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Lions RB Jahmyr Gibbs erupted on Monday night, tallying 152 rushing yards and a TD on 26 carries in Week 8 vs. the Raiders. The rookie also hauled all 5 targets for 37 yards as a pass-catcher in the contest. Fantasy managers who were frustrated by Gibbs early in the season ought to be thrilled with back-to-back performances of over 27 PPR points. Still, it’s important to remember that his teammate David Montgomery (ribs) has a solid chance to return for Week 10 vs. the Chargers following Detriot’s bye. It’ll be fascinating to see how HC Dan Campbell will distribute the RB touch opportunities when the time comes.

Lions QB Jared Goff completed 26 of 37 passes for 272 yards with 1 TD and INT apiece in Week 8’s victory over the Raiders. The veteran didn’t bring much value to fantasy lineups on Monday night, though a lot of that can be attributed to the fact that the Lions’ rushing attack was extremely potent. He’s still the QB12 in fantasy points per game (17.3) after a pair of less-than-stellar performances. The Lions will go on bye next week and return to face the Chargers on November 12.

Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (illness) is active for tonight's game vs. the Raiders. He was added to the injury report on Sunday, but there's been nothing to suggest that he'll be impacted tonight.

Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is now questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Raiders with an illness. We'll look for more details but would consider this unlikely to keep St. Brown out of tomorrow's game.

Lions RB David Montgomery (ribs) is out for Monday night's game vs. the Raiders. He didn't practice all week but will get a Week 9 bye to heal up. Montgomery's absence on Monday should mean another busy outing for RB Jahmyr Gibbs, who handled 11 carries and 10 targets on an 87% snap rate last week.

Lions RB David Montgomery (ribs) did not practice on Thursday. Fantasy owners should not be counting on Montgomery to play vs. the Raiders on Monday night. We'll let you know if something changes with his Week 8 status.

Lions rookie DB Brian Branch returned Sunday after missing two games with a sprained ankle. But returned to a smaller role than what he left. The second-round pick played 68% and 69% of snaps the first two games. That grew to 100% in Week 3, after the team lost S C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Branch again started in Week 4 and appeared headed for similar use but left that game early with the ankle injury. But in his return game against the Ravens, the rookie played just 50% of snaps. He closed the practice week with a full Friday workout and carried no injury designation into the game. So we're not betting the ankle limited his time. Instead, it appears the Lions preferred to keep more LBs on the field and run fewer alignments of 5+ DBs. That left Branch, the nickel CB, less involved. Based on how Detroit has run its defense otherwise, we're guessing it was a specific shift for Lamar Jackson. It did not work. Branch's usage will make him tough to trust in Week 8 IDP lineups for an upside Raiders matchup. We'll watch for some indication that his playing time will increase.

Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown hauled 13 catches for 102 receiving yards in Week 7’s loss vs. the Ravens. The third-year wideout’s 19 targets on Sunday set a new career-high mark after setting his previous best of 15 just one week ago against the Buccaneers. TE Sam LaPorta was also effective again, logging 6 catches on 7 targets for 52 yards in the contest. As unfortunate as it was for Detroit to post just 6 points in this game, at least their pass-catchers were useful for fantasy purposes. We’ll be excited to start these guys again in next week’s game vs. the Raiders.

Lions RB Jahmyr Gibbs scored his first NFL TD on Sunday vs. the Ravens. The rookie recorded 11 carries for 68 yards with the score as a runner and added 9 catches for 58 yards in the receiving game in Week 7. With his teammates David Montgomery (ribs) and Craig Reynolds (hamstring) banged up, Gibbs received a season-high 21 touch opportunities and converted these efforts into 27.6 PPR points. Though the Lions failed to secure a victory, fantasy managers who remained patient with the first-year back were rewarded handsomely. We’ll see if Gibbs can capitalize on his newfound success in Week 8 vs. the Raiders. The health of Montgomery will likely play a big factor in how we view Gibbs next week, so be sure to keep up with Detroit’s practice reports in the coming days.

