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WR Bruce Ellington - Detroit Lions

5-9, 197Born: 8-22-1991College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2014

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He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 14): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 13): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 12): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Lions' new-look passing game is struggling, to say the least. Over 6 games since trading away Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford has gone into a shell, averaging just 6.1 yards per attempt and 213 per game. He's thrown just four touchdowns over that span. Clearly missing his top underneath threat, Stafford is crumbling to pressure (24 sacks) and has yet to spur his offense to anything notable. It didn't help, of course, for Marvin Jones to land on injured reserve. That's left almost no weaponry to speak of beyond Kenny Golladay and third-down back Theo Riddick. Golladay is a truly intriguing playmaker, but he's not yet capable of carrying a passing game on his back. Last Sunday, he tangled with Arizona's Patrick Peterson and managed just five yards on four targets. Things don't look brighter with a date with shutdown cornerback Tre'Davious White on the docket. Golladay would produce much better results with some help across the formation, but the trio of T.J. Jones, Bruce Ellington, and Andy Jones don't pull defenses away. And even Ellington, who's served as Tate's replacement in the slot, went down Sunday with a hamstring injury. All told, this is one of fantasy's least desirable units to target right now. This mess will almost certainly take an offseason to sort out, and it's hard to project any efficiency whatsoever against the Bills' stout pass defense. The Buffalo pass defense hasn't been tested by much good quarterbacking, but has taken on all comers and now stands as one of the league's stingiest units. It all starts with top cornerback Tre'Davious White, who's been arguably the league's most dominant cover man throughout the year. White isn't necessarily a shadow guy, following the top receiver across the field, but he's a huge reason the Bills are rarely beaten by outside receivers. Dating back to Week 5, only 2 wideouts - the Jets' Robby Anderson and Patriots slot man Julian Edelman - have topped 70 yards in this matchup. Between White's dominance and the strong help coverage of safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, this secondary is a minefield that's neutralized both strong and weak passers. Their job is made even easier by a pass rush that consistently pushes the pocket and wins on the edges. Kenny Golladay now represents most of the Lions' aerial attack, and he'll draw the full focus of this opportunistic secondary Sunday. The Bills haven't allowed even a 200-yard passer since Tom Brady in Week 8, and the odds are stacked firmly against Matthew Stafford bucking that trend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 vs CAR 33 0 0 0 9 6 52 0 0 5.2
12 vs CHI 54 1 2 0 7 6 28 0 0 3
13 vs LAR 38 0 0 0 10 7 35 0 0 3.5
14 at ARI 27 0 0 0 4 4 17 0 0 0.7
15 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
15 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
15 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Bruce Ellington's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Bruce Ellington continued to see a volume role in Detroit's passing game against Arizona. Ellington was a favorite of Matthew Stafford on third down early in the game including a conversion, but his targets are all close to the line of scrimmage. Like the rest of the offense, Ellington had no down the field threat. Ellington will look to improve next week against Buffalo.

2018 Week 13 vs LAR (10 / 7 / 35 / 0 rec)

Bruce Ellington continued his emergence as Detroit's primary slot receiver on Sunday. He led the team in targets, but their value was capped by a short depth of target. Ellington was targeted on screens frequently and used to convert multiple third downs out of the slot. While Ellington led the team in targets, he did not see any vertical opportunities in the game. With Marvin Jones out for the season, Ellington should continue to see a significant portion of Detroit's passing game targets.

2018 Week 12 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Bruce Ellington was featured in the short passing game against Chicago on Thanksgiving Day. He benefitted from increased volume with Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson both missing the game with injury. Ellington ran most of his routes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, including crossing routes, slants and screens. Ellington appeared to be open on a deep over route late in the fourth quarter for what would have been a touchdown, but Stafford threw the ball underneath to Kenny Golladay. Ellington's yardage output is limited by his short depth of target, but he would likely continue to see target volume if Jones or Johnson continue to miss time.

2018 Week 11 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)

Bruce Ellington played well from the slot in his first game with Detroit. Ellington benefitted from the absence of Marvin Jones and finished with 9 targets, the second most on the team. Ellington worked the underneath and short area of the field out of the slot and managed to draw a pass interference penalty on his only deep target. Ellington did beak some tackles after the catch but was limited to only 8.7 yards per catch. He also had a drop on a whip route in the flat. Ellington will face Chicago on Thanksgiving.

2018 Week 2 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The Texans primary slot wide receiver and the only issue is if he can get a chance to make plays. Ellington had receptions for 5, 17 and 23. When he had the bigger gains, he was able to get the ball in the middle of the field, make a defender miss and eat up yards in a hurry. With so many targets going to Fuller and Hopkins, Ellington has been an after thought in the offense.

2018 Week 1 vs NE (8 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)

With so many injuries all ready to the wide receiver group, Bruce Ellington was the second most experience player at the position. Ellington was moved around and was used primarily as the slot until Hopkins was moved there. Ellington dropped two passes on catchable passes and going back to the preseason the past three games he has dropped 5 passes in that stretch. Ellington did have a 5 yard touchdown reception on a designed play for him to get into the opening of the defense. Ellington also showed some catch and run ability but his drop issue is a slight concern.

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Latest News

Lions | Bruce Ellington ruled out (Fri Dec 14, 04:51 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 14, and has been ruled out for Week 15.

Our View: Rookie UDFA Brandon Powell could get a longer audition in the slot this week with Ellington out.
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Lions | No practice for Bruce Ellington (Thu Dec 13, 07:28 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) did not participate in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Lions | Detroit's injury report for Wednesday (Wed Dec 12, 05:36 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring), DE Da'Shawn Hand (knee), OT Ricky Wagner (concussion) and CB Charles Washington (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. LB Trevor Bates (ankle), LB Nick Bellore (ankle), CB Marcus Cooper (back), OT Taylor Decker (shoulder) and LB Devon Kennard (hip) were limited.

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Lions | Bruce Ellington injures his hamstring (Sun Dec 9, 10:56 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) left the Week 14 game against the Arizona Cardinals, finishing his day with four catches and just 17 yards.

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Lions | Bruce Ellington will be in uniform (Sun Dec 9, 03:21 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington (back) is officially active for the Week 14 game.

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Schedule

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