Lions Fantasy News

Bengals hire Lions DC Teryl Austin as new defensive coordinator

Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:12pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Whether Teryl Austin ever really was a candidate to replace Jim Caldwell, only the Detroit Lions know for sure. But with the Lions' head coach job still officially open, Austin effectively withdrew his name from consideration Monday to become defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions yielded the eighth-most yards per play (5.5) and the 12th-most points (376) in 2017, but Austin's unit created the third-most turnovers (32).

Lions fire Jim Caldwell

Monday, January 1, 2018, 9:22am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jim Caldwell's tenure with the Detroit Lions is over.

The team announced early Monday morning that general manager Bob Quinn informed Caldwell that he will not be returning as head coach.

The news doesn't come as a surprise after the Lions lost hope for the playoffs by laying an egg in Cincinnati in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact:

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported that Caldwell's contract extension signed earlier in 2017 was for one year with options down the road, simply avoiding a lame-duck year. The contract nuance allowed the Lions to walk away from Caldwell after the season with minimal penalty.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers TE Richard Rodgers (shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Lance Kendricks should play big minutes against the Lions.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Ebron is one of the hottest tight ends in the league and he faces a Packer defense that is No. 23 in TE aFPA. It’s a good spot for him.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Jamaal Williams will likely see a big workload against the Lions, but the Packer offense will be without several offensive stars this week.

Lions aren't planning to rest starters Week 17

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 2:15pm

Tim Twentyman on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions HC Jim Caldwell said he’s given no consideration to resting any starters Sunday vs. Green Bay.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are out of the playoffs. Things could change leading up to Sunday of course so be sure to keep an eye on this situation if you need Lion players in your lineup in Week 17.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) took full practice reps all week. Riddick will be fine to play in a good matchup against the Bengals. Unfortunately for Riddick, the Bengals will get LB Vontaze Burfict back on Sunday.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:12pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) took full practice reps again Thursday. Riddick should be fine to play in a great matchup against the Bengals.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:24pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Riddick should be fine to play in a great matchup against the Bengals.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah frustrated with current role

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:23pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah said last week that he hoped for a chance to finish the season strong after sitting out a pair of games with a neck injury and he was back in the lineup against the Bears last Saturday.

Abdullah didn’t get much of a chance to finish strong, however. He only played eight snaps on offense and saw Tion Green get most of the work at running back after Theo Riddick left the game with a wrist injury.

Abdullah said Monday that he “wouldn’t know why I would be” in the doghouse and suggested questions about his role would be better suited for head coach Jim Caldwell, but he did admit to being frustrated by the change.

Fantasy Impact:

This year Abdullah has run for just 3.4 yards per carry, the story pointed out. The story also added Riddick is a much better receiver out of the backfield. So far, Green has proven to be a tougher runner who has had a knack for finding the end zone in short-yardage situations, mostly during his college career but it seems as if the Lions want to see if this transitions to the NFL.

Inactives: Bears vs. Lions Saturday

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 3:46pm

Lions and Bears official twitter - [Full Article]

Bears INACTIVES
6 Mark Sanchez
32 Deiondre’ Hall
33 Taquan Mizzell
38 Adrian Amos
63 Cameron Lee
69 Rashaad Coward
87 Adam Shaheen

Lions INACTIVES
12 Bradley Marquez
34 Zach Zenner
36 Dwayne Washington
64 Travis Swanson
71 Rick Wagner
77 Emmett Cleary
99 Rodney Coe

Fantasy Impact:

RB Ameer Abdullah is active for the Lions, which likely takes some volume away from Theo Riddick after he had a strong Week 14. TE Adam Shaheen for the Bears is the only other fringe fantasy relevant player. He is out.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Ravens WR Mike Wallace (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. His return to practice indicates that he’ll be able to play. He has at least 48 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in five straight games, including 5-116 on 8 targets against the Lions in Week 13 and 3-72 on 5 targets against the Steelers last week. He’ll square off with Jason McCourty, which isn’t as bad of a matchup as it might seem. Over the last three weeks, McCourty has yielded 5-66 to A.J. Green, 6-83-1 to Keenan Allen and 5-45-2 to Davante Adams.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:36pm

Ravens WR Mike Wallace (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Wallace should be able to face the Browns, but we’ll see what he’s able to do on Friday. For his part, he says that he expects to play. He has at least 48 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in five straight games, including 5-116 on 8 targets against the Lions in Week 13 and 3-72 on 5 targets against the Steelers last week. He’ll square off with Jason McCourty, which isn’t as bad of a matchup as it might seem. Over the last three weeks, McCourty has yielded 5-66 to A.J. Green, 6-83-1 to Keenan Allen and 5-45-2 to Davante Adams.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:36pm

Lions WR T.J. Jones (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:36pm

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Abdullah will make his return this week. He was questionable last week after being limited in practice, but was a scratch on Sunday. If he returns, Theo Riddick’s touches are going to take a hit.

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