|Offense||11th||68.5 (30th)||314.5 (6th)|
|Defense||16th||179.5 (32nd)||168.0 (4th)|
|39||Agnew, Jamal||CB||5-10||190||4/3/1995||2||San Diego|
|43||Bellore, Nick||FB||6-1||250||5/12/1989||8||Central Michigan|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||3||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||3||Ohio State|
|19||Golladay, Kenny||WR||6-4||213||11/3/1993||2||Northern Illinois|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||3||Texas Tech|
|97||Jean Francois, Ricky||DT||6-2||309||11/23/1986||10||LSU|
|52||Jones, Christian||LB||6-3||244||2/18/1991||5||Florida State|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||4||Notre Dame|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||DB||6-2||222||5/10/1993||3||Southern Utah|
|76||Lang, T.J.||G||6-4||315||9/20/1987||10||Eastern Michigan|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||DB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||5||Utah State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||6||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||15||Texas A&M|
|95||Okwara, Romeo||DE||6-4||274||6/17/1995||3||Notre Dame|
|27||Quin, Glover||DB||6-0||207||1/15/1986||10||New Mexico|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||6||Notre Dame|
|23||Slay, Darius||DB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||6||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||9||Notre Dame|
|84||Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-3||250||11/23/1992||2||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|30||Virgin, Dee||DB||5-9||205||10/29/1993||1||West Alabama|
|45||Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/10/1993||2||Fresno State|
|79||Wiggins, Kenny||G||6-6||330||8/8/1988||5||Fresno State|
|92||Williams, Sylvester||DT||6-2||328||11/21/1988||6||North Carolina|
|47||Barnes, Brandon (IR)||TE||6-5||256||5/31/1994||1||Alabama State|
|46||Bawden, Nick (IR)||RB||6-2||245||6/22/1996||R||San Diego State|
|36||Cromartie, Marcus (IR)||DB||6-0||195||12/3/1990||4||Wisconsin|
|54||Longa, Steve (IR)||LB||6-0||240||9/29/1994||2||Rutgers|
|58||Barrett, Alex||DE||6-3||260||3/6/1994||1||San Diego State|
|38||Ford, Mike||DB||6-0||194||8/4/1995||R||Southeast Missouri State|
|18||Lacy, Chris||WR||6-3||205||1/28/1996||R||Oklahoma State|
|LeBlanc, Cre'von||CB||5-11||190||7/25/1994||3||Florida Atlantic|
|Lee, Eric||DE||6-3||255||8/6/1994||2||South Florida|
|Pumphrey, DJ||RB||5-9||176||12/6/1994||2||San Diego State|
Jones will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season with an undisclosed injury while Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay lead the way at wide receiver in Detroit.
It was a different story at tight end this week, as Luke Willson drew the start and ultimately wound up playing over 40 snaps (52 percent) while Levine Toilolo saw 22 (29 percent). Roberts, on the other hand, saw just seven snaps. The second-year player made the most of his limited action by finding a soft spot in the 49ers' red-zone coverage, but it will continue to be difficult to trust Roberts going forward until he evolves into something more than an occasional goal-line target.
Powell paced the NFL this preseason in both receptions (16) and punt-return average (15.7). The diminutive receiver is unlikely to continue seeing significant offensive action given the talent Detroit has above him on the depth chart, but Powell could log time as a return man on special teams if anything happens to Jamal Agnew or Ameer Abdullah.
LeBlanc fell ill and was withheld from Friday's practice, but will be good to go for the home tilt against San Francisco. With four defensive backs landing on the inactive list, LeBlanc should see his share of snaps on defense, even with starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller healthy.
Lawson was the No. 3 cornerback for the Lions in 2017, and he compiled 47 tackles, four pass breakups and one fumble returned for a touchdown in 15 games. Barring more moves, it appears Lawson will be trying to hold down a starting job with the Lions in 2018 along with Teez Tabor and Darius Slay.
The Lions needed help at defensive tackle after failing to re-sign veteran Haloti Ngata, who was a critical piece of the Detroit run defense the last three years. Williams should be in the mix to compete for the starting job Ngata left behind, as Akeem Spence would seem to represent his only current competition on the roster. There's certainly a chance the Lions add more talent at defensive tackle through the draft or free agency.
It took just one game for Davis to match his rookie-season sack total, as the linebacker contributed two of six quarterback takedowns on the 49ers. He'll have a tougher task next Sunday night reaching Tom Brady, who has only been sacked four times this season.
