NFL Week 17 Stacks to look out for

Choosing your stack in week 17 is a difficult thing to do. Most playoff implications are already determined so a Cam Newton/Ted Ginn stack will not be beneficial, even against the Bucs. The other side is true as well, even against the Saints defense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may not bring full effort with nothing on the line.

Stafford and Johnson Stack

While Calvin Johnson has been very unproductive lately, catching only one pass in each week 14 and 15, he has since turned things around with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. While not huge fantasy value, this is a good sign going into week 17 against the Bears. While neither team has much to play for, Stafford and Johnson may be able to load up on the garbage time points.

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

While the Giants don’t have anything on the line this week against the Eagles, Odell could be looking to have a big game after his week 16 suspension. The Eli Manning and Odell Beckham connection is one of the most dangerous in the NFL, and facing the Eagles poor secondary, they will connect for more than a couple long balls.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

After two consecutive high scoring weeks between these two, it may be too much to ask for another one. Reed has shown to be the Redskins top receiver scoring 4 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks. Although they have locked up their spot in the playoffs, they may come out strong against the Cowboys before starting to rest up starters.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones

This stack is somewhat risky with both of these two showing poor performances as of late. After a strong start to the season, the Falcons seem to be falling apart. They however did upset the undefeated Panthers last week, moving in a positive direction for these two players. We all know how valuable this stack can be when they are both on their game. Plus, with the Saints secondary on pass coverage, Julio should not have much opposition.

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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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Detroit Lions versus New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-21-2015

The New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football will host the Detroit Lions. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 21st to follow the scoring resorts of their one day league fantasy roster picks.

Following the results of the action of Sunday the New Orleans Saints are eliminated from the playoffs with the victories by the Vikings and Seahawks. The Lions were eliminated last week. The Saints are 5-8 and broke a four game losing streak with a road win at Tampa Bay 24-17. The 17 points allowed last week were the lowest the team has allowed all season. The Saints are 32nd in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 30.5 points per game. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in rush and pass defense. On the other side of the football the Saints are the number three offense in the NFL as they average 395 yards per game despite losing many weapons the past few seasons.

The Detroit Lions are going through another down season with a record of 4-9. They are losers of two straight after dropping a 21-14 road decision at the St Louis Rams. The defense has dipped down to 28th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 25.8 points per game. The Lions offense has underperformed. They are 23rd in total and scoring offense as they put up just 20.5 points per game. The run game has not done much as the Lions are 32nd and last in the league running for 79.3 yards per game.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

The seven year veteran quarterback has completed 65% of his throws this season with 24 touchdowns and 13 picks. Last week in the loss at the Rams, Stafford hit on 65% of his passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Stafford is on a three game run where he has thrown multiple touchdown passes. He has a total of nine touchdown passes over his past three games. Stafford will be throwing passes to a bad defensive team.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie running back has rushed for 437 yards on 116 carries with a touchdown. He does have a receiving touchdown on the campaign. The Lions have run poorly and Abdullah has rushed for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. He had seven carries for 23 yards last week. Abdullah has not rushed for 100 yards on the campaign and his best rushing performance was at home against Philadelphia where he ran for 63 yards on 16 carries.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

Johnson leads the Lions with 71 catches for 981 yard with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career low 13.8 yards per catch average on the season which is four yards below his career best 17.8 yards per reception he had in 2013. Last week against the Rams Johnson had a season low one catch for 16 yards. The injury report indicates that Johnson is probable for this team as he has an ankle injury.

