Ryan Broyles Fantasy News

Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:01am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions are parting ways with WR Ryan Broyles.

Broyles tweeted a good-bye message to Detroit, two days after he asked for his release, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The move marks the end of a frustrating three-plus year relationship marred by injuries and the wide receiver's inability to crack the rotation following his most recent rehab.

Detroit's depth allowed the team to bring Broyles along slowly his rookie year, resting him the first two games of the season. His usage increased near mid-season when Nate Burleson suffered a broken leg, with a breakout performance coming on Thanksgiving against Houston. Broyles caught six passes for 126 yards in the overtime loss.

Fantasy Impact:

A second-round draft pick in 2012, Broyles' selection was a head-scratcher for most outside observers, the story said. The Lions already had three productive receivers on the roster at the time, and Broyles, despite being one of the most prolific pass-catchers in NCAA history, was still recovering from an ACL injury suffered less than six months earlier.

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 11:13am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions return all five of their receivers from the end of last season — Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles — plus add TJ Jones (back from IR) and Lance Moore (free agent) to the mix. This competition will be fierce, and someone notable is guaranteed not to have a job at the end of camp.

The numbers are there, and so is the production from the two-headed monster of Johnson and Tate. But Detroit got little out of its third receivers last season (primarily Ross) and is looking for someone to step up as a complement this season.

Moore would seem to be the favorite, as the most experienced of all the candidates for the job, both in years in the league and years in this offense. He grabbed 346 passes for 4,281 yards in eights seasons with the Saints, seven of which occurred with current Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on staff.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions third WR could have some fantasy value in their passing offense. Detroit touted that experience when signing Moore, and quarterback Matthew Stafford has gone on and on about how Moore sees things in this offense that other receivers don't. Competency in the offense, and reliable route-running, were issues last year, the story said. The piece also added the staff still likes Fuller a lot, because his size and top-end speed allow him to stretch a defense the way Detroit's other No. 3 possibilities cannot. Broyles and Jones are both smaller receivers who do their best work underneath, and it's hard to see a situation where both make the team.

Monday, July 6, 2015, 8:17am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Two players who could emerge as strong options for the Lions slot receiver spot are Ryan Broyles and Lance Moore.

A former second-round draft pick, Broyles is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with the Lions. The former all-time receiving leader in NCAA history, he was buried deep on the depth chart last season, getting on the field for just 34 snaps after battling back from a serious leg injury for the third consecutive year.

It's a make-or-break camp for Broyles. Last year, the Lions only viewed him as insurance for the durable Tate, but with opportunities in the slot and fielding punts, Broyles could finally emerge as the weapon the Lions envisioned when they drafted him in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Prior to a disappointing single-season stint in Pittsburgh, Moore had several productive years with the New Orleans Saints, playing in a similar offense to the one coordinator Joe Lombardi has installed in Detroit. The story went on to say Jeremy Ross served as the team's primary slot receiver last year, but despite playing more than 700 offensive snaps, he recorded just 24 grabs for 314 yards and one score. Ross is so far the early favorite taking a majority of the snaps, but the team is hoping Broyles or Moore make a push. In an offense like the Lions, a productive slot receiver could end up on the fantasy radar in deeper leagues at least.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:39am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

WR Ryan Broyles led the Lions with 11 catches for 144 yards during the preseason, but was a nonfactor in the regular season. He was active for just five games, when Calvin Johnson was dealing with a high ankle sprain, and caught two passes for 25 yards.

But HC Jim Caldwell says he saw growth from Broyles during practices, and is hopeful he'll play himself into the picture at receiver now that he's finally gone a year without suffering a major injury.

"I think he's a guy you have a lot of respect for because he's had three major injuries, and he's fought his way back from them, and I think that's hard to do," offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said last week. "Listen, when the guy's been in there, he's been productive. And we're excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury. He's had a full year to be healthy, and we're excited to see what he does here in the offseason and heading into camp."

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say now that Broyles is healthy and freed from the perpetual rehab process, Detroit is hopeful he can turn his focus to improving his game. But it's not that simple for Broyles. Even when he was healthy last year, he was not a factor because he filled a virtually identical role in the offense as Golden Tate. And Tate is the much better player. So it stands to reason Broyles could be healthier this year, and better this year, and still not be a part of the offense's plans.