Stafford bounced back from a miserable Week 1 performance, improving in almost every significant passing category and nearly rallying his team to a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter. Despite the team's offseason commitment to the running game, Stafford has been extremely busy through the first two games of the year; the Lions have thrown the ball on over three-fourths of their offensive plays thus far. The fact that Detroit has trailed by at least a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter of each contest obviously played a significant role in why this is so, but it wouldn't be very surprising if Stafford consistently finds himself in these situations this season given how ineffective the Lions defense has been. Expect Stafford to be plenty busy when Detroit attempts to keep pace with New England in Week 3.
Agnew, a fifth-rounder out of the University of San Diego, did a little bit of everything his rookie season but made his name as a return specialist, where he was ultimately named a first-team All-Pro. He led the league in punt return yards, punt return touchdowns and punt return average (15.4). He isn't in the fantasy conversation in IDP formats or otherwise yet, but that could change if he somehow carves out a larger role on either side of the ball.
To nobody's surprise, Rudock was unable to supplant Matt Cassel as the No. 2 quarterback behind Matt Stafford in Detroit. The Lions are hoping Rudock will clear waivers and become a member of the practice squad, but there's no guarantee another team won't take a shot at the Michigan product.
Cassel had been working behind Rudock during OTAs, but it appears a late swap on the depth chart has occurred. The veteran signal-caller has plenty of experience under his belt, appearing in 15 or 16 games in three straight seasons from 2008-10. There's still a lot of time remaining before the season starts, but Cassel sits in good position as training camp approaches.
A lot can happen between now and Week 1, but Tabor at least seems on track to secure the starting spot on the outside opposite 2017 first-team All-Pro corner Darius Slay. As long as he continues to hold off Nevin Lawson for the job, Tabor could receive quite a bit of attention from opposing signal callers in 2018 given the presumed likelihood that teams try to avoid Slay's side of the field.
Unlike last week when he earned the most snaps among Lions tight ends, Toilolo took a clear backseat to Luke Willson, who started and logged 40 snaps Sunday. As usual, Toilolo wasn't often used as a receiver when he was on the field, but that's largely been the story of his career to date, and it's unlikely to change anytime soon.
While not an IDP asset at this juncture, Robinson is developing into a solid interior defensive lineman for the Lions. Most impressive has been his awareness for such a young player, as the 2016 second-rounder again swatted down his share of pass attempts in 2017 and now has 13 batted passes in two seasons as a pro. His role could expand in 2018 if Haloti Ngata (biceps), an unrestricted free agent, doesn't return to Detroit.
Two tackles is a season-low for Quin, but hauling in an interception helps bring up his value. The 31-year-old has three interceptions on the season now, but his tackles have been been trending down since he racked up eight in Week 3 against the Falcons, so fantasy owners should steer clear for now.
Cromartie was set to spend his season on the sidelines before reaching a deal with Lions to be released off injured reserve. He will now be able to find a new landing spot once his health is up to par.
Dahl was limited in spring workouts, but the offensive lineman seems to be healthy again. Dahl is competing for a depth role along the offensive line.
The Lions will remain without their top defensive player for the remainder of Sunday's contest. Dee Virgin will serve as Detriot's starting left cornerback as long as Slay remains sidelined. The 27-year-old will work to clear the league's concussion protocol in time to suit up against the Patriots in Week 3.
Jean Francois continues his tour around the league, with Detroit being the fifth team he has joined over the past four years. Despite now being 31 years old and clearly on the downside of his career, Jean Francois was a decent contributor for the Patriots and Packers last season and will provide the Lions with solid depth along the defensive line.
Golladay scored the first touchdown of the game by exploiting a 49ers defensive miscommunication that left the receiver by himself down the left sidelines. He possibly could've had another score had quarterback Matthew Stafford found him wide open on a failed third-down pass later on in the game. Nonetheless, Golladay has now seen 21 targets through two weeks -- compared to 28 for Golden Tate and 17 for Marvin Jones -- and he could realistically continue to see high target totals if the Lions continue to fall behind early in games, something that is rather likely to occur when the Patriots come to town Week 3.
Like last week, Jones could have put up bigger numbers had quarterback Matthew Stafford not overthrown him on a pair of downfield bombs that likely would have gone for touchdowns. More concerning is the fact Kenny Golladay, who also earned nine targets Sunday, continues to siphon away from Jones' workload. Both receivers have taken a clear backseat to Golden Tate, who's earned over a dozen looks in each of the first two games of the season, but Jones now trails Golladay, 17 to 21, in targets. However, it's not out of the question for each of these players to maintain their fantasy relevance so long as Detroit continues to fall behind early in games, which is a predicament the Lions could realistically find themselves in when the Patriots come to town Week 3.
