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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects the Lions to franchise tag WR Kenny Golladay. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't the first time that Rapoport has mentioned this. Detroit is likely entering a rebuild but they also don't want to lose Golladay for nothing. Even if they tag him the team could look to make a trade. He would likely be more of a fantasy WR2 if he stays with the Lions. This is due to Jared Goff replacing Matthew Stafford at quarterback.

Category: Rumors

Dave Birkett with Detroit Free Press is reporting that D'Andre Swift can be a 25-touch-per-game running back in 2021 on the new-look Detroit Lions team. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swift showed some explosiveness as a rookie in Detroit but was limited with Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson on the roster. Swift wasn't named the starter until Week 10 and then was promptly knocked out of that game with a concussion. The concussion caused him to miss the next three games or play in a limited role before regaining his starting duties again in Week 15. Overall, Swift averaged just 13.2 touches per game as a rookie. The 2020 35th overall pick was selected by the Lions for his soft hands and abilities in open space. With Anthony Lynn now the offensive coordinator in Detroit, Swift may be utilized as a feature back, similar to what we saw in 2020 with a healthy Austin Ekeler. Our current Expert Consensus Ranking for 2021 has Swift as RB16. However, if the reports of 25-plus touches per game are true, that would assuredly lock him in for RB1 production. With a new head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterback at the helm next season, the Lions should expect to see drastic changes to their rushing attack, which ranked 29th in 2020.

Category: Rumors

Matthew Stafford is being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The blockbuster deal includes two former No. 1 overall picks, Stafford in 2009 and Goff in 2016, swapping teams. Both quarterbacks will get fresh starts with their new teams next season. The Rams will also be sending Detroit a third-round pick in 2021, a first-round pick in 2022, and another first-round pick in 2023. It won't become official until the start of the league year on March 17th.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions are expected to hire Saints’ Assistant HC/TEs coach Dan Campbell as their next head coach. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell is known for his leadership abilities, which will be needed after Detroit's Matt Patricia era. He isn't considered one of the exciting, up-and-coming offensive or defensive coordinators that are in positions for other jobs. Still, a culture change is the biggest need for the Lions right now. The next order of business will be determining what to do with Matthew Stafford's mid-30s years.

Category: Transactions

Matt Prater made his lone field-goal attempt and two of three extra-point attempts in the Lions’ 37-35 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: His lone make came from 54 yards out, providing a boost to his fantasy value despite the extra-point miss. He'll be on the fantasy radar in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps

T.J. Hockenson caught all three of his targets for 25 yards in the Lions’ 37-35 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hock finished with another dud, and he ends the season with three straight games of 25 receiving yards or less. Hockenson put together a strong second season, finishing with 67 receptions for 723 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a TE1. Both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones will be unrestricted free agents in 2021, and Hock could enjoy an even heftier workload in his third season.

Category: Game Recaps

Quintez Cephus brought in two of three targets for 51 yards and a TD in the Lions’ 37-35 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Cephus brought in a 20-yard touchdown and capped off a fairly productive rookie campaign. Across 13 games, the Wisconsin product finished his inaugural season with 20 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. He has a chance to improve on this performance and potentially see an increased role in 2021 with both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones set to hit free agency.

Category: Game Recaps

Marvin Jones corralled eight of 11 targets for 180 yards and two TDs in the Lions’ 37-35 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Jones could have had a bigger day, but a long second-half touchdown was called back when Jones bobbled the ball. He finishes 2020 with a 76/978/9 receiving line. Jones has averaged 58 receptions for 859 yards and seven touchdowns in five years with Detroit and will have the chance to test the free-agent marketplace in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps

Adrian Peterson rushed seven times for 63 yards and a TD in the Lions’ 37-35 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Most of Peterson's production came on a 38-yard gainer, though he was able to cash in on a two-yard plunge for his only score of the day. Peterson is unlikely to return to Detroit in 2021, as he's publicly said that he wants to play with a contender next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jamal Agnew scored a 74-yard punt return TD in the Lions' 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Down 40 to nothing in the third quarter, Agnew housed a punt return for Detroit's only score of the afternoon. He wasn't targeted in the passing game.

Category: Game Recaps

Chase Daniel completed 13 of 18 pass attempts for 86 yards in the Lions' 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Daniel played nearly the whole game but couldn't get anything going. Detroit's lone score came on a Jamal Agnew punt return. Daniel is likely to start Week 17 against Minnesota, but he won't be a recommended option for that one.

Category: Game Recaps

David Blough completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards and an INT and added an 18-yard carry in the Lions' 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Blough subbed in for Chase Daniel with the game well out of reach, and the former proved no more effective in his efforts. He'll likely serve as Daniel's backup in Week 17 when the Lions face the Vikings.

Category: Game Recaps

Danny Amendola caught five of seven targets for 37 yards in the Lions' 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Amendola led the Lions in receiving on a miserable afternoon, which saw three Detroit quarterbacks combine for 152 passing yards. Amendola could be a viable PPR flex against Minnesota in Week 17 as captain of the checkdowns depending on who's under center.

Category: Game Recaps

Mohamed Sanu brought in four of five targets for 38 yards in the Lions’ 46-25 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This type of stat line is the norm for Sanu, and he doesn't offer much upside in Detroit's passing attack. Fantasy managers who roll with him have to bank on a TD, but he hasn't been a prolific scorer since suiting up for the Lions.

Category: Game Recaps

Hunter Bryant caught one of two targets for 44 yards in the Lions’ 46-25 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie out of Washington recorded his first NFL catch on a deep gainer down the seam. It was a nice play from the first-year man, but he's not on the fantasy radar heading into fantasy championship week.

Category: Game Recaps

The Detroit Lions announced that T Halapoulivaati Vaitai has been activated from IR. (Source: Detroit Lions on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vaitai was starting for the Detroit o-line before sustaining a plantar fascia injury, and now he's been designated to return to play. With Matt Stafford banged up, another tackle to protect his blindside should be welcomed.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors

Lions C Frank Ragnow has officially been ruled out for Week 15 after being diagnosed with a fractured throat. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ragnow injured his throat early in Week 14's loss to the Packers, but the severity of the injury wasn't revealed until the next day. There was optimism he could play Week 15, but after visiting a specialist on Friday, he was ultimately ruled out. Fantasy managers should still be rolling out D'Andre Swift as an RB2 with upside as he's set for an increased workload against a Titans D/ST that's a sieve against the run.

Category: Injury Updates

Kerryon Johnson rushed twice for three yards and a TD in the Lions’ 31-24 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson only logged two touches in this one, though he did turn of them into a fourth-quarter goal-line score. With D’Andre Swift back in the mix, Johnson won’t be a recommended fantasy play moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Lions CB Jeff Okudah will reportedly undergo groin surgery and miss the final four games of the 2020 season. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Okudah was the No. 3 pick in April's draft and has dealt with both injuries and inconsistency as a rookie. He has recently been missing time with a shoulder problem, but the upcoming surgery is for a groin issue that has bothered him since college. The hope is that he'll get a fresh start at full health come 2021.

Category: Injury Updates

The Lions placed DL Everson Griffen on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Griffen came to Detroit via a midseason trade from Dallas. His absence will only increase the chances of Green Bay having a big offensive game in Week 14.

Category: Transactions