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The Detroit Lions will travel to Chicago in Week 17 to face the Bears, who will be missing star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring).
Jeffery did not play in Week 16 and has been placed on injured reserve. This leaves Chicago QB Jay Cutler short on receiving options and helps the Lions avoid a wide receiver who dropped 147 yards and a touchdown on them in Week 6. Chicago was able to manage 285 passing yards in Week 16 without Jeffery, so fantasy owners should still avoid the Lions D/ST this week, but the absence of Jeffery will certainly help their cause. Jan 2 - 3:31 AM

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The Detroit defense has a date with San Francisco QB Blaine Gabbert in Week 16.

Gabbert completed 30 of 50 passes in Week 15 against Cincinnati and threw three interceptions. The San Francisco offensive line has not done Gabbert any favors, as the quarterback has been sacked 19 times in the last four weeks, the most of any NFL quarterback in that span. The Lions D/ST is an excellent fantasy option this week at home against the 49ers.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 01:42:00 AM

The Detroit defense has improved in pass defense recently, allowing just 170.8 passing yards per game over the last four weeks.

The competition was a mixed bag of talent, but Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers were two of the opponents handled by the Detroit secondary. The Lions will look to keep their defensive success rolling in Week 15 when they travel to New Orleans to face the Saints, owners of the NFL's second-best passing attack. The Lions D/ST isn't a recommended fantasy option in Week 15 but hosts San Francisco in Week 16, which is notable for fantasy owners looking ahead.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 04:11:00 AM

The Detroit Lions travel to St. Louis in Week 14 to take on the struggling Rams offense.

The performance of the St. Louis offense has plummeted in recent weeks, creating a prime target for fantasy defenses. Over the last four weeks, the Rams have averaged just 9.0 points per game while turning the ball over 10 times and topping 300 total yards just once. Defenses have been able to slow rookie Todd Gurley with no threat of the Rams throwing the ball with any success. Detroit is a top-10 fantasy option in Week 14 in this matchup.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:57:00 AM

The Detroit Lions have allowed just 195.5 passing yards per game over their last four contests.

The Lions went 3-1 in those four games and are riding a three-game winning streak. The lone quarterback to top 300 yards over the last month against Detroit was Aaron Rodgers, who the Lions face on Thursday night. Rodgers threw for 325 yards in Green Bay's Week 10 loss to Detroit, and will get another shot at his division rival this week. The Lions D/ST is a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 13.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 04:12:00 AM

The Detroit defense has not forced a turnover since Week 7.

The Lions have been unsuccessful in the turnover department in recent weeks, but have put together two solid defensive performances since their Week 9 bye. The first eight games of the 2015 saw Detroit allow 30.6 points per game, while they have given up just 29 total points over the last two weeks. Week 12 brings a matchup with Philadelphia QB Mark Sanchez, who has thrown four interceptions in 64 pass attempts this season. The Lions D/ST is a reasonable streaming option this week.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 02:42:00 AM

The Detroit Lions will host the Oakland Raiders in Week 11, who have averaged 30 points per game over the last four weeks.

The Detroit defense turned in a solid Week 10 performance in an upset win at Green Bay, but won't be a fantasy option this week when they host the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland offense registers eighth among NFL teams in total offense, averaging 374.2 total yards each week. The Lions D/ST is not fantasy roster material right now.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 02:34:00 AM

The Detroit Lions, who are last in the NFL in scoring defense, will travel to Green Bay in Week 10 to face the Packers.

The Detroit defense is allowing a beefy 30.6 points per game this season and 37.3 points per game over their last four contests. The timing for a trip to Lambeau Field is not good for Detroit, as Green Bay seemed to find its offensive rhythm late in Week 9 at Carolina. The Lions D/ST should remain comfortably on fantasy waiver wires this week and for the foreseeable future.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 01:46:00 AM

The Detroit Lions are dead last among NFL teams in scoring defense, surrendering 30.6 points per game.

