Saturday, August 28, 2021

2021 Fantasy Football Projections: Detroit Lions

Our 2021 Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2021 fantasy football projections for the Detroit Lions.

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Jared Goff542.8350.13935.320.0813.0343.181.92.59235.4
Tim Boyle37.723.4260.11.240.794.34.70.0914.79

Jared Goff: Traded to Detroit, Goff joins a less potent offense that will be more run-based in philosophy. Given that only the Houston Texans have a lower Vegas team wins total, it's certainly possible that game script will dictate more pass attempts than the new coaching staff would prefer. Over the past two seasons, Goff has failed to exceed a 3.6 TD%. In other words, even when he led the league in pass attempts (626) in 2019, he threw only 22 touchdowns.


D'Andre Swift185.5816.26.9657.9461.52.3212.28
Jamaal Williams151641.84.1534.5251.71.2138.7
Jermar Jefferson44.2190.11.1111.283.90.442.06
Jason Cabinda1.

D'Andre Swift: Swift was much more involved in the second half of the season as he finished his rookie campaign with 114/521/8 (4.6 YPC) rushing and 46/357/2 (7.8 Y/R) receiving. Swift had three-plus catches in 12 of 13 games. While I have him ranked as a mid-tier RB2, his ability as a receiver gives him the upside to crack the top-10 fantasy running backs in 2021, especially in full PPR formats.

Jamaal Williams: In his four NFL seasons, Williams has averaged 736.5 scrimmage yards, 155.5 touches and 30.5 receptions per season with the Packers. While he remains his team's RB2 (to D'Andre Swift instead of Aaron Jones), Williams should get 8-10 touches per game even with both Swift and Williams healthy.


Tyrell Williams53.2723.73.7000121.17
Breshad Perriman43667.
Amon-Ra St. Brown37.4467.82.300079.28
Quintez Cephus29.9356.61.800061.41
Kalif Raymond10.3146.80.600023.43
Victor Bolden0.910.50.10002.1

Tyrell Williams: Williams is a wideout that has had some success elsewhere that will play a heavy amount of snaps, by default. Williams broke out in 2016 (69/1,059/7), but he has hovered in the 651-728 yardage range since then excluding last season's injured campaign (shoulder).

Breshad Perriman: Injuries to Tampa's wide receivers allowed Perriman to close 2019 strong -- three 100-yard games and 25/506/5 over his final five games -- but those numbers were even better than his full-season numbers (12 games) as a Jet (30/505/3) in 2020. Perriman has missed multiple games in every season other than his rookie campaign (2016). The former first-rounder continues his tour around the league.


T.J. Hockenson69.1765.74.1000135.72
Darren Fells19.6199.31.200036.93
Alize Mack5.654.50.300010.05

T.J. Hockenson: Hockenson basically doubled up his rookie production with 67 catches for 723 yards and six touchdowns. Given the turnover of the wide receiver corps, Hockenson could be forced into an even higher-volume role in 2021.

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