Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | DeAndre Goolsby waived Wed May 23, 02:47 PM
Detroit Lions TE DeAndre Goolsby was waived Wednesday, May 23. Free-agent LB Trevor Bates (Patriots) was signed in a corresponding move.Link to story
Lions | Detroit adds Chris Lacy Mon May 21, 04:23 PM
The Detroit Lions claimed WR Chris Lacy off waivers from the New England Patriots Monday, May 21.Link to story
Lions | Tyrell Crosby unlikely to start Sat May 19, 03:15 PM
Detroit Lions OT Tyrell Crosby likely will not be one of the five starting offensive linemen this upcoming season unless there is an injury, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.
|Footballguys view: He fell in the draft, but the Lions decided to take a chance on him in the fifth round. Crosby should be a swing tackle behind starters Taylor Decker and Rick Wagner. Both of those players missed some time in 2017, and the Lions did not have answers at the position. Perhaps Crosby can help that.|
Lions | Detroit may be interested in two DTs Sat May 19, 01:07 PM
Free-agent DT Alan Branch (Patriots) and DT Ricky Jean-Francois (Patriots) could be options for the Detroit Lions because they are familiar with head coach Matt Patricia's defensive scheme, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots did not exercise Branch's option, and he's gotten little to no interest on the open market. It makes sense to reunite him with Patricia, and the Lions should have interest as they look for a Haloti Ngata replacement.|
Alan Branch player page
Ricky Jean-Francois player page
Lions | Ameer Abdullah unlikely to contribute much Fri May 18, 12:24 PM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount are expected to receive much of the early-down work with Theo Riddick playing a third-down role, potentially leaving Ameer Abdullah potentially as a game-day inactive or on the roster bubble, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
|Footballguys view: And what a mess this seems to be. This looks like a full-blown committee, which could limit every single back's value. We'll have to watch how this shakes out, but it looks grim for fantasy owners.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Theo Riddick player page
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Brandon Barnes reverts to IR Tue May 15, 07:45 PM
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Z. Barnes (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 15, after being waived/injured.
Lions | Tracy Walker signed by Lions Tue May 15, 05:43 PM
Detroit Lions S Tracy Walker signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed. OL Brett Kendrick was waived in a corresponding move.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette, Walker is a former AAU basketball star who transitioned to the gridiron late in his prep career. Walker played all over the field for the Ragin' Cajuns, and he can line up at corner, nickel corner, boundary safety...plus stood out on special teams. He's not afraid to mix it up as a run defender and could be a valuable player for the Lions going forward.|
Lions | Detroit claims Adam Bisnowaty Tue May 15, 05:18 PM
The Detroit Lions claimed OT Adam Bisnowaty off waivers from the New York Giants Tuesday, May 15.Link to story
Lions | Detroit makes roster moves Mon May 14, 01:29 PM
Free-agent TE Marcus Lucas (Raiders) signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Kyle Lewis and waived/injured TE Brandon Z. Barnes (undisclosed).Link to story
Lions | Detroit adds Deontez Alexander Mon May 14, 01:28 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Deontez Alexander (Franklin College) signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 14, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Lions | Golden Tate extension talks going slow Sun May 13, 04:21 PM
The Detroit Lions and WR Golden Tate, who is entering the final year of his contract, have yet to engage in any substantive talks regarding an extension and have indicated to Tate they want to allow first-year head coach Matt Patricia some time to get to know him first, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
|Footballguys view: In the final year of his contract, Tate is scheduled to make $7 million in 2018. With his durability and consistent production, Tate could be in line for a contract that pays him over $10 million annually.|
Golden Tate player page
Lions | Anthony Sherrils let go Sat May 12, 05:05 PM
Detroit Lions S Anthony Sherrils was waived Saturday, May 12.Link to story
Lions | Ameer Abdullah frustrated with role Sat May 12, 12:40 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he was frustrated with the role he had in 2017 because he did not receive consistent touches during games.
