Week 4
October 01, 2016

Detroit Lions

NFC North

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    DET @ IND


    4:30 pm

  • Week 2

    TEN @ DET


    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    DET @ GB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    DET @ CHI


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    PHI @ DET


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    LAR @ DET


    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    WAS @ DET


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    DET @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    DET @ MIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10


  • Week 11

    JAC @ DET


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    MIN @ DET


    12:30 pm

  • Week 13

    DET @ NO


    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    CHI @ DET


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    DET @ NYG


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    DET @ DAL


    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    GB @ DET


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Detroit Lions - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Detroit Lions - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview



If you were drafting in an early Rock n’ Roll fantasy league, there is no town that breeds the picks like Motown. Houdini has been reminding us of this as of late with some of his soulful tunes. Wilson Pickett’s song “Cole, Cook, and Redding” schools you on some of those early rhythm and blues greats.







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Not only does Detroit demonstrate iconic figures in the world of Rock n’ Roll and Rhythm and Blues; they have some fantasy mainstays that are outta sight as well. Look no further than the fantasy wide receiver consistently on the top of the charts, Megatron.








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Calvin’s numbers speak for themselves. In 2013, he caught 84 balls on 156 targets. And, would you believe 1,492 yards are his lowest since 2010? Two years ago, he ended just shy of breaking 2,000 yards. In 2013, he crossed the goal line 12 times. That makes four times in six years he has managed  to rack up at least 12 scores with 16 being his highest.  One thing to look for in fantasy is consistency. There are plenty of pass catcher who will bust out one monster game that skews their season totals. Calvin gets it done week in and week out. In 2014, he averaged 15.66 points per game (2nd highest total of his career). In fact, Johnson has averaged at least 12 fantasy points per game since 2008. He has broken 1,000 yards in five of six as well. The one down year (besides his rookie season) he missed it by 14 yards. In many respects, he keeps getting better. Last year he averaged a career high 17.8 yards per catch. Oh, did I mention this? Detroit has the 2nd best fantasy playoff schedule for wide receivers.


Yet another thing going for Megatron is the talent that now surrounds him. By bringing in play makers like Golden Tate to line up as the other wide receiver, defenses will not be able to double down on Calvin as often.  This is something Johnson himself recently noted: “Golden’s going to get a lot of one-on-one coverage. With all the weapons we have, those one-on-ones will go full circle and I might get some more myself”.  An ex-Notre Dame player, Tate seems to be quick grasping Joe Lombardi’s offense.  This will be Tate’s 5th year in the league. Last year, he caught 64 passes for 898 yards, 5 touchdowns and averaged 7.38 fantasy points per game. Statistically, since he has been in the league, he has improved in almost every single category annually. In Seattle, from one year to the next, he saw improvements in targets, receptions, yardage, and fantasy points per game. Fantasy is all about trend spotting, and I don’t mean the Ewan McGregor flick.






To succeed in fantasy, you need to construct your players based on how you think they will perform this year. The pitfall that claims so many, people tend to draft on the numbers from the previous year. If you draft the right way, if you look at trends, then Golden Tate is definitely a receiver to keep on your radar. More and more teams are having success with a two headed receiving core. With the addition of Tate, Detroit is looking more appealing.


Other names to note, Ryan Broyles and Kevin Ogletree seem to be fighting for the possible slot position, although neither has shown all that well in camp. The talk of the town has concerned Riddick, but more on him in a moment. The Lions remaining receivers are Kris Durham, T.J. Jones, and a few other names that will be fighting for roster spots. They did recently pick up Jon Baldwin from the 49ers. While Baldwin has the body type, and showed amazing skills at the combine once upon a time, he has never put it together in the NFL. If you are a deep dynasty league, you may want to watch this battle play out,  although I doubt there will be enough opportunity that far down the depth chart.


The Lions did add another pass catcher, but at the tight end position. Eric Ebron was taken with the 10th pick overall in this year’s draft. While rookie tight ends are notorious for a lack of production, he is certainly one to watch. In fact, he should get a crack at seeing some decent playing time his first year. If that is the case, he could be a steal. The Lions have the BEST schedule for a tight end this year.  Ebron is 6’4” and weighs 250 pounds. He ran a 4.6 at the combine with a 32” vertical. At North Carolina, Ebron had 62 receptions, gained 973 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns. He turned out some impressive performances including a 199 yard game against Miami. He should have no problem holding down a starting role ahead of Brandon Pettigrew, a guy who seemed to be brought down by a stiff breeze last year. If you don’t get a top tier tight end, play the waiting game. I think a nice strategy would be to take a Charles Clay and pair him with Ebron, whom, according to early August ADP’s is going in the 11th round for 12 team leagues. With the schedule the Lions have, Ebron will certainly see some fantastic matchups. If both guys start to go off, then you have terrific trade bait.



