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.
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron has been learning more than just the one position and recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast he expected to line up in the slot half the time.
Insight: The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew and Reggie Bush out of the backfield, so we don't believe he'll be a viable fantasy option this season, but in 2015-16 he certainly should be.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles is closing in on a full recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Broyles suffered a catastophic injury in each of the last three years -- two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles. He didn't see many targets when he was active last season, even when Nate Burleson was out with a fractured arm. Burleson signed with the Cleveland Browns, but Detroit inked Golden Tate to a big contract and drafted tight end Eric Ebron 10th overall. While his recovery is a good story, Broyles won't have any fantasy value this year.
Description: Halfback Joique Bell will stay with the Lions on a new three-year, $9.3 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: Bell was one of fantasy's pleasant surprises last season, contributing 1,201 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns in his 16 appearances. He won't see as big a workload as Reggie Bush but Bell is still worth owning in all formats.
Description: The Lions have released wide receiver Nate Burleson. SOURCE: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Burleson reeled in 39 catches for 461 yards last season. His best year came in 2004 when he went over 1,000 yards for the Vikings while scoring nine touchdowns. Burleson shouldn't be a free agent for long but we'll have to see where he ends up before recommending him as a fantasy option.
Description: The Lions will be without Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Sunday. SOURCE: Eric Karabell, ESPN
Insight: Johnson is sitting out with a sprained knee. He'll probably have the knee operated on shortly after the season. With Johnson sidelined, it appears Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon will win the NFL receiving yards title. He's at 1,562 yards through 13 games. Johnson had 1,492 yards in his 14 games this season.
Description: Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson will probably need knee surgery after the season. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Apparently Johnson has some loose bodies in his knee that need to be cleaned out. He's just eight yards away from his third consecutive 1,500 yard receiving season, which would be an NFL record. He'll be a game-time call today against Minnesota.
Description: Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) didn't practice Friday, according to Tim Twentyman of detroitlions.com.
Insight: Johnson has struggled over the past three weeks, unfortunately the three weeks that make up the fantasy playoffs, totaling 12 receptions for 193 yards and zero touchdowns. With nothing to play for, Megatron could be given the week off. Kris Durham and Nate Burleson would get more targets if Johnson sits.
Description: Detroit star wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) missed Thursday's practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Johnson has struggled over the past three weeks, unfortunately the three weeks that make up the fantasy playoffs, totaling 12 receptions for 193 yards and zero touchdowns. With nothing to play for, Megatron could be given the week off. Kris Durham and Nate Burleson would get more targets if Johnson sits.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a sore knee.
Insight: Bell was used a season-high 30 times last Sunday as he totaled 154 combined yards and a touchdown, but the workload may have taken its toll on the running back. We will know more later in the week.
Description: Rumors persist that Detroit star wide receiver Calvin Johnson owners has been playing with a partially torn PCL.
Insight: Johnson has struggled over the past three weeks, unfortunately the three weeks that make up the fantasy playoffs, totaling 12 receptions for 193 yards and zero touchdowns. If he is injured at least we would have a reasonable explanation for the drop in production.
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) is not guaranteed to play Sunday against the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com think he'll suit up.
Insight: Johnson will be a true game-time decision in the biggest week of the fantasy season, and he plays at 4:05 p.m. ET, which could put some fantasy owners in a bind.
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who was on crutches earlier in the week, couldn't make it back in time and has been ruled out for Week 16.
Insight: Joseph Fauria, who has been a touchdown machine in his rookie season (seven of his 12 receptions have gone for touchdowns), will get the start but he'll let you down if he doesn't catch a touchdown.
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew was seen on crutches Wednesday at the team's practice facility. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: That won't help his chances of playing Sunday against the Giants. He's listed as questionable with an ankle injury though he might be closer to doubtful. Joseph Fauria, who has been a touchdown machine in his rookie season (seven of his 12 receptions have gone for touchdowns), would likely get the start if Pettigrew can't play in Week 16.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush is active for Monday night's game against the Ravens. He was sidelined by a calf injury last week in Philadelphia. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, Lions.com
Insight: Fantasy owners who weren't able to get Bush out of their lineup in time last Sunday probably don't have much to play for in Week 15. If you were one of the lucky ones who got Bush out in time, make sure to get him back in your lineup this week. Let's hope he makes it through warmups unscathed this time around.