|Footballguys view: Abdullah needs to earn those consistent touches. He's been nothing but a disappointment during his pro career. However, some say he's just been misused as he should have never been considered a full-time back coming out of Nebraska years ago. Abdullah shouldn't be happy this year either as the Lions added LeGarrette Blount in free agency and Kerryon Johnson (Auburn) in the 2018 NFL draft. Add in Theo Riddick as the pass-catching back and you can see how Abdullah may not get many touches in 2018.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Frank Ragnow contract numbers Fri May 11, 03:41 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions first-round OL Frank Ragnow's four-year contract is worth $11.8 million and includes a $6.6 million signing bonus.Link to story
Lions | Detroit wraps up three rookie contracts Fri May 11, 03:31 PM
Detroit Lions first-round OL Frank Ragnow signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth season Friday, May 11. Fourth-round DL Da'Shawn Hand and seventh-round FB Nick Bawden also signed four-year contracts as well. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.Link to story
Lions | Kerryon Johnson signs rookie pact Fri May 11, 08:55 AM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, May 11. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Johnson was a touchdown hog at Auburn, scoring 29 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. Patience is his best attribute as Johnson does a good job of allowing his blocks to set up fully in front of him before making his move. The Lions can't find a good runner to save their life and have missed on several prospects in recent years. Perhaps Johnson could finally be the runner this team needs to complement QB Matthew Stafford.|
Lions | Three to compete for safety job Thu May 10, 03:17 PM
Detroit Lions CB/S Quandre Diggs, S Tavon Wilson and SS Miles Killebrew are expected to compete for the starting safety job opposite FS Glover Quin during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Diggs looked good when he took over the role last year due to injury issues, so we lean that way.|
Tavon Wilson player page
Miles Killebrew player page
Quandre Diggs player page
Lions | Frank Ragnow top option at center Thu May 10, 03:08 PM
Detroit Lions C Frank Ragnow is expected to enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting center job.
|Footballguys view: Aside from tackle (formerly just left tackle, but either edge is vital now) nothing is more important to the foundation of an offensive line than the center. We'll be watching the rookie carefully as his effectiveness will have an impact on Matt Stafford and this offense.|
Lions | Tion Green waived Thu May 10, 02:42 PM
Detroit Lions RB Tion Green was waived Thursday, May 10.Link to story
Lions | Tyrell Crosby signs rookie deal Tue May 8, 11:55 PM
The Detroit Lions signed fifth-round pick OL Tyrell Crosby to a four-year undisclosed contract Tuesday, May 8.Link to story
Lions | Marvin Jones expanding his game Sun May 6, 10:13 PM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he has been adding muscle this offseason to make himself harder to tackle and increase his yards after catch.
|Footballguys view: Jones was a fantasy stud last year, going for over 1,000 yards receiving with nine touchdowns and finishing as the no.5 fantasy WR in standard-scoring leagues. He should be seen as having WR1 upside (with a WR2 price tag) for fantasy owners once again this year.|
Marvin Jones player page
Lions | Da'Shawn Hand to add versatility Sun May 6, 09:53 PM
Detroit Lions DE Da'Shawn Hand is expected to play both defensive end and defensive tackle as a rotational player as a rookie, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.Link to story
Lions | Detroit moves Akeem Spence Thu May 3, 04:24 PM
Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence was traded to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, May 3, in exchange for an undisclosed 2019 draft choice.Link to story
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Lions | High expectations for Kenny Golladay Thu May 3, 01:46 PM
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the ability to do some 'special things' in his second year in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Cooter admitted that Golladay needs to get better but gave the young receiver credit for working hard and moving in the right direction. 'We look forward to him being a big part of our offense next year.'
|Footballguys view: There's a few players in front of him, and we spent a lot of last year expecting those special things from him with inconsistent results. We're cautiously optimistic, emphasis on cautious. With 28 catches last year as a rookie, it's not outlandish to think Golladay could post around 50 catches during his second season. We like him as a late-round flier at his current ADP of WR60 (13.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Kenny Golladay player page
Lions | Akeem Spence restructures Thu May 3, 08:19 AM
Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence restructured his deal Thursday, May 3, to create $500,000 in salary cap space. His base salary dropped from $3.15 million to $2.575 million, with the chance at incentives.Link to story
Akeem Spence player page
Lions | Andrew Gachkar visits Wed May 2, 09:08 PM
Free-agent LB Andrew Gachkar (Panthers) met with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 2.Link to story
Andrew Gachkar player page
Lions | John O'Korn receives camp invite Sun Apr 29, 10:24 PM
Undrafted free-agent QB John O'Korn (Michigan) will attend training camp with Detroit Lions on a tryout basis.
