Lions Fantasy News

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (back, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Ebron should be fine to face the Packers.

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Lions TE Cole Wick (shoulder) took full practice reps all week.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (back) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Ebron should be fine to face the Packers.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm

Lions TE Cole Wick (shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Lions HC Jim Caldwell calls RB Theo Riddick 'the lead guy'

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 11:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Lions lost their most complete back Wednesday when Ameer Abdullah was placed on injured reserve. It leaves three backs for Detroit to use: Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner.

Of the three, Riddick has the most experience and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday that Riddick will be "the lead guy" in Detroit. But others will get work, too.

Zenner has shown power. Washington has a combination of size and speed. But none of them have been in a lead role before in the NFL.

To help reinforce the thought the Lions needed complete backs, Walker spent time this offseason working with Riddick -- a premier pass-catcher -- on moving his eyes to the proper position to see holes. He worked with him on how to set up defenders to make his blocks even more useful and how to see the developing creases set up by offensive linemen faster.

“When we’re sitting in the film room and we have a clicker in our hand and we can pause stuff and see things, that’s one way,” Walker said. “But guys gotta be able to make split-second decisions on the field and he’s learning where to put his eyes to help him make those split-second decisions.”

So far, Riddick has been a superior runner to what he’s done in the past. He’s averaging 4.56 yards per carry. More importantly, he looks more confident as a rusher than he ever has in the past, too. It helps that he’s being used in a variety of ways now as a runner instead of mostly as a third-down or two-minute runner, as he was in the past.

Riddick said his improved vision comes from Walker's teachings.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are willing to give Riddick carries this year (9.0 per game) after he averaged just 2.7 carries per game last season. The early returns are good, but a Week 1 matchup with the Colts has a lot to do with his 4.6 YPC. We expect Washington to see 8-12 touches per game, but he'll have to hold off Zach Zenner as the goal line back to have weekly fantasy value. Week 3 is shaping up to be a "Riddick game" since the Lions are expected to be playing from behind for most of the day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (back) did not practice Wednesday. Ebron played almost the whole game in Week 2, so he should be out there against the Packers this week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Lions TE Cole Wick (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Lions place RB Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 9:26am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Lions have placed RB Ameer Abdullah on IR. With Abdullah out for the year, Theo Riddick now becomes Detroit's top RB, with rookie Dwayne Washington next, then Zach Zenner.

Related players: Joique Bell

Fantasy Impact:

Riddick was already shaping up as a solid RB2 in PPR formats, and this cements his status. The Lions look to be more willing to hand the ball to Riddick than they have in the past. At 223 lbs and with good measurables, Dwayne Washington is worth an immediate pickup in all leagues as he is likely to take over the team's "big back" role. Joique Bell was the #14 RB in this role (#13 in PPR formats) in 2014, before Abdullah joined the team. We're not expecting that sort of upside for Washington with Riddick's expanded rushing role, but it's not out of the question. Zach Zenner becomes an interesting name to monitor, and the Lions also worked out Bell on Tuesday, but he'd likely serve as depth.

Lions signing WR Aaron Dobson

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:55pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions are signing wide receiver Aaron Dobson following a Tuesday workout, the Detroit Free Press reported.

No corresponding roster move was announced, and team has not officially announced the signing.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson, a second-round pick in 2013, was cut by the Patriots earlier this month. Last week, he worked out for the 49ers and Chargers. New Lions general manager Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before taking this job, so he has familiarity with Dobson. Dobson, 25, has 53 career receptions and had four touchdown catches as a rookie. He participated in a workout Tuesday that also included former Lions running back Joique Bell.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah to get second opinion on foot

Monday, September 19, 2016, 4:43pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah is headed to North Carolina to seek a second opinion on his injured foot from Dr. Robert Anderson, according to ESPN.

Abdullah injured his foot during a 16-15 loss Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Multiple outlets are reporting he is believed to have a foot sprain.

He was able to play only 17 snaps before the injury, but still managed to carry the ball six times for 38 yards. And that's not counting a 14-yard touchdown that was nullified by an Eric Ebron holding penalty.

Fantasy Impact:

Abdullah then injured the foot on a second-quarter run and limped to the sideline. He eventually returned to the locker room, and Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington finished off the game. Those guys are expected to shoulder the load if Abdullah is unable to play Sunday against Green Bay, the story said. Zach Zenner could also see some time.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah exits with foot injury

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 6:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah exited today’s game against the Titans with a foot injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The team initially said he’s questionable to return but then ruled him out, the story said. Dwayne Washington had four carries for 31 yards and had some positive press over the summer. Theo Riddick ran 11 times but only collected 37 yards. Should Abdullah have to miss time, Washington and Riddick would likely have big roles.

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm

Lions TE Cole Wick (shoulder, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 2.

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm

Lions TE Cole Wick (shoulder) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm

Lions TE Cole Wick (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Lions WR Golden Tate, TE Eric Ebron ACTIVE vs. Colts

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 3:12pm

Lions Inactives
Thurston Arbrister LB
Orson Charles TE
Stefan Charles DT
Joe Dahl OG
Cornelius Lucas T
Zach Zenner FB

Fantasy Impact:

Tate and Ebron were both dealing with ankle injuries coming into this contest. It's a great matchup for both against the Colts and each practiced fully this week and appear ready to go.

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