By Bill Pivetz @BPiv_Sports on June 10, 2014
The Detroit Lions improved their offense during the offseason. The addition of Golden Tate gives the Lions a viable No. 2 wide receiver. They also added tight end security with rookie Eric Ebron. With the dual threat of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and the best receiver in the game in Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford should have a career year in 2014. It's tough to pass up on any of these players in your fantasy draft.
The Detroit Lions selected tight end Eric Ebron in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. This was surprising, considering the Lions brought back Brandon Pettigrew on a four-year deal. The team also has Joseph Fauria as a backup. Ebron is 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds. He will be Stafford's redzone target early and often. If you need a touchdown boost late in the draft, Ebron should be a guy to select.
With the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, Golden Tate had a career high in receptions and yards, 64 and 898 respectively. He now moves to a pass-happy team with a better quarterback. He will also play opposite of Calvin Johnson. While Megatron is getting double teamed, Stafford will move onto Tate. Stafford will get Tate involved early and often to try out his new weapon. He should be selected as a WR3 in standard leagues.
Of the combined carries between the two running backs, Joique Bell had 43 percent of them. There is no need to consider Bell a backup or a handcuff. He splits playing time with Reggie Bush and is possibly more effective. He rushed for 650 yards and eight touchdowns. He also hauled in 53 passes for 547 yards. Of Bell's eight scores, seven of them came from less than three yards out. Bell is a great scoring option and will be a top-25 rusher.
Reggie Bush collected his second 1,000-rushing yard season, just passing it by six yards. He posted a career-high 223 carries. He also caught 54 passes and had 506 more yards. He's been more valuable to fantasy owners over the last couple of seasons. He averaged 1,390 yards and seven touchdowns in each season. Bush will continue to lose goal-line carries to Bell, but will still be worth selecting between the second and third rounds.
One year after his record-breaking season, Calvin Johnson played in 14 games and recorded 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is still the best receiver in all of football. With Josh Gordon facing a possible suspension, Johnson is the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy receiver. He has scored at least 10 fantasy points in 32 of his last 46 games. Johnson may not make it out of the first round in most leagues. It will be tough to pass on him at any point.
Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.
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