Lions Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:11am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria said he sprained his left ankle while trying to potty-train his dog, a Pomeranian-Husky mix named Lil' Rufio.

"He was about to pee and I was like, 'Come here you little nugget,'" Fauria said. "And I was chasing him downstairs. I wasn't running but I was chasing him downstairs and I just misstepped and I reached with my left foot and I just didn't end up well."

Fauria denied rumors he got hurt playing volleyball or at a bar.

"I heard footgolf, basketball, lewd activities as well," Fauria said. "I'm no stranger to rumors. I did get suspended from a school and I know those rumors were around, too. I'm no stranger to it, but I was there supporting my friends and it happened two hours after."

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Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:16pm - [Full Article]

The slumping New York Jets have made a surprise move in the aftermath of their third straight loss.

The team announced Monday that it has released wide receiver Jalen Saunders, a fourth-round pick in May's draft. The Jets' filled Saunders' roster spot by signing veteran wideout T.J. Graham.

Saunders was inactive in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, six days after he muffed a punt against the Chicago Bears. He is a candidate to land on the Jets' practice squad.

Kyle Orton will start at QB for Bills

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:15pm - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills have made a change at quarterback.

Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel as the starter when the Bills visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Marrone said he came to his decision Monday afternoon.

"I didn't ask (the front office) for an agreement," Marrone said, via "I just went in and said this is the direction I'm going."

Marrone wouldn't commit to Orton for the rest of the season. The coach said the decision to start Orton was made to help the team make a long-term decision moving forward.

"(We) can't keep going in direction that we're going," Marrone said.

Fantasy Impact:

Manuel, a first-round pick in 2013, continued his struggles in a Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans, throwing two interceptions, including a pick-six to J.J. Watt. In four starts, Manuel completed 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 80.3. The Bills, 2-2, committed a good amount of money to Orton with a two-year $11 million deal, an indication Manuel may be on a short leash. Orton comes into a pretty good situation with a potent running attack as a security blanket and a talented WR1 in Sammy Watkins. It's a tough first matchup, however, against the Lions on the road in Week 5, but Orton at least has some QB2 fantasy potential in certain matchups.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:35pm - [Full Article]

Lions running back Joique Bell is believed to have suffered a concussion at the end of the third quarter. He was evaluated for a head injury and team officials prohibited him from speaking to media after the game, a league-wide policy for concussed players.

"Not going to talk about injuries, in particular," Caldwell said. "I'll leave that up to our injury report. You can take a look at that when it does come out."

Fantasy Impact:

Theo Riddick has a hamstring issue, meaning Reggie Bush could be in line for a big workload in Week 5 against the Bills.

Matt Stafford 'OK' after getting dinged up

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:33pm - [Full Article]

Lions QB Matt Stafford was noticeably limping during and after the game. He also suffered a cut on the back of his throwing hand. But Lions coach Jim Caldwell quieted concerns on Monday, saying his quarterback was, "OK."

"The game is a physical game," Caldwell said. "A lot of contact, as you well know, a lot of collisions out there. So those guys are going to come out of a game pretty sore. I doubt there's anybody that's played 65 plays, like he played, that doesn't come out of there with some issues."

Fantasy Impact:

Stafford was pretty solid, throwing for 293 yards and two TDs without an INT. He also added a rushing TD. All that came without his top target in Calvin Johnson, who is nursing an ankle injury and was used sparingly in Week 4. He appears to be good to go for Week 5 vs. Buffalo at home.

Lions will continue to use caution with Calvin Johnson

Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions WR Calvin Johnson stood at his locker Sunday afternoon and laughed at the suggestion. His coach, Jim Caldwell, had said that Johnson at 90 percent was better than a lot of players at full strength.

Except Johnson, when he was asked if 90 percent was a fair barometer for his status, was not there.

“Nah,” Johnson said, laughing at the suggestion.

Johnson was limited during the Detroit Lions' 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday after being questionable to play with an ankle injury suffered against Green Bay last week. He was used far less than he had been in the Lions’ first three games, when he was typically in the game for at least 75 percent of the plays.

