The Lions have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB LeGarrette Blount, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Blount will reportedly make $4.5 million, which is $2 million more than he got from the Eagles last year -- coming off an 18-TD season with the Patriots. Blount figures to join a backfield committee that retains Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. With Riddick the primary pass-catcher, it's tough to find a significant role for Abdullah. Blount's OK in the Round 9 area of best-ball drafts right now.
S Tavon Wilson has signed a 2-year, $7 million deal to stay in Detroit, NFL Network reports. That positions him to continue starting next to Glover Quin. Wilson hasn't been anything special as an IDP contributor but scored like a DB3 in terms of fantasy football points per game last year.
The Lions have officially named Matt Patricia their new HC. Patricia has spent the past 14 seasons with the Patriots, starting as an offensive assistant and finishing as the DC for the last 6 years. This will be his 1st head-coaching gig at any level. Patricia is expected to retain OC Jim Bob Cooter, which is good news for QB Matt Stafford and the passing game. The Lions need to find a running game this offseason.
The Lions have fired HC Jim Caldwell. He compiled a 36-28 record in 4 seasons in Detroit but never advanced past the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. 2nd-year GM Bob Quinn will get to bring in a new HC but is tentatively expected to retain OC Jim Bob Cooter, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's good news for QB Matt Stafford and the rest of the offense.
Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) is off the final injury report after a full week of practice. He should remain Detroit’s lead back against the Bengals on Sunday. Riddick has totaled 27 carries and 14 catches over the past 3 weeks.
Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He'll be ready to go for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Riddick has racked up 27 carries and 14 catches over the past 3 weeks and should continue to serve as Detroit's lead back.
Lions RB Theo Riddick left in the 4th quarter of Saturday's win over the Bears with a wrist injury. The team has yet to provide further details, but it's a worrisome issue given that Riddick had surgery on both wrists last offseason. Before exiting, he continued to work as Detroit's top back. Riddick played all 30 of the team's 1st-half offensive snaps and finished with 8 carries for 49 yards plus 3 catches (on 3 targets) for 12 yards. Tion Green carried another 10 times for 35 yards, while Ameer Abdullah garnered just 1 rush -- plus 3 catches -- in his return from a neck injury. We'll see about Riddick's status heading into a Week 16 trip to Cincinnati.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bears. He's playing through a "questionable" tag as he has for most of the season. Ansah has dramatically improved his production over the past 3 weeks and should be in IDP lineups where he makes sense.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is active for today's game against the Bears, as expected. He missed the past 2 games while dealing with a neck injury, but Week 14 reports suggested Abdullah could have played and was more a healthy scratch. His return clouds an already-murky backfield that would be better to avoid in fantasy if you can.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is questionable once again for Saturday's game against the Bears. He has spent most of the year playing through questionable tags and put in his best stretch of work over the past 3 weeks. Play Ansah in your IDP lineup as long as he's active.
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.
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.
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