Detroit Lions Defense

It is hard to make a case for the Lions as they sit 28th in the league in scoring defense. They are defending a very good offensive team on the road in the Superdome who plays well when they are in the spotlight.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

The veteran quarterback has completed 67.8% of his throws for 3794 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has two touchdowns hitting 75% of his throws last week in the win at Tampa Bay and two weeks ago he threw for 3 touchdowns at home to Carolina. Brees has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Tim Hightower

With the running back position suffering injuries its Tim Hightower getting the start. He had 28 carries last week at Tampa Bay and ran for 85 yards.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Brandin Cooks

The second year wide out leads the Saints with 64 catches for 869 yards with seven touchdowns. He 13.6 yards per catch average is over three yards greater than his numbers in his rookie campaign.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Drew Brees (Saints)

WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints)

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NFL Week 14 Weekend Highlights

Seattle is on a roll

In the past 3 weeks Russell Wilson has scored 14 touchdowns, 8 of which were to his favorite target Doug Baldwin. This team is matching their stiff defense with an explosive offense that has scored 29 or more points for the past 5 weeks. These two led the weekend in fantasy points as well with Russell Wilson totaling 32.28 fantasy points with 292 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns while Doug Baldwin had 6 catches for 82 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.

As impressive as those numbers are, Baldwin wasn’t the only receiver to score big this weekend. Tyler Lockett had 2 receiving touchdowns for himself and over 100 receiving yards for a total of 28.4 fantasy points and 4th on the list of fantasy performers for the weekend, putting Seahawks players at 1st, 2nd, and 4th for the weekend, the clear winning stack of the week.

Golden Tate takes over in Megatron’s absence

While Calvin Johnson did take the field, he only had one catch this weekend on 5 targets, far from how we saw him performing just a couple weeks ago. Stafford and Johnson both have yet to produce the video game numbers from Thanksgiving. Golden Tate however took over with 9 catches on 10 targets (very impressive efficiency), with 60 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns for a total of 28.5 fantasy points, for third on our list of weekend fantasy performers.

Green Bay Running Backs

Very rarely do we see multiple running backs on the same team generating good fantasy value. Generally, in committee running schemes, the hot running back of the day will get most of the attempts while the others see little action. This weekend however saw big fantasy performances from both Starks and Lacy. Starks had 2 touchdowns, 1 receiving and 1 rushing for a total of 26.3 fantasy points. While lacy only had 1 touchdown, he beat out Starks in yardage with 124 rushing yards and a total of 21.8 fantasy points.

Jordan Reed may be the only promising player on the Redskins

While the Redskins still are in the hunt with a 6-7 record and a win over the Bears this weekend, they have clearly been very subpar this season. The one shining light however is Jordan Reed who caught 9 passes on 9 targets this weekend, leading the charts at Tight End with 120 receiving yards, a touchdown, and 27 fantasy points.

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Green Bay Packers versus Detroit Lions Thursday Night Football Real Money League Fantasy Picks 12-3-2015

Thursday Night Football will feature NFC North rivals as the Detroit Lions will be hosting the Green Bay Packers. NFL fantasy league GM’s can tune to CBS TV on December 3rd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

In their first of two meetings this season back on November 15th it was a very low scoring game as the Lions earned the 18-16 road victory to the Packers. The Lions put up a very good defensive effort in their win as the Detroit offense generated just 287 yards in their win. The run game produced very little with 45 yards rushing on 26 carries. Matthew Stafford had a good game hitting on 24 of 38 throws for 242 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Aaron Rodgers threw a high volume of passes in the loss as he went 35 of 61 for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Packers too had no success on the ground with 47 yards rushing on 18 carries.

 

The Lions are playing their best football of the season as they enter on a three game win streak to move their record to 4-7. This all came since the bye week when the team made changes to their assistant coaching staff. Lions have defended much better by allowing no greater than 16 points to their three opponents during this win streak. They had a very good performance last week in their 45-14 home victory to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Lion offense had 430 yards with 322 passing and 108 on the ground. Detroit executed very well inside the red zone last week going a perfect 6 of 6 in those situations.

 

The Green Bay Packers are 7-4 and has lost three of their past four games since their bye week after a 17-13 defeat last week at home to the Chicago Bears. The Packers offense had 365 yards in the loss and was balanced as they rushed for 177 yards. Where they struggled was in the red zone and with turnovers. The team was 0 of 2 in the red zone and had a -2 turnover margin. Aaron Rodgers has not been able to make the big play as the team has struggled with impact wide receiver Jordy Nelson on the sidelines with a season long injury.