On Sunday, he rarely played two plays in a row and was only targeted twice by quarterback Matthew Stafford, catching both of those passes for 12 yards. He didn’t have his typical explosiveness or speed and after the game was still noticeably limping.

“Went out there. It was tough but I figured from moving around [on Saturday] that I’d be able to get on the field a little bit,” Johnson said. “It’s good to be out there with the fellas. It sucks to be on the sideline and not be able to play at all. It sucks to have injuries, too, but that’s just part of the game.”

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like he was the dreaded decoy, leaving fantasy owners with just a couple of points from their stud WR. The good news is there were no setbacks and Johnson, though limited in practice last week, felt like he improved all last week. It's now a big question how Johnson is used in Week 5. The story said a similar approach will be taken with Johnson over the next week as the team prepares for the Bills. Johnson didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday of last week. The Week 5 game is a 1 p.m. contest so we'll know Johnson's status at least.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini sees TE Jace Amaro as someone's stock who is rising:

The rookie finished with a team-high five catches for 58 yards, including four catches in the second half.

What took so long? They should've featured Amaro from the outset, especially against the Lions' suspect safeties, but he was targeted only once in the first half.

Fantasy Impact:

Early on, Jeff Cumberland got most of the reps on passing downs. Amaro needs to be a bigger part of the offense, the story said, and his ability to run after the catch is a much-needed dimension. If you're hurting at the position, Amaro may be a guy to grab off the wire, perhaps especially for those who have done the Jordan Reed and Niles Paul dance so far this season.

Joique Bell suffers a concussion

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:23pm

Dave Birkett on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions RB Joique Bell did in fact suffer a concussion. Lions wouldn't make him available after the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell with have to go through protocol in order to play Week 5 against the Bills. If Bell can't go, Reggie Bush should see an increase in touches with Theo Riddick perhaps getting a chance to contribute.

Lions Beat: Team has 'little choice' but to use TE Eric Ebron

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions TE Joseph Fauria’s absence ensures a larger role for first-round pick Eric Ebron, who has been splitting reps with Fauria as the No. 2 tight end behind Brandon Pettigrew the past three weeks. Those snaps, theoretically, are now all Ebron’s.

On Thursday, Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said at some point he expected Ebron to eventually have a big role in the Detroit offense.

Now, the Lions have little choice but to use him.

Fantasy Impact:

Ebron isn't a dependable start, but given the situation (bye week, good matchup, Fauria out), Ebron is a desperation start with some upside if he sees heavy playing time against the Jets.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Bell will play against the Jets, but is not a good start given the very tough matchup. The Jets are yielding just 2.8 YPC and the Lions’ ground game has not been strong.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 4.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 4. The practice is encouraging, but Johnson is not out of the woods yet. The Lions play early on Sunday, which helps. Golden Tate and Eric Ebron would get a big boost if Megatron can’t play. Matthew Stafford’s upside would take a huge hit if he is without his top receiver.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle, out) missed practice again Friday and is out for Week 4. Fauria’s injury opens the door for Eric Ebron to see heavy snaps against the Jets. Fauria has played 79 snaps to Ebron’s 69. Ebron could see his playing time double in Week 4 if Fauria is out.

Lions TE Eric Ebron could benefit from attrition

Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Joseph Fauria hurt his ankle Wednesday night away from the Detroit Lions' facility. Calvin Johnson has yet to practice this week, dealing with his own ankle issue.

Although it is unclear whether they'll play on Sunday against the New York Jets, that two of the Lions' biggest physical targets are ailing could mean the team will be looking to their rookie tight end, Eric Ebron, to make plays for the first time.

"The numbers have just changed for him in terms of the depth at that particular position," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "You can anticipate that he's probably going to see a bit more, because he's going to take on Joe's role as well in terms of the particular personnel groupings that we'll use."

Fantasy Impact:

With Fauria likely out, Ebron's snaps could double, which means he could produce surprising numbers. He's not a bad desperation play at tight end.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Bell should play against the Jets, but is not a good start given the very tough matchup.