Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson appeared to tweak his knee on an end-zone jump ball in the third quarter Thursday against Green Bay. He returned to the game after being checked out on the sideline, but wasn't targeted again after that.
Insight: Johnson had 101 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the game, but Sam Shields fell on his knee after making an interception on an underthrown Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone. The Lions went up 33-10 with 13:06 left in the fourth quarter and stuck mostly with the run game after that, so that may explain Johnson's lack of targets. He has 10 days to heal up before playing at Philadelphia in Week 14.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had 94 rushing yards on 19 carries, 34 receiving yards on three catches and one touchdown Thursday against the Packers.
Insight: The Lions controlled the pace of the game from the outset and ran the ball 43 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns. While Bell has remained involved in the offense as a backup to Reggie Bush, his production has been inconsistent. The 27-year-old has 813 yards from scrimmage (435 rushing, 378 receiving) and six scores in 12 games.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush lost a fumble early in Thursday's game against the Packers but coach Jim Schwartz stuck with him and Bush provided 182 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 25 touches (20 carries, five receptions).
Insight: Bush has lost three fumbles over the last five games. After producing 117 rushing yards and 65 receiving yards Thursday, Bush has 854 rushing yards on 180 carries (4.7 ypc), 448 receiving yards on 45 catches and five touchdowns.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns with three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) Thursday against the Packers.
Insight: Stafford picked up his first career win against Green Bay and Detroit's first win on Thanksgiving since 2003. The QB has turned the football over seven times over his last two games but he's also thrown for 627 yards and six touchdowns.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (3 TD, 4 INT, 297 yards) struggled in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Insight: His four interceptions Sunday were a season-high. Over his last two games, Stafford has logged a miserable 68.2 quarterback rating on 92 pass attempts. With the Lions now tied with Chicago for first in the division, he'll need to get back on track quickly. Detroit's next game is Thursday against the Packers.
Description: Bucs corner Darrelle Revis will be asked to cover Calvin Johnson on Sunday. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: Revis may be the toughest defender Johnson has faced all season but at 6-foot-5, he does have a significant height advantage (Revis is only 5-foot-11). Johnson had just one catch for 13 yards the last time he faced Revis back in 2010. Obviously, if you own Megatron, you have to start him.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (foot) got in a full practice session Friday, according to Tim Twentyman of detroitlions.com.
Insight: Bell suffered a foot injury late in the third quarter of Sunday's game, but he should be able to play in Week 12. He saw more work than Reggie Bush against the Steelers due to Bush's fumble and some sloppy weather conditions, but Bush will be back in the lead role at Ford Field Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Description: Detroit wideout Nate Burleson (arm) is probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after being cleared for contact Friday. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, detroitlions.com
Insight: Burleson hasn't played since September after breaking his arm in a car accident. The 32-year-old averaged 7.7 targets, 6.3 receptions and 79.7 yards in the first three games and should see plenty of targets against the Buccaneers with Calvin Johnson shadowed by Darrelle Revis.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson is on his usual schedule, missing Wednesday's practice, but returning for Thursday's activities.
Insight: Johnson has 746 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 35 catches his last four games worth an average of 35 fantasy points. Darrelle Revis or not, he's the best wide receiver option this weekend.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (foot) missed Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Bell suffered a foot injury late in the third quarter of Sunday's game. Coach Jim Schwartz said Bell was cleared to return to the game, but the running back didn't and was limping after the game. Bell said he doesn't think it is a Lisfranc injury, but he's questionable for Week 12.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson snagged six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, but all his production came in the first half.
Insight: Pittsburgh made some serious halftime adjustments after allowing more than 300 yards passing and 27 points in the first half. Megatron and the Lions were both shut out in the second half. Still, Johnson has 746 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 35 catches his last four games.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush missed Friday's practice but is active for Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Bush said he missed practice as a precaution for an issue that is unrelated to the knee injury that caused him to miss a game earlier this season, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Start him as always.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson missed Thursday's practice.
Insight: It's only news because Megatron usually has Wednesday off and returns on Thursday. He didn't practice either day this week. That will make fantasy owners nervous after his surprise inactive status in Week 5. This makes his presence/absence at Friday's practice session much more significant.
Description: The Lions confirmed Monday that Ryan Broyles will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.