Description: Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.
Insight: Just what Dallas needed - anothe injury at linebacker. They were already without their best "backer" in Sean Lee and also lost Ernie Sims in the game to a neck injury. No wonder Eddie Lacy ran so well.
Description: Lions beat writer Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press expects running back Reggie Bush (calf) to play Monday night against the Ravens.
Insight: Bush suffered a calf injury during practice last week and aggravated it when he slipped during warmups on Sunday. He's expected to play his regular allotment of snaps if he's active, but fantasy owners who don't also have Joique Bell are taking a risk starting him with no other options available Monday.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (calf) said he expects to play in Week 15, but fantasy owners would like to see him practice before putting him in the lineup.
Insight: Bush aggravated his calf injury during practice last week but was in line to play against Philadelphia, then had problems in warmup and didn't play a single down. With a game on Monday night, owners who don't own Joique Bell, will have a tough decision to make.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (calf) said he expects to play in Week 15, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The running back was a late scratch in Week 14 against the Eagles after he slipped in the snow during warmups and aggravated his calf injury.
Insight: Bush suffered the injury during practice last week but was in line to play against Philadelphia. Joique Bell ended up starting and handling 27 touches in the blizzard conditions. Because Detroit plays Monday against the Ravens, its first official practice of the week will come Thursday.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush will be questionable for Week 15 following the very, very late scratch from the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Bush slipped and aggravated his calf injury during warmups resulting in his not playing Sunday against Philadelphia. Unfortunately, it was just before the kickoff that fantasy owners got the news and many couldn't make a lineup change in time.
Description: Lions halfback Reggie Bush slipped and aggravated his calf injury during warmups and wasn't able to start Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Joique Bell was in the backfield for the Lions' first offensive series. There's been no definitive word from the team as to whether or not Bush will play, but given the snowy weather conditions there probably won't be a lot of offense in this game anyway.
Description: Lions halfback Reggie Bush slipped and aggravated his calf injury during warmups and is now questionable for Sunday's game versus the Eagles. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: If you have Joique Bell as a handcuff to Bush, you have about six minutes to get him into your lineup. Keep in mind, the snowy conditions in Philadelphia probably won't be conducive to fantasy success. The snow is affecting many games around the NFL so fantasy owners shouldn't expect a high-scoring week.
Description: It sounds like Detroit halfback Reggie Bush will suit up for Sunday's game in Philadelphia. He had been listed as questionable with a calf injury. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It's a hugely important game for both teams and the Lions need their star running back to play a pivotal role. He's coming off a successful outing versus Green Bay (117 yards rushing, 1 TD) and should have another strong game Sunday against the Eagles' 19th-ranked run defense.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (calf) practiced Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Insight: Bush missed the previous two days of practice. According to Tim Twentyman of detroitlions.com, Bush looked "pretty good" in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday, but the team is not ready to make him a sure thing to play Sunday.
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson appeared to tweak his knee on an end-zone jump ball in the third quarter Thursday against Green Bay. He returned to the game after being checked out on the sideline, but wasn't targeted again after that.
Insight: Johnson had 101 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the game, but Sam Shields fell on his knee after making an interception on an underthrown Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone. The Lions went up 33-10 with 13:06 left in the fourth quarter and stuck mostly with the run game after that, so that may explain Johnson's lack of targets. He has 10 days to heal up before playing at Philadelphia in Week 14.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had 94 rushing yards on 19 carries, 34 receiving yards on three catches and one touchdown Thursday against the Packers.
Insight: The Lions controlled the pace of the game from the outset and ran the ball 43 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns. While Bell has remained involved in the offense as a backup to Reggie Bush, his production has been inconsistent. The 27-year-old has 813 yards from scrimmage (435 rushing, 378 receiving) and six scores in 12 games.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush lost a fumble early in Thursday's game against the Packers but coach Jim Schwartz stuck with him and Bush provided 182 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 25 touches (20 carries, five receptions).
Insight: Bush has lost three fumbles over the last five games. After producing 117 rushing yards and 65 receiving yards Thursday, Bush has 854 rushing yards on 180 carries (4.7 ypc), 448 receiving yards on 45 catches and five touchdowns.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns with three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) Thursday against the Packers.
