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Golden Tate, WR7/28/2014 11:42:00 AM
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.
Golden Tate, WR7/23/2014 5:35:00 PM
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.
Joique Bell, RB7/8/2014 9:53:00 PM
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.
Brandon Pettigrew, TECold7/4/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew apparently can see the handwriting on the wall and is "embracing" his role as a blocker, says Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Pettigrew isn't the player he once was and the addition on rookie Eric Ebron should make Pettigrew a non-factor for fantasy owners.
Eric Ebron, TE7/1/2014 10:44:00 AM
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.
Chris Houston, CB6/13/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: The Lions have released cornerback Chris Houston. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Houston had toe surgery a month ago and has been slow to recover. He's logged at least one interception in each of his last six seasons.
Tony Scheffler, TE6/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Former Broncos and Lions tight end Tony Scheffler is calling it quits after eight NFL seasons. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Scheffler suffered his third concussion last year before getting cut by Detroit He'll finish his career with 258 catches, 3,207 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in 107 games.
Ryan Broyles, WR5/25/2014 9:59:00 PM
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.
Ndamukong Suh, DT5/5/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: The Lions are not looking to trade Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. SOURCE: Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Insight: Suh was a first team All-Pro selection in 2013, the third time he's received that honor since joining the league in 2010. He's not scheduled to hit free agency until 2016.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE3/14/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Although courted by the New York Jets and others, Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew has agreed to a four-year deal with the Lions.
Insight: Pettigrew isn't an explosive tight end in the Jimmy Graham mold, but when healthy he's been a consistent contributor in an offense that throws the ball 650-700 times a year.
Golden Tate, WR3/12/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Former Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate has agreed to a five-year deal with Detroit. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: That should take some of the pressure off Calvin Johnson. Tate made 64 catches for 898 yards last season. Both of those were career-highs. He's a WR3 in most fantasy formats.
Joique Bell, RB3/11/2014 6:27:00 PM
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.
Kevin Ogletree, WR3/11/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Detroit retained wideout Kevin Ogletree for another season as they came to terms on a one-year deal.
Insight: Ogletree doesn't figure to be a major contributor next season as the Lions are thought to be picking a top wide receiver early in this year's draft.
Nate Burleson, WR2/15/2014 11:25:00 AM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/29/2013 11:39:00 AM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/29/2013 11:02:00 AM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/27/2013 12:51:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/26/2013 12:37:00 PM
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.
Joique Bell, RB12/25/2013 10:58:00 PM
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.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE12/25/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been ruled out for Week 17 as the tyeam has placed him on the injured reserve.
Insight: Joseph Fauria, who has been a touchdown machine in his rookie season (seven of his 15 receptions have gone for touchdowns), will get the start.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/24/2013 2:47:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/22/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: Calvin Johnson owners can breathe again as the All-Pro receiver is active for Week 16.
Insight: Johnson was a true game-time decision in the biggest week of the fantasy season. He may not be 100 percent, but that should still be good enough for fantasy owners.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/22/2013 12:41:00 PM
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.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE12/20/2013 4:43:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/20/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson missed Wednesday and Thursday's practice, as has become his normal MO, but returned for Friday's session, according to beat writer Tim Twentyman.
Insight: Johnson dropped a couple in the Monday night loss to Baltimore, but is still the best receiver in the league facing a vulnerable Giants secondary.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE12/19/2013 10:13:00 AM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/16/2013 7:35:00 PM
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.
Justin Durant, LB12/16/2013 10:33:00 AM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/14/2013 5:06:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/12/2013 2:25:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR12/12/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson missed Wednesday's practice, as has become his normal MO, but returned for Thursday's session.
Insight: Johnson struggled in the blizzard-like conditions at Philadelphia last week, but he'll be back inside a dome for Sunday's game with Baltimore.
Reggie Bush, RB12/11/2013 1:55:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/9/2013 2:21:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/8/2013 1:08:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/8/2013 12:53:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/8/2013 10:50:00 AM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/6/2013 6:28:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB12/4/2013 4:09:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush missed Wednesday's practice due to a calf injury, according to Tim Twentyman of detroitlions.com.
