Lions Fantasy News
Calvin Johnson had broken fingers in 2012
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:21am
We're not sure how one "straightens out" broken fingers, but this makes Johnson's 2012 campaign all that much more impressive. He caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards and five TDs. The news doesn't impact his position as the #1 WR in our rankings.
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Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:21am
Lions WR Ryan Broyles is currently recovering from his second ACL injury in two seasons. Detroit did not draft a receiver early this offseason, which means the Lions must be comfortable with Broyles' progress. He had six receptions for 126 yards against the Houston Texans before sustaining his latest injury. If that is the type of production Broyles can provide consistently when healthy, he can be a solid contributor.
Friday, May 17, 2013, 5:37pm
It’s little surprise, then, that Bush appeared on the NFL Network Friday and said that the offense in Detroit is a lot like the one that the Saints ran while Bush was in New Orleans. Bush explained that it has made it easier to pick things up after signing with the Lions as a free agent.
“As far as from an offensive perspective it’s a lot like what we did in New Orleans,” Bush said. “It’s a lot of spread-open passing. Obviously we can attack downfield, and with the running game, a lot of screens, draws and stuff like that. Basically what I did in New Orleans, so running this offensive system has been pretty easy for me.”
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:04pm
It appears that the Lions' WR2 job is Nate Burleson’s to lose. He’s returned to the field earlier than expected after suffering a broken leg midseason last year. He’s already running routes and catching passes in the offseason training program.
The Lions know what they have in Burleson, which is a reliable playmaker.
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 10:46am
"He was always healthy enough to practice," said Alabama's tight end Michael Williams, drafted by the Detroit Lions. "He practiced every day; he never missed a day of practice. He had the foot injury, or whatever it was, and played through that. You couldn't tell he was hurt.
And as of now, he's 100%.
"From Day 1," Lacy said. "I'm going to be ready to go."
Jets acquire Chris Ivory
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:55pm
Like Michael Turner, Lamont Jordan and Chester Taylor before him, the 25-year-old Ivory is one of those RBs that the fantasy community has been hoping would get an opportunity to start, and now he'll get his chance. He was limited to 27 games in four college seasons due to injury, and was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has averaged 5.1 YPC in his career, though he has struggled with injuries in the NFL as well. In his rookie season, due to injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, Ivory got a few starts and had some success. In 13 career games where he has received at least 10 touches, he's averaged 78 total yards, 0.38 TD and an impressive 5.2 YPC. That production equates to #16 RB-type numbers. New Orleans has not thrown the ball his way very often -- he has just three catches in his career -- but he did score on a 76-yard swing pass in preseason of his rookie year so he has some pass-catching ability. Mike Goodson is pretty good in the passing game, so we're expecting Ivory to be a two-down back in New York, which will limit his upside. If he continues to make big plays running the ball, the team may try to get him the ball more often in the passing game as well. Consider him a low-end RB2 until we know who is going to be the third-down back in 2013. Ivory's arrival kills most of Goodson's sleeper potential.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:04am
"The great news is I'm healed up," Burleson said. "I just got news from my doctors that the bone is good. I'm running and jumping three months ahead of schedule."
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:01am
“He came back and looked great during workouts,’’ quarterback Jake Locker said. “It sounds like he really got on his rehab and got his knee feeling a lot better and I’m really excited about how he came back.”
“He was normal, laughing and joking,’’ cornerback Jason McCourty said of Britt. “He did everything everybody else did in the lift, and what we all did in the running. He looks like the normal Kenny Britt.”
Britt may be "fool's gold," a talented WR that for one reason (injury) or another (off-the field troubles) can't put together a good, 16-game fantasy season. In 13 games from 2010 to 2011, Britt averaged 4.5-82-.92 which equate to Calvin Johnson's 2012 fantasy production (#1 WR). So the talent is there, but injuries and knuckle-headed tendencies are major concerns.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:31pm
Stafford always has been a diligent worker, but in his first few years in the league he spent large chunks of time rehabbing in Florida, or in his native Texas or adoptive Georgia training the winter away.
