Until Brandon Powell finds meaningful playing time with the Lions this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Powell caught six of nine targets for 103 yards during Sunday's victory over the Packers. Making his first career start in the absence of Kenny Golladay (chest), Powell made play after play en route to setting career highs across the board. The undrafted rookie picked a great time to make a name for himself, as the Lions now enter the offseason with two blue-chip assets at wideout (Golladay and Marvin Jones) but no established player to man the slot. Depending on how free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft shakes out, Powell could conceivably enter the training camp as one of the favorites to earn the gig.
Powell caught one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 27-9 loss to the Vikings. Powell earned multiple targets for a second consecutive week in Bruce Ellington's (hamstring) absence. However, both Andy Jones and TJ Jones saw significantly more targets and snaps than Powell behind entrenched No. 1 wideout Kenny Golladay, making Powell a risky fantasy options even in the deepest of leagues when the Lions reconvene for the team's Week 17 season finale against the Packers.
Powell caught three passes for 11 yards during Sunday's 14-13 loss to the Bills. In Bruce Ellington's (hamstring) absence, Andy Jones (45 snaps) and TJ Jones (36) saw much more playing time than Powell (12). While Powell saw just as much action in the passing game as either of them anyway, none of them were given the opportunities on offense to make game-breaking plays. It'll continue to be hard to trust any Lions wideout not named Kenny Golladay over the final two weeks of the 2018 season.
Powell (calf) is not listed on the Lions' injury report Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Powell has missed the last two games with the calf issue but appears healthy heading into Week 15. The 22-year-old was a healthy scratch for the previous two games before suffering the calf injury, so he may not have been a factor offensively regardless. Bruce Ellington sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals and didn't practice Wednesday, which could provide an opportunity for Powell should Ellington miss any time.
Powell (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Powell will miss his third straight game. He likely would not have been a factor in the offense had he been active, as he is buried on the depth chart.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||17||11||129||0||6||11.73||12|