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 3:22pm

Lions Inactives

DT Nick Fairley
WR Ryan Broyles
CB Josh Thomas
DT Caraun Reid
DE Larry Webster
QB Kellen Moore
G Larry Warford

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:11pm

Lions Inactives
Rodney Austin G
Ryan Broyles WR
Nick Fairley DT
Kellen Moore QB
Caraun Reid DT
Josh Thomas DB
Larry Webster DE

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:09pm

Lions Inactives
Rodney Austin G
Ryan Broyles WR
Nick Fairley DT
Kellen Moore QB
Caraun Reid DT
Garrett Reynolds T
Larry Webster DE

Reggie Bush officially out for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:14am

Lions Inactives
Reggie Bush RB
Riley Reiff OL
Ryan Broyles WR
Larry Warford OL
Nick Fairley DL
Larry Webster DL
Kellen Moore QB

Fantasy Impact:

With Bush out yet again, Theo Riddick can be dialed up as a Sneaky Start, especially in PPR formats. In the four games that Bush has missed, Riddick has averaged 4.8 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD. That’s 13.1 FP in PPR formats, or about what Lamar Miller has averaged as the #12 RB this season. We’re not expecting that level of production, but he can be used as a low-end RB2 or a flex in PPR and as a RB3-type in standard. Joique Bell also gets a bump with Bush out. He has averaged 18.5 touches when Bush has been out. The Lions are not running the ball well, but the volume is there.

Reggie Bush OUT for Week 11

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3:07pm

Lions Inactives
Ryan Broyles WR
Reggie Bush RB
Nick Fairley DT
Kellen Moore QB
Brandon Pettigrew TE
Larry Webster DE

Fantasy Impact:

Look for Joique Bell to get a big workload, but in a not-so-great matchup against the Cards. RB Theo Riddick should be very active in the passing game with Bush sidelined.

Report: Calvin Johnson could miss two weeks

Monday, October 6, 2014, 11:24am

SI.com - [Full Article]

Lions WR Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury against Buffalo, and I’m hearing he could miss a week or two because of it.

That would probably be a smart move by Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, because in 37 snaps last week against the Jets and 28 snaps Sunday against the Bills, Johnson was invisible. Totals: three targets, three catches, 19 yards, no touchdowns.

The Lions should concentrate on getting Johnson healthy the next two weeks, hold him out against Minnesota and New Orleans, and hope he can play in 20 days in London against the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions have essentially been without Johnson the last two weeks anyway. As the story points out, it makes a lot of sense to make sure he's healthy before getting back out on the field again, even if it means missing time. Golden Tate becomes the team's WR1 and could draw tougher coverage as a result, but has excelled the past two weeks with a combined line of 15-250-1 on 19 targets. Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles could all be more involved with Johnson out.

Lions don't rule out long-term injury for Calvin Johnson (ankle)

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:21pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Moments after Jim Schwartz was carried off the field in Detroit, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Calvin Johnson has aggravated his sore right ankle and the team has not ruled out the possibility the injury is long term.

"I won't be certain if it's a long-term issue, but he did take a pretty good whack right there on the side of his leg," Caldwell said. "They looked at it, but they'll evaluate him further -- probably tomorrow -- and get a good look at him."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will undergo further testing in the coming days, and his status for next week's divisional game in Minnesota against the Vikings has yet to be determined. But the mention of "long term" should get owners' attention. Golden Tate could be targeted as the team's WR1 without Johnson on the field. That would leave Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles as guy who could see a bump up in snaps and targets.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Lions WR Golden Tate (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Midweek downgrades are generally not good, but we’ll see what kind of work he gets on Friday. Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles stand to benefit if Tate can’t play. The slot receiver Broyles stands to benefit the most.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 5:51pm

Lions Inactives
Ryan Broyles WR I
Don Carey SS
James Ihedigbo SS
Cornelius Lucas T
Kellen Moore QB
Kevin Ogletree WR
Larry Webster DE 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 2:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has spent the entire preseason working with the first group, but his hold on the starting slot receiver position seems a bit tenuous. Ryan Broyles has had a very strong preseason and appears to be at least pushing Ogletree at the spot. Same with Jeremy Ross, who can play both spots, and possibly even Fuller, who would be an intriguing option there.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions' WR3 could be fantasy relevant this year, but it's not highly likely. The team has a number of mouths to feed in the passing game, including Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

Lions cut WR Kris Durham

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:48pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions have released a favorite receiver of Matthew Stafford. Kris Durham, a former college teammate and roommate of Stafford’s, was cut today.

Durham played well at times for the Lions, but when Detroit signed Golden Tate this offseason there was one less roster spot available for a wide receiver, and it appears that Durham will lose the numbers game to be one of the backups behind Tate and Calvin Johnson.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions were very deep at WR in camp this year and unfortunately for Durham he's the odd man out. For now it appears to be good news for often-injury Ryan Broyles who is back healthy and has looked good.

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