Insight: Bush practiced Tuesday, so he either suffered the injury then or was simply getting a day off Wednesday. We'll track his progress the rest of the week.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/28/2013 4:19:00 PM
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.
Joique Bell, RB11/28/2013 4:13:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB11/28/2013 4:09:00 PM
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.
Matthew Stafford, QB11/28/2013 4:07:00 PM
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.
Matthew Stafford, QBCold11/24/2013 6:51:00 PM
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.
Nate Burleson, WR11/24/2013 11:52:00 AM
Description: As expected, Lions receiver Nate Burleson will return to the field Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: It's not a bad spot either as Calvin Johnson figures to be covered by Darrelle Revis, which would leave Burleson wide open. Burleson had missed Detroit's last seven games with a broken arm.
Joique Bell, RB11/24/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: Detroit halfback Joique Bell is active for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers.
Insight: Bell had been questionable with a foot injury. Though not an ideal option, you could do worse for a replacement if one of your starters (Marshawn Lynch or LeSean McCoy perhaps) is on bye.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/24/2013 11:29:00 AM
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.
Joique Bell, RB11/22/2013 5:13:00 PM
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.
Nate Burleson, WR11/22/2013 4:54:00 PM
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.
Nate Burleson, WR11/21/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Detroit wideout Nate Burleson (arm) put in a full practice Thursday for the first time since breaking his arm in a car accident back in September. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, detroitlions.com
Insight: Burleson could return to the lineup in Week 12 against Tampa Bay. He averaged 7.7 targets, 6.3 receptions and 79.7 yards in the first three games and would be a WR3 if he plays.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/21/2013 1:40:00 PM
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.
Joique Bell, RB11/20/2013 6:15:00 PM
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.
Nate Burleson, WR11/18/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: Detroit wideout Nate Burleson could return for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Burleson hasn't played since breaking his arm in a car/pizza-eating accident almost two months ago. He had been on pace for over 1,000 receiving yards before the injury.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/17/2013 5:34:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB11/17/2013 3:14:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush's benching only lasted one quarter, as he returned to action at the start of the third Sunday against the Steelers.
Insight: Bush lost a fumble early in the second quarter and sat on the bench while Joique Bell handled the workload for the remainder of the quarter.
Reggie Bush, RB11/17/2013 2:34:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush appears to have been benched after fumbling with 12:41 remaining the the second quarter.
Insight: Joique Bell has been playing since Bush's fumble and scored a touchdown with 1:46 left in the quarter. We'll see if Bush gets more playing time in the second half.
Reggie Bush, RB11/17/2013 12:20:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/17/2013 12:17:00 PM
Description: Good news fantasy owners. Lions wideout Calvin Johnson is active for Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Start Megatron as always. No late scratch this time around.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/15/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Good news fantasy owners. Lions wideout Calvin Johnson returned to the practice field on Friday, according to Dave Birkett, beat writer for the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Megatron usually has Wednesday off and returns on Thursday, but missed Thursday this time and had fantasy owners a little concerned. This should ease their stress.
Nate Burleson, WR11/14/2013 1:59:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Nate Burleson (broken arm) is practicing, but will not play in Week 11.
Insight: He's Detroit's No. 2 wideout when healthy, but the team is playing this one safe. They will keep Kris Durham at the spot opposite Calvin Johnson.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/14/2013 1:55:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot11/10/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson hauled in a pair of touchdowns from Matthew Stafford Sunday in a narrow win over the Bears.
Insight: Johnson ended up with 83 yards on six catches. Megatron now has five touchdown receptions in his last three contests. That's the same number he had all of last season.
Nate Burleson, WR11/5/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Nate Burleson (broken arm) has resumed practicing.
Insight: Burleson will probably need a couple more weeks before he's ready for game action. He's Detroit's No. 2 wideout when healthy.
Ryan Broyles, WR10/28/2013 6:13:00 PM
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.
