Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson thinks the 2015 Lions offense is way ahead of the 2014 version, according to a Detroit News report.
Insight: "Everybody's a little more comfortable with what we're doing," Johnson said of the second season in the Joe Lonbardi offense. For fantasy owners, it appears that Megatron is healthy and that in itself would make the offense better.
Description: Detroit Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah is getting plenty of praise from OC Joe Lombardi.
Insight: The OC has been particularly happy with his better-than-expected receiving skills. We all know that coaches can go overboard at this time of year, but Abdullah could see plenty of action in his first year.
Description: The Detroit Lions selected Nebrask running back Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Insight: Detroit averaged just 1.8 yards before contact while running the ball in 2014, so their blocking certainly needs help. Rather than trying to fix the entire offensive line, the Lions took Abdullah, who loves running straight ahead and hitting defenders. He will be a great complement to Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but it is too early to tell what kind of fantasy impact Abdullah could have in his rookie season.
Description: According to Espn's Chris Mortensen, the Dolphins have an agreement in place for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Insight: It is reportedly worth $114 million with $60 million guaranteed. Miami has seemingly been the front-runner since Suh was not given the franchise tag. He will now head to the AFC, and be a force for the Dolphins' defensive line.
Description: CBS Sports reports the Jaguars will make a strong push for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Insight: The Jaguars have a lot of cash with big-spending owner Shad Khan, so Jacksonville has been linked to several big free agent stars, including Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas. Suh would be a perfect fit for Gus Bradley's defense. Suh will make a lot of money wherever he goes.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush rushed five times for 19 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards.
Insight: Bush is caught in a three-way backfield where Joique Bell gets the majority of the rushing workload and he shares receiving work with Theo Riddick. That makes it nearly impossible to be fantasy worthy.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was targeted 11 times, a reasonable number, but managed to catch just four of them for 39 yards.
Insight: There is a silver lining, two of the four catches went for touchdowns. He's still a superstar receiver, but his numbers are down significantly from last season. He finished with 1,077 yards, his lowest total since 2009.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was as quiet as his quarterback in this one against Minnesota, catching just four passes, for 53 yards.
Insight: Johnson had gone big in the previous two games so this was unfortunate for fantasy owners. If you survived despite the low production from Megatron, he should rebound next weekend against Chicago. He had 11 catches for 146 yards and two TDs against them on Nov 27.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was very quiet in a 16-14 win over Minnesota.
Insight: He was 17-of-28 for 153 yards and one touchdown. The Vikings dominated time of possession and Stafford and the offense couldn't get much going. he should be much better in Week 16 against a very giving Bears defense.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (ankle) was limited on Monday.
Insight: The "limited" tag is a bit misleading, as the Lions did not actually practice. It was simply an assumption of what Bush would have done if Detroit did take the practice field. However, it is definitely worth noting with the Lions facing the Bears on a short week, on Thanksgiving.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (ankle) wasn't out for warmups and the reason why is that he is inactive for Week 12.
Insight: Bush has been a significant disappointment this season. he's played just seven times and produced only one double-digit fantasy total. Joique Bell should be a solid option with Theo Riddick a low end choice.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush did not practice again on Thursday due to his ankle injury.
Insight: Bush aggravated his ankle during Sunday's victory over the Dolphins. He hasn't played well in the shared situation with Joique Bell and Theo Riddick and against a tough Cardinals run defense shouldn't be counted on.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush did not practice on Wednesday due to his ankle injury.
Insight: Bush aggravated his ankle during Sunday's victory over the Dolphins. He played just 19 snaps. Fantasy owners should not count on Bush being ready for Week 11 and can get Theo Riddick and Joique Bell ready.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush's fantasy value, even when he gets healthy, could be in question moving forward as it appears the Lions will use three backs - Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick.
Insight: We are as confused as anyone as to how it will play out, but at the moment it's hard to recommend any of the trio as fantasy worthy.
Description: Lions running back Theo Riddick could be added to the Reggie Bush/Joique Bell tandem going forward after a solid game against Atlanta, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.
Insight: Riddick was Matthews Stafford's primary backfield receiver catching eight balls for 74 yards and a touchdown. A three-man rotation would pretty much rule out any of the trio being fantasy worthy.
Description: Lions tight end Joseph Fauria is inactive for Week 8.
Insight: Fauria joins fellow tight ends Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew on the sidelines. He hasn't been fantasy worthy for a few seasons, but could have been a primary target in Week 8 due to all the injuries to the Lions skill position players.
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring) is inactive for Week 8 versus Atlanta.
Insight: Seems like Matthew Stafford will be missing most of his weapons. Ebron along with fellow tight ends Joseph Fauria and Brandon Pettigrew will join Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush on the sidelines.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate is a must-start in Week 8.
Insight: It is unlikely Calvin Johnson suits up for the game in London on Sunday morning. That leaves Tate as Matthew Stafford's No. 1 target once again. Tate has 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown last week versus the Saints.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is not likely going to play in Week 8 in London according to ESPN's Ed Werner.
Insight: Werder reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell is thinking big picture and with the Lions bye a week away, he will likely sit Megatron and Reggie Bush. We expect the Lions to continue to rely heavily on Joique Bell and Golden Tate. Those guys are must-starts.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision.
