Detroit Lions

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 9-7 8-8 6-10 3,975 1,701 64.32% 35.68% 43%
2015-16 7-9 7-9 9-7 4,212 1,335 65.63% 34.37% 37%
2014-15 11-5 7-9 5-11 4,030 1,422 62.41% 37.59% 39%
2013-14 7-9 6-10 8-8 4,482 1,792 59.62% 40.38% 42%
2012-13 4-12 6-10 10-6 4,927 1,613 66.29% 33.71% 41%

Season Outlook

It's difficult to ignore the arm strength of Lions' Matthew Stafford launching footballs eight times a season at the pass-friendly Ford Field. Despite losing his favourite target Calvin Johnson a season ago, Stafford managed to take matters into his own hands crafting together one of his most efficient seasons in recent memory. He posted over 4,000 passing yards for the sixth straight season while throwing 24 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. Stafford also averaged a stellar 270 .4 passing yards per game and ranked top-10 in almost every passing category. He's a solid QB1 option and a must start every week. Stafford targeted Golden Tate 135 times in 2016 and Tate produced - racking up 1,077 yards on 91 receptions and 46 first downs. He's the top option among Lions receivers with a high ceiling, however, his inability to find the end zone on a consistent basis hinders his fantasy stock to a high-end WR2. WR Marvin Jones Jr. and TE Eric Ebron finished second and third in receiving yards for the Lions last season, posting 930 and 711 respectively. Though Tate, Jones Jr. and Ebron combined for a measly nine touchdowns, their ability to make plays in the open field and a horrific run game add to their fantasy value. Stafford's cannon of an arm also comes into play, which could result in big gains and added fantasy points. After the season-ending injury to RB Ameer Abdullah, three different Lions had over 80 rushing attempts last season. Theo Riddick led the bunch with a porous 357 yards and will return to a backup role. If Abdullah is declared healthy, he's an adequate RB2 option. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter won't change his team's offensive scheme and the pass-heavy offense he has continued to tweak after joining the Lions in 2014 with head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions are a good football team and will win games through the air while racking up a plethora of fantasy points.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford

Stafford is a solid bet to continue top ten fantasy quarterback production, as the Lions haven't made any significant changes or improvements on the offensive side of the ball. Luke Willson replaces inconsistent tight end Eric Ebron, who was let go in the offseason, and the Lions have once again looked to add some thump to the running game with LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson. But this is still Stafford's team and it would be surprising to see him not top 4000 yards with mid-20s touchdowns once again this season.

Player Updates

Injury Update Kerryon Johnson, RB - Kerryon Johnson (knee) ruled out Week 13
30 Nov 2018 - 4:46pm

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Week 13 against the Rams. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Kerryon Johnson, RB - Kerryon Johnson to miss Thanksgiving game
19 Nov 2018 - 5:25pm

The Detroit Free Press confirms Kerryon Johnson (knee) is not expected to play on Thanksgiving. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Bruce Ellington, WR - Lions take a flier on ex-Texans WR Ellington
6 Nov 2018 - 4:03pm

Lions signed WR Bruce Ellington. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Ameer Abdullah, RB - Lions waive 2015 second-rounder Abdullah
6 Nov 2018 - 4:03pm

Lions waived RB Ameer Abdullah. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Golden Tate, WR - Eagles acquire Golden Tate for third-rounder
30 Oct 2018 - 3:11pm

Eagles acquired WR Golden Tate from the Eagles in exchange for a third-round pick. - From Rotoworld.

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