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Lions LB Alex Anzalone left Sunday's win over the Cardinals with a shoulder injury and did not return. That marks the 2nd straight game in which Anzalone has gotten hurt, following a Week 14 ankle issue that left him questionable for Sunday. It'll be tough to like him for Week 16 IDP lineups, even if he makes it back from this one. LB Josh Woods also left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. We'll see who Detroit has available heading into next Sunday.

Lions LB Alex Anzalone (ankle) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. DE Michael Brockers (knee) and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) are also active. The presence of Anzalone and Reeves-Maybin likely keeps LB Josh Woods from being IDP relevant after 2 straight weeks of nice tackle production. This is a defense to avoid if possible in IDP lineups.


Lions RB Jamaal Williams was not activated from the COVID list and is out for today’s game vs. the Cardinals. That again leaves Detroit’s backfield to Craig Reynolds, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson. Reynolds led the way with 11 carries and 2 targets last week, but HC Dan Campbell hinted that Jefferson could have a bigger role today. Reynolds is the best fantasy bet, but you should try to avoid this backfield.

The Lions have downgraded S Tracy Walker to out for today’s game against the Cardinals with an illness. Rookie Jalen Elliott started in Walker’s place last week, with Walker on the COVID list.

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals. He remained sidelined in practice all week and has no timetable for return. RB Jamaal Williams remains on the COVID list as of Friday afternoon, so we might get another game with Craig Reynolds as Detroit’s lead back.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson will miss the final 4 games of the season after undergoing thumb surgery on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hockenson is expected to make a "complete recovery in time for the offseason program," Schefter adds. His absence leaves behind a team-high 7.0 targets per game. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, who's tallied 12 targets in 2 straight, looks like the biggest beneficiary.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. He's looking unlikely to return for this weekend's game vs. Arizona. We'll see if RB Jamaal Williams makes it off the COVID list for that one. If not, Craig Reynolds would be the favorite for touches in Detroit's backfield.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. The Athletic's Chris Burke confirms that it "doesn't sound overly" optimistic for Hockenson to play vs. the Cardinals this weekend. TEs Brock Wright and Shane Zylstra split TE duties with Hockenson out last week. Neither is a reliable fantasy play.

Lions MLB Alex Anzalone left Sunday's loss to the Broncos in the 1st half with an ankle injury. In his absence, Josh Woods led Detroit LBs in playing time at 94% and racked up a game-high 13 tackles. Rookie Derrick Barnes followed at 69%, with LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin inactive.

Lions EDGE Charles Harris (illness) is active for today's game against the Broncos

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Broncos. Brock Wright figures to operate as Detroit’s lead pass-catching TE but isn’t a viable fantasy play. With Hockenson, D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams all out, the Lions’ WRs should pick up extra targets today.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) "is a candidate to be placed on injured reserve," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Swift has avoided IR so far but has yet to practice since going down on Thanksgiving. The 1-10-1 Lions have no incentive to rush him back. We'll keep an eye on the situation -- and fantasy owners should keep Swift rostered for now. But it sounds like there's a real chance that we don't see him again this season.

Lions EDGE Charles Harris is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos. He missed practice the past 2 days with an illness. We'll check his status Sunday.

The Lions have placed S Tracy Walker on the COVID list, which will knock him out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. C.J. Moore looks like the next guy up at safety, while S Dean Marlowe gains tackle upside.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game vs. the Broncos. He went from a limited practice on Wednesday to no practice on Thursday and Friday. He won’t play on Sunday, and his availability for Week 15 and beyond is unclear. Hockenson’s absence leaves Brock Wright as Detroit’s likely lead pass-catching TE, but you should be able to do much better in fantasy lineups.

Lions RB Jamaal Williams has been placed on the COVID list and won't play vs. the Broncos on Sunday. RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) has been ruled out. That leaves Detroit with RBs Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson. It's completely unclear how carries will be divvied, but Igwebuike played on passing downs last week, so he's the better fantasy play if you're forced to invest here. Avoiding the backfield is your best bet, though.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (hand) went from a limited practice on Wednesday to no practice on Thursday. Tim Twentyman of the team's official website tweeted that Hockenson's left hand was "wrapped pretty good." His availability for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos is suddenly in question. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. HC Dan Quinn said Swift is "improving" but didn't comment on his status for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on Swift in Week 14 lineups.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Vikings. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Thursday that it "feels like a long shot" for Swift to make it back for Week 14. We'll keep an eye on him next week. Jamaal Williams is a volume-fueled RB2 in Week 13 fantasy lineups.

"It feels like a long shot" for Lions RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) to play in Week 14, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says. That jibes with ESPN's Jeremy Fowler's Wednesday report that Swift could miss "multiple weeks." Fantasy owners should keep Swift stashed but plan on being without him for at least the next 2 weeks. Jamaal Williams will be a volume-based RB2 for however long Swift is out.

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