Insight: Broyles has now suffered three catastophic injuries in the last two calendar years -- two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles. Broyles was expected to step up as the team's No. 2 wideout following the injury to Nate Burleson, but it was Kris Durham who ended up becoming a secondary target for Matthew Stafford. Durham will continue to serve that role until Burleson returns later this season.
Description: Detroit wideout Ryan Broyles looks to have suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon Sunday against the Cowboys. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, Lions.com
Insight: There are more tests coming but all indications are that Broyles' season is over. Broyles had sleeper potential heading into the year but this injury is going to be pretty difficult to come back from.
Description: Detroit QB Matthew Stafford blew up for a career-high 488 yards Sunday in a 31-30 win over Dallas.
Insight: He ran for the game-winning score on a brilliant fake with 12 seconds remaining. Stafford is now on pace to throw for 5,234 yards, which would be the third-highest single-season total in NFL history.
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson had one of the greatest games in NFL history Sunday against the Cowboys.
Insight: Johnson finished the afternoon with a jaw-dropping 329 yards on 14 catches. He scored once and was stopped at the one on two other occasions. His yardage total was the highest we've seen in the NFL since Flipper Anderson set a league record with 336 yards back in 1989. Johnson now has 821 yards for the season, which leads the NFL. Keep in mind, he missed a game with a knee injury earlier this season. There's no better receiver in football right now.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush missed Friday's practice but he is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Insight: Bush said he missed practice as a precaution for an issue that is unrelated to the knee injury that caused him to miss a game earlier this season, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson dominated the Bengals for nine catches, 155 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7.
Insight: Johnson's knee is getting closer to 100 percent after he was limited in Week 6 against Cleveland. For his second touchdown, Megatron jumped over three defenders to catch a 50-yard pass in the end zone.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoyed the benefits of a healthy Calvin Johnson Sunday and threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: Two of the scores and 155 yards went to Megatron, who pulled down a jump ball over triple coverage for his second touchdown. Stafford has thrown for seven touchdowns over his last two games and 15 in the first seven. As long as Johnson is active, Stafford should be started in fantasy leagues.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) expects to be a full go Sunday against Cincinnati, ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports. Johnson practiced every day this week.
Insight: Johnson's knee is not yet 100 percent but he's getting close after playing just 39 of the team's 76 offensive snaps against Cleveland in Week 6. He only had three catches for 25 yards in the game and dropped a diving touchdown during the first quarter. Look for much better production in Week 7.
Description: Lions halfback Joique Bell is still hurting from the rib injury he suffered last week against the Browns. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Bell is listed on Detroit's injury report as questionable for Sunday's game versus Cincinnati. If Bell can't play or is limited, which seems likely, starter Reggie Bush (376 yards in 78 rushes) should see more carries.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was back on the practice field for a third consecutive day Friday and fantasy owners should expect him back to his usual self come Sunday.
Insight: Obviously, this is a great sign for fantasy owners who were worried about Johnson's knee after his ugly production versus the Browns. Still, a huge game against a tough Bengals defense which is top-10 against the pass is unlikely.
Description: Another game, another fine for Ndamukong Suh. SOURCE: Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Insight: Suh's wallet is $31,500 lighter today because of his hit on quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 6. The validity of this particular punishment is pretty suspect as Suh's hit appeared to be clean. Obviously the fine has no bearing on Suh's fantasy potential.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was back on the practice field for a second consecutive day.
Insight: Obviously, this is a great sign for fantasy owners who were worried about Johnson's knee after his lackluster showing Sunday versus the Browns (season-low 25 receiving yards). He should be back to his old tricks this week against the Bengals.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, usually a no-show at Wednesday's practices, was on the field today. SOURCE: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Obviously, this is a great sign for fantasy owners who were worried about Johnson's knee after his lackluster showing Sunday versus the Browns (season-low 25 receiving yards). He should be back to his old tricks this week against the Bengals.
Description: Calvin Johnson was quiet in his return from a knee injury Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Johnson caught just three passes for 25 yards. That's Johnson's lowest yardage total since 2010 when the Jets limited him to just one reception for 13 yards. Despite a subpar performance by Johnson, the Lions won to improve their record to 4-2 for the season.
