Detroit Lions

NFC North

The Lions have re-signed Zach Zenner to a one-year contract. (Source: Lions on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zenner was receiving some interest from the Vikings earlier today but the Lions went ahead and held on to the 28-year-old. Zenner has always shown promise during the pre-season but has yet to translate that success to the games that count. He'll serve as depth behind Kerryon Johnson in Detroit.

Category: Transactions


The Detroit Free Press doesn't expect the Lions to retain running back LeGarrette Blount. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: It could mean it's time for retirement for the three-time Super Bowl champ. Blount's absence could open up bell cow duties for Kerryon Johnson.

Category: Rumors


Glover Quin dumped by Lions

Sat, Feb 16th 12:11am EST
By Alex Johnson

The Lions released veteran safety Glover Quin Friday. They also cut wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Releasing Quin saves the team $6.25 million in cap space for 2019. The move is not a surprise considering the cap savings and the reality that 2018 rookie Tracy Walker began to cut into his playing time over the course of the season. Quin entered the league as a fourth round pick of the Texans in 2009. He played four seasons in Houston before joining the Lions in 2013. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014 while leading the league with seven interceptions.

Category: Transactions


Lions linebacker Trevor Davis was arrested early early Saturday morning in New York City after a cab driver said he refused to pay his fare. While at the police station, Davis allegedly became angry and punched a sergeant, according to the New York Post. The officer reportedly suffered a concussion and required three stitches. Bates was taken to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. (Source: New York Post )

Fantasy Impact: The Lions issued a statement Saturday morning: “We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York. We have not spoken to Trevor as of yet and are still in the process of gathering more information. The Detroit Lions will have no further comment at this time.” Bates played nine games for the Lions in 2018, recording just three tackles. He also spent time with the Colts, Patriots, and Giants before signing with the Lions last offseason.


Kerryon Johnson (knee) says he is very close to being healthy and "probably" could've played had Detroit made the playoffs this year. (Source: Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: The 21-year-old rookie missed the final six games of 2018 and was ruled out for the year once the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention. The good news is Johnson should be ready to go for OTAs. Johnson rushed for 641 yards and three touchdowns in 2018. He added 213 more yards and another score through the air. His 2019 fantasy potential hinges on whether or not the Lions make him a true three-down back.

Category: Injury Updates


Quandre Diggs ended Sunday's 31-0 win over the Packers with five total tackles and his third interception this season.

Fantasy Impact: Diggs finished the season second on the team in total tackles with 78 in 16 games played. He is a DB2 in most formats and could be left on waivers in most cases.

Category: Game Recaps


Jarrad Davis finished Sunday's 31-0 win over the Packers with seven total tackles, and a sack.

Fantasy Impact: Davis finished his 2018 campaign with 99 total tackles, six sacks, and one forced fumble. He ended the regular season leading the Lions in total tackles and was third in sacks. Davis is a low-end LB1 in most formats and should continue to shine as the inside linebacker for the Lions next year.

Category: Game Recaps


The Lions defense posted a shutout against the Packers to end the regular season in the 31-0 victory. The Lions defense had three sacks and forced one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions defense was assisted by the departure of Aaron Rodgers during the first half but put up a good overall effort to finish off the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Prater tossed an eight-yard TD pass to Levine Toilolo on a fake field goal during their 31-0 win over the Packers in Week 17. Prater also made a 43-yard field goal and all four of his extra point attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Prater had another solid season making 28-of-32 field goals and all 30 of his extra point tries. He will continue to be a good fantasy kicker next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Levine Toilolo caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from kicker Matt Prater on a fake field goal in the second quarter of the 31-0 win over the Packers. Toilolo finished with four receptions for 43 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Toilolo emerged as the Lions top TE over the second half the season. He finished the year with 21 receptions for 263 yards.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandon Powell had six receptions for 103 yards on nine targets in the 31-0 win over the Packers to finish the regular season.

Fantasy Impact: Powell had his best day as a pro on Sunday with Kenny Golladay out. Powell could have a significant role with the Lions next season and is one to watch this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Andy Jones had six receptions for 50 yards on a team-high 12 targets during the Lions 31-0 win over the Packers in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Jones benefited from Kenny Golladay's absence to more than double his season numbers. He finished the year with 11 receptions for 80 yards. Jones could factor into the Lions plans next season in his second year.

Category: Game Recaps


TJ Jones had three receptions for 40 yards on three targets. He did a lot with his targets, finding the end zone twice on touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford from five yards and 23 yards out during the 31-0 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Jones was the big red zone beneficiary with Kenny Golladay out for the season finale. The touchdown grabs where his only two on the season as he finished the year with 19 receptions for 190 yards. Jones will continue to be non-relevant for fantasy purposes going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Theo Riddick did not see a target in Week 17 against the Packers and had four carries for 24 yards on the ground during the win.

Fantasy Impact: With the Lions out to a comfortable lead all game, Riddick's usage was limited to just a few carries on Sunday. He finished the season with 171 rushing yards and 61 receptions for 384 yards.

Category: Game Recaps


Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns during the Lions 31-0 win over the Packers in the season finale. Stafford threw a five-yard strike to T.J. Jones in the first quarter and found him again for a 23-yard score in the fourth.

Fantasy Impact: The multi-touchdown effort from Stafford was his first game with more than one touchdown pass since Week 10. He finished the season with 21 TD passes and 11 interceptions and failed to exceed 4,000 yards for the first time since 2010. Stafford will likely be a backup QB option in fantasy leagues heading into next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Kenny Golladay is inactive against the Packers. He's dealing with a chest injury.

Fantasy Impact: Golladay has played through the injury for the last few weeks, but he will get the finale off. It's disappointing for anyone considering Golladay, as he's been a target hog down the stretch in Detroit. This Lions' offense is likely one to avoid entirely.

Category: Injury Updates


The Lions placed defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (knee) on season-ending injured reserve Friday. (Source: Michael Rothstein on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Robinson was not going to be able to play in Sunday’s season finale against the Packers so the team opted to place him on IR and sign defensive end Mitchell Loewen off waivers from the Saints. Robinson finishes the season with 49 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Cassel came in during the fourth quarter of the Lions 27-9 loss to the Vikings. He completed 5-of-11 passes for 45 yards and ran for 14 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Cassel took over in garbage time with the Lions trailing late in the game. With Matthew Stafford struggling and not 100 percent, it wouldn't be a shock if Cassel started next week against the Packers to finish the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Damon Harrison active for Week 16

Sun, Dec 23rd 11:41am EST
By Dan Harris

Damon Harrison is active for the Lions' Week 16 game against the Vikings. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harrison missed practice much of the week as he battles through injuries, but he's a go for this game. His presence keeps Dalvin Cook from being one of the truly top options at running back, but Cook should still find success as he continues to find his groove.

Category: Injury Updates


Bruce Ellington has been ruled out Week 16 due to a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington will remain out with the injury. His absence will mean even more targets for Kenny Golladay, assuming the questionable Golladay suits up against the Vikings this weekend.

Category: Injury Updates