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OC Joe Lombardi confirmed he won't punish a player for fumbles as long as it isn't habit-forming.

Joique Bell fumbled during Sunday's loss at Carolina, but still ended up with 42 snaps compared to 29 for Reggie Bush. That comes on the heels of a Week 1 game in which Bell played on five more snaps than Bush. Joique, getting most of the inside running and goal-line work, will be a very strong RB2 against the Packers in Week 3.
Sep 15 - 11:45 AM

Lions rookie K Nate Freese is now 2-of-5 on field goals.

Freese missed two 49-yard attempts at Carolina Sunday and also missed from 43 yards in Week 1. He went 20-of-20 at Boston College last year. It's possible the Lions will be looking into free agent kickers this week.
Sep 15 - 10:24 AM

Lions CB Nevin Lawson dislocated his ankle in Sunday's Week 2 loss at Carolina.

Lawson needed immediate surgery, which means the fourth-round rookie is likely done for the year. The Lions' already weak secondary is now even thinner after also losing Bill Bentley (torn ACL) in Week 1.
Sep 14 - 9:54 PM

Lions RB Theo Riddick was stuffed for no gain on his lone Week 2 carry.

We heard for much of the offseason how Riddick would be "more involved," but he has four yards on two touches through two games. He has no fantasy value, and isn't even an appealing stash in Dynasty leagues.
Sep 14 - 5:35 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew was held catch-less in Week 2.

He was targeted once, and dropped it. Pettigrew lacks fantasy value.
Sep 14 - 5:34 PM

Reggie Bush managed 26 yards on six carries and caught 2-of-3 targets for six yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to Carolina.

Whereas Bush has handled 23 touches through two weeks, Joique Bell has gotten 32, and is gobbling up all of the Lions' goal-line running chances. Still, fantasy owners need to give Bush a pass for this weak stat line and fire him up as a high-ceiling RB2 play against Green Bay's porous defense in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:32 PM

Joseph Fauria caught his lone target for a gain of 20 in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Fauria, Eric Ebron, and Brandon Pettigrew have opened the season playing in a three-tight end rotation, with Ebron getting the most targets and Pettigrew the most snaps. Fauria is not worth rostering outside of Dynasty leagues.
Sep 14 - 5:28 PM

Joique Bell rushed 10 times for 36 yards and caught six passes for 61 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Joique owners were lucky to come out of this game with so many total yards, because Carolina's defense smothered the Detroit offense. Bell lost a fumble, but his heavy involvement in the passing game was a very good sign moving forward. He'll arguably be a borderline RB1 option when the Lions face the weak Green Bay defense in Week 3. While Reggie Bush has 23 touches through two games, Bell has 32. Joique is also getting all goal-line work.
Sep 14 - 5:26 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-48 throws for 291 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

He took four sacks and added an eight-yard scramble. The Lions' protection was generally overwhelmed by the Panthers' dominant defensive front, particularly late in the game, and even without RE Greg Hardy. Stafford owners need to shake off this relatively slow game and start him with confidence as an elite QB1 when Detroit takes on Green Bay's far-inferior defense in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:21 PM

Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron secured 3-of-5 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Ebron was more involved after playing just 18 snaps in Detroit's opener, when he was held without a catch. He had a bad drop late in Sunday's loss, however, and remains a work in progress at age 21. We love Ebron's long-range outlook in Dynasty leagues, but he is barely on the TE2 radar in re-draft settings.
Sep 14 - 5:18 PM

Calvin Johnson secured 6-of-13 targets for 83 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Johnson "caught" a 40-plus-yard touchdown pass, but it was overruled by the "Calvin Johnson rule." Such is life for the best receiver in the game. Megatron owners should still feel good about this stat line, as he remained productive in a game where the Lions' offense managed very little as a unit. Expect Johnson to go wild against the Packers sieve-like defense in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:15 PM

Golden Tate secured 5-of-8 targets for 57 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Tate had four catches for 51 yards in the first quarter alone. He managed one reception for six yards the rest of the way as Carolina's defense all but eliminated a Detroit offense that appeared virtually unstoppable in their Week 1 win over the Giants. Expect Tate to rebound when the Lions take on the Packers' far-weaker defense next week. Through two games, Tate has 11 receptions for 150 yards. He's a rock-solid WR3 in fantasy.
Sep 14 - 5:11 PM

Lions CB Nevin Lawson exited Sunday's Week 2 game with a foot injury and was pronounced "doubtful" to return.

It's quietly a big blow to Detroit's secondary, which entered this game paper thin after losing nickel back Bill Bentley for the season. Lawson, a fourth-round pick out of Utah State, was playing nickel back against Carolina.
Sep 14 - 3:06 PM

Lions declared WR Ryan Broyles, WR Kevin Ogletree, DB Don Carey, QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster, S James Ihedigbo, and OT LaAdrian Waddle inactive for Week 2 against the Panthers.

The Lions will continue to play heavy two-tight end offense with two wide receivers. Broyles and Ogletree have both been active for each of Detroit's first two games. With Ihedigbo still out, the Lions will continue to start special teamer Isa Abdul-Quddus at safety opposite Glover Quin.
Sep 14 - 11:49 AM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is listed as probable for Week 2.

Pettigrew was limited earlier in the week, but will be fine for Sunday's game. The in-line starter played 43-of-68 snaps in Week 1.
Sep 12 - 7:36 PM

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