Lions Fantasy News

Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. With Nelson out, Geronimo Allison will likely pick up most of his snaps. He played 58% of the snaps against the Giants, and had a quiet game, but that was with Nelson playing 23% of the snaps. In the two previous games, with Randall Cobb sidelined, Allison played 73% and 81% of the snaps, posting 4-66 (on seven targets) against the Vikings and 4-91-1 (on six targets) against the Lions.

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6:54pm

Lions Inactives

Jace Billingsley WR
Michael Burton FB
Alex Carter CB
Riley Reiff T
Jake Rudock QB
Travis Swanson C
Antwione Williams OLB

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 18.

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:11pm

Lions Inactives
Jace Billingsley WR
Michael Burton FB
Alex Carter CB
Riley Reiff T
Jake Rudock QB
Travis Swanson C
Antwione Williams OLB

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 5:23pm

DetroitLions.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed WR Jace Billingsley to the active roster from the practice squad and placed RB Theo Riddick on Reserve/Injured. In addition, Detroit signed TE Kennard Backman to the practice squad.

Lions place RB Theo Riddick on IR

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 5:21pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions will be without their leading rusher for the remainder of the season, however long that is.

Detroit placed running back Theo Riddick on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday, one day ahead of its crucial Sunday Night Football game against the Packers.

Riddick had already been ruled out of the game earlier in the week with a lingering wrist injury, but his new designation now prevents him from playing in a potential Lions postseason game.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions' running game has been an issue for the team all season. Riddick's team-leading 357 rushing yards are the lowest total of any team leader in the league. Detroit is the only team in the NFL without a 100-yard rusher since 2014. Also, no Lions back has even rushed for more than 75 yards in a game this season.

Lions Beat: Team needs changes in run game

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 2:26pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions run game is obviously nowhere close to good enough, and changes have to be made. But whether that happens in the backfield or up front is uncertain. The blocking has been inconsistent at best, and sometimes just plain bad. There's a lot to like about Taylor Decker at left tackle, and I think the Lions have a good one in Graham Glasgow. Travis Swanson showed significant improvement this year too. But with Larry Warford and Riley Reiff both set to hit free agency, the Lions could look in other directions there.

Related players: Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out Theo Riddick just signed a three-year, $12.75 million extension that doesn't even kick in until 2017. So he's not going anywhere. As for Abdullah, the story pointed out it's too early to give up on him. He didn't sit a single game last year -- but obviously missing all last offseason like he did with the shoulder injury, then playing only two games before suffering the foot injury, is going to slow his development too. This writer also didn't seem too optimistic about Abdullah returning this year even if the Lions make a playoff run.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) took full practice reps all week. Rodgers is getting closer to full health. He’s an elite QB1 start against the Lions.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger/right hand) took full practice reps all week. Stafford is a full go for the Packers on Sunday night.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. With Riddick out again, Zach Zenner figures to serve as the lead back after out-touching Dwayne Washington 14-to-8 last week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Cobb is trying to make his return in a crucial game against the Lions. If he plays, he isn’t close to the fantasy option that he was earlier in his career. If he sits, Geronimo Allison should see starter-type snaps again this week. He played 73% of the snaps last week against the Vikings en route to four catches for 66 yards on seven targets.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Lions WR Andre Roberts (shoulder, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17.

Monday, December 26, 2016, 7:25pm

Lions Inactives
Joique Bell RB
Cornelius Lucas T
Theo Riddick RB
Jake Rudock QB
Darius Slay CB
Travis Swanson C
Khyri Thornton DT

Cowboys say players will get normal workload on MNF

Monday, December 26, 2016, 12:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cowboys have nothing to gain and much to lose in their final two games of the season, but coach Jason Garrett doesn’t believe in resting his starters. And so he won’t.

Garrett reiterated today that he will give starting quarterback Dak Prescott, starting running back Ezekiel Elliott and everyone else a normal workload tonight against the Lions, even though the Cowboys have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

“We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing,” Garrett said, via Ed Werder of ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

In other words, Garrett thinks the risk of Prescott getting rusty if he sits out for three weeks (the final two regular season games as well as the Cowboys’ bye week) is greater than the risk of Prescott getting hurt if he plays the next two weeks. Same appears to be the case with Elliott. This comes despite the loss of Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota to leg injuries this week in other NFL action. It's probably safe to assume the Cowboy fantasy stars will at least start with a full workload, but if the game gets out of hand either way, it's possible the backups could play more.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger/right hand) took full practice reps again Friday. Stafford will be fine to face the Cowboys.

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