Ryan Broyles, WR10/27/2013 6:40:00 PM
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.
Matthew Stafford, QBHot10/27/2013 6:17:00 PM
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.
Calvin Johnson, WRHot10/27/2013 6:08:00 PM
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.
Reggie Bush, RB10/25/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush missed Friday's practice but he is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
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.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/20/2013 5:37:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson dominated the Bengals for nine catches, 155 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7.
Insight: Johnson's knee is getting closer to 100 percent after he was limited in Week 6 against Cleveland. For his second touchdown, Megatron jumped over three defenders to catch a 50-yard pass in the end zone.
Matthew Stafford, QBHot10/20/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoyed the benefits of a healthy Calvin Johnson Sunday and threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: Two of the scores and 155 yards went to Megatron, who pulled down a jump ball over triple coverage for his second touchdown. Stafford has thrown for seven touchdowns over his last two games and 15 in the first seven. As long as Johnson is active, Stafford should be started in fantasy leagues.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/20/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) expects to be a full go Sunday against Cincinnati, ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports. Johnson practiced every day this week.
Insight: Johnson's knee is not yet 100 percent but he's getting close after playing just 39 of the team's 76 offensive snaps against Cleveland in Week 6. He only had three catches for 25 yards in the game and dropped a diving touchdown during the first quarter. Look for much better production in Week 7.
Joique Bell, RB10/19/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Lions halfback Joique Bell is still hurting from the rib injury he suffered last week against the Browns. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Bell is listed on Detroit's injury report as questionable for Sunday's game versus Cincinnati. If Bell can't play or is limited, which seems likely, starter Reggie Bush (376 yards in 78 rushes) should see more carries.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/18/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was back on the practice field for a third consecutive day Friday and fantasy owners should expect him back to his usual self come Sunday.
Insight: Obviously, this is a great sign for fantasy owners who were worried about Johnson's knee after his ugly production versus the Browns. Still, a huge game against a tough Bengals defense which is top-10 against the pass is unlikely.
Ndamukong Suh, DT10/17/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Another game, another fine for Ndamukong Suh. SOURCE: Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Insight: Suh's wallet is $31,500 lighter today because of his hit on quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 6. The validity of this particular punishment is pretty suspect as Suh's hit appeared to be clean. Obviously the fine has no bearing on Suh's fantasy potential.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/17/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was back on the practice field for a second consecutive day.
Insight: Obviously, this is a great sign for fantasy owners who were worried about Johnson's knee after his lackluster showing Sunday versus the Browns (season-low 25 receiving yards). He should be back to his old tricks this week against the Bengals.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/16/2013 3:14:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, usually a no-show at Wednesday's practices, was on the field today. SOURCE: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Obviously, this is a great sign for fantasy owners who were worried about Johnson's knee after his lackluster showing Sunday versus the Browns (season-low 25 receiving yards). He should be back to his old tricks this week against the Bengals.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/13/2013 6:30:00 PM
Description: Calvin Johnson was quiet in his return from a knee injury Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Johnson caught just three passes for 25 yards. That's Johnson's lowest yardage total since 2010 when the Jets limited him to just one reception for 13 yards. Despite a subpar performance by Johnson, the Lions won to improve their record to 4-2 for the season.
Matthew Stafford, QB10/13/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit QB Matthew Stafford upped his season touchdown total to 12 with a four-touchdown effort Sunday versus Cleveland.
Insight: Amazingly, none of the four touchdowns went to his favorite receiver Calvin Johnson. Stafford is now on pace for 32 scores this season, which would be 12 more than he had in 2012.
Joseph Fauria, TE10/13/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Lions tight end Joseph Fauria had a monster game Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: All three of Fauria's receptions went for touchdowns. Most weeks those end zone passes would have gone to either Calvin Johnson or Tony Scheffler but with both of them hurting, Fauria was able to have the game of his life. We wouldn't expect Fauria to be nearly as effective once Johnson and Scheffler are back at full strength. That could be as soon as next week against the Bengals.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/13/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Lions receiver Calvin Johnson will play in a limited capacity Sunday versus the Browns.