As you must have noticed by now, in fantasy football, the one thing that is a safe bet, is inconsistent rankings. Depending on which site you are consulting, what you see can vary wildly from another source. This is certainly true when it comes to offensive line rankings. However, Detroit is consistently being pegged as a top 5 team when it comes to their 2014 offensive line. Last year, their pass blocking was the best it has been in years. In fact, only one other team allowed fewer sacks (Omaha! Omaha!) You guessed it, Denver. But even in the run game, they had great success on short yardage, power plays. With 2 yards or less to go, they converted on 3rd/4th down 76% of the time.  The Lions offensive linemen should open up and sustain holes for a plethora of backs this coming season.


The first back on the depth chart is Reggie Bush. It must be said, last year they ran a committee with Bush and Bell. So far this year, there has been quite a bit of chatter about Theo Riddick, another Notre Dame player to join the Lions.  Before we get to the two main dogs, it is speculated that Riddick might be plugged into multiple places in Joe Lombardi’s offense. Lombardi was most recently the Saints OC. Riddick played both running back and receiver in college. He could be utilized similar to how the Saints used Darren Sproles. This notion was recently reiterated by backup QB Dan Orlovsky: “I’m telling you, if he doesn’t have 50 catches this year, I’ll be surprised because he is going to have opportunities and he’s very talented at it… I think he’s going to play the Sproles role for sure.” But he might be utilized in other ways as well. There has been a buzz from camp stating Riddick could see time in the slot. Again, playing both running back and receiver comes natural to him. This is one reason Pyro has him pegged as a deep sleeper candidate. This hidden gem is worth a late round pick. As of early August though, he is not even showing up on ADPs. My guess, after people get a look at him in preseason, the secret will be out. 



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“Pan Down! Pan Down…We’ve got Bush”






Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are the two big dogs on the porch. First, let’s just look at them in a strictly running capacity. Last year, Bush got more attempts, 223 to Bell’s 166. Bush had more yards, 1,006 to Bell’s 650.  He averaged 4.5 yards to Bell’s 3.9. Bush appears the better runner. But you know what they say about appearances, they can be deceiving.


If the Lion’s played on grass, they seem to lean towards Bell. Bush had 158 carries on turf and only 65 on grass. Bell seems to have what it takes when they get in close, bell scored 8 touchdowns, all of which came inside the red zone. Another thing, Bush need carries to get going.  Bush only scored 4 rushing touchdowns in 2014. In every instance, he needed at least 17 carries to score. In games when he carried it at least 17 times, he averaged 4.6 per rush. In games where he carried 13 times or less, his average is 2.9. So let me amend my statement. Bush is the better runner as long as he is given the opportunities. With the Lombardi offense this season, I expect there to be more of a split. Bush will not get the opportunities he did last year. Statistically, his performance is tied to the amount of looks he gets in the run game. Pyro is picking Bush as a bust candidate in 2014.


Now let’s compare the two coming out of the backfield for receptions.  At first glance, they seem fairly even. Bush caught 54 passes and Bell caught 53. But upon closer inspection, Bell wins hands down. Bell had 547 receiving yards. Bush had 506. So, Bell had 41 more yards on 1 less catch. Here is the one that takes the cake.  Bush caught the ball 68.4% of the time. Bell caught the ball 76.8% of the time. Not only that, Bell was targeted farther down field than Bush. Bell’s position in relation to the line of scrimmage was 7.93 yards down field when he was targeted. Bush’s average target was 6.41 yards downfield. To put it another way, Bell had a higher catch rate and was actually a yard and a half further down field than Bush. So, not only is Bell a better pass catcher, he does so farther down field. One last thing, Bell averaged more yards per catch as well, 10.3 to Bush’s 9.4.


To recap, Bush is probably the better runner if given enough opportunity. Lombardi often employed a three back system in New Orleans. With the likes of Bell, and Riddick, Bush will not get the rushing attempts he needs to perform. As far as receiving, Bell is flat out statistically better. As of early August, ADP’s for 12 team leagues have Bush going in the 3rd round and Bell going in the 5th. Obviously, both are worth a bit more in PPR formats. Overall, Bell is the better bargain.


Finally, we come to the general on the field, Matthew “Second Half” Staff. There are many reasons to love Stafford…








Just look at how serious he takes his skin care, proper eye wear, use of a hat, stays in the shade, all top moves as far as I am concerned. Bravo my man!