Description: Lions tight end Joseph Fauria had a monster game Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: All three of Fauria's receptions went for touchdowns. Most weeks those end zone passes would have gone to either Calvin Johnson or Tony Scheffler but with both of them hurting, Fauria was able to have the game of his life. We wouldn't expect Fauria to be nearly as effective once Johnson and Scheffler are back at full strength. That could be as soon as next week against the Bengals.
Description: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Lions receiver Calvin Johnson will play in a limited capacity Sunday versus the Browns.
Insight: As Mortensen explained, Johnson's knee "didn't blow up on him" in warmups. That's quite the endorsement. Fantasy owners certainly aren't going to sit him against Cleveland but this isn't likely to be one of Megatron's better weeks.
Description: Lions wideout Calvin Johnson might be limited to third downs and red zone situations Sunday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: Johnson missed last week's game with a knee issue and though it looks like he might play on Sunday, he won't be close to 100 percent. Still, it would be pretty tough for fantasy owners to sit him, even against Browns shutdown corner Joe Haden. He is Megatron, after all. We'll know more about Johnson's status when the inactives are released in about an hour.
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson put in another limited practice Friday and is still expected to be a game-time decision in Week 6.
Insight: Add in that he'll be facing cornerback Joe Haden who has already shut down Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, Greg Jennings, A.J. Green and Stevie Johnson this season and it doesn't bode well for Megatron even if he plays.
Description: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson put in a limited practice on Thursday and will be a game-time decision in Week 6. SOURCE: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Insight: He was mostly limited to individual drills, which makes his status for Sunday's game in Cleveland a bit hazy. Fantasy owners can knock quarterback Matthew Stafford down a peg if Megatron is unavailable for Week 6.
Description: Lions tight end Tony Scheffler missed Wednesday's practice due to a concussion suffered in Sunday's game with Green Bay.
Insight: Another Detroit receiver missing in action. The Lions go to Brandon Pettigrew more than Scheffler, but they do like to run from a double tight end formation. Facing a tough Cleveland defense, we're not excited about many Detroit starters this week.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looked ordinary without his No. 1 receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) Sunday at Green Bay.
Insight: Stafford threw for 262 yards and one touchdown on 25-of-40 passing. Most of his passes were dumpoffs to running backs or safe passes between the numbers. Stafford shouldn't be counted on as a fantasy starter until Megatron gets back in the lineup.
Description: Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson was back at practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury.
Insight: Megatron is listed as questionable on Detroit's injury report but we're sure he'll be active Sunday against the Packers. The talented wideout has only missed four games in seven NFL seasons with his last absence coming in 2010. He's sixth among fantasy receivers in points this season.
Description: A day after being released by the Buccaneers, Kevin Ogletree has already caught on with Detroit. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Ogletree fills a need for the Lions, who have been looking to replace injured wideout Nate Burleson (eating pizza and driving don't mix apparently). Ogletree could eat up yardage but Calvin Johnson should still see most of the targets when Detroit gets into the red zone.
Description: Detroit halfback Reggie Bush burned the Bears for 139 rushing yards in a Week 4 victory at Ford Field.
Insight: Bush showed no signs of the knee injury that caused him to miss last week's game against the Redskins. He added another 34 yards receiving, giving him 433 all purpose yards for the season. Bush should continue to post huge fantasy numbers as long as he's healthy.
Description: Lions halfback Reggie Bush is back in the lineup after sitting out Week 3 because of a knee injury.
Insight: He'll give it a go against Chicago. It's not an ideal matchup and the possibility of Joique Bell vulturing away a touchdown or two does exist. Still, Bush brings plenty of receiving yards to the table, a rare quality in a fantasy running back. For that reason alone, Bush should be a decent RB2/flex option in Week 4.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush (knee) practiced again Thursday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Bush should be good to go Sunday against the Bears after sitting out Week 3. The absence was more precautionary than anything else. Bush should be started in all leagues, and while Joique Bell will lose significant value this week he is still a worthwhile flex play because he'll still see action in the passing game and on the goal line.
Description: Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will not shadow Calvin Johnson Sunday, according to DetroitLions.com.