"There is not a guy that's done more for this franchise in this off-season than Matthew Stafford," president Tom Lewand said at the team's town-hall meeting last week. "The guy's been in the building every day. He's been living here the entire off-season. He's been working out, he's helped us recruit free agents, he's been involved on a daily basis in trying to get ready for the season, and he would do anything to help us be successful."
This can only help Stafford's relationship with his teammates. It's good to see him focused and in a leadership role after the Lions' disappointing season. He'll be a nice value in the middle rounds as the last few fantasy QB1s start to fall off the board.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:23pm
Bell was Detroit’s second-leading rusher last season behind Mikel Leshoure. Bell ran for 414 yards on 82 carries with three touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 485 yards.
Bell's role has been taken by Reggie Bush, so he won't be much of a fantasy factor in 2013 unless Bush gets injured.
Schwartz: Reggie Bush will catch 60-80 passes in 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:45pm
Bush caught 294 passes in 60 games over five seasons with the Saints. That's 4.9 catches per game, which equates to 78 receptions if he's able to play 16 games. In other words, it's not an unreasonable goal for Schwartz and the Lions. He also averaged 70.5 total yards and .483 TDs per game while with the Saints. Those are fringe RB2 numbers in standard formats and fringe RB1 numbers in PPR. His involvement in the Detroit passing game is clear, so the question is -- will Bush get the 8.7 carries per game he saw in New Orleans, or will the Lions use him more in the running game? That answer, coupled with his ability to stay healthy, will drive his fantasy value in 2013. Keep in mind that Mikel Leshoure is a very capable goal line back, so he is likely to vulture some red zone touches, limiting Bush's upside.
Lions sign K David Akers
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10:21am
Akers was terrific in 2011 before a brutal 2012 season, where he missed 10 of 19 FGs beyond 40 yards. If he can get his mojo back, he should get plenty of opportunities since the Lions usually do a solid job of moving the ball.
Lions K Jason Hanson retires
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 4:23pm
Raiders acquire QB Matt Flynn
Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:16pm
The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have pulled the trigger on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a pair of draft picks, reports Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
In addition to acquiring Flynn, Glazer adds that the Raiders are attempting to trade Carson Palmer, their starting quarterback the last two seasons, to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round draft choice.
Flynn has started two games in his career. In 2010, he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in a tough 31-27 loss against the Patriots in Week 15, throwing for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception. In 2011, with Rodgers resting in Week 17, Flynn torched the Lions for 480 yards and six TDs (with one interception). His stock took a dive after he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson, but he was dealing with an elbow injury and Wilson turned out to be pretty good. The Raiders have not been a favorable situation for QBs in recent years, but Carson Palmer was 8th in the league in pass attempts in 2012, so if Flynn finds himself in garbage time as often, he should put up decent fantasy stats. He doesn't have great arm strength, but has shown good accuracy and anticipation on his throws. As for Palmer, it appears that he will land with the Cardinals. He's no savior, but even mediocre QB play would be a big upgrade for WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:06am
A lower-back injury forced Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to leave the season-ending loss to the Washington Redskins, has kept him from running routes this offseason and might prevent him from being ready to fully participate in organized team activities this offseason.
Bryant, who needed a wheelchair to leave FedEx Field that night, said it took him a week to emotionally get over the loss to the Redskins. He has used that feeling as fuel this offseason, when he's been able to lift weights, run straight ahead and catch passes since the cast was removed from his hand.
The biggest concern with Bryant is what off-the-field trouble he might get into, but he seems to be maturing to a point where that's not much of an issue any longer. His production after the Cowboys' Week 5 bye (5.9-93-1.0) was better than Calvin Johnson's season averages. He averaged 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace. He's likely to be a 2nd round pick in 2013.