Insight: Stafford picked up his first career win against Green Bay and Detroit's first win on Thanksgiving since 2003. The QB has turned the football over seven times over his last two games but he's also thrown for 627 yards and six touchdowns.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (3 TD, 4 INT, 297 yards) struggled in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Insight: His four interceptions Sunday were a season-high. Over his last two games, Stafford has logged a miserable 68.2 quarterback rating on 92 pass attempts. With the Lions now tied with Chicago for first in the division, he'll need to get back on track quickly. Detroit's next game is Thursday against the Packers.
Description: Bucs corner Darrelle Revis will be asked to cover Calvin Johnson on Sunday. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: Revis may be the toughest defender Johnson has faced all season but at 6-foot-5, he does have a significant height advantage (Revis is only 5-foot-11). Johnson had just one catch for 13 yards the last time he faced Revis back in 2010. Obviously, if you own Megatron, you have to start him.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (foot) got in a full practice session Friday, according to Tim Twentyman of detroitlions.com.
Insight: Bell suffered a foot injury late in the third quarter of Sunday's game, but he should be able to play in Week 12. He saw more work than Reggie Bush against the Steelers due to Bush's fumble and some sloppy weather conditions, but Bush will be back in the lead role at Ford Field Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Description: Detroit wideout Nate Burleson (arm) is probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after being cleared for contact Friday. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, detroitlions.com
Insight: Burleson hasn't played since September after breaking his arm in a car accident. The 32-year-old averaged 7.7 targets, 6.3 receptions and 79.7 yards in the first three games and should see plenty of targets against the Buccaneers with Calvin Johnson shadowed by Darrelle Revis.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson is on his usual schedule, missing Wednesday's practice, but returning for Thursday's activities.
Insight: Johnson has 746 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 35 catches his last four games worth an average of 35 fantasy points. Darrelle Revis or not, he's the best wide receiver option this weekend.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (foot) missed Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Bell suffered a foot injury late in the third quarter of Sunday's game. Coach Jim Schwartz said Bell was cleared to return to the game, but the running back didn't and was limping after the game. Bell said he doesn't think it is a Lisfranc injury, but he's questionable for Week 12.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson snagged six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, but all his production came in the first half.
Insight: Pittsburgh made some serious halftime adjustments after allowing more than 300 yards passing and 27 points in the first half. Megatron and the Lions were both shut out in the second half. Still, Johnson has 746 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 35 catches his last four games.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush missed Friday's practice but is active for Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Bush said he missed practice as a precaution for an issue that is unrelated to the knee injury that caused him to miss a game earlier this season, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Start him as always.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson missed Thursday's practice.
Insight: It's only news because Megatron usually has Wednesday off and returns on Thursday. He didn't practice either day this week. That will make fantasy owners nervous after his surprise inactive status in Week 5. This makes his presence/absence at Friday's practice session much more significant.
Description: The Lions confirmed Monday that Ryan Broyles will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.
Insight: Broyles has now suffered three catastophic injuries in the last two calendar years -- two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles. Broyles was expected to step up as the team's No. 2 wideout following the injury to Nate Burleson, but it was Kris Durham who ended up becoming a secondary target for Matthew Stafford. Durham will continue to serve that role until Burleson returns later this season.
Description: Detroit wideout Ryan Broyles looks to have suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon Sunday against the Cowboys. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, Lions.com
Insight: There are more tests coming but all indications are that Broyles' season is over. Broyles had sleeper potential heading into the year but this injury is going to be pretty difficult to come back from.
Description: Detroit QB Matthew Stafford blew up for a career-high 488 yards Sunday in a 31-30 win over Dallas.
Insight: He ran for the game-winning score on a brilliant fake with 12 seconds remaining. Stafford is now on pace to throw for 5,234 yards, which would be the third-highest single-season total in NFL history.
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson had one of the greatest games in NFL history Sunday against the Cowboys.
Insight: Johnson finished the afternoon with a jaw-dropping 329 yards on 14 catches. He scored once and was stopped at the one on two other occasions. His yardage total was the highest we've seen in the NFL since Flipper Anderson set a league record with 336 yards back in 1989. Johnson now has 821 yards for the season, which leads the NFL. Keep in mind, he missed a game with a knee injury earlier this season. There's no better receiver in football right now.