Insight: As Mortensen explained, Johnson's knee "didn't blow up on him" in warmups. That's quite the endorsement. Fantasy owners certainly aren't going to sit him against Cleveland but this isn't likely to be one of Megatron's better weeks.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/13/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson might be limited to third downs and red zone situations Sunday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: Johnson missed last week's game with a knee issue and though it looks like he might play on Sunday, he won't be close to 100 percent. Still, it would be pretty tough for fantasy owners to sit him, even against Browns shutdown corner Joe Haden. He is Megatron, after all. We'll know more about Johnson's status when the inactives are released in about an hour.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/11/2013 11:50:00 AM
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson put in another limited practice Friday and is still expected to be a game-time decision in Week 6.
Insight: Add in that he'll be facing cornerback Joe Haden who has already shut down Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, Greg Jennings, A.J. Green and Stevie Johnson this season and it doesn't bode well for Megatron even if he plays.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/10/2013 2:33:00 PM
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson put in a limited practice on Thursday and will be a game-time decision in Week 6. SOURCE: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Insight: He was mostly limited to individual drills, which makes his status for Sunday's game in Cleveland a bit hazy. Fantasy owners can knock quarterback Matthew Stafford down a peg if Megatron is unavailable for Week 6.
Tony Scheffler, TE10/9/2013 4:16:00 PM
Description: Lions tight end Tony Scheffler missed Wednesday's practice due to a concussion suffered in Sunday's game with Green Bay.
Insight: Another Detroit receiver missing in action. The Lions go to Brandon Pettigrew more than Scheffler, but they do like to run from a double tight end formation. Facing a tough Cleveland defense, we're not excited about many Detroit starters this week.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/9/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson won't practice Wednesday according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: He's still dealing with a knee ailment. Even if Johnson plays Sunday versus Cleveland, he won't have much room to maneuver with shutdown corner Joe Haden covering him.
Matthew Stafford, QB10/6/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looked ordinary without his No. 1 receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) Sunday at Green Bay.
Insight: Stafford threw for 262 yards and one touchdown on 25-of-40 passing. Most of his passes were dumpoffs to running backs or safe passes between the numbers. Stafford shouldn't be counted on as a fantasy starter until Megatron gets back in the lineup.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/6/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Breaking news: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson is inactive Sunday against the Packers due to a knee injury.
Insight: Wow. Megatron is seemingly questionable every week with a knee injury but always plays. Ryan Broyles and Kris Durham will be the top two receivers for Detroit.
Calvin Johnson, WR10/5/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson was back at practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury.
Insight: Megatron is listed as questionable on Detroit's injury report but we're sure he'll be active Sunday against the Packers. The talented wideout has only missed four games in seven NFL seasons with his last absence coming in 2010. He's sixth among fantasy receivers in points this season.
Kevin Ogletree, WR10/2/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: A day after being released by the Buccaneers, Kevin Ogletree has already caught on with Detroit. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Ogletree fills a need for the Lions, who have been looking to replace injured wideout Nate Burleson (eating pizza and driving don't mix apparently). Ogletree could eat up yardage but Calvin Johnson should still see most of the targets when Detroit gets into the red zone.
Reggie Bush, RB9/29/2013 6:33:00 PM
Description: Detroit halfback Reggie Bush burned the Bears for 139 rushing yards in a Week 4 victory at Ford Field.
Insight: Bush showed no signs of the knee injury that caused him to miss last week's game against the Redskins. He added another 34 yards receiving, giving him 433 all purpose yards for the season. Bush should continue to post huge fantasy numbers as long as he's healthy.
Reggie Bush, RB9/29/2013 11:54:00 AM
Description: Lions halfback Reggie Bush is back in the lineup after sitting out Week 3 because of a knee injury.
Insight: He'll give it a go against Chicago. It's not an ideal matchup and the possibility of Joique Bell vulturing away a touchdown or two does exist. Still, Bush brings plenty of receiving yards to the table, a rare quality in a fantasy running back. For that reason alone, Bush should be a decent RB2/flex option in Week 4.
