Lions 2018 detroit lions Fantasy Preview

The Lions were the Lions in 2017 when it came to fantasy football – all throw, no run. Detroit had a top 10 passing offense to complement arguably the worst run game in the NFL. Matthew Stafford continued his tradition of being a fringe QB1 by topping 4,200 yards and 20 touchdown passes for the seventh consecutive season. The bad news is that for the seventh consecutive season, Stafford also had double-digit interceptions. Unsurprisingly, the Lions wide receivers were the big recipients. Marvin Jones had his first career 1,000-yard season on the way to his best overall pro campaign. Golden Tate was as steady as ever, catching 90-plus passes for the fourth straight year and going over 1,000 yards for the third time in four seasons. On the flipside, the running game in Detroit continued to be stuck in the mud. Ameer Abdullah led the club with a paltry 552 rushing yards as the team's streak without a 100-yard single-game rusher extended to 68. The long-awaited Eric Ebron breakout failed once again to materialize but the early part of the season saw the rise of rookie receiver Kenny Golladay, giving hope that bigger things could be in the offing this season.

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Matthew
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FACT: During his NFL career, Matthew Stafford has been among the pass-happiest quarterbacks in the league. But in 2017, Stafford's 565 pass attempts were his fewest over a 16-game season in his career.
Offseason Moves

Like their division rivals in Chicago, the Lions made a head coaching change. Unlike the Bears, Detroit went with a defensive-minded coach with former Patriots coordinator Matt Patricia. Still some of their biggest offseason personnel moves were of the offensive variety. Free agent LeGarrette Blount and second-round draft pick Kerryon Johnson hope to add some muscle to a weak running back group. The Lions also added a pair of veteran tight ends – Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson – to make up for the loss of Eric Ebron (Colts) and Darren Fells (Browns).

Sleepers & Busts

Considering the sorry state of the Lions' running game, both Blount and Johnson could have a fantasy impact on a roster looking for a pulse in the backfield. The talent of Kenny Golladay has plenty of people excited but there needs to be a clearer path for targets with both Tate and Jones still at the top of the depth chart.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Matthew Stafford Jake Rudock Matt Cassel
RB LeGarrette Blount Kerryon Johnson Theo Riddick Ameer Abdullah
WR Golden Tate Marvin Jones Kenny Golladay T.J. Jones
TE Levine Toilolo Luke Willson Michael Roberts
K Matt Prater