Willson secured his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers. Willson started and logged over 50 percent of the snaps at tight end, which is quite a different tune than last week when he didn't start or lead his position group in reps. Meanwhile, Levine Toilolo saw less than 30 percent of the snaps while Michael Roberts earned less than 10 percent. If Willson continues to receive the lion's share of the available playing time as the season goes on, it's possible he could become a serviceable fantasy option, but at this stage, the Lions' committee approach to the tight end position severely dampens the upside of all of its members, Willson included.
Willson was targeted once but did not record a reception during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Michael Roberts drew the start, Levine Toilolo paced the position group in snaps, and Hakeem Valles led all Lions tight ends in targets. We knew this unit was going to be a headache for fantasy purposes before the season started, and if Week 1 was any indication, it's unwise to expect that notion to be challenged any time soon.
Willson (knee) wasn't listed on the Lions' injury report ahead of their Week 1 game Monday against the Jets, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Willson missed a practice early last week with the unspecified knee injury, which he had suffered in the Lions' Aug. 24 preseason tilt with the Buccaneers. It appears Willson's absence was mostly precautionary in nature, putting him on track to open the campaign as the Lions' starting tight end. After serving as the main understudy to Jimmy Graham in Seattle the past two seasons, Willson will have the best opportunity of his career to date to offer weekly fantasy utility.
Willson (knee) came out on the field for Monday's practice, but he wasn't wearing any pads, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Although he didn't participate, Willson's presence on the sideline suggests his knee injury isn't too serious. He's expected to handle the starting job at what might be Detroit's weakest position.
Willson (knee) did not return to Friday's preseason game in Tampa Bay, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Initially deemed questionable to return, Willson was ruled out about a half hour later. He's the projected starter at tight end, and an absence could free up snaps for any combination of Michael Roberts, Levine Toilolo, Hakeem Valles and Sean McGrath. Given the shaky group at tight end, the Lions are counting on their wide receivers and running backs to do the heavy lifting this season. The team should have another update on Willson at some point this weekend.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New England Patriots||21||8.00|
|5||10/07||Green Bay Packers||11||5.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Rams||28||10.00|
|17||12/30||@Green Bay Packers||11||5.00|
|3 Year Avg||23||16||165||2||9||10.31||28|