However, the Saints (where new OC Joe Lombardi cut his teeth) generally used three RBs in a rotation, so it's hard to see Riddick on the field with a healthy Bush on the sideline.

Mikel Leshoure plans to be 'more involved' in offense

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 4:52pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

"I can't tell you (what my role will be) during OTAs, but it looks like I'll be involved a little more than last year so far," Lions RB Mikel Leshoure told MLive this week. "As far as the role, I don't know. That could change weekly. But I think I'll be more involved."

If Leshoure can outshine second-year runner Theo Riddick, he's a solid candidate to see a role similar to what Chris Ivory played before his trade to the New York Jets. If that doesn't happen, Leshoure's time in Detroit is likely up.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Leshoure to carry the ball 31 times for 142 yards.

Beat: Lance Dunbar 'will have a role'

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:29am

ESPN - [Full Article]

To expect Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar to exceed 50 catches might be a stretch. He caught only seven passes for 59 yards last season. There will only be so many passes to go around with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Witten, Gavin Escobar and DeMarco Murray, who caught 53 passes for 353 yards last season.

But Dunbar will have a role.

Fantasy Impact:

"Passing game coordinator" Scott Linehan utilized Joique Bell extensively the last two seasons in Detroit. Bell saw 132 touches in 2012 and 219 touches in 2013 as the complementary back to Mikel Leshoure (2012) and Reggie Bush (2013). Dunbar's role is expected to grow, though DeMarco Murray is more of an all-around back than either Leshoure or Bush are.

Monday, May 26, 2014, 12:14pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was asked about the possibility of trading running back Mikel Leshoure back in March at the Annual NFL Meetings.

“I haven’t had an interest in trading Mikel,” Mayhew told beat writers over lunch. “I want to see him come in and perform and be the player he can be.”

Mayhew obviously wants to see Leshoure succeed here in Detroit and saw a a possible role for him back in March with the new offense being implemented. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has come over from New Orleans and taken a lot of elements from that offense with him.

One of things that sticks out about the Saints offense is the way they rotate running backs and have multiple backs with different roles. Four running backs had at least 53 carries in the Saints offense last year.

“Guys that make plays will get carries,” Mayhew said. “You can go back to New Orleans’ offense, which is what encouraged me about Joe (Lombardi). Pierre Thomas had a role. (Darren) Sproles had a role. Mark Ingram had a role. At one point Chris Ivory had a role when he was down there with them. They found a way to utilize guys who could make plays.”

Fantasy Impact:

The implication here is that Leshoure could work his way into a Saints-like RBBC. If he does, it would put a dent in the fantasy stock of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:40am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure practiced the first day of minicamp, but was absent from the final two workouts.

Coach Jim Caldwell clarified Leshoure is not injured, but rather was excused because of an off-field matter.

"He did have a personal issue, let's put it that way," Caldwell said after the Lions wrapped up camp Thursday afternoon. "We knew he was gone and what was happening. We were well aware of it."

Lions could replicate Saints' RBBC

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:30pm

Detroit News - [Full Article]

With new coach Jim Caldwell, and especially offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, there may be a more pronounced emphasis on the Lions' run game and perhaps roles for more than two backs. Caldwell has had successful run offenses in Indianapolis and Baltimore, as did Lombardi in New Orleans.

“If you go back and look at what the Saints did, they used multiple backs in a lot of different ways,” Mayhew said. “I’m encouraged about that for [Mikel Leshoure]. It could bode well for him in terms of getting more playing time and having a more specific, defined role in our offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush owners should be concerned. It sounds as if Lombardi wants to run a Saints-like committee in Detroit and that's going to cut into Bush's workload. Joique Bell is expected to return, one way or another.

Mikel Leshoure: "Just give me the rock."

Friday, December 27, 2013, 11:17am

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

As much as anyone, Mikel Leshoure’s future with the Lions is tied to the current regime and whether it returns for a sixth season in Detroit.

If Jim Schwartz, Scott Linehan and Co. are back, chances are Leshoure won’t be. He has wasted away on the bench this year and doesn’t fit Linehan’s vision for a running back in his offense.

If wholesale changes are made, Leshoure could find himself back in the Lions’ good graces again.

“I just want to be somewhere they’re going to feed me the rock and I can go eat, man,” Leshoure said. “That’s it. They could be the worst team in the NFL.... Just give me the rock. I feel like I just need the ball. Even here, we don’t really run the ball here.”

Fantasy Impact:

Leshoure has a career 3.7 YPC, so it's doubtful that teams will be lining up to offer Leshoure a feature back role. He should be able to find a job as a primary backup, however.

Calvin Johnson ACTIVE for Lions

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 2:36pm

Lions Inactives
Rodney Austin G
Leroy Harris C
Chris Houston CB
Mikel Leshoure RB
Rashean Mathis CB
Kellen Moore QB
Brandon Pettigrew TE

Fantasy Impact:

Calvin Johnson is officially active and is safe to start. TE Joseph Fauria will see more snaps with Pettigrew out.

MNF Inactives: Reggie Bush ACTIVE

Monday, December 16, 2013, 7:21pm

4for4

Ravens

Omar Brown DB
Ryan Jensen C
Bernard Scott RB
John Simon LB
Deonte Thompson WR
Brynden Trawick DB
Brandon Williams DT

 

Lions

Leroy Harris C
Chris Houston CB
Mikel Leshoure RB
Kellen Moore QB
Darius Slay CB

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush (calf) is good to go for Monday Night Football and per Adam Schefter reported that Bush is expected to get his usual amount of work this week. Due to workload/injury concerns heading into Sunday, Bush was our #20 RB in standard formats. If he plays a full game, he should produce solid RB2 numbers (at a minimum). On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are down their two starting corners, Houston and Slay, so the table is set for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore receivers.