Detroit Lions Fantasy Football News 2021

The Lions are set to hire Anthony Lynn as OC, according to insider Michael Lombardi. Lynn struggled -- particularly with in-game management -- as Chargers HC over the past 4 seasons, but all 4 of those squads finished top 11 in total yards. In his only previous OC stint, Lynn led the 2016 Bills to a 16th-place finish in yards and 10th place in points. That team led the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and TDs -- with RB LeSean McCoy going for 1,267 yards and QB Tyrod Taylor for 580. Lynn is a former RBs coach, and especially with Detroit breaking in a new QB, we'd expect a run-leaning attack in 2021.

The Lions are finalizing a deal to make Dan Campbell their new HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Campbell spent 10 seasons playing TE in the league and has been in the coaching ranks for the past 11. The first 6 of those came in Miami -- primarily as a TEs coach, with a 12-game stint as interim HC in 2015. Campbell has been assistant HC and TEs coach in New Orleans under Sean Payton for the last 5 years. It's a relatively uninspiring hire, but we'll see who Campbell brings aboard as OC.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is inactive for the 2nd straight game today against the Vikings. Without Collins last week, Jahlani Tavai led the LBs in playing time at 81%, with Jarrad Davis following at 51% and Reggie Ragland 3rd at 49%. Davis led the group with 9 tackles (though just 4 of those solos). This isn't a situation worth targeting for IDP lineups.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. After missing Week 16, he put in just a single limited practice Friday. He doesn't look like a good bet for this game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

The Lions are waiving S Jayron Kearse. He started 7 games before missing Week 16 with a hip injury. His departure seems to clear the way for Tracy Walker to remain in the starting lineup. Walker returned to full playing time Saturday against the Bucs after 6 straight contests of part-time duty. He led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo) in the loss to Tampa Bay.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) and S Jayron Kearse (hip) are inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers. Kearse’s absence could mean a return to starter duty for Tracy Walker. Playing time for Lions LBs behind Collins lacks claruty

Lions LB Jamie Collins is questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after missing the entire practice week with a neck injury. That doesn't make him a particularly attractive IDP option, especially in what was already a lackluster scoring matchup. S Jayron Kearse (hip) is also questionable. He just joined the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, so it looks like he picked the injury in that day's workout. We'll check the status on both players Saturday afternoon.

Lions LB Jamie Collins missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a neck injury. We'll see if he can make it back onto the field for Thursday, ahead of Saturday's clash with the Buccaneers. Considering the lackluster scoring matchup for LBs that Tampa has represented, you'd probably be best off going ahead and making alternate plans. We'll keep an eye on Collins' status.

Lions DE Everson Griffen has tested positive for COVID-19. Detroit placed him on the COVID list Saturday, meaning he'll miss at least Sunday's game against the Packers. There's no Lions D-lineman worth using in Griffen's place if you planned to have him in your IDP lineup. The Green Bay matchup set up poorly for him, anyway.

The Lions have announced that they've fired HC Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn. Patricia was in his 3rd season with Detroit. He finishes just 13-29-1, with the 6-10 of his 1st season standing as his best winning percentage. Quinn had been at his post since 2016, overseeing the Lions go 31-43-1 in that time. That span started with a pair of 9-7 seasons under Jim Caldwell. OC Darrell Bevell steps into the interim HC role.

The Lions have ruled S Tracy Walker out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Walker missed every day of practice this week, but it's still a surprising situation after Walker played every snap in the Week 8 loss to the Colts. Walker's absence improves the matchup for Vikings TE Irv Smith. S Will Harris figures to step in for Walker.

Lions HC Matt Patricia said Monday that the team will place DE Trey Flowers on IR with an undisclosed injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Detroit expects to get Flowers back this season. We'll see about further details on this situation, but Flowers hasn't been a strong IDP contributor so far this season. He's OK to drop for a replacement in leagues of shallow-to-moderate depth. Flowers' absence will leave room for Romeo Okwara to continue playing starter snaps even with Everson Griffen becoming available off last week's trade.

The Cowboys have agreed to trade DE Everson Griffen to the Lions. COVID testing and restrictions will keep him from being available to play against the Colts this Sunday, but Griffen upgrades the pass rush for a team that clearly considers itself a contender. He figures to grow his playing time, which has only cracked 60% once this season. DE Romeo Okwara will likely be the primary playing-time loser in Detroit. Back in Dallas, Aldon Smith has seen his playing time dip the past 2 weeks. There's a chance that rebounds, but Tyrone Crawford might be the more direct beneficiary on the playing time front. If that's the case, then there's no IDP impact. Crawford sports 5 total tackles and 1 QB hit (no sacks) to date.

The Lions have placed CB Justin Coleman on IR for the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Bears. That means Coleman won't play again until at least Week 6, because Detroit has its bye in Week 5. Detroit was already without 1st-round rookie CB Jeff Okudah for the Chicago game. We'll see about his status for Week 2. The banged-up secondary means a nice Week 2 matchup for Aaron Rodgers, coming off his huge passing day at Minnesota.

 
 
 

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