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Aidan Hutchinson (thigh), who missed two consecutive practices, managed to return in a limited fashion on Friday. He is officially listed as questionable heading into Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. (Source: Kevin Seifert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was refreshing to see Hutchinson practice in some capacity to close out the week, giving him a valid chance to play on Sunday. The talented rookie is coming off a brilliant three-sack game in which he terrorized the Washington Commanders' offense.

Category: Injury Updates


T.J. Hockenson (hip) remained limited in practice on Friday. He is officially listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. (Source: Kevin Seifert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hockenson has seen a high snap share and an impressive 14 targets this season, but it has translated to a mere seven catches and 64 yards. Quite simply, the Lions have worked to prioritize Amon-Ra St. Brown and D'Andre Swift over Hockenson. As a result, he should be viewed as a low-end TE1.

Category: Injury Updates


D'Andre Swift (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday and is officially listed as questionable heading into Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. (Source: Kevin Seifert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swift did not practice on Wednesday but was able to log limited sessions on Thursday and Friday. After being listed as questionable last week, he produced 56 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards, and on touchdown. Thus, there is reason to believe that he will both play and be effective in Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates


Austin Seibert converted both FG attempts on Sunday, with his longest being of 48 yards. He also added four PAT's for a total of 10 points en rout to the Lions' 36-27 win over the Commanders.

Fantasy Impact: Seibert was fantastic from a distance on Sunday as he nailed his longest kick of the season which was for 48 yards. The Lions kicker has 15 total points on the season which is good for 10th in the league. The 25-year-old is not a kicker who should currently be rostered but he can be considered if he continues to kick this well moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps


The Lions D/ST forced one safety on Sunday, while also sacking Carson Wentz five times and picking him off once in the teams' 36-27 win over the Commanders.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions D/ST was terrific on Sunday as the team saw their prized first round pick Aidan Hutchinson pick up three of the times sacks. The defensive unit for the Lions is not one that should be streamed as of yet, especially with their Week 3 tilt against the Vikings coming up, but if the team continues to play like this they may become streamers that are matchup dependent.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Reynolds caught three passes on three targets Sunday for 38 yards and a touchdown as the Lions went on to beat the Commanders in an 36-27 game.

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds had a bounce back performance Sunday after just a one reception game in Week 1. The Lions wide receiver averages about 16.5 YPC, but he is only worth rostering in 14-team leagues and managers can surely do worse than the 27-year-old as a streamer.

Category: Game Recaps


D.J. Chark saw four targets on Sunday and he came away with zero of them as the Lions went on to beat the Commanders in a 36-27 game.

Fantasy Impact: Chark saw the third most targets on the Lions Sunday, meaning he is still one of the top mouths to feed in this offense. The Lions wide receiver has nothing more than short term value as Jameson Williams is set to join the team later this season. The 25-year-old is a boom-or-bust candidate so managers should know the risks they take when they start him.

Category: Game Recaps


Jamaal WIlliams carried the ball 12 times for 53 yards, while catching one pass for seven yards en rout to the Lions' 36-27 win over the Commanders.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was expected to have a bigger workload on Sunday after the news that Swift was suffering from an low-ankle sprain, however he may have left fantasy managers disappointed with an average of 4.4 YPC. The Lions RB2 is a FLEX play at best this season as he is stuck behind one of the best backs in the league. For now the 27-year-old is probably best left on the bench but he would become a borderline RB2 if D'Andre Swift were to go down with an injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Amon-Ra St. Brown carried the ball twice on Sunday rushing for 68 yards, he also caught nine of his 12 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns en rout to the Lions' 36-27 win over the Commanders.

Fantasy Impact: St. Brown was absolutely terrific on Sunday as he proved he has everything it takes to be a bonafide WR1 in the NFL. The 22-year-old now has three touchdowns on the season which ranks first in the league, he also has 17 receptions which ranks third in the league, he is clearly a set-and-forget candidate for the rest of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jared Goff completed 20 of his 34 passing attempts for 256 yards and four touchdowns as he led the Lions to a 36-27 win over the Commanders.

