Detroit Lions 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

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The Detroit Lions are no stranger to top level fantasy football production. Even before Reggie Bush came over in 2013, the Lions were still big contributors in an insanely pass-happy attack.

Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) yells against the Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

They’ve changed quite a bit since Matthew Stafford heaved well over 700 passes in 2012.  Bush and Joique Bell have helped balanced out a once one-dimensional attack. Insert head coach Jim Caldwell, and the balancing act should only continue.

Free agent wide receiver Golden Tate and rookie tight end Eric Ebron add to the cause as well,  This should cause Stafford’s tunnel vision toward Calvin Johnson to be alleviated a bit. In turn, defenses may not be able to focus on Megatron quite as much as they’d like to.

In other words, there is a lot of optimism in Detroit right now. So there is also optimism for fantasy owners thinking about using Lions players in fantasy football this year.

It’s not just about Calvin Johnson anymore, folks. Let’s break down Detroit’s main offensive pieces as we try take a look at the Lions’ 2014 fantasy outlook as a team:

Matthew Stafford (Quarterback)

Stafford went from amazing to subpar from 2011 to 2012 and back to borderline amazing in 2013. He ranked in as fantasy’s seventh best fantasy passer a year ago and with added weapons and better structure with Caldwell coming in, he should hover right around that ranking again in 2014. Of course, he also has the ability to jump back into the top-five.

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Tags: Brandon Pettigrew Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Eric Ebron Golden Tate Joique Bell Matthew Stafford Mikel Leshoure Reggie Bush Ryan Broyles