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

 

Aaron Rodgers

 

The veteran signal caller has completed 52% or fewer throws in three of his past four games. Last week Rodgers hit on 51.2% of his throws for 202 yards with a touchdown and pick.

 

Green Bay Packers RB:

 

Eddie Lacy

 

Lacy has taken some criticism as he looks like he has put on some weight and looks out of shape. He had 105 rushing yards last week on 17 carries for his second straight 100 yard game.

 

Green Bay Packers WR:

 

Randall Cobb

 

The Packers veteran wide out leads the team with 58 catches for 627 yards with six touchdowns. Cobb is only averaging 11.8 yards per catch on the year which is well below the 14 yards per catch average he had in his past two seasons with the team. Cobb has just two touchdown receptions over his past eight games.

 

Detroit Lions QB:

 

Matthew Stafford

 

Stafford is completing 65% of his throws this year for 2944 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 picks. Last week in the win against Philadelphia Stafford hit on 71% of his passes for 337 yards with five touchdowns.

 

Detroit Lions RB:

 

Ameer Abdullah

 

The rookie running back has 96 rushes for 347 yards with a touchdown. He is averaging 3.6 yards per carry on the year. In their win against the Eagles, Abdullah had 16 carries for 63 yards. His rushing touchdown came in week one and he has none since.

 

Detroit Lions WR:

 

Calvin Johnson

 

The veteran wide receiver leads the Lions with 67 catches for 921 yards with six touchdowns. He is averaging a career worst 13.7 yards per catch. Johnson had a big game in the win against the Eagles on Thanksgiving with eight receptions for 93 yards with three touchdowns.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Matthew Stafford (Lions)

RB: Eddie Lacy (Packers)

WR: Calvin Johnson (Lions)

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NFL Thanksgiving We Build Champions Fantasy Football Lineup

The Stack between Matthew Stafford was the Key pick of the day with those two connecting for 3 passing touchdowns against the Eagles. Stafford threw an additional touchdown to both Theo Riddick and Golden creating huge fantasy value for himself and his receivers. Beyond the Lions offense, Carolina Defense was the next key value pick to lock in on as they had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. In small game slates, such as yesterday, a couple of your picks can make or break you as failing to pick Calvin Johnson (who’s ownership was somewhere in the area of 70-80% depending on the contest) pretty much guaranteed you would be out of the money.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-21-2015

Minnesota Vikings versus Detroit Lions NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

It will be an NFC North divisional matchup from week seven from the NFL as the Detroit Lions will host the Minnesota Vikings. Fantasy football draft GM’s can check out this game on FOX at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday October 25th to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

This will already be the second meeting of the year between these two clubs. Back on September 20th it was Minnesota with the 26-16 home victory. The Vikings ran the ball effectively in the win with 199 yards on 42 carries. Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards on his 29 carries. Detroit had run problems in the defeat with 38 yards on 16 carries.

Minnesota enters the game with a record of 3-2. They come off a victory last week by the score of 16-10 at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Vikings shut out the Chiefs for a little more than three quarters. They limited the Chiefs to just 57 yards on the ground on 18 carries and 0 of 2 inside the red zone. The Vikings have defended very well on the year. They are number two in the NFL in scoring defense as they limit opponents to just 16.6 points a game on the year. The defense carries this Vikings team as the club has stubbed its toe on the offense side of the football. They are 32nd and last in passing offense throwing for 179 yards a game and 29th and fourth worst in scoring by averaging 19.2 points a contest.

It has been a nightmare season in 2015 for the Detroit Lions. The club is 1-5 and is coming off their first win of the season by beating the Chicago Bears last week in overtime by the score of 37-34. The Lions took a 34-31 lead with 21 seconds remaining but allowed Chicago to position for a game tying 29 yard field goal as time expired. Despite the victory the Lions surrendered 444 yards of offense to the Bears.