Insight: Fortunately for fantasy owners, game-time is 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning so if he doesn't play you have plenty of time to make your alternate plans. Golden Tate will continue to be a borderline WR1 for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons if Megatron sits.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush is not practicing Thursday, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.
Insight: Bush has admitted that the ankle still isn't healed and is bothering him and after his invisible performance in Week 7 fantasy owners shouldn't expect anything against Atlanta in Week 8. His absence would make Joique Bell a solid fantasy option.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. UPDATE: Johnson was able to get in a limited practice session on Wednesday, but is still unlikely to play, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Johnson traveled with the team to London, but there is a slim chance that he plays. Detroit has their bye during Week 9, and owners should hope that he returns for Week 10. In the meantime Golden Tate will continue to be a borderline WR1 for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush laid another fantasy egg in Week 7.
Insight: Bush is becoming a pretty big bust in 2014. He carried the ball just four times for 10 yards and caught five passes for 22 yards. At this point, Joique Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate had another huge game with Calvin Johnson sidelined in Week 7.
Insight: Tate finished with 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, but his big 73-yard touchdown grab did not come until there was four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Over half his fantasy points came on one play.
Description: Coach Jim Caldwell Lions on receiver Calvin Johnson chances to play in Week 7 - "miracles can happen."
Insight: The translation for fantasy owners is get your backups in the lineup Megatron isn't playing. Yes, miracles can happen and you might hit the lottery tonight, but the odds are extemely tilted against you.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush practiced on Wednesday.
Insight: Bush missed Week 6 mostly as a "precaution" according to Bleacher Report. He is fully expected to play against the Saints much to the dismay of Joique Bell owners. Bush has not been good this season, so it is tough to plug him anywhere but the FLEX position or at RB2 in 12-team leagues or larger.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson told Bleacher Report he will be back when he feels he can do everything he has to to play at a high level.
Insight: Bleacher Report also reported Johnson is not there yet. He is going to try and play this week, but coach Jim Caldwell has put out the idea of shutting down Johnson through the Lions' Week 9 bye. In the long-run, that is Detroit's best option.
Description: Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree signed with the New York Giants.
Insight: New York needs wide receiver help after Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon on Sunday night. Ogletree caught 13 passes in 12 games last season with Detroit. He doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate caught seven passes in Sunday's win over the Vikings.
Insight: Owners were hoping for more than the 44 yards he produced, with Calvin Johnson sidelined. Tate did manage 12 targets, and with the potential for Johnson to miss even more time, Tate is a fine WR2 option.
Description: ESPN reporter Michael Rothstein predicts Lions running back Joique Bell to receive between 15-to-18 carries against the Vikings this Sunday.
Insight: Reggie Bush is not expected to play, so Bell will be the go-to back for the Lions. Minnesota has allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opponents running backs, so Bell could be in for his best fantasy day of the year.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush did not practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Bush can still play Sunday if he practices on Friday, but owners should have a backup plan in case he doesn't suit up. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are both practicing, so the Lions have options at running back this week.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain and missed another practice.
Insight: He added that he "hopes" to play in Week 6's contest against the Minnesota Vikings. We have heard this before. Even if he plays will he be a decoy again. Better to sit an not tempt fantasy owners to start him.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush was held out of practice on Wednesday.
Insight: He is dealing with an ankle injury, and his status is up in the air. Bush downplayed the injury, but owners will need to see some progress, as the week progresses. Joique Bell returned to practice for Detroit, but is still in the concussion protocol.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.
Insight: He added that he hopes to play in Week 6's contest against the Minnesota Vikings. However, it may be smart for him to take a week off. Johnson has acted as a decoy the past two weeks, and it would be worthwhile for owners to deal with one week of him being inactive, if it means he will be completely healthy, after.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson' s ankle injury continues to be a problem for the team as well as fantasy owners.
Insight: Before leaving Sunday, Johnson had one catch for seven yards. It would probably be best if he sat out until he gets healthy as if he's active fantasy owners are pretty much forced to start him.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson told teammates that he is playing against the Bills according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. UPDATE: Johnson is active on Sunday.
Insight: Johnson will play, so the bigger question is whether he will be a focal point in the passing attack against the Bills or just a decoy again. Either way, fantasy owners really can't afford to sit the best receiver in the game.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said on Wednesday that his ankle feels better now than it did at any point last week, but according to Adam Schefter there is still a chance he sits Sunday.
Insight: Johnson was basically used as a decoy in Week 4 as he caught two passes for 12 yards against the Jets. He should be healthier against Buffalo in Week 5, but the team could also opt to gamble they can win without him and get him at 100 percent for the following weekend.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate appeared on the Detroit injury list and may have tweaked a hamstring in Thursday's practice.
Insight: Tate has been solid this season, hauling in at least five balls in each of the first four games and cracking the 100-yard mark against the Jets. It's certainly concerning and worth watching how/if he practices Friday.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said on Wednesday that his ankle feels better now than it did at any point last week according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Johnson was basically used as a decoy in Week 4 as he caught two passes for 12 yards against the Jets. He should be closer to 100 percent against Buffalo in Week 5, but he should also receive double coverage.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate caught eight passes for 116 yards.