Bellore is entering his eigth NFL campaign and second with Detroit. He recorded just 12 tackles in 13 games last season, though he did see 13 offensive snaps and even caught a touchdown pass. Now that Nick Bawden (knee) is dealing with a possible torn ACL, Bellore is the only healthy fullback on the roster and could see a decent amount of play time, though he likely has an extremely low ceiling in the majority of fantasy formats.
Wagner will make his return after missing the past three games with a sprained ankle.
Prater bounced back from a forgettable performance in the season opener that saw the kicker miss from distances of 44 and 55 yards. In this one, Prater's longest connection was from only 43 yards, but he had plenty of power behind it and the kick likely would have been good from further out. More importantly, Prater showed why fantasy owners should still keep faith in him. After all, the Lions have been a top-12 team in field-goal attempts each of the past two seasons, and Prater has converted at least 86 percent of them each year.
Glasgow injured his leg in practice Tuesday and returned in limited fashion Wednesday. The team hasn't provided many specifics on the issue, but given that he'll see some preseason snaps, it doesn't appear to have been serious. Don't be surprised if he doesn't see much action despite drawing the start.
It was an abysmal night for the Lions defense, but Diggs was one of the lone bright spots. He intercepted Sam Darnold's first career pass, returning it for a score. Diggs' play has been elevated since moving to safety late last season; in six starts he now has four interceptions and one touchdown.
Harold bruised his knee in the Niners' first preseason game, but it appears he shook the issue. The 24-year-old played in situational roles the last two seasons, making 71 tackles and five sacks. However, San Francisco brought in Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Korey Toomer during the offseason, effectively pushing Harold out of the lineup.
After tearing his ACL during Friday's preseason loss to the Giants, Longa was deemed out for the season. The third-year pro was a special teams asset, so his absence won't affect the Lions' defensive dynamic. Expect Detroit to bring in an outside linebacker in free agency.
Lee was listed as questionable and was a limited practice participant throughout the week. The 23-year-old should serve his usual rotational role at defensive end for the Patriots against the Titans.
Killebrew has worked as the No. 5 safety in offseason workouts and doesn't have a clear defensive role in advance of the 2018 season. There's been no word on whether his position change is permanent, but the Lions nonetheless seem intent on finding ways to get the third-year player on the field this season. At 6-foot-2 and 222 pounds, Killebrew possesses favorable size for a dime- and nickel-package linebacker, and creative head coach Matt Patricia could experiment with a number of different alignments to take advantage of Killebrew's notorious physicality.
After being limited to only 27 defensive snaps in the season-opener, Jones saw a major uptick in action Sunday. The linebacker played 92 percent of the Lions' defensive snaps as a starter and tied Jarrad Davis for the lead in tackles. After a strong outing on an otherwise disappointing day, Jones has a good chance of seeing a similar workload Sunday night against the Patriots.
Ansah carries a questionable tag into the Week 2 matchup, but it appears the Lions were pleased enough with his health during his three limited practices this week to include him in the defensive game plan. The defensive end was limited to 21 total snaps in the embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Jets, finishing with three tackles and a sack.
Flowers didn't see many defensive snaps early in the year for New England, but was a key player down the stretch of the season. Over the last two games of the year, the former Cincinnati Bengal accumulated 14 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks, then added four tackles and a sack in the Patriots' first playoff matchup against Tennessee. That window opened up due to a calf injury suffered by starter Kyle Van Noy, who should resume his regular role in 2018. Flowers appears likely to return to his role as a depth option, though he'll get plenty of work on special teams as well.
One of three active Detroit running backs Week 2, Blount's ejection resulted from coming off the sideline to shove 49ers linebacker Elijah Lee, who had a close call on a hit of Matthew Stafford near the Lions bench. There's no telling if the NFL will impose some sort of punishment on Blount, but Kerryon Johnson will emerge from this game unscathed, unlike Blount, Theo Riddick (who picked up an ankle injury) and Ameer Abdullah (who was inactive again).
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.
Valles ultimately drew the second-most snaps of all Lions tight ends while seeing the most targets in the passing game. However, it's hard to get excited about his long-term outlook given the committee approach Detroit is taking to the position.
Martin's inclusion on the final injury report was a bit of a surprise after he was a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday. Expect him to see his typical duties as punter for the team.
Jones was only called on to occasionally spell Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay, who each earned over 80 percent of the offensive snaps while Marvin Jones logged 100 percent of them. Unless an injury strikes one of those wideouts above him on the depth chart, Jones is nothing more than an afterthought in the fantasy realm.
Detroit claimed Demby off waivers after he failed to make it through the Rams' final roster cuts. He provided depth on the offensive line for two weeks, but failed to make an impact.