Lions QB Jared Goff completed 33 of 53 passes for 284 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT in Week 7’s loss vs. the Ravens. The Lions’ offense struggled in this road matchup and only achieved two drives of 25 or more yards in the first half. In the pair of red zone opportunities Goff and company had in the second half, the end results were both turnovers on downs. As disappointing as this performance was, we like Goff’s chances to rebound in Week 8 vs. the Raiders.

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Lions CB Jerry Jacobs is inactive for today's game against the Ravens. He was a late addition to the injury report with a knee issue. Pregame warm-ups found him unready to play.

Lions RB Craig Reynolds (hamstring, toe) is active for today’s game vs. the Ravens. He figures to serve as the No. 2 RB behind Jahmyr Gibbs. Last time RB David Montgomery was out and Gibbs played, Reynolds finished with just four carries and zero targets.

Lions RB Craig Reynolds (hamstring, toe) is expected to play vs. the Ravens today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Reynolds should operate as Detroit's No. 2 RB behind rookie Jahmyr Gibbs. But between the injuries and a difficult matchup, Reynolds is a weak RB3 option.

Lions DB Brian Branch is off the final injury report and ready to play Sunday against the Ravens. The rookie missed the past two games after suffering an ankle sprain against the Packers in Week 4. He finished this week with a full Friday practice, though, and no game designation. Branch said earlier in the week he expected to play. Bet on a return to full playing time. Although he's listed as a safety on most fantasy platforms, Branch has primarily played slot CB. That should keep him busy in this matchup, with Nelson Agholor, Zay Flowers, and Mark Andrews all seeing significant time there. We have bumped the rookie way up our Week 7 DB rankings.

Lions RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) is not listed on the final Week 7 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. RB David Montgomery (ribs) is out, while RB Craig Reynolds (hamstring, toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Ravens. We’ll see if Reynolds ends up active, but HC Dan Campbell confirmed Friday that Gibbs will lead the backfield this weekend. He handled 17 carries and two targets on a 60% snap rate with Montgomery out back in Week 3.

Lions HC Dan Campbell confirmed on Friday that RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) is on track to play vs. the Ravens this weekend. And Campbell is planning on Gibbs playing a big role, despite coming off a multi-week hamstring injury. "I'd like to say we’re going to be careful with him, but the reality is we need him," Campbell said. Gibbs handled 17 carries and two targets on a 60% snap rate with RB David Montgomery out back in Week 3. It sounds like he's in for a similar workload on Sunday.

Lions RB Craig Reynolds (hamstring, toe) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That should put him on track to play vs. the Ravens this weekend, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow. RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) remained limited on Thursday. He's expected to play this weekend.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Lions RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) is trending toward returning for this weekend's game vs. the Ravens. The rookie got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He'll carry elevated risk in Week 7 fantasy lineups coming off a multi-week hamstring injury. But the Lions will need Gibbs to play a significant role with RB David Montgomery out and RB Craig Reynolds dealing with hamstring and toe injuries.

Lions RBs David Montgomery (ribs) and Craig Reynolds (hamstring, toe) did not practice on Wednesday. Montgomery is not expected to play vs. the Ravens this weekend. This is the first we've heard of Reynolds' injuries, but his status for Sunday's game is now uncertain. RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) got in a limited practice on Wednesday after HC Dan Campbell said earlier this week that the rookie was trending toward returning for the Ravens game. We'll get another update on this banged-up backfield tomorrow.

Lions HC Dan Campbell suggested Monday that RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) has a good chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Ravens. "Feel a lot better about Gibbs this week," Campbell said. "He ran really well on Saturday before we left (for Tampa Bay) and had another really good workout today." Gibbs' return would be well-timed considering Detroit will be without RB David Montgomery. Gibbs tallied 17 carries and two targets on a 60% snap rate when Montgomery missed Week 3.

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