Insight: Johnson is a must-start player every week regardless of which cornerback he is facing, but not having to shake off Tillman will help him post big numbers again in Week 4. He had just 15 catches on 44 targets for 187 yards and zero touchdowns in his last three games against Tillman and the Bears.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles said he's ready for an increased role in the offense, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Insight: Broyles, who made his 2013 debut in Week 3 after recovering from a torn ACL, will be the No. 2 receiver in the Lions' offense going forward after Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident Monday night. He should be added in all leagues.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush says he will play against Chicago in Week 4.
Insight: The Lions tailback tried to get the team to let him play this week, but they played it cautiously and made him inactive. Joique Bell did a good job as his replacement, rushing for 63 yards and a score in the Lions' win over Washington.
Description: Detroit backup running back Joique Bell piled on 132 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown on 24 touches Sunday at Washington.
Insight: Bell, who started in place of the injured Reggie Bush, rushed 20 times for 63 yards and caught four passes for 69 yards. He should continue to have a role in this offense even after Bush returns in Week 4, and that's enough to make him a flex option in most leagues.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has 1,020 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this season.
Insight: Stafford threw for 385 yards and a two scores Sunday against the Redskins. Because the Lions throw the football so often, Stafford is one of the most reliable fantasy quarterbacks you can own.
Description: The Lions have already turned down several trade offers for backup running back Mikel Leshoure. SOURCE: CBS Sports
Insight: LeShoure hasn't been active for any of Detroit's first three contests and remains a distant third on the Lions' running back depth chart behind Reggie Bush (now injured) and Joique Bell. He doesn't eat up a lot of yardage but LeShoure has a knack for scoring touchdowns so he could be valuable in the right situation.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles (knee) will be active for the first time this season Sunday against the Redskins, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Pat Edwards is out with an ankle injury, so Broyles is active for the first time since tearing his ACL last year. Although he has a great matchup against the Redskins, fantasy owners should hold off on playing him because it is unclear how many snaps he'll see Sunday. He should eventually become the Lions' No. 2 receiver.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lions running back Reggie Bush is expected to sit Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Bush is dealing with a knee injury that isn't overly serious, but the Lions are being cautious with the brittle Bush so he doesn't worsen the ailment. Joique Bell is an RB2 in standard leagues and could even produce RB1 numbers in PPR leagues.
Description: Despite returning to practice on Friday, the Lions are still considering sitting injured halfback Reggie Bush Sunday against the Redskins. SOURCE: Mike Florio, NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Bush, who suffered a knee injury in Week 2 and a dislocated thumb the week before, could be held out as a precaution. If Bush doesn't play, hybrid back Joique Bell should have a field day with Washington's pathetic run defense (last in the league in yards allowed).
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (knee) returned to practice on Friday and we now expect him to play on Sunday.
Insight: The running back has always been "optimistic" for Sunday's game against the Redskins. Beware, however, that he might split the time with Joique Bell more evenly than in past weeks. Bell has shared practice reps with the first team the past three days.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (knee) said Thursday that he is "farther along than he thought he'd be." SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Insight: Bush was called 50-50 to play in Week 3 on Wednesday, but he could have a better shot than that. The running back said he is "optimistic" for Sunday's game against the Redskins. Washington has allowed 402 rushing yards in two games, most in the NFL, so if Bush is deemed healthy enough to play he'll be a must-start. Joique Bell remains a flex play and would be a strong RB2 if Bush sits.
Description: As expected, Detroit Lions tailback Reggie Bush did not practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Bush is dealing with multiple injuries and likely won't practice much, if at all, this week but none of the injuries are expected to keep him off the field for Week 3 against Washington. Still, you should have a backup plan in place in case he doesn't improve over the next five days,
Description: Lions backup running back Joique Bell could get additional work with starter Reggie Bush nicked up.
Insight: Bell has produced 164 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns over the first two weeks, mostly via the pass, but fantasy owners who were hoping he'd be the starter after seeing Bush miss the second half last week will be disappointed. Bell could still be a flex option, however.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush's MRI came back clean and the back is listed as day-to-day.
Insight: Bush is dealing with multiple injuries and likely won't practice much this week, but none are expected to keep him off the field for Week 3 against Washington. Still, you should have a backup plan in place in case he doesn't improve over the next five days,
Description: No official word yet, but Lions tailback Reggie Bush apparently tweeted a "thumbs up" concerning his Monday MRI.