Minnesota Vikings QB:

Teddy Bridgewater:

The second year starter has disappointed in 2015. There was a lot of positive talk about Bridgewater coming out of preseason. He is completing 64% of his throws for 1023 yards with just three touchdowns and four picks. In the win against the Chiefs Bridgewater hit on 17 of 31 throws for 249 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

Minnesota Vikings RB:

Adrian Peterson

The veteran running back is getting most of the work in the backfield for the Vikings. Peterson is rushing for 432 yards with three touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.3 yards per carry which is below is 4.9 yards per run career average. Against the Chiefs Peterson ran for only 60 yards on 26 carries.

Minnesota Vikings WR:

Mike Wallace

Many pundits were looking for big plays from Wallace as he came over in free agency to Minnesota. He has 22 catches for 256 yards and a touchdown. His biggest reception in 2015 has come for only 22 yards. Wallace is averaging just 11.6 yards per catch.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

The seventh year quarterback is hitting on 64% of his throws for 1610 yards with ten touchdowns and nine picks. He is getting very little production from his run game. After getting benched in a loss to Arizona, Stafford responded with 405 passing yards with four touchdowns and a pick in the win against the Bears.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie is getting an opportunity but he has not made the most of it with just 3.3 yards per carry on his 54 rushing attempts thus far.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

Mega-Tron has caught 38 balls for 488 yards and two touchdowns. He had his best game of the year last week in the win against Chicago with six receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

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Denver Broncos versus Detroit Lions
Sunday Night Fantasy NFL Picks 9-27-2015

Sunday Night Football features the Detroit Lions at home welcoming into town Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Fantasy Football draft managers will tune to NBC TV on September 27th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their roster picks.

Denver enters play with a mark of 2-0. After an ugly 19-13 home win to Baltimore in Week 1 the team traveled to Kansas City on a short week for a Thursday night battle they won 31-24. Peyton Manning had a touchdown pass in the closing seconds to tie it and the Broncos returned a Chiefs fumble for a touchdown just seconds later for the outright win. The Broncos have defended very well this year as they are at the top of the league in total defense as they surrender just 255 yards per game. Denver is number one against the pass by allowing 145 yards passing per game to their opponents. The running game has sputtered this year as the team runs for just 65 yards per game ranking 29th in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions are a desperate 0-2 team as the take the field in their home opener. They began the year with road games at San Diego and Detroit to start the year. The Lions blew a big lead to San Diego in week one by getting outscored 23-7 in the second half of a 33-28 road defeat. Last week the Lions traveled to division rival Minnesota Vikings and were defeated 26-16. The Lions have struggled on the defensive side of the football by ranking 31st and second to last in total defense by giving up 416 yards per game. Teams run for 147 yards and average 29 points per game on the Lions ranking the club amongst the bottom teams at 28th this year.

Denver Broncos QB:

Peyton Manning

The veteran signal caller threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has thrown a pick in each game of this season. Manning was clutch in that Thursday night game as he threw a game tying touchdown in the final seconds of the game.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

The Broncos continue to play running back by committee which hurts NFL fantasy draft managers. Hillman leads the club with 75 yards rushing on 21 carries for just 3.6 yards per run.

C.J. Anderson

The third year pro running back has 24 carries for just 56 yards which averages out to 2.3 yards per run. He ran for 27 yards on Thursday night against Kansas City on 12 carries.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

Thomas leads the Broncos with 15 catches for 176 yards. He longest catch was for 22 yards and has no touchdown receptions on the campaign.

Emmanuel Sanders:

Sanders have 16 catches for 152 yards with two touchdowns. He is well below his 13 yards per catch average during his career.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

It has been a tough start of the year for Stafford who has thrown for four touchdowns but has three picks on the year. He has completed 61% of his throws this year for 532 yards.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie running back had much of his potential shine in the preseason. Now in the regular season Abdullah had 13 carries for 59 yards with a touchdown and a long run for 24 yards.

Joique Bell

Looks like Bell will be losing his carries to Abdullah as Bell has run for just 16 yards on ten carries for 1.6 yards a carry.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

The veteran wide out has 12 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Johnson averages 16 yards per catch in his career but just 10 yards a catch in 2015. He was targeted 17 times last week at Minnesota and caught ten balls for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Golden Tate

Tate has ten catches for 104 yards. In the Vikings game last week Tate in his six catches averaged 13.3 yards per reception.

