Lions 2014 detroit lions Fantasy Preview

When you think of the Detroit Lions in fantasy football, you can't help but think of one guy: Calvin Johnson. And Megatron didn't disappoint during the 2013 campaign as he finished third in fantasy points scored among receivers with 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson could very well go in the first-round of your fantasy draft this season. And he's proven to be well worth it. Quarterback Matthew Stafford had another solid season for fantasy enthusiasts as he finished seventh at the position. The Lions also were the only team in the league to have two players finish in the Top 15 for running backs, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.



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FACT: Stafford had 44 passes dropped in 2013, the most in the NFL. He also had league-high 44 dropped in 2012 and 37 in 2011 (second-most).
Offseason Moves

Jim Caldwell is the new coach of the Lions and gone is offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, replaced by Joe Lombardi of the New Orleans Saints. No quarterback was victimized more by dropped passes than Stafford, so the Lions set out to fix that by bringing in the sure-handed Golden Tate. He should provide a steadying influence to a position that has been in flux for the Lions for many years. The Lions also spent a high draft pick on tight end Eric Ebron. But first-year tight ends rarely produce, so be sure to temper expectations.

Sleepers & Busts

Reggie Bush has never been the picture of health during his NFL tenure. With an ADP higher than that of Bell, but with similar production, Bush could disappoint many fantasy owners this season. Brandon Pettigrew could see his role diminish this season with the arrival of Ebron.

Fantasy Depth Chart
QB Matthew Stafford Dan Orlovsky Kellen Moore James Franklin
RB Reggie Bush Joique Bell Mikel Leshoure Theo Riddick
WR Calvin Johnson Golden Tate Kris Durham Kevin Ogletree
TE Brandon Pettigrew Joseph Fauria Eric Ebron Jordan Thompson
K Nate Freese Giorgio Tavecchio - -

Top 5 Board
#NamePos. Rank
1 Calvin Johnson WR1
2 Reggie Bush RB13
3 Joique Bell RB27
4 Matthew Stafford QB5
5 Golden Tate WR35
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