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The Lions, despite not being the most successful team in the NFL, are fantasy relevant at a number of positions. We’ll start with the notable news out of Detroit this summer, which is the retirement of WR Calvin Johnson, i.e. Megatron. It came as a surprise to some, given he was only 30 years old, and still seemed to have plenty left in the tank. But, with the injuries taking their toll, better he does what is right for him.
With more recent players, Detroit still has a bevy of players worth drafting. In the passing game, QB Matthew Stafford (an honourable mention in our top 10 QBs) will have WR Golden Tate to throw to, as well as new arrival WR Anquan Boldin. They both hold value for receivers, though Tate holds far more as the new #1 receiver. He showed last year that he can carry the load in games with Megatron out, so with a chance to do it all year, he’ll be getting a lot of targets from Stafford.
TE Eric Ebron is a popular sleeper, but given his recent injury, TE Cole Wick might gain some traction in deeper leagues. However, neither of them are exactly world beaters, so for TE one might want to steer clear from Detroit.
Finally, the running game: with the release of RB Joique Bell, the Lions have three backs to contend with. RB Ameer Abdullah is going into his sophomore year, and will likely be the lead back, but if his fumbling issues continue, he will almost definitely (probably either way) lose goal line carries to RB Zach Zenner (a fellow sophomore). The two make a good ‘thunder and lightning’ punch as it is, but the reason I’d advise to stay clear of this situation is the 3rd back: RB Theo Riddick. I dare say Riddick is one of the best – if not THE best – receiving back in the NFL, and serves fantastically as Stafford’s safety valve.
QB Matthew Stafford, WR Golden Tate, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Eric Ebron, TE Cole Wick, RB Ameer Abdullah, RB Zach Zenner, RB Theo Riddick