Insight: With the Jets dedicated to stopping Calvin Johnson, Tate stepped up with a big day. He led the team with 10 targets. Although it was discouraging to see Johnson only get two targets, Tate's play on Sunday will help draw defenders away from Megatron.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford went 24-for-34 with 293 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Jets pass defense in Week 4.
Insight: The Jets completely blanketed Megatron, but Stafford connected with Golden Tate eight times for 116 yards and to Jeremy Ross and Eric Ebron for touchdowns. Stafford has thrown for more than 290 yards in three of the four games to start 2014.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) has been limited in practice this week, but most think its just managing the issue, nit a major problem and he'll be ready to go Sunday.
Insight: Bell has carried the ball 25 times over the first two games, but has fumbled the ball once in each of the first two games. It doesn't matter how well you run, if you put the ball on the turf, you won't get many opportunities.
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron arrived with a lot of hype, but the production isn't there yet.
Insight: The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate along with Joique Bell and Reggie Bush out of the backfield and Ebron has just seven targets, three catches and 38 yards. Ebron should only be owned in keeper leagues.
Description: Fantasy owners can't be happy with Lions running back Reggie Bush over the first two weeks of the season.
Insight: Bush has a total of 96 yards from scrimmage over the pair of games and backup Joique Bell is getting more rushing attempts than he is. Perhaps Bush's knee is more sore than he's let on to the public. This is a shared situation with a quarterback who likes to throw 650-700 times a season.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford couldn't solve the Carolina defense Sunday, throwing 48 times for 291 yards and one touchdowns.
Insight: Stafford did more with less in the season opener against the Giants when he threw just 32 passes, but amassed 346 yards and two scores. He was sacked four times and hurried on numerous others, so give credit to the tough Panthers defense. Stafford should get back on track next weekend versus the Packers against whom he has averaged 304 ypg in seven contests.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell continues to get more work than Reggie Bush, but there is a major concern for fantasy owners.
Insight: Bell has fumbled the ball once in each of the first two games, though he recoved the miscue in the season opener. It doesn't matter how well you run, if you put the ball on the turf, you won't get many opportunities.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had twice as many touches in Sunday's game against Carolina than Reggie Bush.
Insight: Neither running back was very productive on the ground, but Bell caught six passes for 61 yards. He also rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries. Bush gained 26 rushing yards on six carries and caught two passes for six yards. At this point, Bell has just as much value as Bush does because it looks like they will truly share the backfield this season.
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was back at practice Thursday.
Insight: Pettigrew shares time with Joseph Fauria and rooke Eric Ebron and is a non-factor for fantasy owners. He caught just 41 balls for 416 yards and two scores last season and had one catch for nine yards in the opener.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush is dealing with knee soreness, but was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Insight: That's an upgrade from Wednesday and bodes well for his being ready for Sunday's matchup against Carolina. The Panthers held Tampa Bay to 14 points and 113 yards on the ground and will be a good test for the Lions' running game.
Description: Wideout Kris Durham was cut by the Detroit Lions
Insight: Durham had a history with Matthew Stafford (at Georgia) and when the Lions were short of healthy receivers last season he stepped in to catch 38 balls for 490 yards and a pair of scores. The team is deeper and healthier this season which made him expendable.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) "cut and accelerated with ease" during team portions of practice Tuesday, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Bell sat out OTAs and minicamp due to a knee injury he's been dealing with since last season. The 27-year-old had 1,197 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 219 touches (166 carries) last season. He's expected to have closer to a 50 percent split of the touches with Reggie Bush this season after Bush had 277 touches in 14 games a year ago.
Description: Mlive.com predicts Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's targets will decline in 2014 after the team brought in Golden Tate and drafted Eric Ebron.
Insight: Johnson drew 12 targets per game over the past two seasons, including 11.1 last year. Even if his targets drop, he's still going to see at least 10 per game and should have to face fewer double and triple coverages this season due to Detroit's new weapons. That should mean a catch-per-target rate closer to his 2012 rate of 59.5 percent than last season's 53.8 percent. Johnson is a monster and should be the top receiver drafted in all leagues, but he's probably a little overvalued in auction drafts. His average value in ESPN.com auctions is $50.50, well above Demaryius Thomas' $39.20, A.J. Green's $37.50, Dez Bryant's $35.6, Brandon Marshall's $32.2 and Julio Jones' $30.60.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate has been removed from the active/PUP list and is on the practice field.
Insight: Tate was dealing with a sore shoulder in the spring, but was never in real danger of missing training camp time. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate has been placed on the active/PUP list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: It's unclear what's ailing Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Lions this offseason. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) has gained clearance to run at full speed, according to mlive.com.
Insight: "I'm feeling 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm feeling great." Bell sat out OTAs and minicamp due to a knee injury he's been dealing with since last season. The 27-year-old had 1,197 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 219 touches (166 carries) last season. He's expected to have closer to a 50 percent split of the touches with Reggie Bush this season after Bush had 277 touches in 14 games a year ago.