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Detroit Lions fantasy preview

Who to target and avoid in fantasy football from the Detroit Lions.  

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Warren Sharp’s Strength of Schedule: Warren Sharp has the Detroit Lions projected to face the 13th-hardest offensive schedule of 2019.

Must Draft

Kerryon Johnson is sadly the only Must Draft in Detroit. We can conservatively expect him to receive 18-ish touches per game, however, Matt Patricia is a donkey not great coach. Not great coaches like to take touches away from their best players and use suboptimal game planning by tearing down a top tier passing game and replacing it with a run-based train wreck.

Good Values

Kenny Golladay’s value rests solely on his status as the true alpha in this receiving corps. He will see moderately high usage in predictable situations. Volume keeps him in the low-end WR2 discussion.


Unfortunately, we have to keep our eyes on both C.J. Anderson and Ty Johnson. The former is likely to steal carries from Kerryon Johnson while the latter takes targets.

Marvin Jones has gone from being one of the NFL’s premier jump-ball receivers to an underutilized, matchup-dependent Flex play.

Patricia may see fit to force feed a green, but talented T.J. Hockenson to prove that he too can have a productive tight end, just like Father.


Matthew Stafford and Danny Amendola.