Lions Fantasy News

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps again Friday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Johnson is good to go for a nice matchup with Chicago.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps Thursday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Johnson is good to go for a nice matchup with Chicago.

Report: Bears bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:57pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears.

After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen prior to Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to two sources informed of the situation.

Fantasy Impact:

Cutler owners who are still alive are going to have to find another option this week, and Clausen isn't an attractive start. He has a career 5.2 YPA and it's a difficult matchup against the Lions. It's a downgrade for the entire offense, including Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. On the flip side, the Lions defense is still a very strong play in Week 16.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is typical for Megatron.

Lions Beat: Joique Bell is team's lead RB

Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:03am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Joique Bell is the Detroit Lions starting running back.

Sure, Reggie Bush's name is still on top of the team's unofficial depth chart, but Bell plays significantly more snaps and gets significantly more touches than his veteran teammate.

Because of poor offensive execution, the Lions played 27 percent fewer snaps than average in the team's 16-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell worked two-thirds of the plays. Bush, who continues to deal with nagging injuries played just 14 snaps, while Theo Riddick received the game's first carry, but played just one more rep the rest of the way.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out the Lions are leaning on Bell for good reason. He's been running with authority in recent weeks, averaging better than four yards per carry in five of the past six games. He's also seeing an increase in pass-game production, catching a combined nine balls for 91 yards in wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Bell has a very friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Bears before closing with the Packers in Week 17.

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

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15. Bush gained a meager 34 yards on 12 touches in Week 14, but the workload gives him some flex appeal (especially in PPR formats) against a shaky Minnesota rush defense. Joique Bell is expected to carry most of the rushing load against the Vikings. The Lions play late on Sunday.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Johnson is good to go for Sunday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Bush gained a meager 34 yards on 12 touches in Week 14, but the workload gives him some flex appeal (especially in PPR formats) against a shaky Minnesota rush defense.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. This is typical for Megatron.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Detroit is just letting Bush’s ankle heal. Bush gained a meager 34 yards on 12 touches, but the workload gives him some flex appeal (especially in PPR formats) against a shaky Minnesota rush defense.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is typical for Megatron.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:56pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions are shutting down tight end Joseph Fauria for the rest of the year.

The talented second-year tight end, who notched seven touchdown grabs as a rookie, re-injured his left ankle in Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay and was placed on injured reserve by the team Wednesday.