Lions Fantasy News

Calvin Johnson says he'll 'definitely' play Week 10

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:29pm

DetroitLions.com - [Full Article]

Megatron is on the mend.

Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson told reporters before tonight’s Courage House Dinner at Ford Field that he plans to be back with his teammates the next time they hit the field Nov. 9 against Miami at Ford Field.

“Definitely expect to play,” Johnson said. “Looking forward to the game. Playing some old teammates (former Lions safety Louis Delmas among them), so that makes it all that much better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson has missed the Lions last three games with a high ankle sprain and has been limited in two others. We know it's hard to trust a player's comment about his status, but it's believed the Lions held him out Week 8 in London knowing he'd have the bye week as some extra time. The Lions won all three of those games.

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Report: Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush not likely to play Week 8

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:33am

Ed Werder on Twitter - [Full Article]

ESPN reporter Ed Werder was told: Jim Caldwell is looking big picture and WR Calvin Johnson, RB Reggie Bush not likely to play for Lions in London.

Fantasy Impact:

Caldwell may think this is a game the team can win without Johnson and Bush, and with a bye next week it gives both a chance to rest and come back strong in Week 10. As we've been saying, this is a 9:30 a.m. Eastern time kickoff, so owners can't forget to address this fantasy situation early.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 8. The doubtful tag means that he's very likely out for Week 8. That makes Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) a Sneaky Start in a great matchup against Atlanta. With Bush sidelined against Minnesota, Riddick had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game, before he injured his hamstring.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Riddick might be in for a big role if Reggie Bush can’t play against the Falcons, as expected. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Johnson is a true game-time decision, per the team’s website reporter, Tim Twentyman. Owners will need to set their alarms for Sunday morning since the game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. If Calvin is active, he’ll be a top 10 play while Golden Tate will probably be ranked in the #16-#20 range in a great matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Jones will be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 8.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) questionable, RB Reggie Bush (ankle) doubtful

Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:31am

Lions.com - [Full Article]

All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson will truly be a game-time decision for the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta at Wembley Stadium.

Running back Reggie Bush, however, isn’t likely to play.

Bush, who practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday, but sat out Thursday and Friday because of a sore ankle, is listed as doubtful to play on Friday’s injury report.

Fantasy Impact:

If Johnson plays, owners are obligated to start him against a bad Falcons pass defense. We'll know for sure if he's active around 8:00 a.m. Eastern on Sunday morning, so owners should set their alarm clocks. As for Bush, the doubtful tag means that he's very likely out for Week 8. That means Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup against Atlanta. With Bush sidelined against Minnesota, he had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before injuring his hamstring). Joique Bell is also a top 12 play with the Lions' other primary rusher sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see if Bush is able to practice on Friday before making any assumptions about his availability in a great matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t play Theo Riddick would assume the pass-catching role in the Lions backfield and would be a Sneaky Start given the matchup. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Riddick might be in for a big role if Reggie Bush can’t play against the Falcons. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Johnson is trending towards a game-time decision early on Sunday morning. Owners will have to be on their toes since the Lions kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. If he plays, he should be in lineups given the great matchup and the Lions’ insistence that he isn’t going to play unless he’s a full go.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Ebron seems unlikely to return this week.