Insight: Bush suffered a knee injury in the second quarter Sunday and later aggravated it before leaving the game for good. The running back came out of Week 1 with injuries to his thumb, groin and knee. Its looking more and more like Bush will have trouble keeping up this workload for 14 more games. Backup Joique Bell must be owned in all leagues.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush will undergo several tests Monday, including an MRI on his left knee, coach Jim Schwartz said. SOURCE: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press
Insight: Bush suffered a knee injury in the second quarter Sunday and later aggravated it before leaving the game for good. The running back came out of Week 1 with injuries to his thumb, groin and knee, and now he has another knee injury to worry about. Joique Bell should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a big day Sunday against the Cardinals, catching six passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Johnson only had four catches for 37 yards in Week 1, but Matthew Stafford found him for a 72-yard touchdown with 10:31 left in the second quarter and a three-yard touchdown later in the same quarter. Megatron remains fantasy's best receiver.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush aggravated his left knee injury Sunday against the Cardinals and will not return.
Insight: Bush suffered the injury in the second quarter and left the game for a short time. The running back came out of Week 1 with injuries to his thumb, groin and knee, and now he has another knee injury to worry about.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush left the game with Arizona with a left knee injury.
Insight: It didn't appear to be serious, but he was getting treatment on the sidelines. Bush played through a dislocated thumb, pulled groin and hyperextended knee last Sunday. Joique Bell is getting a chance to play with Bush on the sideline.
Description: Lions halfback Mikel Leshoure wants out of Detroit. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Right now, Leshoure is a distant third on the Lions running back depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and it's clear he isn't happy with his diminished workload. Schefter suggested that the Colts might be in the market for a running back now that Vick Ballard is out with a torn ACL.
Description: Lions tailback Reggie Bush played through a dislocated thumb, pulled groin and now add hyperextended knee Sunday against the Vikings, according to ProFootballTalk.com
Insight: Bush suffered the injuries in the first half and none kept him from having a great day. It's just troublesome that he's already nicked up with 15 games to go. Handcuffing Joique Bell to the injury-prone Bush is an absolute must.
Description: Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson will have talented Cardinals' cornerback Patrick Peterson on him all day long, according to coach Bruce Arians.
Insight: Nothing that wasn't expected. They matched up last season and Megatron caught 10 balls for 121 yards, though Arizona won the game. Johnson didn't do much in Week 1 with four catches for 37 yards.
Description: Lions halfback Reggie Bush played through a dislocated thumb and a pulled groin Sunday against the Vikings. SOURCE: Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Insight: Bush suffered both injuries early in the first quarter. Neither ailment seemed to affect him as Bush produced arguably the best fantasy game of his career on Sunday (101 rushing yards, 90 yards receiving and one TD). He should be fine for next week's game at Arizona.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a 20-yard touchdown overturned by review in the first quarter and finished with just four catches for 37 yards on nine targets Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Johnson caught the ball near the goal line and stuck the ball in the end zone but didn't maintain possession of the ball through the catch. He had a similar ruling go against him in Week 1 of the 2010 season, when he caught the ball in the end zone, had two feet down and hit the ground but let go of the ball when he rolled over.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had a pair of short touchdowns and produced 92 yards from scrimmage Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Mikel Leshoure was a healthy inactive, leaving Bell as the team's goal-line back. Bell caught 52 passes for 485 yards last season and it appears he still is going to be involved in the passing game despite the addition of Reggie Bush. Bell could prove to be a useful week-to-week flex player.
Description: Reggie Bush made a strong first impression in his Lions debut Sunday against the Vikings, totaling 191 yards (90 rushing, 101 receiving) from scrimmage and a touchdown on 25 touches (21 carries, four receptions). He also had two touchdowns overturned by review at the one-yard line.