The Lions head into their Week 9 bye allowing 37.3 points per game over the last four weeks and have been underwhelming on the defensive side of the ball all season. Things won’t improve anytime soon with matchups against Green Bay and Oakland waiting on the other side of the bye. The Lions D/ST should remain safely on the waiver wire.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 10:18:00 AM

The Detroit Lions have struggled to contain opposing quarterbacks in 2015, allowing a 73.3 completion percentage and NFL-worst 9.1 yards per pass attempt.

The Detroit defense will travel to London this week to take on QB Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions D/ST has tallied respectable sack and turnover totals this season, but hasn't made much of a fantasy impact with their inability to slow opposing offenses. This group will not be a recommended fantasy option in Week 8 and is not worth rostering with a bye upcoming in Week 9.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:59:00 AM

The Detroit defense could be getting a key piece back this week, as DT Haloti Ngata (calf) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Ngata has missed the Lions' last two games with a calf injury but appears close to returning to game action. The return of Ngata would be a boost to the Detroit defensive front that is preparing to face Adrian Peterson and the sixth-ranked Minnesota Vikings rushing offense. The potential return of Ngata is promising but won't make the Lions D/ST a Week 7 fantasy option against Minnesota, as this group is allowing 386.8 total yards per game.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 04:20:00 AM

The Detroit Lions defense will face the NFL's second-highest scoring offense this week when they host the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field.

The Cardinals have scored 37 points per game in 2015 and will look to keep their offense rolling when they visit Detroit. The Lions D/ST has been solid with ten sacks and nine forced turnovers through four weeks, but this group will likely have a tough time slowing down Carson Palmer, as they have the ninth-worst pass defense among NFL teams this season. Even at home, the Lions D/ST won't be a starting caliber fantasy defense this week due to their matchup.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 01:14:00 AM

The Detroit Lions may be facing the Seattle Seahawks without star running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday while he deals with a hamstring injury.

Detroit is not particularly stout against the run, giving up 112 rushing yards per game through three weeks. Missing a matchup against Lynch would be a bonus for the Lions D/ST, although Seattle backup Thomas Rawls filled in admirably in Lynch's absence last week. No matter who handles the running duties for the Seahawks, the Detroit D/ST will not be a startable fantasy option this week on the road as a double-digit underdog.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 02:58:00 PM

DT Caraun Reid will make his 2015 debut on Sunday after missing the first two weeks of the season with an ankle injury.

Reid tried made the most of his time off, telling the Detroit News, "It's not frustrating. I learned a lot and everything is a blessing. You take it as it is, learn from it, grow from it and do what I can." The Lions D/ST could use the front-line help, as they are giving up 147 rushing yards per game through two weeks after coughing up 134 yards to Adrian Peterson in Week 2. The Lions defense won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 3 when they host the Denver Broncos.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 02:15:00 PM

The Detroit Lions allowed 404 passing yards to Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in Week 1 as they fell to San Diego 33-28.

The 404-yard performance was the high yardage mark among NFL quarterbacks in Week 1, as the Lions defense could not contain Rivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen. After the dust settled in San Diego, Allen checked in with a healthy stat line of 15 receptions for 166 yards on 17 targets. The Detroit D/ST has another road game ahead, but will attempt to improve against Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota, who struggled offensively on Monday night. The Lions D/ST is tempting in fantasy leagues this week due to the matchup with Minnesota, but remains a second-level option.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:30:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Joique Bell
4Zach Zenner
5George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Calvin Johnson
2T.J. Jones
3Ryan Spadola
4Austin Willis
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
3Corey Washington
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Tim Wright
4Jordan Thompson
5Casey Pierce
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
C1Travis Swanson
2Gabe Ikard
3Braxston Cave
4Darren Keyton
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Michael Ola
2Cornelius Lucas
3Tyrus Thompson
K1Matt Prater