Reggie Bush, RB9/26/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush (knee) practiced again Thursday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Bush should be good to go Sunday against the Bears after sitting out Week 3. The absence was more precautionary than anything else. Bush should be started in all leagues, and while Joique Bell will lose significant value this week he is still a worthwhile flex play because he'll still see action in the passing game and on the goal line.
Calvin Johnson, WR9/26/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will not shadow Calvin Johnson Sunday, according to DetroitLions.com.
Insight: Johnson is a must-start player every week regardless of which cornerback he is facing, but not having to shake off Tillman will help him post big numbers again in Week 4. He had just 15 catches on 44 targets for 187 yards and zero touchdowns in his last three games against Tillman and the Bears.
Tony Scheffler, TE9/25/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Wideout Ryan Broyles might not be the only beneficiary from the Nate Burleson injury - Detroit tight end Tony Scheffler could also see more targets.
Insight: The Lions like to run a double tight end set-up with Brandon Pettigrew and Scheffler. Scheffler caught 42 balls for 504 yards last season.
Ryan Broyles, WR9/24/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles said he's ready for an increased role in the offense, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Insight: Broyles, who made his 2013 debut in Week 3 after recovering from a torn ACL, will be the No. 2 receiver in the Lions' offense going forward after Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident Monday night. He should be added in all leagues.
Nate Burleson, WR9/24/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Nate Burleson, who had a breakout game in Week 3 with six catches for 116 yards, broke his arm in a one-car crash late Monday night.
Insight: It's a tough break, pun intended, as it will give young and talented receiver Ryan Broyles a chance to become the No. 2 receiver behind Calvin Johnson.
Jason Jones, DE9/23/2013 2:47:00 PM
Description: Lions DE Jason Jones has been placed on the injured reserve with torn left patellar tendon.
Insight: Willie Young will likely get most of the playing time as his replacement.
Reggie Bush, RB9/23/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush says he will play against Chicago in Week 4.
Insight: The Lions tailback tried to get the team to let him play this week, but they played it cautiously and made him inactive. Joique Bell did a good job as his replacement, rushing for 63 yards and a score in the Lions' win over Washington.
Joique Bell, RBHot9/22/2013 6:40:00 PM
Description: Detroit backup running back Joique Bell piled on 132 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown on 24 touches Sunday at Washington.
Insight: Bell, who started in place of the injured Reggie Bush, rushed 20 times for 63 yards and caught four passes for 69 yards. He should continue to have a role in this offense even after Bush returns in Week 4, and that's enough to make him a flex option in most leagues.
Nate Burleson, WR9/22/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Nate Burleson has 19 catches in three games after catching six for 116 yards Sunday.
Insight: Ryan Broyles returned to action Sunday but that didn't stop Matthew Stafford from looking Burleson's way nine times. The Lions No. 2 receiver is a WR3 in PPR leagues.
Matthew Stafford, QB9/22/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has 1,020 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this season.
Insight: Stafford threw for 385 yards and a two scores Sunday against the Redskins. Because the Lions throw the football so often, Stafford is one of the most reliable fantasy quarterbacks you can own.
Mikel Leshoure, RB9/22/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: The Lions have already turned down several trade offers for backup running back Mikel Leshoure. SOURCE: CBS Sports
Insight: LeShoure hasn't been active for any of Detroit's first three contests and remains a distant third on the Lions' running back depth chart behind Reggie Bush (now injured) and Joique Bell. He doesn't eat up a lot of yardage but LeShoure has a knack for scoring touchdowns so he could be valuable in the right situation.
Joique Bell, RBHot9/22/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit backup running back Joique Bell will be the workhorse in the Lions backfield with starter Reggie Bush declared inactive for Week 3.
Insight: Bell has produced 164 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns over the first two weeks, mostly via the pass, and fantasy owners should expected a big day against a weak Washington defense.
Reggie Bush, RB9/22/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: It's official. Reggie Bush won't play Sunday versus the Redskins.