|Footballguys view: O'Korn is just a camp arm on a tryout basis. He came from Michigan, but he began his college career at the University of Houston where he had over 3,000 yards passing back in 2013. O'Korn could not grasp the full-time job with the Wolverines and didn't pass for more than 1,000 yards in any season at Michigan.|
Lions | Frank Ragnow should start Sun Apr 29, 09:33 PM
Detroit Lions C Frank Ragnow should start at either center of left guard this season, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.Link to story
Lions | Kerryon Johnson's durability no concern Sun Apr 29, 09:27 PM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson's durability is not a concern, according to general manager Bob Quinn. 'He'll hold up,' Quinn said. 'So we feel really good about that. There's no issues with his durability for us.'
|Footballguys view: Johnson has an angular build at 6' 213 pounds, and he doesn't shy away from contact. His build, combined with his running style is a cause for concern to some. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Johnson's skill set to that of Tevin Coleman. It will be interesting to see how the Lions create touches for a backfield that includes Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.|
Lions | Three UDFAs headed to Motor City Sun Apr 29, 04:03 PM
Undrafted free-agents PK Ryan Santoso (Minnesota) as well as WRs Kyle Lewis (Cal Poly) and Teo Redding (Bowling Green) signed undisclosed contracts with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: Redding had a spectacular pro day with top end numbers in agiity drills and jumps and drew the attention of draft legend Gil Brandt. The #5 wide receiver job is wide open in Detroit, so an undrafted rookie making the roster is in play.|
Lions | Detroit adds Kerryon Johnson Fri Apr 27, 07:53 PM
The Detroit Lions selected Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson with the 43rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: A very nice north-south runner who can run tough and showed really good burst. He can run inside or out but is likely a guy who will wear fronts down rather than gash them for big yards.|
Lions | Detroit adds Frank Ragnow Thu Apr 26, 10:20 PM
The Detroit Lions selected Arkansas C Frank Ragnow with the No. 20th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.
|Footballguys view: A guy we thought would land with the Bengals, Ragnow became the top center when Billy Price injured himself at the Combine. He plays very smart, which means that though he lacks top end physical gifts, he's very effective at center.|
Lions | Tyrell Crosby visited Lions Tue Apr 24, 11:30 AM
Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby visited the Detroit Lions during the final week of pre-draft visits.Link to story
Lions | Detroit unlikely to pursue Dez Bryant Sat Apr 21, 01:50 PM
Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) likely will not receive interest from the Detroit Lions, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.
|Footballguys view: Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay make a pretty good trio for the Lions. They've got good chemistry in the passing game and don't need someone like Bryant messing that up.|
Dez Bryant player page
Lions | T.J. Lang excited for 2018 Sat Apr 21, 12:12 AM
Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang said he is excited for the 2018 season because he is healthier than he has been in a long time. 'I can't make any predictions here, but this is the first time I've done an offseason workout in three years,' Lang said.Link to story
Lions | Adairius Banres cut Thu Apr 19, 04:09 PM
Detroit Lions CB Adairius Barnes was waived Thursday, April 19.Link to story
Lions | Detroit signs Raysean Pringle Wed Apr 18, 02:53 PM
Free-agent CB Raysean Pringle (Packers) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 18.Link to story
Lions | Ziggy Ansah signs tag Tue Apr 17, 03:51 PM
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah officially signed his franchise tag Tuesday, April 17, as expected.
