Top 5 Detroit Lions In Fantasy Football For 2014

Top 5 Detroit Lions In Fantasy Football For 2014

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The Detroit Lions have always been a dangerous offense through the air with one of the best quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the NFL. They finally added some depth at the running back position last year, and continued adding weapons in the passing game. An explosive offense found a way to get more dangerous. Here are the top five Detroit Lions to keep an eye on.

5. WR Golden Tate

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5. WR Golden Tate

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Coming over from the run dominant offense of the Seattle Seahawks, Golden Tate should see a boon in stats with the pass-happy Lions. He will benefit greatly from playing opposite of Calvin Johnson, as he will face as many single-team defense as any WR in the league. Last season, Tate managed to record 898 yards with five touchdowns on 64 receptions with the Seahawks; those are numbers he should easily surpass in 2014.

4. RB Joique Bell

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4. RB Joique Bell

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Backup running backs are rarely useful in fantasy, but this is a different scenario. Joique Bell is a major player in the Lions’ passing game, and is the goal line back in most scenarios, making for big scoring weeks. He also becomes an every down back when Reggie Bush misses time, something that seems to happen every season. You could do worse than targeting Bell as a RB2/Flex option, with RB1 potential if Bush ever goes down.

3. RB Reggie Bush

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3. RB Reggie Bush

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Reggie Bush is a perfect fit for the Lions' offense as a dual threat player. Bush is a threat in the passing game and performs when the ball is in his hands out of the backfield, averaging 4.5 yards per rush. Health is always a bit of a concern with Bush, but when he is healthy he is a top performing RB in fantasy. This is the first time in his career Bush has truly been the lead back and he has made the most of the opportunity and ran with it.

2. QB Matthew Stafford

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2. QB Matthew Stafford

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It may not be conducive to the Lions, but in fantasy, the more a QB throws the more valuable he is, and that is exactly what Matthew Stafford does. He was 3rd in the NFL in attempts and yards last season, and 6th in touchdowns. He has shaken the injury bug, starting all 16 games the last three seasons. While his stats were impressive in 2013, his yardage has decreased each of the past two seasons. Expect a bounce back with new weapons to use.

1. WR Calvin Johnson

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1. WR Calvin Johnson

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Calvin Johnson is the best WR in the NFL and fantasy world. Last season, he was 3rd in the NFL in receiving yards, and tied for 5th in touchdowns. Stafford’s performance dipped a little, but Johnson’s barely waned. If Stafford get can get his efficiency back up, Johnson’s stats should increase as well. Even if Stafford’s downward trend surprisingly continues, Johnson is still a must own and the first WR that should be off the board.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network


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