Okay, there are also plenty of reasons to love him on the field as well. Stafford is a tier II QB for most of the Pyro boys. This year, he faces the 6th best passing schedule and the 2nd best during the fantasy playoffs. He has more weapons offensively than he has ever had as a pro. The new Lombardi system should keep opposing defenses on their heels, especially early in the season. This could work out if you end up drafting 2 QBs, not that I would with a Stafford caliber guy. But if you have a Tannehill staring you in the face later in the draft, I might grab him if he is the best talent available. If Stafford gets things rolling with a quickness, that might be appealing for trade bait, especially when quarterbacks start to go down with injuries. There was a time when his toughness was called into question, but the guy has not missed a game in the last three years.  In that same time frame, he has passed for 14,655 yards and 90 TDs. With the talent he now has, I think it is realistic that he throws for over 30 touchdowns easy. That would put him in between last year’s total (29) and that of his 2011 season (41). Yardage wise, I think he is closer to 5,000 than 4,500. Plus, he should be good for 2 or 3 rushing TDs as well. For Stafford to have an elite year, he will have to minimize his interceptions. Last year, out of the top 10 fantasy QBs, Stafford lost 38 points to INTs, second highest only to Dalton who lost 40 points. With the talent he has this year, chances are Stafford will not feel as much pressure to put it all on his shoulders. If that happens, his negative points will be minimized. All in all, Stafford could end up ranked in the top 5 fantasy QBs this year.



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Barry Sansders and Bobby Ross

When Barry Sanders retired following the 1998 season, the NFL was in shock. Sanders was just 31 years old, coming off a season where he rushed for 1,491 yards, and was only 1,457 yards away from breaking Walter Payton’s all-time rushing record. The question was, how could he leave the game? The answer to that question lies with Barry Sanders, but there are many who believe that it was due to a strained relationship between Barry Sanders and head coach Bobby Ross, and Barry’s father William will be the first to tell you that side of the story.

Before I get to the nastiness of this situation, let’s visit with Barry Sanders on the high road. Here is what Barry said publicly after announcing his retirement.

"The reason I am retiring is very simple, my desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it…I have enjoyed playing for two great head coaches, Wayne Fontes and Bobby Ross, who are good coaches and leaders," Sanders said in his statement. "I am not involved in a salary dispute of any kind. If I had played this season, I would have earned a more than satisfactory salary. . . . I have searched my heart through and through and feel comfortable with this decision."

There was a lot of speculation the reason Sanders decided not to come back was due to a rift with Bobby Ross and management. The thought was that Barry was not happy with the front office for not surrounding him with good enough talent to help him compete, and that he was unhappy with Ross and his offensive scheme. When Bobby Ross was questioned about why Sanders had left the game, he had this to say.

"My personal feeling is that we're looking at a situation where the man got tired of playing the game," Ross said at a news conference in Detroit. "Do I feel that Barry left because of me? No, I don't feel that."

How this came to the forefront, most likely, came from Barry’s father William. William and his son had an on again off again relationship, and while Barry is a very soft spoken person the same cannot be said for his father. Barry attended Oklahoma State, yet his father continued to be a vigilant supporter of Oklahoma…nice. William Sanders didn’t stop there. When asked who was the greatest running back, he would respond, “Jim Brown, followed by me, and Barry third”. When Barry retired, it was his father who let loose every conspiracy theory, but he really had it out for Bobby Ross.

In 2004 William Sanders was interviewed by Lansing radio station WQTX. The interview was just over 17 minutes in length, with most of the conversation centering on Barry and his upbringing, as well as general football talk. However, just over 13 minutes into the interview, the conversation turned to the topic of why William Sanders personally, had a problem with Bobby Ross.

Heuman: "What about him (Bobby Ross) didn’t you care for?
Sanders: "I didn’t like his attitude."
Heuman: "Bobby Ross’s?"
Sanders: "Yeah."
Heuman: "In what way, William?"
Sanders: "When Detroit signed Barry, one of the first things coach told Barry was that he wanted to meet his father."
Heuman: "Wayne Fontes?" (Wayne Fontes was Barry’s original Lions coach)
Sanders: "Yeah. Not to kiss my butt. (Pause) But to have a courtesy, out of respect."
Heuman: "And Bobby Ross never did that?"
Sanders: (In agreement) "And Bobby Ross never did that."
Heuman: "Why do you suppose he didn’t want to meet you? I’d a bought you dinner and buttered you up and bought you a condo to keep that guy (Barry) in the game."
Sanders: "Because Bobby Ross came out of Georgia and I think Bobby Ross got a mindset about black people and their place."
Heuman: "You think it was a racist thing?"
Sanders: (In agreement) "I think it was a racist thing. He never spoke to me. He never wanted to meet me. If he did, he didn’t."
Heuman: "Wait a minute now. You think Bobby Ross, with his southern background, his aversion to you and possibly Barry was based on race?"
Sanders: "I think so. (Pause) And I’ll debate him."
Heuman: (Pausing in contemplation) "Hmm."
Sanders: "Yeah."
Heuman: "Have you ever said that? I haven’t heard that."
Sanders: "Well, nobody’s really ever asked me."
Heuman: "Well I am now, and you’re saying that you think he was a racist?"
Sanders: "Yeah, I do. (Pause)Yeah. (Long pause) Because he never (Pause) Why would he not want to meet Barry’s father?"
Heuman: "I can’t answer that, but in fairness William Sanders, most of the players on Bobby Ross’s team were black."
Sanders: "That might be true too."
Heuman: "So how could you be a football coach in the NFL and be a racist? (William Laughs)You’d be out of work."
Sanders: "He’s out of work too isn’t he?"
Heuman: "Well, he’s got a job now. He’s coaching Army."
Sanders: "Yeah, well that’s probably the best place for him."
Heuman: (Laughs) "I see you don’t feel strongly about Bobby Ross?"
Sanders: "No I don’t because . . ."
Heuman: (Interrupting Sanders) "You never had a conversation with him?"
Sanders: "I walked the sideline many a day, and the man never said anything to me and I never said anything to him."
Heuman: "Did you ever think of walking up and saying ‘Hi, I’m Barry’s dad’?"
Sanders: "I thought about it, but then I did not want to intrude on his space. ‘Cause if he wanted to meet me (Pause) he was the head of the team. He could’ve did that easily."
Heuman: "He knew where to find you?"
Sanders: (In Agreement) "He knew where to find me."
Heuman: "And you insist that part of his problem with you (Pause) and maybe Barry was that he (Barry) was black?"
Sanders: "Yes. (Pause) Yes. (Long Pause-Then Voice Trailing Off) Yes."
Heuman: (With Emphasis and Amazement) "Wow."
Sanders: "Yeah."