Insight: Bush looked like the player the Saints thought they were getting when they picked him No. 2 overall in 2005. The big-play running back proved he could run between the tackles the last two seasons but he was neutered by the Dolphins' conservative approach. Now with Detroit, Bush should have the best numbers of his career.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford went 28-of-43 for 357 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Stafford threw for 10,005 yards combined over the last two seasons, but he declined from 41 passing TDs in 2011 to 20 last year. With Reggie Bush in the fold, Stafford should once again threaten 5,000 yards.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles won't play Sunday against the Vikings, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Broyles suffered a torn left ACL in college and then he tore his other ACL last season. Fantasy owners should still hold onto him, as he's likely to be a heavily targeted receiver in Detroit's pass-first offense when healthy.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush has been consistenty better in the Lions' passing game than running attack. On Thursday he rushed six times for one yard and caught five balls for 103 yards.
Insight: Bush is still an excellent pass receiver and should fit in well with a team that passed 740 times in 2012 (46.2 per game). The run-to-pass ratio figures to be about right for his abilities, making him a better value in PPR leagues. If he can just stay healthy and on the playing field he'll be a viable fantasy asset.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson won't play tonight against New England. SOURCE: Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
Insight: He's out with a bruised knee. If this were the regular season, we're sure Johnson would be out there. Remember this guy played with three broken fingers last season and still set the all-time receiving yards record. They don't call him Megatron for nothing. Ryan Broyles is likely to start in his place.
Description: Detroit running back Joique Bell and not Mikel Leshoure may be the No. 2 man behind oft-injured starter Reggie Bush.
Insight: Bell is getting more opportunities than Leshoure who was on the field for just seven plays in Thursday's exhibition game against Cleveland. Bell is a better pass receiver and had a better ypc average last season and appears at this time to be the handcuff for fantasy owners.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush rushed eight times and caught five balls during his limited playing time in Thursday's exhibition loss to Cleveland.
Insight: Bush is still an excellent pass receiver and should fit in well with a team that passed 740 times in 2012 (46.2 per game). The 8:5 run-to-pass ratio figures to be about right for his abilities, making him a better value in PPR leagues. If he can just stay healthy and on the playing field he'll be a viable fantasy asset.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, recovering from a torn ACL, is now sitting every third practice as preventive maintenence, according to detroitlions.com.
Insight: Broyles was just starting to show fantasy value when the injury ended his 2012-13 season, and he should eventually be Detroit's No. 2 receiver in a pass-happy offense. This update, however, should give fantasy owners second thoughts about selecting him too high.
Description: Lions wide receiver Patrick Edwards appears to be ahead of Mike Thomas for the No. 4 spot, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Insight: Edwards' current fantasy value isn't very high, but keep an eye on him in training camp and preseason. Barring injury he won't see many targets from Matthew Stafford who obviously seeks out Calvin Johnson first, then Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew and Ryan Broyles, but both Burleson and Broyles are coming off serious season-ending injuries.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has agreed to a three-year contract extension that is worth $53 million in new money, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Insight: The 25-year-old is signed through 2017 and is set to receive $43 million in guaranteed money over the next five years. Stafford set a single-season record with 727 passing attempts in 2013 and has racked up 10,005 yards and 61 TDs in the air over the last two seasons. He's likely to near 700 attempts again if he stays healthy.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, recovering from a torn ACL, fully participated in all three days of minicamp this week, according to the Detroit Free Press/
Insight: The receiver tore his ACL on Dec. 2 last season, and he's amazingly expected to avoid the PUP list to open training camp. Broyles was just starting to show fantasy value when the injury ended his season, and he should be Detroit's No. 2 receiver in a pass-happy offense this season.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, recovering from a torn ACL, took part in team drills on Tuesday, according to the team's site.
Insight: The receiver tore his ACL on Dec. 2 last season, so he's more likely to be starting the season un the PUP list, but Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III are proving that it's not impossible to be ready for Week 1. Broyles was just starting to show fantasy value when the injury ended his season.
Description: Lions kicker David Akers has done very little during the team's OTAs.
Insight: Akers was the top fantasy kicker after booting 44 field goals in 2011-12, but slumped last season and some of that was due to an aggravation of offseason surgery. He's hoping to be completely healthy before he starts kicking. Be very wary of picking Akers until you know he's 100 percent healthy.
Description: The Lions are looking for a receiver to take advantage of the attention Calvin Johnson gets from the defense and Nate Burleson thinks second-year wideout Patrick Edwards could be one of those guys, according to Lions beat writer Dave Birkett.
