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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Detroit Lions - 2015 Projections

Detroit Lions

Overall Outlook
The Detroit Lions have been to the playoffs twice in the previous 15 seasons.  However, under coach Jim Caldwell, they made the playoffs in 2014 and look to build on their momentum. Unfotunately, the team lost two key pieces to the defense in DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley. They did bring in Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker to soften the blow, but we still think the Lions may take a step back.  In fantasy circles, the Lions have all the pieces in place to really good. Stafford, Bell, C.Johnson, and Tate should all have nice seasons, and A.Abdullah is a sleeper at RB. W expect the Lions to finish around .500 in 2015.

Offseason Moves
Key additions: WR Lance Moore, WR Greg Salas, G Manuel Ramirez, DE Phillip Hunt, DT Haloti Ngata, DT Tyrunn Walker, CB Josh Wilson, CB Chris Owens
Key losses: RB Reggie Bush, FB Jed Collins, OT Corey Hilliard, G Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, DE George Johnson, DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Nick Fairley, DT C.J. Mosley, DT Andre Fluellen, OLB Ashlee Palmer, CB Cassius Vaughn. 

Offensive Outlook
Matthew Stafford and Joe Lombardi are now a full year into their relationship together, and we feel this will bring good things in Detroit. We have Stafford as a sneaky pick to put up numbers close to Drew Brees circa 2012 as long as Megatron stays healthy.  Despite a schedule including Seattle, St. Louis, and Denver, we see the Lions putting together some fine fantasy performances in 2015. 

Projections - 2015
QB1 - Matthew Stafford - Passing - 4600 yds / 28 tds - Rushing - 100 yds / 2 tds
RB1 - Joique Bell - Rushing - 700 yds / 7 tds  Receiving - 35 recs / 300 yds / 1 td
RB2 - Ameer Abdullah - Rushing - 550 yds / 4 tds  Receiving - 50 recs / 450 yds / 3 tds
WR1 - Calvin Johnson - Receiving - 95 recs / 1550 yds / 12 tds
WR2 - Golden Tate - Receiving - 75 recs / 1025 yds / 5 tds
WR3 - Jeremy Ross - Receiving - 30 recs / 350 yds / 2 tds
TE1 - Eric Ebron - Receiving - 55 recs / 475 yds / 4 tds

Defensive Outlook
The Lions defense was an excellent unit in 2015. They ranked 2nd in the league in yards allowed per game and 3rd in points allowed. We expect similar production even without Suh and Fairly, but Detroit plays a high scoring schedule,n so we feel a slight drop is coming.  Look for DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch to put up solid tackle numbers and watch for Ansah to produce solidly at defensive end. 

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Ezekiel Ansah - 50 total Ts / 10 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DE2 - Jason Jones - 25 total Ts / 3 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
DT1 - Haloti Ngata - 40 total Ts / 4 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DT2 - Tyrunn Walker - 40 total Ts / 6 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
OLB1 - DeAndre Levy -  135 total Ts / 2 sacks / 6 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
OLB2 - Kyle Van Noy - 65 total Ts / 0 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
MLB - Stephen Tulloch - 100 total Ts / 2 sacks / 5 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
CB1 - Rashean Mathis - 55 total Ts / 0 sacks / 15 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
CB2 - Darius Slay - 50 total Ts / 0 sacks / 12 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - James Ihedigbo - 90 total Ts / 3 sacks / 5 passes defensed / 7 total TOs
S2 - Glover Quin -  65 total Ts / 1 sack / 8 passes defensed / 6 total TOs

Schedule


Depth Charts
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PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
Offense
LWR15Tate, Golden U/Sea12Ross, Jeremy SF1384Broyles, Ryan 12/216MOORE, LANCE CC/Pit83Johnson, Vernon CF15
RWR81Johnson, Calvin 07/110Fuller, Corey 13/613Jones, TJ 14/61Peacock, Andrew CF1419Haggins, Jarred CF15
RWR18Salas, Greg U/NYJ
LT71Reiff, Riley 12/177Lucas, Cornelius CF1470Robinson, Corey 15/7
LG63RAMIREZ, MANNY T/Den72Tomlinson, Laken 15/1
C64Swanson, Travis 14/362Keyton, Darren CF1360Boggs, Taylor SF1568Cave, Braxston SF15
RG75Warford, Larry 13/376Bond, Al CF1574Wilson, Torrian CF15
RT66Waddle, LaAdrian PUP73Williams, Michael 13/7
TE87PETTIGREW, BRANDON 09/185Ebron, Eric 14/180Fauria, Joseph CF1389Ausberry, David U/Oak82Thompson, Jordan SF14
TE44Igwenagu, Emil W/Phi86Pierce, Casey CF15
QB9Stafford, Matthew 09/117Moore, Kellen CF128ORLOVSKY, DAN 05/514Gilbert, Garrett W/NE
RB35Bell, Joique PUP25Riddick, Theo 13/642Abdullah, Ameer 15/238Winn, George SF1447Zenner, Zach CF15
RB40Martin, Desmond CF15
FB46Burton, Mike 15/5
Defense
LDE91Jones, Jason PUP92Taylor, Devin 13/479Webster, Larry 14/458Hunt, Phillip SF1500Worthy, Jerel W/KC
LDT92NGATA, HALOTI T/Bal98Cudjo, Jermelle SF1562Philon, Roy SF1490Wright, Gabe 15/4
RDT93Walker, Tyrunn U/NO97Reid, Caraun 14/562Hyder, Kerry SF15
RDE94Ansah, Ziggy 13/169Proctor, Xavier CF1352TAPP, DARRYL U/Was99Wootton, Corey U/Min
OLB95Van Noy, Kyle 14/256Bynes, Josh P/Bal
MLB55TULLOCH, STEPHEN U/Ten59Whitehead, Tahir 12/550Lewis, Travis 12/799Snyder, Kevin CF15
OLB54Levy, DeAndre 09/349Stanford, Julian SF1395Copeland, Brandon SF15
LCB23Slay, Darius 13/226Butler, Crezdon SF1530WILSON, JOSH U/Atl00Stanford, RJ SF15
SS32IHEDIGBO, JAMES U/Bal42Abdul-Quddus, Isa W/NO47Ness, Nate SF1443Johnson, Isaiah CF15
FS27Quin, Glover U/Hou26Carey, Don SF1145Suite, Brian CF1526Mays, Taylor SF15
RCB31MATHIS, RASHEAN SF1344Owens, Chris U/KC33Carter, Alex 15/300Davis, Ethan CF15
N-B43Lawson, Nevin 14/436Diggs, Quandre 15/6
Special Teams
P6Martin, Sam 13/5
PK5PRATER, MATT SF142Brindza, Kyle CF15
LS48MUHLBACH, DON SF04
H6Martin, Sam 13/5
KO6Martin, Sam 13/5
PR12Ross, Jeremy SF1315Tate, Golden U/Sea84Broyles, Ryan 12/2
KR12Ross, Jeremy SF1325Riddick, Theo 13/6

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