The Lions are a franchise crawling out of the depths of the worst season in NFL history 2 years ago. They drafted what appears to be one hell of a Quarterback with their number one pick 2 years ago, Matthew Stafford if your coming late to the party. They had Calvin Johnson during the dark days with Millen and they drafted a running back to suit their new style of offense when they got Jahvid Best. Word from the motor city is all good about this young prospect and all signs point to him being the starter straight out of the gates. I do have concerns still about whether there has been enough improvement to make anyone but Calvin Johnson a fantasy stud, but there is plenty of upside to Jahvid Best and he ends up being in the 20 range in the rankings. Defensively the Lions have more issues and any time the offense struggles the defense will be worn down and exploited. Despite all the positive steps made towards improving the franchise as a whole, the fantasy options are not quite worth the risk unless they fall on draft day. Excluding Megatron… of course.
Fantasy Relevant Players
Calvin Johnson – Megatron is a rare talent that often gets overlooked because of where he plays. As the franchise turns around so will public opinion on this guy. I am just glad they started to rebound before he was too old to produce. He is one of my seven top 5 WRs on draft day.
Jahvid Best – To be honest I didn’t know much about this guy in college so on draft day with my money on the line I couldn’t pull the trigger and draft him to be my number 2 RB. If he fell to where I was looking to take my 3rd I would do it in a heart beat. I really like Kevin Smith too so I could envision an issue with carries being vultured in the red zone rather than risk it with the rookie.
Matthew Stafford – He is one of the better backup QB options available and obviously a great number 2 if you play in that format. Keep your expectations low, but he is capable of averaging 15 or so points a week.