|Footballguys view: The tag guarantees Ansah around $17.1 million in 2018. Coming off a bounce-back 12.0 sack season, the Lions should try and get a long-term deal done before the July 16th deadline.|
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Lions | Hayden Hurst visiting Lions Tue Apr 17, 08:20 AM
South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst is visiting the Detroit Lions Tuesday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: Hurst is a converted baseball player who spent a couple of years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a minor league pitcher. He's somewhat new to football and really raw at the position. Even with his raw technique, Hurst has amazing athletic ability and can be a reliable receiver for his quarterback. He should be a first or second round pick.|
Lions | Ziggy Ansah reporting Mon Apr 16, 10:15 AM
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah will report Monday, April 16, and will sign his $17.143 million franchise tag.
|Footballguys view: Under the franchise tag, Ansah is fully guaranteed his one-year salary. The two sides also have until July 16th to come to an agreement on a new contract.|
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Lions | Ameer Abdullah on the block? Sun Apr 15, 03:35 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah would presumably be the easiest running back to move from the roster this offseason because he's in the final season of his rookie contract and his role appears to be less defined than LeGarrette Blount's or Theo Riddick's, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
|Footballguys view: Abdullah's pro career has been set back by inconsistency and injury. Too small to be a feature back, Abdullah has had his chance to prove himself as such and failed. The Lions have LeGarrette Blount to carry a heavy load and many expect them to select a RB in this talent rich 2018 draft class. Detroit should not expect much in return if they do get any takers for Abdullah.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Detroit hosts several prospects Friday Sun Apr 15, 10:43 AM
Wake Forest S Jessie Bates, Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank and Louisville OT Geron Christian met with the Detroit Lions for pre-draft visits Friday, April 13.Link to story
Lions | Frankie Luvu visits Detroit Sun Apr 15, 10:36 AM
Washington State LB Frankie Luvu had a pre-draft visit with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, April 10.Link to story
Lions | Harold Landry visits Detroit Sun Apr 15, 10:31 AM
Boston College DE Harold Landry made a pre-draft visit to the Detroit Lions Friday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: Landry is one of the fastest risers in the 2018 NFL draft. Already seen as a first-round pick, Landry could find his way into the top 15. Landry has a nose for the ball and has the bend/burst combination to get there in a hurry. He's tenacious when getting after the quarterback and can wreak havoc on passing downs.|
Lions | Detroit high on Jarrad Davis Fri Apr 13, 09:27 PM
Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis is a perfect fit for head coach Matt Patricia's defensive scheme, general manager Bob Quinn said. 'Jarrad can play in any scheme, but I think it's going to be really, his skill set is going to be exemplified in what we're doing now.'
|Footballguys view: A 2017 first-round pick, Davis is versatile and violent on the field. Davis can roam and has the athleticism to play sideline to sideline. When playing the run, Davis does a good job of getting to and through a ball carrier. In 14 games as a rookie, Davis had 65 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and three passes defensed.|
Jarrad Davis player page
Lions | Detroit meets with Orlando Brown Fri Apr 13, 07:42 PM
Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown Jr. had a pre-draft visit with the Detroit Lions Friday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: Brown had an incredibly disappointing combine performance, marred by only getting 14 reps on the bench press. Once considered a first-round talent, Brown is now considered to be a 'faller' in the draft and could end up in round three.|
Lions | Detroit to use committee backfield Wed Apr 11, 01:37 PM
Detroit Lions RBs LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and others are expected to be used as a committee, according to head coach Matt Patricia.
|Footballguys view: Patricia is a proponent of using a running back's strengths in favorable situations...but his doesn't look like a favorable situation for fantasy owners. Blount could have the most value in leagues that reward heavily for touchdowns. Riddick should continue to be the most valuable Lions RB in PPR leagues while Abdullah remains a mystery as to what he can do and be as a pro.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Theo Riddick player page
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Emmett Cleary goes to Reserve/Retired list Tue Apr 10, 04:31 PM
Detroit Lions OT Emmett Cleary was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Tuesday, April 10.Link to story
Lions | T.J. Jones signs tender Mon Apr 9, 03:50 PM
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: Jones had an original-round tender placed on him by the Lions and the feeling was he might walk in free agency. That didn't happen and he stays with the Lions to compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay.|
T.J. Jones player page
Lions | Justin Reid visits with Lions Mon Apr 9, 01:25 PM
Stanford S Justin Reid had a pre-draft visit with the Detroit Lions last week.Link to story