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2019 Fantasy Football Projections: Detroit Lions

- Updated: Saturday, July 13th


In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Detroit Lions.

QUARTERBACKS

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matthew Stafford539.1355.83773.723.1810.7830.798.20.61235.59
Posting top-12 production in six of the previous seven seasons, Stafford finished 2018 as fantasy's QB20. Not only did his pass attempts drop to 555, only 10 less than 2017 but still an eight-year low, Stafford was less efficient with his opportunities as well. Stafford averaged just 6.81 Y/A, an eight-year low, and a TD% of 3.8, a four-year low. While part of dip in performance could be attributed to playing through broken bones in his back down the stretch, but Stafford wasn't playing great before the back issues and he shouldn't be viewed as much more than a low-upside QB2 in Detroit's run-first offense.
Tom Savage1.6110.20.040.041.10.600.55

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RUNNING BACKS

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Kerryon Johnson236.81053.87.143.8315.41.31187.38
Playing just 10 games as a rookie, Johnson had exactly 150 touches -- 118 carries and 32 receptions. Averaging 5.4 yards per carry, Johnson was fantasy's RB15 (RB14 in PPR) through Week 11 before missing the remainder of the season. Provided he stays healthy in 2019, the second-year back could see north of last year's 15 touches per game and once again perform as a top-15 back when he's on the field.
C.J. Anderson118.4509.12.967.662.70.2776.56
Let go by the Rams, Anderson was extremely productive down the stretch as Todd Gurley dealt with arthritis in his knee. In fact, no running back scored more fantasy points over the final two weeks of the season. Including their first playoff game, CJA had a streak of three games with 120-plus rushing yards and (at least) one touchdown. Anderson could carve out a decent workload in Detroit's backfield even if Johnson stays healthy all season.
Theo Riddick28.5108.30.2946.4329.41.6255.23
On the roster bubble (according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press), Riddick's salary counts most towards the team's salary cap (among running backs). Averaging a career-low scoreless 6.3 Y/R, Riddick's 61 receptions were the second-most of his career. Provided he sticks on the roster, he has some flex upside in PPR formats, especially during the bye weeks.
Zach Zenner12.147.20.32170.028.34
Ty Johnson9.942.60.21.18.30.016.35

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WIDE RECEIVERS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Kenny Golladay66.8995.35.51000132.59
Golladay had a breakout second season with 70 catches for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns on 119 targets. Only six receivers had more 12-target games than Golladay (four), but he also had four or less targets in one-third (five) of his (15) games as well. Golladay has the physical tools to be more of a threat in the red zone and could take another step forward in his third year.
Marvin Jones51.9762.94.93000105.87
Jones missed roughly half of 2018, but he had 61/1,101/9 in 2017 as he led the NFL in Y/R (18.0). In his nine games last season, Jones had at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown in eight of them. Jones (knee) missed all of the offseason program and there has been some speculation about his roster status, but he's in the WR3 mix when he's healthy and on the field.
Danny Amendola56.8556.62.8400072.7
Amendola has had 55 to 65 catches and 575 to 675 yards in three of his past four seasons and that's roughly what I expect for Detroit's new slot receiver -- 57 catches for 557 yards. He has finished outside the top 50 wide receivers (standard scoring) in eight consecutive seasons, but he has a little more value in deeper PPR leagues.
Jermaine Kearse13.9159.90.9400021.63
While he has experience in Darrell Bevell's offense when in Seattle, Kearse is coming off of a disappointing 37/371/1 campaign and off the fantasy radar for 2019.
Andy Jones7.378.80.6600011.84
Chris Lacy4.152.50.330007.23
Travis Fulgham1.721.60.090002.7
Brandon Powell0.99.90.061.15.501.9

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TIGHT ENDS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
T.J. Hockenson45.6515.33.6500073.43
Only four tight ends have been drafted in the top 10 over the past 20 years including Hockenson this past year with the No. 8 overall pick. If there's a concern with Hockenson, it's the difficult transition that the rookie tight ends have when making the jump from college to the pros, but he's one of the most complete tight end prospects entering the NFL in years.
Jesse James15.21550.9900021.44
Logan Thomas216.40.10002.24
Isaac Nauta110.20.060001.38

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