Insight: The Lions halfback is dealing with an assortment of ailments, the most serious being a left knee injury. Handcuff-turned starter Joique Bell is an obvious RB2 in his absence.
Ryan Broyles, WR9/22/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles (knee) will be active for the first time this season Sunday against the Redskins, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Pat Edwards is out with an ankle injury, so Broyles is active for the first time since tearing his ACL last year. Although he has a great matchup against the Redskins, fantasy owners should hold off on playing him because it is unclear how many snaps he'll see Sunday. He should eventually become the Lions' No. 2 receiver.
Reggie Bush, RB9/22/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lions running back Reggie Bush is expected to sit Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Bush is dealing with a knee injury that isn't overly serious, but the Lions are being cautious with the brittle Bush so he doesn't worsen the ailment. Joique Bell is an RB2 in standard leagues and could even produce RB1 numbers in PPR leagues.
Reggie Bush, RB9/21/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Despite returning to practice on Friday, the Lions are still considering sitting injured halfback Reggie Bush Sunday against the Redskins. SOURCE: Mike Florio, NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Bush, who suffered a knee injury in Week 2 and a dislocated thumb the week before, could be held out as a precaution. If Bush doesn't play, hybrid back Joique Bell should have a field day with Washington's pathetic run defense (last in the league in yards allowed).
Reggie Bush, RB9/20/2013 2:13:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (knee) returned to practice on Friday and we now expect him to play on Sunday.
Insight: The running back has always been "optimistic" for Sunday's game against the Redskins. Beware, however, that he might split the time with Joique Bell more evenly than in past weeks. Bell has shared practice reps with the first team the past three days.
Reggie Bush, RB9/19/2013 2:58:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (knee) said Thursday that he is "farther along than he thought he'd be." SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Insight: Bush was called 50-50 to play in Week 3 on Wednesday, but he could have a better shot than that. The running back said he is "optimistic" for Sunday's game against the Redskins. Washington has allowed 402 rushing yards in two games, most in the NFL, so if Bush is deemed healthy enough to play he'll be a must-start. Joique Bell remains a flex play and would be a strong RB2 if Bush sits.
Reggie Bush, RB9/18/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (knee) is only 50/50 to play Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Our Week 3 rankings will reflect this when they're released tomorrow morning. Expect a big week for Joique Bell, regardless of whether or not Bush decides to suit up.
Reggie Bush, RB9/18/2013 1:10:00 PM
Description: As expected, Detroit Lions tailback Reggie Bush did not practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Bush is dealing with multiple injuries and likely won't practice much, if at all, this week but none of the injuries are expected to keep him off the field for Week 3 against Washington. Still, you should have a backup plan in place in case he doesn't improve over the next five days,
Ryan Broyles, WR9/17/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles could play this Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Broyles suffered a torn left ACL in college and then he tore his other ACL last season. When healthy he's got a chance to be the No. 2 guy opposite Calvin Johnson, but he's not there yet.
Joique Bell, RB9/17/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Lions backup running back Joique Bell could get additional work with starter Reggie Bush nicked up.
Insight: Bell has produced 164 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns over the first two weeks, mostly via the pass, but fantasy owners who were hoping he'd be the starter after seeing Bush miss the second half last week will be disappointed. Bell could still be a flex option, however.
Reggie Bush, RB9/17/2013 12:23:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush's MRI came back clean and the back is listed as day-to-day.
Insight: Bush is dealing with multiple injuries and likely won't practice much this week, but none are expected to keep him off the field for Week 3 against Washington. Still, you should have a backup plan in place in case he doesn't improve over the next five days,
Reggie Bush, RB9/16/2013 2:14:00 PM
Description: No official word yet, but Lions tailback Reggie Bush apparently tweeted a "thumbs up" concerning his Monday MRI.
Insight: Bush suffered a knee injury in the second quarter Sunday and later aggravated it before leaving the game for good. The running back came out of Week 1 with injuries to his thumb, groin and knee. Its looking more and more like Bush will have trouble keeping up this workload for 14 more games. Backup Joique Bell must be owned in all leagues.