Barry Sanders would never substantiate this account. While Barry wanted nothing to do with the spotlight, it seems his father could not stand being in the shadows. Therefore, William Sanders felt it necessary to continue to perpetuate this belief that Bobby Ross was a racist. Bobby Ross may not have been the best match as a coach for Barry Sanders, but the simple statements made by Barry explaining why he retired still make the most sense. Meanwhile, the overblown reactions of his father made awesome theater.

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Dick "Night Train" Lane

Richard "Dick" Lane (April 16, 1927 – January 29, 2002)  was born in Austin, Texas and was raised by Ella Lane, who found him abandoned as an infant. This didn't hamper his progress growing up, as he graduated high school, went to one year of junior college and then enlisted in the United States Army for four years.

In 1952, Lane visited Los Angeles Rams training camp looking for a job. He was given a look at wide receiver, but the Rams thought it would be best for him to play defensive back. Los Angeles already were stacked at wide receiver with future Hall of Fame players Tom Fears and Elroy Hirsch. Coach Joe Stydahar made the correct decision as Dick Lane was a star at the position. Dick stood at 6'2 and weighed 210 pounds. He was agile, had exceptional speed, and quick reflexes, he was also driven to succeed, which showed in his tackling skills. Lane was great in the open-field, and would take chances to make plays happen.

In Lane's rookie year, he had 14 interceptions, a record that stood for over 60 years, even though he played in 12 games, and in this era of football, the NFL teams passed the ball at a low frequency in compared to today's playbook. Dick Lane played with a ferocious style, and was nicknamed "Night Train" due to his locker room teammate Tom Fears love of the song entitled "Night Train." The nickname took some getting used to, but when he used his arms to the throat or head of a offensive player to bring him down, the term Night Train Neck Tie developed quickly. The NFL eventually had to outlaw this action, due to injuries of players being "head-hunted." He played as a member of the Los Angeles Rams for two years before being traded to the Chicago Cardinals (1954-59).
Dick Lane then moved on to play for the Detroit Lions, and finished his career there. He played from 1960-1965. With the Lions he recorded 21 interceptions for 272 yards and one touchdown. He was All-NFL four times (1960-63) and named to the Pro Bowl three times (1961-63). This was added to the two other times he was an All-NFL, and the four other times he was a Pro-Bowl player.
In 1969, Lane was named the best cornerback of the first fifty-years of pro football, then was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1974. He recorded 68 interceptions, 1,207 returned yards, five touchdowns, 11 fumble recoveries, eight receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown. He was ranked number 19 in the Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, and number one of all defensive backs. Dick is also a member of the Cardinals' Ring of Honor at University Phoenix Stadium.

Dick Lane was married three times, one of which was jazz singer Dinah Washington. Lane passed away in 2002 from complications of a heart attack, and also suffered from diabetes and bad knees. He is survived by his three sons and one grand-daughter.

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Herman Moore

Herman Joseph Moore (born October 20, 1969) grew up in Danville, Virginia where he attended George Washington High School. Upon graduation, Moore went to Virginia University. Herman had great size and speed. He stood 6'4 and 218 pounds, which made match-up problems for defenses.

Herman Moore was a two-sport athlete at Virginia, and ranks second all-time in receptions, and holds the school record in the high jump. He was able to finish second in career yards with 2,504. He ranks first in receiving yards in a season with 1,190 yards on 54 receptions including 13 touchdowns in 1990. In the 1989 season, he had 36 receptions for 848 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. His career college numbers were incredible. He finished with 114 receptions for 2,504 yards and 27 touchdowns in just three seasons. This led him to be a first round choice, 10th overall, in 1991, by the Detroit Lions.