Fantasy Impact: Goff was terrific on Sunday as he managed to help the team score four times while managing to not turnover the ball a single time. The Lions QB finished Sunday with a passer rating of 121.7, and if he continues to play the way he did he will play himself right into streaming consideration. The 27-year-old has a QBR rating through two games of 52.5 which is good for 15th in the league, with the Lions next taking on a potent Vikings defense that stifled the Packers it may be best to wait till Week 4 to stream Goff.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Lions right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai had back surgery. (Source: Detroit Lions on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Halapoulivaati Vaitai appears to have a chance to return at some point this season after head coach Dan Campbell declined to rule him out. Vaitai, who is already on injured reserve, returning at some point this season would be a nice boost for the Lions offense, particularly for D'Andre Swift and the run game. Logan Stenberg drew the Week 1 start in place of Vaitai.

Category: Injury Updates


The Detroit Lions have signed running back Justin Jackson to the active roster. (Source: Detroit Lions on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions had a roster spot open up with defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike being placed on IR and decided to carry four running backs. D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams should continue to dominate the touches out of the backfield, but Jackson may pass Craig Reynolds on the depth chart. Jackson has little fantasy value while Swift and Williams are healthy, but is a name to monitor for those in deeper leagues.

Category: Transactions


Frank Ragnow active for Week 1

Sun, Sep 11th 11:35am EDT
By Jesse Garcia

Frank Ragnow is active for Week 1, per the Detroit Lions. (Source: Lions on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ragnow (groin) suffered the injury in practice Wednesday leading up to the Lions’ home opener against Philadelphia. Based on how he responds in practice, Ragnow has a chance to be ready for Week 2.

Category: Transactions


The Lions have re-signed Tim Boyle to their practice squad. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boyle had an awful preseason showing before the Lions released him, but they'll now keep him in their organization. Nate Sudfeld will act as Jared Goff's backup for the time being, but with David Blough joining the Vikings, Boyle will serve as the Lions' QB3 from the practice squad for now. If Goff or Sudfeld sustains an injury, he should be elevated to the active roster.

Category: Transactions


Jameson Williams is recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered late in his last season at the University of Alabama, it appears that things are going well in his recovery so far. (Source: Benjamin Raven)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions have made it clear that Williams won't be rushed back, and General Manager Brad Holmes made it clear that the Lions traded up for Williams as "a long-term investment." Assuming Williams does return at some point before the fantasy playoffs this year he should be viewed as a long-term investment for your fantasy team when drafting this season. The Lions have an exceptionally easy schedule down the stretch, and Williams is extremely talented; however, the Lions do have many mouths to feed and Jared Goff has not shown an ability to carry many fantasy-relevant options. Williams is a deep sleeper, who has a lot of upside in dynasty formats.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


Nate Sudfeld signs with Detroit

Wed, Aug 31st 12:20pm EDT
By Jordan Epp

According to Pro Football Focus' Ari Meirov, the Detroit Lions are signing QB Nate Sudfeld who was released by the San Francisco 49ers to be the team's backup to QB Jared Goff. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the move, the Lions are waiving QB David Blough, showing no one won the backup-QB battle in Detroit. Sudfeld, a 2016 sixth-rounder, has played in just four career games, starting none, all with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Category: Transactions


According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Detroit Lions CB Jerry Jacobs will open the season on the physically unable to perform list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jacobs was vocal about the move on Twitter, but is mostly ready to "get back out there." This offers the Lions flexibility with its 53-man lineup and means Jacobs will be eligible in Week 5 to return. Jacobs, an undrafted player from the 2021 NFL Draft, adds more young CB depth to an ascending Lions roster when he returns.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


Tom Kennedy was waived by the Detroit Lions Monday. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy caught 16-of-26 targets for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason. Kennedy seemed poised to make the 53-man roster after having a very strong preseason. The 26-year-old will now look to catch on with another team after Tuesday’s cut deadline.

Category: Transactions


Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said CB Jeff Okudah is "looking like" the Lions' starting cornerback heading into the season. (Source: Detroit Lions on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A year after tearing his Achilles, the former first-rounder Okudah appears to be Detroit's starter opposite of CB Amari Oruwariye. This is big news for both the Lions and Okudah as Achilles' tears are notoriously difficult to return from in sports. The Lions' DST is going on average as the DST27 and isn't worth investing in for fantasy, but this helps bolster an ascending, gritty defense.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


David Blough completed 16-of-22 passes for 76 yards, while throwing for one touchdown and throwing one interception as the Lions went on to beat the Colts 27-26 in their preseason Week 2 game.

Fantasy Impact: Blough is currently unranked in FantasyPros ECR, and he may not even finish camp as the QB2 on his own team. In other words, he offers no fantasy potential and should be avoided in all formats.

Category: Game Recaps