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Lions HC Jim Caldwell expects RB Ameer Abdullah to play against the Bears on Saturday. "I do, as long as things keep trending in the right direction," were Caldwell's exact words. Abdullah was reportedly a healthy scratch last week and would be returning to an uncertain role. Of course, he'd also make RB Theo Riddick tougher to trust in fantasy lineups.

11:12am EST 12/10/17

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. He carries some upside but also a low floor amid a mostly terrible season.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. He was listed as questionable with that neck injury, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggested this morning that Abdullah is basically a healthy scratch. He’s droppable in standard-sized redraft leagues. RBs Theo Riddick and Tion Green figure to split the ball-carrying work today, with Riddick dominating the passing-down snaps.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is active and will start today’s game against the Bucs. He’s been trending in a good direction all week and was reportedly uncorking bombs in pregame warmups. There’s obviously still some risk with a QB with an injured throwing hand, but Stafford also boasts plenty of fantasy upside vs. Tampa's 21st-ranked QB defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is expected to start against the Bucs today. That throwing hand improved "by the day" this week, and Stafford will be able to "fully function" today, Rapoport adds. There's still some added risk here, but Stafford also boasts an intriguing ceiling against a defense sitting 21st in fantasy points allowed to QBs and 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense rankings.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is not expected to play against the Bucs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "It's more for play than injury reasons," Rapoport adds. "Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game." In other words, Abdullah will be a healthy scratch. It's another disappointing turn for a guy averaging just 3.4 yards per carry this season. With Abdullah sidelined last week, RB Theo Riddick played 63% of the offensive snaps and handled 9 carries and 5 targets. RB Tion Green carried 11 times on a 33% snap rate. Expect similar usage today.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is questionable for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay with an ankle injury. He put in a limited practice Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. Ansah has played through questionable tags for most of the year, so we'd bet on him being active. But we'll confirm his status Sunday morning. Ansah has been a huge IDP disappointment for nearly the entire season, but he's coming off 2 of his best stat lines all year to face a Bucs offense that allowed 7 sacks to the Packers last week -- if he's active, of course.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. We’ll find out his status by noon ET, but Abdullah won’t be more than a low-end RB3 if active.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs after a limited week of practice. Observers thought he looked good throwing on both Thursday and Friday. We’re expecting Stafford to start vs. Tampa’s leaky pass defense, but we’ll continue looking for updates on his status leading up to the 1 pm ET kickoff.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) was listed as limited in practice again on Thursday. But Tim Twentyman of the team's official website notes that Stafford did "much more" in the portion of practice open to the media today than he did yesterday. "Spun the ball pretty well, too. I expect him to play Sunday," Twentyman added. We'll get another update on Stafford tomorrow, but he's trending in a good direction.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The fact that he was out there at all so early in the week is encouraging. We'll continue to track Stafford's progress over the next few days.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was also limited last Friday, so this doesn't necessarily mean he's on track to play against the Bucs this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Lions HC Jim Caldwell on Monday described QB Matt Stafford's hand as "badly bruised." He avoided a broken bone but is "really sore," per Caldwell. Considering it's his throwing hand, we'd consider Stafford genuinely questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bucs. We'll keep a close eye on him throughout the week. Detroit would turn to QB Jake Rudock if Stafford is unable to go.

Lions QB Matt Stafford injured his right (throwing) hand late in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He went for X-rays at the stadium. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: X-rays came back clean, according to insider Tim Twentyman. Stafford is dealing with a bruise. We'll keep an eye on him this coming week.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. RB Dwayne Washington is also inactive, leaving Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner as Detroit's top 2 RBs. Riddick is still just a RB3 vs. a Baltimore defense allowing only 2.6 yards per carry over the past 4 games.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is not expected to play against the Ravens today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Theo Riddick will be treated as the starter," Rapoport adds. Riddick has reached double-digit carries just 6 times as a pro and never topped 14. He's averaging 3.5 yards per carry for his career. Don't expect a big rushing day vs. a tough Ravens run defense, but the extra work pushes Riddick into RB3/flex range. RBs Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner also figure to pick up some extra carries but would be desperation fantasy plays.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Ravens. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. We’ll find out Abdullah’s status by noon ET on Sunday, but he’s a shaky fantasy option at less than 100% vs. a Baltimore defense allowing just 2.6 yards per carry over the past 4 games.

The Lions placed S Tavon Wilson on IR Monday after he injured his left shoulder for the 3rd time, according to the Detroit Free Press. Wilson initially hurt the joint in training camp and then aggravated it early in the season. The latest re-injury came in the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Vikings. Wilson's absence should turn S Miles Killebrew back into a starter and IDP option. We've boosted him up our Rest of the Way rankings.

11:11am EST 11/23/17

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (back) is active for today's game against the Vikings after missing the past 2 contests. He's not worth using in most IDP leagues, however, against an offense that has allowed just 1 total sack over the past 5 games.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (back) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Vikings. Detroit listed him as a limited participant every day this week after Ansah missed the past 2 games. He has had 1 truly good game this season and just 1 other with a sack, so there's not much reason to shove the Lions DE back into IDP lineups right now. Minnesota has allowed just 1 sack over the past 5 games and 10 total for the season.


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