In his rookie year, he did not start any games, but finished the season with 11 receptions for 135 yards. In the 1992 and 1993 seasons, he expanded his role for the team, as he made 27 starts and had 112 receptions 1900 yards and 10 touchdowns. The next five seasons were Herman Moore's best. He started all but one game, and had 487 receptions for 6,431 yards and 47 touchdowns. From 1999-2001, he didn't do much, as he only caught 60 passes for 707 yards and five touchdowns. In 2002, he moved on to the Giants, but did not produce any stats.

He is possibly the best wide receiver the Lions have had prior to Calvin Johnson. He played in 145 games in 11 seasons and was a four time Pro-Bowler. He is the career receptions holder with 670, and his career 62 touchdowns was broken by Johnson this year, and Calvin also broke his career receiving yards of 9,174. In December of 1995 against the Bears he totaled 14 receptions for 183 yards, fifth best in Detroit history.

Moore was part of six playoff appearances, and two division winners. His playoff statistics include 27 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns. This included a 1995 game where he had seven receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Herman also had three 100 reception seasons.

Herman Moore is now joining a new team. The "Game on Cancer" has him trying to raise money for cancer research. He lost his father to it, and he and the Lions are trying to raise $15 million in three years, and in the process is making commercials to help raise awareness. He has teamed with the Henry Ford Health Systems.

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Jack Christiansen was a game changer

Jack Christiansen was one of the finest defensive players to play in the NFL, and his skills helped to revolutionize the game. At this point you may be asking yourself, who is Jack Christiansen? Jack was a star for the Detroit Lions during the 1950’s, and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. Christiansen is one of those players that would still thrive in today’s game.

Christiansen was not the prototypical football player of the time; in fact he was quite undersized. Standing at 6’1”, but only weighing 162 pounds, Jack did not try out for the football team at Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University, and instead ran track. It was in his sophomore season that he was convinced to play football and he became an instant star. Christiansen was used a kick returner, defensive back and running back.  Jack continued to run track during this time. In 1949 Christiansen set the school’s record in the 440-yard dash at 47.6 seconds, a record that stood for over 20 years. In 1950 he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds, and the 200 in 21.8 seconds, he was a bona fide speedster. The current track at CSU is named for Jack Christiansen, and he remains the only CSU athlete ever named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Being as undersized as he was, there were many teams in the NFL that passed on Christiansen, but the Lions drafted him in the 6th round of the 1951 draft. That would end up being a steal of a pick. Jack made his first impact on the league by using his speed in the kick and punt return game. The speedster had 18 punt returns for 343 yards and four touchdowns, while adding another 270 yards on 11 kick returns. The four touchdowns that he scored on punts went for 47, 69, 71, and 89 yards. Christiansen had made his mark as a big play threat, and the league took notice.

When teams faced the Lions they started to employ a new strategy when punting to Jack. Teams began using a spread formation on punts, in order to try and contain Christiansen. That would prove to be a difficult thing to do. In his second season Jack had 15 punt returns for 322 yards with two more scores. He also added 409 yards on 16 kick returns. During his eight year career Jack had 59 kick returns for 1,329 yards, and 85 punt returns for 1,084 yards and eight scores. Christiansen was the first dynamic kick return specialist in the game, but he was known for his defensive, and so were the Lions during his eight years.

While the bulk of Christiansen’s damage in the return game was done in his first two seasons, starting in his third year is when his defensive skills really emerged. In 1953 Jack had 12 interceptions, and returned one of them 92 yards for a touchdown. Between 1953-1957 Christiansen had 41 interceptions, three of which he returned for scores. He would lead the league in interceptions in 1953 and 1957. He was also the unquestioned leader of the Lions defensive backfield.

The Lions players, as well as their fans referred to the team’s defensive backfield as “Chris’ Crew”, for Christiansen’s awesome play and stellar leadership. Just as Jack forced the league’s defensives to adapt their formations to deal with his return abilities, he forced offensives to alter their game plans when throwing the ball. In the modern NFL we are well aware of the necessity of having a shut down corner, but before Christiansen nobody had seen such a player. When teams faced the Lions, the new mantra was don’t throw in Christiansen’s area, and, oh yeah, don’t punt to him either. Jack was that rare breed who was just an amazing athlete, and was able to excel in many areas.

Christiansen was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls between 1954-1958, and was named All-Pro between 1952-1957.  Jack helped lead the Lions to NFL Championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957, and was named to 1950’s All Decade Team. Christiansen was also named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. This is the kind of player that I wish I could see compete in today’s NFL, and many of the players from Devin Hester to Richard Sherman owe their ability to earn a big paycheck to Christiansen and his groundbreaking abilities.