Tate, who led the league with 639 yards after the catch in 2017, reminded everyone of how skilled he is in open space Sunday, particularly on a 67-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Adding to his successful outing is the fact he once again held off Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay for the team lead in targets, and Tate now ranks among the league leaders with 28 targets through two games. This hefty workload has been supported by negative game scripts that led the Lions to pass on over 75 percent of their offensive snaps thus far, but it wouldn't be a shock to anyone if this trend continues for Tate given the explosive matchups Detroit has on the schedule in the coming weeks. Next up is a date with the Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
Hand, a fourth-round pick in April's draft, has been a pleasant surprise for Detroit this summer and looks to be square in the mix for the starting defensive end role opposite Ziggy Ansah. His primary competitors, Anthony Zettel and Kerry Hyder, are not to be forgotten at this juncture, though: It remains to be seen whether Hand will stick with the first-team defense in the Lions' third preseason game next Friday against the Buccaneers.
A 2017 fourth-rounder, Pumphrey was did not appear in a single regular-season game during his injury riddled rookie season. Pumphrey provides additional depth to a Lions running back room already consisting of Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. The 23-year-old's 5-foot-9, 176-pound frame likely limits his potential as an every-down back, but Pumphrey could tentatively find a spot behind Riddick if he shows well as a pass catcher.
Riddick was removed midway through the fourth quarter and deemed questionable to return, eventually making it back for the final drive of the game. He was targeted on Detroit's final two snaps of the contest, with both passes falling incomplete to end any chance of a comeback victory. Riddick had now drawn 20 targets through two weeks, accounting for 19 percent of the Lions' team total. He only had a 12.5 percent share last season while filling a similar role as the team's passing-down back. It won't come as any surprise if Riddick shows up on the injury report ahead of a Week 3 game against the Patriots.
Walker got plenty of run Friday, taking 29 snaps on defense and another 11 on special teams. However, the rookie is yet to work himself into the first-string picture at safety, and he may have trouble doing so as long as Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Quandre Diggs stay healthy.
Okwara was waived in order to make room for former Bears defensive tackle John Jenkins on the roster. Okwara, an undrafted rookie free agent from 2016, missed the majority of last season due to a knee injury. However, he does boast starting experience and could find a new home elsewhere in the league in the near future.
Decker returned to practice last week, and with the release of tackle Greg Robinson (ankle) this move was expected heading into Sunday's game against the Browns. The 2016 first-round pick will likely reclaim his starting spot at left tackle for Detroit.
Kennard continues to impress amongst an otherwise dismal Detroit defense, as the former-Giant has now logged three sacks on the season. He played in 100 percent of the defensive snaps and will likely continue to see a heavy workload as long as the high production comes with it.
Wilson is trying to fend off Quandre Diggs for the starting role at strong safety, a role the former has held for a few seasons now. The Illinois product did allow a third-down conversion to Giants tight end Evan Engram, but overall Wilson had a good showing Friday and certainly looks to be moving around well after missing parts of the offseason program recovering from shoulder surgery. The veteran will look to continue his stellar play in Detroit's third preseason game next Friday against the Buccaneers, which will likely be Wilson's last appearance before Week 1.
Lang exited the season opener with a back injury and wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week. Kenny Wiggins is expected to step into the starting lineup in his absence.
Barnes was placed on IR back in May after suffering his injury. It's unclear how severe the injury is, but if he can pass a physical, he'll be eligible to play for another team in 2018.
Donnal has been out of commission for over a week with an unspecified knee injury. It isn't clear when he's expected to return to the field.
Considering Hyder was a full participant in the spring workouts, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that he's ready to go for fall camp. However, coach Matt Patricia suggested that he believes Hyder "just willed himself" to be available for the start of camp. Assuming he can remain healthy, the fourth-year pro will likely be counted on to provide a pass rush opposite Ezekiel Ansah (knee) after racking up eight sacks in 2016.
Johnson ultimately tied LeGarrette Blount for the team lead in carries, though Blount was ejected with 10 minutes remaining in the game for coming off the sidelines and knocking over a San Francisco defender who pushed quarterback Matthew Stafford. The rookie was also significantly involved as a receiver, despite Theo Riddick -- who drew 12 targets -- remaining the Lions' preferred passing-down option. While it will continue to be hard to trust Johnson as a standalone fantasy asset so long as Detroit employs a committee approach to the running back position, Johnson could be in store for an uptick in carries in the short-term if Blount is slapped with a suspension.
Wiggins has spent the past four seasons with the Chargers, starting all 16 games last season. The Lions will have an opening at guard with Graham Glasgow expected to take over as the starting center next season after starting his career at left guard.
The Lions will thus rely upon a trio of LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick to shoulder the workload out of the backfield. With Brandon Powell also a healthy scratch, look for Jamal Agnew to handle returns on both punts and kickoffs.