Sunday, August 23, 2020

Detroit Lions Fantasy Football Projections 2020

In addition to viewing our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2020 fantasy football projections for the Detroit Lions.

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Matthew Stafford539.2345.14124.927.779.7132.9105.30.33269.17
A back injury cut his season in half, but Stafford was on pace for nearly 5,000 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (4,998/38/10) and the QB6 through Week 9. Healthy now, Stafford is poised for a big season if he can stay healthy as the Lions return all of their top receiving options and added one of the best pass-catching backs (D'Andre Swift) in the draft.
Chase Daniel34.422.4228.81.10.794.14.10.0212.5


D'Andre Swift160.4689.74.0141.93522.2141.43
The top-ranked running back prospect by many entering the draft, Swift's landing spot is less-than-ideal in terms of fantasy outlook. While he has three-down ability and especially thrives as a receiver out of the backfield, Swift will form a committee with Kerryon Johnson. At this point, Swift is the favorite to be the 1A to Johnson's 1B.
Kerryon Johnson161.4710.23.6329.4239.61.47125.58
Given his lack of durability (only 18 of 32 games played), Johnson essentially enticed the Lions to invest a high pick for his competition (D'Andre Swift). While Johnson was less efficient as a runner in 2019 (3.6 YPC) than 2018 (5.4), a near 50-50 split in workload could materialize between Johnson and Swift with Johnson potentially getting a few more carries and Swift getting a few more targets.
Bo Scarbrough38159.
Jason Huntley14.462.60.2212.9106.40.4520.92
Nick Bawden0002.813.30.061.69

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Kenny Golladay67.61108.67.77000157.48
Golladay had 65 catches for a career-high 1,190 yards (18.3 Y/R) and a league-leading 11 touchdowns on 116 targets in 2019. Those numbers would have likely been better had Matthew Stafford not missed the second half of the season. Golladay posted a 35/640/7 line and had four of his five 100-yard games through the first eight weeks with Stafford.
Marvin Jones64.9921.66.81000133.02
Once again, Jones had his season cut short by injury as he missed three games in 2019 and seven games in 2018. Based on his per-game production when both Jones and Matthew Stafford were healthy, Jones was on pace for an 84/1,070/12 stat line in 2019.
Danny Amendola56.9600.32.6500075.93
Targeted nearly 100 times (97), Amendola hauled in 62 receptions for 678 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the Lions. While he had four games with at least seven catches and 95 yards, it's likely that we'll see a year-over-year dip for Amendola, especially if T.J. Hockenson makes a second-year leap.
Quintez Cephus12.3137.80.7700018.4
Jamal Agnew4.346.70.320006.59
Marvin Hall2.535.50.250005.05


T.J. Hockenson52.9605.74.8900089.91
Hockenson began his NFL career with a bang (6/131/1 against Arizona), but the rest of his rookie season was lackluster -- 26/236/1 over his final 11 games. Rookie tight ends typically struggle, but how much of a second-year jump will we see from Hockenson? One concern for last year's No. 8 pick is his less-than-100% ankle this offseason.
Jesse James8.481.90.5500011.49
Hunter Bryant5.870.50.440009.69

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