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Dwayne Washington could offer fantasy depth

Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington & Zach Zenner are likely to be the running backs going forward.

Pyro's take: Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington & Zach Zenner are likely to be the running backs going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Dwayne Washington is not a spectacular running back but he should be the early downs runner and goal line back which is something to be happy with for starters. If he plays well his carries will increase. Theo Riddick will be the pass catching back and change of pace back. Zenner could be a goal line sniper who could piss off Dwayne Washington owners. Taking Washington is a gamble but, isn’t fantasy football about gambles?

09/27/16, 06:31 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.fox2detroit.com

Marvin is WR1 through 3 Weeks

Marvin Jones had two 100-yard games including the playoffs coming into this season, and has already doubled that.

Pyro's take: Marvin Jones had two 100-yard games including the playoffs coming into this season, and has already doubled that.

09/26/16, 06:41 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Lions Backs to See Increased Workload


Pyro's take: Without Abdullah, Riddick will certainly see an increase in work, especially since they are 7.5 underdogs to the Packers.

Fantasy Goo: The real question: Who will take the job in between the tackles. Most pundits agree that Washinton will be the man. However, who does not contribute on special teams and thus has not been active, will see an increase in snaps. Zenner was the darling of the 2015 preseason. He lost his job this year to Washinton. However, the rookie has struggled a bit with fumbles. If he lets go of another one, that could give Zenner enough of an opening. In deeper leagues, I would nab Double Z if I had the room.

09/24/16, 04:18 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.freep.com

Ameer Abdullah Heading To Injured Reserve

The Detroit Lions

Pyro's take: The Detroit Lions have placed RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) on the injured reserve list on Wednesday.

Fantasy Goo: After an outstanding start to the season, Abdullah injured his foot in Week two and was placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday. Theo Riddick will likely take on a larger role on the offense while Dwayne Washington is expected to receive an increased workload in Abdullah's absence.

09/21/16, 12:23 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Stafford Looks to Build in Week 2


Pyro's take: My main man Mathew: That’s right, I am a Detroit fan, so you know, we are clearly on a first name basis. In Week #2, he should have a good chance to build on his Week #1 numbers.

Fantasy Goo: The Lions have an implied team total of 26.75 as they are home to the Titans. However, Tennessee is just one of seven teams that did not allow a passing TD in the opening week of the 2016 season.

09/17/16, 09:08 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.fftoday.com

Lions Duo both Logged Full Practices Friday Despite Questionable Tag


Pyro's take: The NFL changed the injury tags this season getting rid of the “probable”. The move was made to alleviate unnecessary injury listings. However, it has back fired and low and behold, everyone and their mother is now Questionable. Although Ebron and Tate have this designation, both logged full practices Thursday and Friday and will be ready for Week #1 barring any unforeseen incidents.

Fantasy Goo: The Lions could very well find themselves in a shoot-out against the Colts. Vegas has pegged this as just 1 of 3 games expected to score over 50 total points. Plus, the Lions are running more no-huddle, and when Luck was in last year, the Colts were on pace to have the 2nd most plays from scrimmage. Finally, the Colts have 3 key secondary players that will not play on Sunday, including Vontae Davis. There should be plenty of points to be had in this matchup; it is certainly one to key in on.

09/10/16, 01:31 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.freep.com

jaEBRONi ankle holding back Ebron

@davebirkett Eric Ebron returns to Lions practice today for the first time since hurting his ankle.

Pyro's take: @davebirkett Eric Ebron returns to Lions practice today for the first time since hurting his ankle.

Fantasy Goo: IMO the deepest position is tight end. Back in the early 90’s there were only 2 tight ends worth a shit. These days the tight end position is deeeeep. The 27th ranked TE is a guy named Jesse James from Pittsburgh and I could play him week 1 and feel okay about it. Eric Ebron should be entering his prime years and he should be ready for the task of being Stafford’s safety blanket. He is not worth rostering for now. If Eric Ebron can stitch together 2 or 3 good weeks in a row then put him on your waiver radar if you need a medium reward TE. If you play in a 2 tight end league (why would you?) then you might want to hurry and grab Jesse James of the Steelers as Big Ben does enjoy passing to a decent TE.

09/05/16, 05:51 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Do not pass on Marvin Jones

Detroit -- How efficient was Marvin Jones in the Detroit Lions' 30-14 exhibition loss to the Cincinnati Bengals?

Pyro's take: Detroit -- How efficient was Marvin Jones in the Detroit Lions' 30-14 exhibition loss to the Cincinnati Bengals? The wide receiver hauled in four passes for 65 yards while playing just 21 snaps in the contest. Had this been the regular season, he would have been on pace for a 200-yard performance.