Reggie Bush, RB9/15/2013 7:33:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush will undergo several tests Monday, including an MRI on his left knee, coach Jim Schwartz said. SOURCE: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press
Insight: Bush suffered a knee injury in the second quarter Sunday and later aggravated it before leaving the game for good. The running back came out of Week 1 with injuries to his thumb, groin and knee, and now he has another knee injury to worry about. Joique Bell should be owned in all leagues.
Calvin Johnson, WR9/15/2013 7:25:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a big day Sunday against the Cardinals, catching six passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Johnson only had four catches for 37 yards in Week 1, but Matthew Stafford found him for a 72-yard touchdown with 10:31 left in the second quarter and a three-yard touchdown later in the same quarter. Megatron remains fantasy's best receiver.
Reggie Bush, RB9/15/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush aggravated his left knee injury Sunday against the Cardinals and will not return.
Insight: Bush suffered the injury in the second quarter and left the game for a short time. The running back came out of Week 1 with injuries to his thumb, groin and knee, and now he has another knee injury to worry about.
Reggie Bush, RB9/15/2013 5:30:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush left the game with Arizona with a left knee injury.
Insight: It didn't appear to be serious, but he was getting treatment on the sidelines. Bush played through a dislocated thumb, pulled groin and hyperextended knee last Sunday. Joique Bell is getting a chance to play with Bush on the sideline.
Mikel Leshoure, RB9/15/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: Lions halfback Mikel Leshoure wants out of Detroit. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Right now, Leshoure is a distant third on the Lions running back depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and it's clear he isn't happy with his diminished workload. Schefter suggested that the Colts might be in the market for a running back now that Vick Ballard is out with a torn ACL.
Reggie Bush, RB9/13/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush played through a dislocated thumb, pulled groin and now add hyperextended knee Sunday against the Vikings, according to ProFootballTalk.com
Insight: Bush suffered the injuries in the first half and none kept him from having a great day. It's just troublesome that he's already nicked up with 15 games to go. Handcuffing Joique Bell to the injury-prone Bush is an absolute must.
Calvin Johnson, WR9/13/2013 2:46:00 PM
Description: Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson will have talented Cardinals' cornerback Patrick Peterson on him all day long, according to coach Bruce Arians.
Insight: Nothing that wasn't expected. They matched up last season and Megatron caught 10 balls for 121 yards, though Arizona won the game. Johnson didn't do much in Week 1 with four catches for 37 yards.
Ndamukong Suh, DT9/10/2013 2:53:00 PM
Description: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 for taking a cheap shot at Minnesota center John Sullivan, but didn't receive a suspension.
Insight: Suh took Sullivan out by diving at his knees on an interception return by DeAndre Levy.
Ndamukong Suh, DT9/9/2013 7:46:00 PM
Description: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is facing discipline from the league again, this time for taking a cheap shot at Minnesota center John Sullivan. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Suh took Sullivan out by diving at his knees on an interception return by DeAndre Levy. We're expecting a hefty fine.
Reggie Bush, RB9/8/2013 6:35:00 PM
Description: Lions halfback Reggie Bush played through a dislocated thumb and a pulled groin Sunday against the Vikings. SOURCE: Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Insight: Bush suffered both injuries early in the first quarter. Neither ailment seemed to affect him as Bush produced arguably the best fantasy game of his career on Sunday (101 rushing yards, 90 yards receiving and one TD). He should be fine for next week's game at Arizona.
Calvin Johnson, WR9/8/2013 5:51:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a 20-yard touchdown overturned by review in the first quarter and finished with just four catches for 37 yards on nine targets Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Johnson caught the ball near the goal line and stuck the ball in the end zone but didn't maintain possession of the ball through the catch. He had a similar ruling go against him in Week 1 of the 2010 season, when he caught the ball in the end zone, had two feet down and hit the ground but let go of the ball when he rolled over.
