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The Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions have agreed to a trade that will send cornerback Darius Slay to the Eagles in exchange for a third- and a fifth-round pick in 2020 NFL Draft, according to reports from Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter. As part of the deal, the Eagles and Slay have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract extension that includes $30 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles desperately need help at cornerback and have been trying to acquire Slay from the Lions since last season's trade deadline. The team re-signed Jalen Mills earlier this week but is reportedly moving him into a hybrid safety role. Their other starting cornerback in 2019, Ronald Darby, is currently a free agent. Slay gives the Eagles the number one cornerback they have been searching for after missing out on Byron Jones in free agency after the latter signed a huge deal with the Miami Dolphins.

Category: Transactions


The Redskins have signed running back J.D. McKissic to a two-year deal. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: McKissic spent the 2019 season in Detroit, catching 34 passes. He’ll likely serve as the third-down back in Washington this year. Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson are expected to split early-down work.

Category: Transactions


Former Lions OL Graham Glasgow has agreed to a deal with the Denver Broncos for four-years, $44M. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Glasgow can play both RG and C, giving the Broncos the flexibility to move him around as needed on the offensive line. The 2016 third round pick out of Michigan has played in 64 consecutive games in his NFL tenure, and John Elway hopes to bring his consistent play to the Denver offensive line week in and week out.

Category: Transactions


Michael Silver is reporting that, according to some general managers and coaches around the league, Matthew Stafford wants the Lions to trade him. (Source: Mike Silver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There have been trade rumors involving Stafford lately, and the expectation was that the team was interested in exploring options as they continue their rebuild. However, now it looks like Stafford could be the one asking out of Detroit. The Lions are no longer slinging the ball around like they were, which has limited Stafford's ceiling over the years. Still, he has decent weapons to work with and will again be in the QB1 conversation if he remains in Detroit. He's currently the QB13 in our expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


Danny Amendola has re-signed with the Detroit Lions. He signed a one-year deal to return to Detroit. (Source: Peter Schrager on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The veteran Amendola will continue to work the slot, but he will have to fight for targets with fellow wide receivers Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, along with tight end T.J. Hockenson. As such, Amendola won't be much of a fantasy option to start the season outside of deep PPR leagues.

Category: Transactions


Amani Oruwariye racked up four solo tackles and an interception in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: The 2019 fifth-round rookie is one to watch in dynasty formats. He finished his first season with two interceptions and 18 tackles.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Lions D/ST finished with an interception and a sack in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions defense didn't have much to offer Sunday, delivering a flat performance in a closely contested game. Detroit's management will need to re-evaluate its roster in the offseason after a disappointing 2019 from the defense.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Prater made both of field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Prater played though an illness that had him listed as questionable heading up to the contest. He was perfect on all of his attempts, including a 56-yarder. He'll end the year as a K1.

Category: Game Recaps


Jesse James corralled two of three targets for five yards in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: James was once again an afterthought in the offense, gaining only five yards on two targets. Don't expect much from him moving forward, as he has shown to be just a footnote among Detroit's pass-catching options.

Category: Game Recaps


Kenny Golladay brought in three of four targets for 72 yards in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Kenny G left early Sunday with a concussion, but he still led Detroit in receiving. He finishes the year with a 65/1,190/11 receiving line, accounting for career highs in yards and touchdowns while producing his second straight thousand-yard season. Look for him to build on those numbers in 2020 with a fully-healthy Matt Stafford.

Category: Game Recaps


Bo Scarborough carried nine times for 42 yards in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: After dominating touches for weeks, Scarborough once again played second-fiddle to Kerryon Johnson. The former is only a viable fantasy option if given a high-volume of touches. He should start the 2020 season on the bench.

Category: Game Recaps


Ty Johnson rushed three times for 65 yards in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was out-touched by both Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarborough. He managed his team-high rushing total thanks to a 40-yard scamper, though he's been mostly a non-factor all season.

Category: Game Recaps


Kerryon Johnson carried 11 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson saw 11 touches for the second week in a row after returning from IR. He'll end the season with a disappointing final stat line, playing behind a poor offensive line and spending much of the season injured.

Category: Game Recaps


David Blough completed 12 of 29 pass attempts for 122 yards and an interception, adding two carries for 11 yards and a 19-yard touchdown reception in the Lions’ 23-20 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: After a strong Thanksgiving debut, Blough finished the year with a string of poor performances. He did manage a touchdown reception on a trick play. To be fair, the undrafted rookie wasn't given much help on either side of the ball. He'll presumably head back to the bench in 2020 when Matt Stafford is ready to go.

Category: Game Recaps


Logan Thomas corralled two of three targets for 17 yards in the Lions’ 27-17 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas predictably fell off after last week's touchdown, doing very little with just a few targets. He's not on the fantasy radar even in the deepest of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Tracy Walker finished Sunday’s 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers with seven tackles (five solo).

Fantasy Impact: Walker leads all Lions in tackles with 89 through Week 15. He should only be owned in deeper IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Wes Hills carried 10 times for 21 yards and two TDs, adding two receptions for one yard in the Lions’ 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Signed to the active roster earlier in the week, Hills hit the end zone twice in his NFL debut. It was a nice game, though Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarborough could both be back as early as next week, rendering Hills irrelevant if either play.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Lacy caught one of two targets for 48 yards in the Lions’ 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Lacy recorded the first catch of his NFL career, hauling in a long, 48-yard gainer in Sunday's loss. He's buried on the depth chart and doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters.

Category: Game Recaps


The Detroit Lions have placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on IR with an ankle injury that will end his season. (Source: Sportsnet on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones will finish the 2019 regular season with 62 grabs for 779 yards and nine scores (tied for second-most). It is the second straight year where he has had his season end on the IR (2018 with a knee issue). Jones will be 30 this offseason and has one year remaining on his contract for $6.5 million.

Category: Injury Updates


Jahlani Tavai ended up with 11 tackles (five solo) during Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Tavai has hit 50 tackles through Week 14 of his rookie season. He is a great stash in deeper IDP dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


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