Fantasy Goo: The Detroit Lions love to throw with Matthew Stafford. The Lions were 5th in the NFL in 2015 passing on 39.5% of their offensive plays. With Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin on the team they have a good but not great trio of wide receivers. After this past game Marvin Jones who is entering his prime at age 26 looks to be the best value of the bunch. Currently, Marvin Jones is going in the 7th round of 12 team mocks and Tate is going in the 4th round. The Lions will pass often which Makes Marvin a very nice 7th round choice if he stays that low but, after a good night he will climb up to the 6th round soon.

08/19/16, 06:04 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.detroitnews.com

The Anquan and Only

Boldin thrives on contact, and enjoys making a grab with a defender clinging to his back.

Pyro's take: Boldin thrives on contact, and enjoys making a grab with a defender clinging to his back. That was obvious Friday afternoon during practice, when all Matthew Stafford had to do was put the ball in Boldin’s zip code and he’d make the catch, no matter how heavily covered. “Something I’ve always taken pride in,” said Boldin of his ability to grab the ball in traffic.

Fantasy Goo: Let me just come out and say it. I think Anquan Boldin will be the best value for the dollar Lions wide receiver in 2016. When Stafford needs to convert a tough play this year I can see Boldin and Stafford becoming Besties. In week one of this year’s preseason Boldin had one single grab. You should YouTube it. You will see the timeless vintage Anquan determination. Do not get me wrong as Golden Tate will lead the Lions statistically but, considering the late round pick you use on Boldin you can get a little more bang for your buck after the star players are drafted. Boldin is going in the 14th round as of now.

08/14/16, 08:39 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.freep.com

From 1B to 1A, Jones Makes the Jump


Pyro's take: Shortly after OTAs, Tim Twentyman, former beat reporter who is now on the Lions payroll, said the targets between these two were going to be a great deal closer than most think. Well, it appears that Jones is heading for the lion share.

Fantasy goo: I've seen Tate creep into the 3rd round in PPR formats. Jones represents significant value as he is going in the 6th. In fact, in standard formats, I could see Marvin Jones being the more valuable of the two as he has a much deeper average depth of target (In 2015 Jones was targeted 7 yards further downfield), and is a better red zone threat having wrapped up around 40% of his career red zone targets.

08/12/16, 11:54 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.mlive.com

Ebron Suffers Achilles Injury in Practice


Pyro's take: On Saturday, 8-6-16, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron was carted off the field. It is believed that Ebron suffered an Achilles. Although the extent of the injury is not known, Ebron has posted to social media, and if we read the tea leaves, it does not appear to be as serious as first feared. Only time will tell.

Fantasy goo: As a Lions fan, I want him to play, but in all honesty, while it is not necessarily good for the team, it could be good for fantasy. This could increase the targets share of fellow Lions pass catchers. Keep an eye on this one. Backup Brandon Pettigrew is already on the PUP. I would expect Detroit to grab another TE if indeed this injury is serious.

08/07/16, 02:51 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

The Lions Starting WRS


Pyro's take: Boldin's was running with the first team as Lions camp opened. His presence certainly helps the locker room. Tim Twentyman has been covering the Lions for a long time. He has gone on record as saying that Tate and Jones will be a 1A and a 1B, with many people surprised at how many targets Jones will end up with when all is said and done. Twentyman wnt on to say: "Jones has already shown to have a nice repertoire of short, intermediate and deep playmaking ability. He and Stafford seem to already be building a nice rapport". Stafford should be throwing a lot this year, and Jones is going to be a big factor in that offense.

Fantasy goo: Personally, I think the arrival of Boldin will detract more from Tate. Last season, Tate had an average depth of target of just 5.8 yards down filed. That is in similar territory to Boldin, whose ADoT was 8.2. Jones works farther down-field as he was targeted 12.8 yards off the line on average. As of now, Tate's ADP in PPR leagues has him creeping into the 3rd round. Boldin is going 13th, but will climb. To me, the best value is Jones who is going in the 8th round.

07/31/16, 07:33 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.detroitlions.com

T.J. Jones Could Be A Sleeper WR To Watch Out For In Detroit

Tim Twentyman

Pyro's take: Tim Twentyman of the official website of the Detroit Lions is suggesting that WR TJ Jones is a player to "watch out" for in 2016. The beat writer later added that Mathew Stafford said that Jones is his "breakout candidate of the group."

Fantasy Goo: TJ Jones is entering his second season in the NFL and is expected to begin the 2016 season as the No. 3 wide receiver on the Detroit Lions. In his rookie season in 2015, Jones caught 10 targets for 132 yards and a touchdown. With Calvin Johnson retired, the Lions are searching for their breakout wide receiver and Jones is considered by many with A pulse on Detroit be that player for the team. For fantasy football purposes, Jones could be worth a late-round selection in the upcoming draft in the event he does take the proverbial sophomore leap. Definitely A situation worth keeping an eye on as i'm certain Jim Bob Cooper has plans spread the ball all over the field.