Joique Bell, RB9/8/2013 5:27:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had a pair of short touchdowns and produced 92 yards from scrimmage Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Mikel Leshoure was a healthy inactive, leaving Bell as the team's goal-line back. Bell caught 52 passes for 485 yards last season and it appears he still is going to be involved in the passing game despite the addition of Reggie Bush. Bell could prove to be a useful week-to-week flex player.
Reggie Bush, RB9/8/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Reggie Bush made a strong first impression in his Lions debut Sunday against the Vikings, totaling 191 yards (90 rushing, 101 receiving) from scrimmage and a touchdown on 25 touches (21 carries, four receptions). He also had two touchdowns overturned by review at the one-yard line.
Insight: Bush looked like the player the Saints thought they were getting when they picked him No. 2 overall in 2005. The big-play running back proved he could run between the tackles the last two seasons but he was neutered by the Dolphins' conservative approach. Now with Detroit, Bush should have the best numbers of his career.
Matthew Stafford, QB9/8/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford went 28-of-43 for 357 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Stafford threw for 10,005 yards combined over the last two seasons, but he declined from 41 passing TDs in 2011 to 20 last year. With Reggie Bush in the fold, Stafford should once again threaten 5,000 yards.
Mikel Leshoure, RB9/8/2013 11:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Insight: Leshoure had 798 yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries last season, but the team is clearly moving on from the 23-year-old. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are ahead of him on the depth chart.
Ryan Broyles, WR9/8/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles won't play Sunday against the Vikings, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Broyles suffered a torn left ACL in college and then he tore his other ACL last season. Fantasy owners should still hold onto him, as he's likely to be a heavily targeted receiver in Detroit's pass-first offense when healthy.
Reggie Bush, RB8/23/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush has been consistenty better in the Lions' passing game than running attack. On Thursday he rushed six times for one yard and caught five balls for 103 yards.
Insight: Bush is still an excellent pass receiver and should fit in well with a team that passed 740 times in 2012 (46.2 per game). The run-to-pass ratio figures to be about right for his abilities, making him a better value in PPR leagues. If he can just stay healthy and on the playing field he'll be a viable fantasy asset.
Calvin Johnson, WR8/22/2013 6:30:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson won't play tonight against New England. SOURCE: Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
Insight: He's out with a bruised knee. If this were the regular season, we're sure Johnson would be out there. Remember this guy played with three broken fingers last season and still set the all-time receiving yards record. They don't call him Megatron for nothing. Ryan Broyles is likely to start in his place.
Joique Bell, RB8/16/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Joique Bell and not Mikel Leshoure may be the No. 2 man behind oft-injured starter Reggie Bush.
Insight: Bell is getting more opportunities than Leshoure who was on the field for just seven plays in Thursday's exhibition game against Cleveland. Bell is a better pass receiver and had a better ypc average last season and appears at this time to be the handcuff for fantasy owners.
Reggie Bush, RB8/16/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush rushed eight times and caught five balls during his limited playing time in Thursday's exhibition loss to Cleveland.
Insight: Bush is still an excellent pass receiver and should fit in well with a team that passed 740 times in 2012 (46.2 per game). The 8:5 run-to-pass ratio figures to be about right for his abilities, making him a better value in PPR leagues. If he can just stay healthy and on the playing field he'll be a viable fantasy asset.
Ryan Broyles, WR8/14/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, recovering from a torn ACL, is now sitting every third practice as preventive maintenence, according to detroitlions.com.
Insight: Broyles was just starting to show fantasy value when the injury ended his 2012-13 season, and he should eventually be Detroit's No. 2 receiver in a pass-happy offense. This update, however, should give fantasy owners second thoughts about selecting him too high.
Patrick Edwards, WR8/3/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Lions wide receiver Patrick Edwards appears to be ahead of Mike Thomas for the No. 4 spot, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Insight: Edwards' current fantasy value isn't very high, but keep an eye on him in training camp and preseason. Barring injury he won't see many targets from Matthew Stafford who obviously seeks out Calvin Johnson first, then Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew and Ryan Broyles, but both Burleson and Broyles are coming off serious season-ending injuries.


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