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Fantasy Football – NFL Preview – Detroit Lions

Daily Fantasy Sports managers, it`s time to play some Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. Get ready for the new and improved way to Play Daily Fantasy Football, starting September 10th.

The hiring of Jim Caldwell as head coach of the Detroit Lions last year, made an immediate impact to the success of the team. They finished with a 11-5 record, and made the playoffs as a wild card team. They`ve lost the first round to the Dallas Cowboys 24-20. The Lions want to go a step further this season, despite losing a lot of their best player in the offseason.

Cash Draft Offensive analysis

QB Matthew Stafford will be entering his 7th season in the NFL. The 2009 first-overall pick had more than 4500 yards between 2011 and 2013. Last year, he completed 363 pass for 4257 yards and 22 touchdowns while having 12 interceptions. Even if his passing game has slowed down, that doesn`t mean that he isn`t a overall elite quarterback. He has developped his running skill quite nicely in the last few seasons, and has also reduced the fumbles over the years.

RB Joique Bell has now taken the full time running back spot, when Reggie Bush left for San Francisco. Bell had 860 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns in 2014. His fantasy value will be tested early. If he isn`t able to fulfill the job of the number 1, RB Ameer Abdullah will be right there waiting for the opportunity to steal playing time from Bell. Abdullah is the 2nd round pick of the 2015 draft, for the Lions. He has shown great skills with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, acquiring 1611 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in 2014. Abdullah is an explosive running back, and also has the ability to receive the ball.

WR Calvin Johnson has been face of the franchise for several years now. Last year, he has collected 71 receptions for a 1077 yards and 8 touchdowns. Despite entering his 30`s, he`s still likely to have a few more good seasons ahead of him.

WR Golden Tate had his first season with more than a 1000 yards, last year. He caught 99 times for 1331 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2014. He`s not as tall as Johnson, which limits him for touchdown opportunities. But he`ll look to lead the team in receiving yards once again.

WR T.J. Jones has missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury and is currently listed as the 5th receiver. But the 23 years-old has football blood in his veins. He has played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and he had the game winning catch during the 2013 BCS National Championship. His last year in the NCAA, he had 70 receptions for 1108 yards and 9 touchdowns. He could be a real fantasy sleeper this year.

TE Eric Ebron came in as a rookie with big promises. But he has failed to attend those in his first year in the NFL. He finished the year with 25 receptions for 248 yards and a single touchdown. This year, the North Carolina alumni will have a second chance to prove he is not a fluke. The Lions would love to find someone at this position, who can complement with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

Cash Draft Defensive analysis

The Defensive line took a turn for the worse, as DT`s Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley both left in the offseason. They were able to find one replacement in DT Haloti Ngata, who has the ability to stuff the run. DE Ziggy Ansah came in second behind Suh in sacks, last year. And now that Suh is gone, he will be relied upon heavily for the pass rush, this year.

MLB Stephen Tulloch will be making his return to the Lions lineup, after missing time due to injury. He was bound for a great season before he tore his ACL, after celebrating a sack. Tulloch leads a tremendous linebacker squad that includes Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Van Noy and two time Detroit Lions Defensive MVP DeAndre Levy.

FS Glover Quin had a suprisingly good year for the Lions. He led the team with 7 interceptions. SS James Ihedigbo will continue to scare opposing teams with his big hits ability. There`s still a few questions about the cornebacks. CB`s Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis will start this year, but the Lions have drafted Alex Cater and Quandre Diggs to provide depht and to become the eventual starters.

The departure of Ndamukong Suh will drop down this defense a few ranks in fantasy lists. They did improve against the run, with their offseason acquisitions. So look for this squad to still have some good games here and there, this year.

Fantasy Football Outlook

The Detroit Lions are contenders for the NFC North crown. But it will be hard against the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, who are also extremely good teams.

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