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Bruce Ellington (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.

Barring a miracle, Ellington is going to sit against the Bills. Ellington had been a target hog in recent weeks. Neither Andy Jones nor Brandon Powell will be a plug-and-play PPR4 in his absence.
Dec 13 - 1:15 PM

Matthew Stafford (back) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He played through the questionable tag last week but was largely ineffective in a win at Arizona (101 yards on 15-of-23 passing). Stafford may not be 100 percent, but the bigger concern for his fantasy prospects is Detroit's injury-gutted receiving corps.
Dec 12 - 4:48 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

The rookie has shown little improvement since injuring his knee in Week 11 and is likely headed for a fourth straight absence. Look for Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount to split carries Sunday at Buffalo with Theo Riddick taking the lead on passing downs.
Dec 12 - 4:47 PM

Bruce Ellington (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

Ellington looks doubtful to play after suffering a hamstring strain last week. Andy Jones and Brandon Powell are the next up on the depth chart.
Dec 12 - 4:32 PM

Darius Slay was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Slay pick-sixed rookie QB Josh Rosen in an easy win over the Cardinals while also breaking up three passes and allowing just three catches for 31 yards on nine passes thrown his way. Slay has had an up-and-down year while dealing with some injuries but remains the cornerstone of this defense.
Dec 12 - 9:40 AM

Lions placed TE Michael Roberts on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

Roberts had occasionally been mixing in as a receiver, catching nine passes and finding the end zone three times. The No. 127 overall pick of last year's draft, Roberts should maintain an inside track on a 53-man roster spot in 2019.
Dec 11 - 4:10 PM

Lions placed DE Ezekiel Ansah on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

Ansah dislocated his shoulder against the Cardinals and is expected to require surgery. Playing on the franchise tag, 29-year-old Ansah was limited to seven games by shoulder issues this season. He notched four sacks on 146 snaps. Increasingly beset by injury, there's a strong chance Ansah is allowed to walk in free agency.
Dec 11 - 4:09 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett believes Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) has played his final snap as a Lion.

Ansah reinjured his shoulder in Sunday's loss to Arizona, which sounds like it'll end the once-feared pass rusher's year. Ansah played the 2018 season on the franchise tag. The Matt Patricia regime has no previous ties to Ansah.
Dec 10 - 4:26 PM

Theo Riddick notched 28 yards on six carries while also nabbing four catches for a team-high 30 yards on four targets Sunday in the Lions’ Week 14 win over Arizona.

He saw slightly more rushing work than usual, though obviously catching passes out of the backfield is still his bread and butter. Riddick's passing-game volume affords him low-level flex status in PPR leagues, though his season-high in rushing yards is just 32 and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 14 of last year. He'll maintain his role as a passing-down complement to LeGarrette Blount (assuming Kerryon Johnson misses another game) when the Lions travel to Buffalo for Week 15.
Dec 9 - 8:44 PM

Zach Zenner rolled to 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries Sunday in Detroit’s Week 14 win over the Cardinals.

All of his production came after halftime. Zenner rushed seven times for 42 yards and a touchdown on Detroit's second-to-last drive. Sunday's game was by no means a blowout, so this wasn't a case of the Lions finding reps for a bench player in garbage time. Zenner was noticeably more effective than LeGarrette Blount, who stumbled to just 2.8 yards per carry while also losing a fumble. If Kerryon Johnson (knee) misses another game in Week 15, we could see the Lions employ a committee featuring Zenner, Blount and Theo Riddick against Atlanta. Obviously this is a backfield to avoid for fantasy purposes.
Dec 9 - 8:43 PM

Kenny Golladay pulled in two-of-four targets for five yards Sunday in the Lions’ Week 14 win over the Cardinals.

Both of his catches came in the first half as Matthew Stafford attempted just four passes after halftime. Golladay has held his own against many of the league's top corners this year but Patrick Peterson had his number on Sunday. Unfortunately for Golladay, he'll get another tough matchup against Tre'Davious White when the Lions travel to Buffalo in Week 15. With Detroit's injury-plagued offense running on fumes, Golladay should be downgraded to WR3 status until further notice.
Dec 9 - 7:36 PM

LeGarrette Blount collected 33 yards on 12 carries while also snagging two-of-three targets for 18 yards Sunday in the Lions’ Week 14 victory over the Cardinals.

He coughed up a fumble on the Lions' opening drive. That marked the veteran's first lost fumble since Week 12 of last season. Blount spent much of the afternoon running into brick walls, averaging a dreadful 2.8 yards per carry with a long run of 14 yards. He also ceded 12 carries to Zach Zenner, who out-rushed him by 21 yards. With Zenner and Theo Riddick in the mix, Blount won't be of any fantasy interest when the Lions travel to Buffalo for Week 15.
Dec 9 - 7:36 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 15-of-23 passes for 101 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions while adding a seven-yard scramble Sunday in Detroit’s Week 14 win over the Cardinals.

He lost five yards on his lone sack. Playing through a back injury, Stafford didn't exert himself much against Arizona, logging his second-fewest passing attempts of the season. Stafford spent his afternoon dinking and dunking, averaging 4.4 yards per attempt with a long completion of just 17 yards. The 30-year-old Georgia alum hasn't made much fantasy noise recently and that will probably remain the case as he plays out the stretch with a depleted Lions receiving corps. Outside of two-quarterback leagues, Stafford can be avoided against Buffalo in Week 15.
Dec 9 - 7:34 PM

Bruce Ellington left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury and will not return.

Lions have been dropping like flies today with Ellington, RT Rick Wagner (concussion), DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), CB Marcus Cooper (back) and S Charles Washington (hamstring) among their walking wounded. Ellington produced four catches for 17 yards on four targets prior to exiting in the third quarter. His injury leaves the Lions painfully thin at wide receiver.
Dec 9 - 6:36 PM

Lions RT Rick Wagner left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Cardinals and will not return.

He was carted off in the second quarter and ruled out shortly after. Fifth-round rookie Tyrell Crosby will finish out the game at right tackle for Detroit.
Dec 9 - 6:32 PM


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