07/20/16, 01:32 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.detroitlions.com

Commitment to Committee

The Lions afforded at least five touches to each of three running backs in 12 of their 16 games last season, including seven of their eight games after the bye.

Pyro's take: The Lions afforded at least five touches to each of three running backs in 12 of their 16 games last season, including seven of their eight games after the bye. It’s not as if the Lions just rode the hot hand each week; Cooter integrated the entire backfield into the offense and actually preferred using the skill sets of three different running backs.

Fantasy Goo: Ameer Abdullah should lead the pride of Lions in touches in 2016 but, will share the kill with others. Last season Ameer Abdullah had 3 touchdowns, Joique Bell had 4 TDs and Riddick had 3. This year the Lions will say goodbye to Bell and say hello to more Zach Zenner (35 Wonderlic). Zach led all NFL running backs in touchdowns for the 2015 preseason. Sadly, Zenner’s 2015 ended when he cracked multiple ribs and suffered a partially collapsed lung. Ameer Abdullah is going to be the first Lion drafted in your league and should be the most productive as Ameer had fantasy owners salivating after a couple long preseasons runs last year. Unfortunately, Ameer only averaged 4.2 yards per carry in 2015. My advice is to avoid Detroit running backs unless one of them are getting the rock quite a bit during the season and are sitting on the waiver wire or if you must draft one make it very late in your draft.

07/17/16, 01:05 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.numberfire.com

Saint Boldin?

On FA WR Anquan Boldin: Source said #Saints are making the strongest push to sign him & he loves ex-#49ers, now NO's, WR coach John Morton

Pyro's take: On FA WR Anquan Boldin: Source said #Saints are making the strongest push to sign him & he loves ex-#49ers, now NO's, WR coach John Morton

Fantasy Goo: This is a brilliant choice by New Orleans if this comes to fruition. Drew is lacking a quality veteran receiver. Boldin has lost a couple steps which is okay since Drew can put the ball on him. Anquan would help Cooks and Fleener by keeping defenses from rolling coverage over either on a consistant basis. For fantasy purposes a Boldin signing helps the whole Saints offense.

07/14/16, 03:02 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: mobile.twitter.com

Ameer Abdullah May Miss Workouts While Recovering From Shoulder Surgery

Detroit Lions running back

Pyro's take: Detroit Lions running back underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in January and could miss the rest of the off-season, according to reports.

Abdullah suffered the injury in December in a game against New Orleans. While he may miss off-season activities, he should be ready for training camp and is expected to take a big leap forward in his sophomore year as the team's starting running back.

05/26/16, 01:54 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Matt Stafford has TJ Jones on his dial-up


Pyro's take: Matt Stafford needs a player to break lose for the Lions offense to have some spark since the Megatron retirement. Stafford believes TJ Jones could be that energizer.

Jones showed some life at the end of last season. After missing his rookie year with shoulder and nerve pain. He took over for Lance Moore when he went down last year with an ankle injury, and then when Moore returned, he took over for the injured Corey Fuller.

The Detroit Lions did not draft a wide receiver and Marvin Jones is listed as the second receiver, but that doesn't mean it wont all change.

05/04/16, 01:41 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.detroitlions.com

Lions GM doesnt have an interest in trading Matt Stafford


Pyro's take: According to General Manager Bob Quinn he stated " I have no interest in trading Matthew Stafford."

This is a strange question to ask since it is highly doubtful that Stafford would go anywhere as he is still a top starting quarterback, which a lot of teams just don't have.

Matthew Stafford has not been the best quarterback for fantasy teams as he is barely hanging on to the bottom starting qb rung,

After throwing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011, he has only broken the 30 touchdown mark once (2015) in the last four seasons. He has also bottomed out in passing yards, throwing for 4257 and 4262 the last two years. With Megatron gone its only going to get tougher.

04/21/16, 05:49 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

RB Stevan Ridley believes his "best years" are ahead of him.


Pyro's take: Stevan Ridley will be the new Joique Bell in the backfield for the Detroit Lions this season. Ridley also hasnt been someone who has carried the ball much. In fact, he has had only two seasons where he has carried the ball more than 100 times.

He hasnt done much since his 2012 campaign where he rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns, as he has had fumble problems along with teammate Ameer Abdullah.

He should be used in goal line situations this year, but will have to battle Zach Zenner for the "big boy" role

04/07/16, 10:45 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.freep.com

Lions released RB Joique Bell.


Pyro's take: Lions, who move forward with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner at running back. Releasing Bell creates $2.5 million in cap space. Going on 30, Bell seemed out of gas in 2015, battling injury and averaging an anemic 3.45 yards per carry. Bell boasts a sub-par 3.98 YPC for his career. Abdullah should get the first crack on early downs, but Zenner could also get a shot. Bell's phone should be silent through the early weeks (months?) of free agency.--Rotoworld

02/16/16, 10:11 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.rotoworld.com


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