Lions Fantasy News

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:31pm

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Detroit Lions rookie Nate Freese is focused on his kick, not whether he'll be still be on the roster by week's end.

Freese, a seventh-round draft pick out of Boston College, has missed three of his first five field goal attempts this season, including a pair of 49-yard efforts during the first half of the team's 24-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Lions haven't tipped their hand, one way or the other, regarding Freese's job security following the performance, only saying all options were on the table.

With veterans potentially coming in to audition for his job this week, Freese is keeping blinders on. He's only focused on fixing the inconsistencies in his technique that have plagued him since training camp.

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Joique Bell getting more snaps than Reggie Bush

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:48am

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Reggie Bush may be the Detroit Lions starting running back in name only as Joique Bell finished with more snaps for the second consecutive game, despite his early-season ball security woes.

Bell, who sat out for just one series following his second fumble of the season, easily saw more action than Bush during Sunday's loss to Carolina, playing 44.8 percent more plays than the shifty veteran.

As for the third man in the rotation, Theo Riddick struggled to see the field once again, getting just two snaps on offense to go along with his typical four-phase special teams role.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell now has two fumbles in two games but hasn't really payed the price in terms of getting benched. Bell played on 42 snaps while Bush played on 29. Bush had a better rushing average (4.3 to 3.6) but Bell had 10 carries to Bush's six. A big area of note is receptions, which Bell hauled in six for 61 yards while Bush had just two for six yards. We preached all offseason that Bell's value later in drafts would at least be similar to Bush's, however the trend is leaning toward Bell, even with his ball security problems.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 2. Newton is good to go for a date with a historically inept Lions pass defense. Detroit did a pretty good job against Eli Manning and Co. on Monday night, but that’s not saying much at this point.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 2. Bush should be good to go for a tough matchup with the Panthers. They were very stingy against the run in 2013 and shut down both Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey in Week 1.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 2. Olsen is a full go for a Week 2 matchup with the Lions.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 2.

Lions Beat: Banged up offensive line spells trouble for Joique Bell and Reggie Bush

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:43pm

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Lions beat writer Michael Rothstein: Detroit starting right tackle LaAdrian Waddle has not practiced all week and his backup, Corey Hilliard, is out for the season. The Lions are looking at starting either an undrafted rookie free agent, Cornelius Lucas, or recently signed Garrett Reynolds as their starting right tackle. Against one of the tougher front sevens in the NFL, that does not bode well for Reggie Bush's or Joique Bell's fantasy upside.

Fantasy Impact:

The Panthers yielded the second-fewest rushing yards in 2013, so the Lions' offensive line problems should be exposed against Carolina's talented front seven. The good news is that both Bell and Bush are capable of making plays in the passing game, making them reasonable RB3/flex types this week.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) took full practice reps again Thursday. HC Ron Rivera said that Newton would start this week against the Lions.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. There are concerns about Bush’s knee, but the full practice means that he’s on track to play in Week 2.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Mid-week downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see what kind of work he can put in on Friday. Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert would pick up the slack if Williams can’t play against the Lions. Stewart would be a RB3/flex type (with upside) with Williams out.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 11:32am

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Panthers beat writer David Newton: Did you happen to get a look at rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin against a pretty good Tampa Bay defense? He caught six passes for 92 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown catch few in the league outside of Detroit's Calvin Johnson would have made. So the answer is yes. I said this a hundred times in the offseason: The Panthers are better off now at receiver than they were a year ago. Benjamin is the real deal.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) practiced fully Wednesday. HC Ron Rivera said that Newton would start this week against the Lions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bush has had knee problems throughout his career. We’ll keep an eye on his practice activity this week, but at this point, we’re expecting him to play.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday.