Lions WR Marvin Jones has been placed on IR with an ankle injury suffered near the end of Sunday's loss to the Vikings. He ends the 2019 campaign with a 62-779-9 line -- although 6 of those scores came in 2 games. Turning 30 in March, Jones should be back as Detroit's #2 WR next year. WR Chris Lacy is next up on the Lions' depth chart for the rest of this season, but he's not a realistic fantasy option. Jones' absence should just mean more targets for WRs Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola.
Lions QB David Blough will start Thursday's game against the Bears, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. QB Jeff Driskel is dealing with a hamstring injury, although he's reportedly healthy enough to serve as the backup. Blough is an undrafted rookie who completed 61% of his passes and averaged 6.8 yards per attempt at Purdue. He posted a 58% completion rate and 6.3 yards per attempt this preseason. Blough figures to be a downgrade even from Driskel. WRs Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are both extremely shaky fantasy plays on Thanksgiving.
Lions QB Matt Stafford is considered week-to-week with the fractured bones in his back, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A source told Schefter that Stafford could miss just "this week or 3 weeks." This injury reportedly dates back to last season. It nearly cost him the game against the Chiefs earlier this year and evidently flared up on him at some point this week. We'll keep a close eye on Stafford's status moving forward.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is "hoping" to play against the Bears today, although some are trying to convince him to sit out. Stafford is reportedly a true game-time decision. We didn't hear any concern about his status throughout the week, but he's clearly dealing with a legitimate injury here. We'll get his official status around 11:30 am ET, but even a healthy Stafford was a shaky fantasy play in Chicago. QB Jeff Driskel will start if Stafford is out and would obviously be a big downgrade for the passing game.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. It’s a surprise after he’s played through this injury for the past couple of weeks. His absence leaves Andy Jones and T.J. Jones as Detroit’s top WRs.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He’s been playing through this injury for a couple of weeks and should be fine for the season finale.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. We’re not expecting the chest injury to be a problem, so use Golladay as you normally would.
Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. His injury isn't serious, but he's certainly not a lock to be ready for this weekend's game against the Panthers. Jones' absence would turn WR Kenny Golladay into a target hog and also boost RB Theo Riddick's target projection.
Lions WR T.J. Jones has continued to work as the team's #3 WR lately and played ahead of rookie WR Kenny Golladay on Saturday against the Jets. Golladay played just 4 of Detroit's 19 first-team snaps in the game, all coming on the 2nd drive -- after Jones had opened as the 3rd receiver. Jones also left the game in the 2nd quarter with a hamstring injury. According to mLive.com, the team apparently doesn't "seem too worried about it." But we'll see if the situation can help turn Golladay's momentum into a depth-chart promotion. Jones has had trouble staying healthy over his 2 pro seasons, appearing in just 13 games.
Lions insider Kyle Meinke believes WR Kenny Golladay is "ready to contribute immediately" after a strong start to training camp. The rookie has been especially good in the red zone, using his 6'4, 218-pound frame to box out smaller DBs. The departed Anquan Boldin soaked up 22 red-zone targets last year, so there's opportunity for Golladay there. He'll likely need an injury to Golden Tate or Marvin Jones to find reliable weekly fantasy production, but he's worth a look late in best-ball drafts.
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