Insight: Edwards will have to work hard to get targets from Matthew Stafford who seeks out Megaton first and then Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew and Ryan Broyles. Edwards' current fantasy value isn't high, but keep an eye on him in training camp and preseason.
Description: Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that receiver Ryan Broyles (knee) is "making good progress" in his recovery from a torn ACL, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Broyles has no target date to return to practice. The receiver tore his ACL on Dec. 2 last season, so he'll probably be out a few more months. Once he returns, he'll be the No. 2 receiver across from Calvin Johnson and will have sleeper fantasy value.
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush says the Detroit offense is similar to the Saints team he played with from 2006-10, according to a ProFootballTalk report.
Insight: Bush is an excellent pass receiver and should fit in well with a team that passed 740 times in 2012 (46.2 per game). He's also was able to stay on the field over the past two season which made him a viable fansty asset. With a current fantasyfootballcalculator.com ADP of 24.3, fantasy owners seem to like his move to Detroit. He had an ADP of 47.7 last summer.
Description: Former 49ers kicker David Akers has been signed by the Detroit Lions to replace long-time kicker Jason Hanson.
Insight: Akers was the top fantasy kicker after booting 44 field goals in 2011-12, but slumped last season, missing nine of 38 field goal attempts. He should find kicking indoors a boon to his accuracy and could once again be a top fantasy kicker.
Description: Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz says running backs Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure will still be part of the Lions offense, according to a report from detroitlions.com, but we don't see how.
Insight: Bush figures to be the starter and the pass receiver and Leshoure should get the short yardage and goal line work. Barring injury, that obviously would leave Bell, who caught 52 balls last season, out in the cold.
Description: The Lions have signed running back Reggie Bush to a four-year, $16 million contract, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Insight: Bush seems like a perfect fit for a team who threw the ball 46.3 times per game last season, over four times more than any other team. Bush played 31 of a possible 32 games and put up 2,660 yards from scrimmage during his time with Miami.
Description: The Lions released disgruntled wide receiver Titus Young on Monday.
Insight: It's not surprising considering some of the erratic behavior Young has exhibited both on and off the field during his tenure in Detroit. Though Young was a major fantasy bust in 2012 (33 catches, 383 yards, four TD), he's certainly talented enough to be a solid contributor down the road if he can ever get his head straightened out.
Description: Wide receiver Titus Young is unhappy with his role in the Lions' offense and suggested that he wouldn't mind if the team released him.
Insight: Earlier in the week he tweeted that he needed the football more before taking it a step further on Friday: "If y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of all the threats." It's tough to envision Young staying with the Lions. Young had a solid rookie campaign in 2011 (607 yards, six TD) but regressed in his second season, hauling in just 33 catches for 383 yards.
Description: It may be the end of the line for Detroit running back Jahvid Best. Most expect his NFL career is over due to his concussion problems. Best hasn't played a game since 2011.
Insight: Best was a nice speed back when healthy and the Lions don't have that type of player on their roster at this time. They used Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell this season, but it would not be surprising if they selected a back with quickness in the upcoming April draft.
Description: The Bears were Calvin Johnson's kryptonite this season. In 14 games against other opponents the Lions wideout averaged 133 receiving yards per game but in his two contests against Chicago, he was limited to only 51.5 yards per game.
Insight: The talented duo of Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings caused plenty of problems for opposing receivers in 2012 so it's no surprise that Megatron had two of his worst games against them. Johnson finished with 214 points in ESPN leagues this season, the most of any receiver in football. Chicago's Brandon Marshall came in second at 210 with Dez Bryant a distant third (201).
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson could not make it two record-setting weeks in a row Sunday. He failed to reach the 2,000-yard plateau.
Insight: Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yardage record in Week 16 while also setting the record for most consecutive 100-yard games. That streak was snapped Sunday when he had five catches for 72 yards, giving him 1,964 yards on 122 receptions with five touchdowns this season.
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries Sunday against the Bears but failed to reach the end zone.
Insight: Leshoure's value was entirely tied to his ability to score touchdowns. After rushing for 100 yards in his season debut, Leshoure didn't exceed 84 yards the rest of the season despite receiving at least 10 carries in every game. He'll finish with 798 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries in 14 games.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford came up short in his quest to reach 5,000 passing yards for the second straight season. His 272 yards give him 4,967 for the season.
