Ryan Broyles Fantasy News
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 7:54pm
Broyles wasn't helping a lot of fantasy teams, but he's a guy who has had to bounce back from many major injuries. He clearly wasn't 100-percent this season even though the hope was he'd play a significant role on a pass-happy team. Hopefully we hear from Broyles in 2014...
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Beat: 'No leash' on Ryan Broyles in Week 4
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 11:18am
Receiver Ryan Broyles was on a short leash in his season debut against the Redskins. The coaches were trying to let him gradually get his legs under him after he came off a second major knee surgery last December.
There will be no leash this week. With Nate Burleson (broken arm) out, Broyles likely will start and get most of the work in the slot.
“Yeah, just go out and produce,” he said. “I am definitely ready. I feel good.”
Broyles, who had three catches for 34 yards, said he felt like he has cleared all his mental and physical hurdles.
Nate Burleson got off to a pretty hot start (19-239) and was the #29 WR in PPR formats before breaking his arm in an automobile accident. If Broyles can handle the snaps, he certainly has that kind of upside.
Nate Burleson breaks arm in car accident
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:53am
Obviously a huge loss for the Lions, but this means Ryan Broyles will given a chance to step in as the WR2 in what's a heavy passing offense in Detroit. He was on a snap count last week in his return, but that could quickly evaporate with this news. HC Jim Schwartz commented after the game that every time Broyles gets snaps he makes plays so the team has confidence in him to take over that spot.
Ryan Broyles may be active in Week 3
Friday, September 20, 2013, 10:11am
Lions OC Scott Linehan said the coaches and the medical staff have walked the line between not easing Ryan Broyles in and not rushing him back. But he has progressed so much in the last couple of weeks, there doesn’t seem to be physical reason to hold him back.
“He’s chomping the bit,” Linehan said. “He’s a true competitor and he wants to be out there. But he also knows that there has been a plan and he’s been through it. He’s been on track the same way, but the last two weeks he’s looked more and more like he’s ready to go.”
Whether coach Jim Schwartz is ready to activate him won’t be determined until Saturday.
“This is a big week,” Linehan said. “With Pat (Edwards, receiver) banged up a little bit right now, Ryan has stepped up his role and his reps this week. He’s definitely close, and if called upon, he’s ready.”
Broyles said he knows he’s not ready to play 30 or 40 snaps in a game, but believes he is close to full strength.
“My time’s coming, though,” he said. “I’m going repetition after repetition (in practice), so I have done everything and I am gaining speed to this point.”
Broyles was one of fantasy's favorite sleepers heading into drafts but he's been inactive the first two weeks. The Lions say it's not for physical reasons, but that makes little sense. They are obviously being careful with the knee, but with Edwards possibly sidelined with an ankle injury, Broyles may get his chance this week.
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In fact, it's easy to forget he suffered that injury at all. His practice time has far exceeded his rest time throughout training camp and he played in his first live game this past week at Cleveland.
The way he put it: "Your body shows up some days and some days it doesn't. This has been one of the most challenging things of my life, coming off two ACLs. I'm out here trying to compete at a high level.
"Mentally, like I said, I'm 100-percent. My body thinks differently from day-to-day."
We think Broyles has WR3 potential, although it may be a slow start to the season for him until he gets his body back to normal. We rank him 50th with an ADP of the 13th round, so he's getting taken late as player who certainly has upside as Detroit's WR2.
Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:59pm
Lions WR Nate Burleson is supposed to be Matthew Stafford's No. 2 receiver, but instead dropped two balls against Cleveland and has yet to record a catch in the preseason. In fact, Stafford has completed passes to only two receivers in all of the preseason (Johnson and Patrick Edwards), despite Johnson not even playing against the Browns. Part of the problem is Burleson, who is struggling to gain separation and not completing catches when he does.
From a fantasy standpoint, as long as he stays healthy, it's only a matter of time before Ryan Broyles passes Burleson on the team's depth chart.