Lions Fantasy News

Lions RB Theo Riddick recovering from surgery on both wrists

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:35pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Theo Riddick, who missed the final month of the regular season last year, had surgery on both of his wrists, which prompted his season-ending trip to injured reserve, two people familiar with the procedure told the Free Press. They would not go on record because they are not authorized to talk about it publicly.

The Lions did not announce Riddick's surgery at the time he went on IR, and Riddick declined comment on his injury after the season, while he was wearing a cast on his left wrist.

Riddick is expected to be a full participant in organized team activities later this spring, but his injury is another consideration for a Lions team looking at possibly upgrading its backfield this off-season.

Fantasy Impact:

Riddick's per game average of 16.2 fantasy points (PPR) was the 8th-highest at his position. With Ameer Abdullah also returning from injury, Riddick may not see as many carries, but he should continue to play a big role in the passing game. He averaged 5.3 catches per game last year.

Falcons sign WR Andre Roberts

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

WR Andre Roberts signed with the Falcons for one year, $1.8 million ($750k guaranteed).

Fantasy Impact:

Roberts was trending up through his third season, when he caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns. He took a step back in his fourth season, and then the Cardinals let him walk. He spent last year in Detroit, where he caught 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.

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

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