Insight: Stafford took 727 pass attempts to get there, the most in one season in NFL history. Stafford will finish a disappointing season with 24 total touchdowns (20 passing, four rushing), 17 fewer than last season.
Description: Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew will return for Sunday's season finale versus the Bears. Pettigrew hasn't played since December 9th because of a high ankle sprain.
Insight: Pettigrew only practiced once this week so it's a bit of a surprise that he's taking the field on Sunday. He's probably not close to 100 percent, which makes him a risky play in a championship week.
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to practice Friday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 14. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Insight: Pettigrew (57-556-3) has missed the last three games and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. The 4-11 Lions have no incentive to push Pettigrew for the final game of the season.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a typical 2012 performance Saturday night against Atlanta -- 443 yards, zero touchdowns, one pick.
Insight: The yardage has been there this year for Stafford (4,695) but the touchdowns haven't. After tossing multiple touchdown passes in 12 games last year, Stafford has only done it four times this season. With one game remaining, Stafford is only seven passing attempts away from passing Drew Bledsoe's 691 for most single-season attempts in NFL history. He needs 15 attempts in the final game to become the first player in NFL history with 700 passing attempts in one season.
Description: Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson can become the second receiver in NFL history to amass 1,800 yards in a season if he reels in 123 yards Saturday against Atlanta.
Insight: Megatron needs 182 more yards to pass Jerry Rice for the most yards in a single season. Atlanta's defense ranks 17th in passing yards allowed, so this should be a favorable matchup for Johnson.
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure (calf) was limited in practice Thursday but should be fine to play in Saturday's game against the Falcons. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Insight: Leshoure has dealt with a variety of nicks and scrapes this season and has been limited in practice plenty of times but hasn't missed a game since returning from a two-game suspension in Week 3. Leshoure hasn't rushed for many yards (57.9 per game) but does have eight rushing touchdowns. He's scored in four of the last five games.
Description: Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who missed Sunday's game against Arizona because of a high ankle sprain, missed Wednesday's practice.
Insight: High ankle sprains can sometimes take close to a month to heal. With the Lions already out of the playoffs, Detroit might play it safe. The team has a couple of solid backup tight ends in Tony Scheffler and Will Heller.
Description: Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) is doubtful to play Sunday against the Cardinals. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Fairley suffered a shoulder injury with two minutes to play Sunday night against the Packers. The former first-round pick has emerged as a reliable force next to Ndamukong Suh this season after Corey Williams had knee surgery, picking up 35 tackles and 5.5 sacks with two forced fumbles. Even without Fairley, Detroit's D/ST is still a reliable plug-in option against the inept Cardinals.
Description: Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (57-556) has a high-ankle sprain and is doubtful for Sunday's game. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: A high-ankle sprain is usually a four-week injury so Pettigrew could miss the rest of the regular season. Tony Scheffler is a sleeper tight end option for the semi-finals of the fantasy playoffs.
Description: Lions' tight end Brandon Pettigrew is questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona due to an injured ankle.
Insight: Pettigrew didn't catch a pass against Green Bay while tight ends Tony Scheffler caught three balls for 20 yards and a TD (10 targets) and third string Will Heller caught four for 21 yards. Matthew Stafford likes to throw to his TE and if Pettigrew is healthy he's his favorite target outside of Calvin Johnson.
Description: The Lions have placed DT Corey Williams (knee) on injured reserve.
Insight: Williams went under the knife earlier this season and has missed six games. Nick Fairley, a 2011 first-rounder, has emerged with 35 tackles and 5.5 sacks this season so it's doubtful Williams will return to a prominent role with the Lions next year.
Description: Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona due to an injured ankle.
Insight: Pettigrew didn't catch a pass against Green Bay while tight ends Tony Scheffler caught three balls for 20 yards and a TD and third string Will Heller caught four for 21 yards. Matthew Stafford likes to throw to his TE and if Pettigrew is healthy he's his favorite target outside of Calvin Johnson.
Description: Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, who was diagnosed with a torn right ACL, has already had surgery on the knee and the speed at which this took place will give him the best chance to return next season in a timely manner.
Insight: Broyles was just starting to perform as the starter opposite Calvin Johnson and if he can come back healthy he has the talent to be a very good No. 2 receiver.