2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Lions have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, especially offensively. If Matthew Stafford can play more consistently this season, the Lions can challenge for a playoff spot. The defense lost a few key players in free agency, which is a bit of a concern, but still has a pretty good core in place. Detroit might be a few players away from making a real push this season but are getting closer.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Tight end Eric Ebron didnâ??t have quite the year as expected last season but had some injury issues and didnâ??t get a ton of targets on a weekly basis. Expect that to change this year. He should be more involved in the offense from day one. Ebron can be a game changer at tight end. He is a big-play threat at the position that can make plays in the middle of the field with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate attracting much of the coverage on the outside. We look for Ebron to take a big step forward in his development this season.
FANTASY DUD
The Lions selected Ameer Abdullah during this yearâ??s draft, which isnâ??t a great thing for current starter Joique Bell. Abdullah is the future at the position and might bring more to the table at this point. Bell could lose out on touches and maybe even the starting job at some point during the season. We expect Bellâ??s overall numbers to take a bit of a dip this season, making him less of a sure thing than in past seasons.

Team Notes

Aug 31, 05:12 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was a limited participant in practice and took repetitions with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 31, after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Aug 31, 02:52 PM Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata (hamstring) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Monday, Aug. 31.
Aug 31, 02:42 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Bell. He still has a chance to open as the starter but will need to perform at a high level to hold off rookie Ameer Abdullah.
Aug 31, 09:32 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tim Wright was acquired by the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: He'll serve a backup role with his new team. Don't expect much playing time.
Aug 31, 09:12 AM Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles was cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a surprise. Broyles has been a disappointment for the Lions to date.
Aug 30, 10:02 AM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') has ramped up his return-to-play workouts in recent weeks and said he is 'getting close.' Head coach Jim Caldwell said Bell looks in good shape and hinted the running back will be ready for Week 1.
Aug 29, 02:42 PM Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate caught three passes for 91 yards and a touchdown Friday, Aug. 28. The touchdown came on a 62 yard strike from QB Matthew Stafford.
Aug 29, 09:52 AM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 11-for-15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, Aug. 28.

Fantasy Impact: Stafford is primed for a rebound season this year.
Aug 28, 07:02 PM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed), DE Jason Jones (knee) and LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) will not play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.
Aug 28, 07:02 PM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed), DE Jason Jones (knee) and LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) will not play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.
Aug 28, 07:02 PM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed), DE Jason Jones (knee) and LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) will not play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.
Aug 28, 06:52 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') will not play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.
Aug 26, 04:43 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 04:43 PM Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (undisclosed) did not participate in practice for the second straight day Wednesday, Aug. 26, because of an undisclosed injury.
Aug 24, 04:02 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said the Lions will still take a committee approach at running back even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') returns.

Fantasy Impact: This makes more sense to us but don't be surprised if Ameer Abdullah starts getting more of the work for the Lions. He brings more to the table right now.
Aug 24, 03:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is expected to return this season as a bellcow running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Bell has been nursing injuries all offseason, but Caldwell still envisions him producing similarly to how he did last year.

Fantasy Impact: We aren't buying this. The Lions are going to get Ameer Abdullah involved in the running game. Bell is going to lose touches.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tyrunn Walker, NT; Josh Wilson, CB. 

Losses:
Jed Collins, FB; Kellen Davis, TE; Nick Fairley, DT; Ndamukong Suh, DT. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  28 Laken TomlinsonOL
 # 2  22 Ameer AbdullahRB
 # 3  16 Alex CarterDB
 # 4  14 Gabe WrightDL
 # 5  32 Michael BurtonRB
 # 6  24 Quandre DiggsDB
 # 7  23 Corey RobinsonOL
 Undrafted Zach ZennerRB
 Undrafted Kyle BrindzaK

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:05PM     at San Diego
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 27 8:30PM     Denver
4     Oct 5 8:30PM     at Seattle
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     Arizona
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Chicago
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Minnesota
8     Nov 1 9:30AM     at Kansas City
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Oakland
12     Nov 26 12:30PM     Philadelphia
13     Dec 3 8:25PM     Green Bay
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at St Louis
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     at New Orleans
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     San Francisco
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Chicago
18     Jan 10 4:40PM     at Dallas
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