Detroit Lions Futures (Super Bowl +10000, NFC Champion +5500, Division +850)
2021 Record: 3-13-1
Key Additions / Departures
|Signings / Resignings||Notable Draft Picks||Departures|
|WR||DJ Chark||Edge||Aidan Hutchinson||LB||Jalen Reeves-Maybin|
|S||Tracy Walker||WR||Jameson Williams||WR||KhaDarel Hodge|
|DE||Charles Harris||S||Kerby Joseph||S||Dean Marlow|
|LB||Jarrad Davis||TE||James Mitchell||Edge||Trey Marlow|
Offensive Depth Charts (with Phantasia Sports ADP Rankings – PPR)
|QB||Jared Goff||Jared Goff (169.2)|
|RB||D’Andre Swift / Jamaal Williams||D’Andre Swift (11.6) / Jamaal Williams (134)|
|WR1||Tyrell Williams||Amon-Ra St. Brown (81.5)|
|WR2||Amon-Ra St. Brown||DJ Chark (159.7)|
|WR3||Kalif Raymond||Jameson Williams (165.6)|
|WR4||Quintez Cephus||Josh Reynolds (224)|
|TE||TJ Hockenson||TJ Hockenson (62.5)|
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The second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson is someone I’m keeping my eyes on for the 2022 season. He is going to bring one thing to the Detroit defense that they didn’t have in 2021: talent. This is also the second year of this offense staying basically the same. I’m expecting Jared Goff to continue building chemistry with 2021 standout Amon-Ra St. Brown (Phantasia ADP 81.5). The addition of DJ Chark adds a guy who can stretch the field in an offense that is potentially more competent than his days in Jacksonville. Jameson Williams will only add to the receiver room when he returns from injury around Thanksgiving – although I could see the Lions taking it easy on him if they’re not sitting somewhere competitive. It goes without saying, D’Andre Swift is the most talented player on this roster.
If this team wants to take the next step forward, they need to move on from Jared Goff. I’m not going to sit here and dog him for being the worst quarterback in the league because he isn’t. But throwing for 20 touchdowns in a season isn’t going to cut it in the modern NFL. Decision making is not the strong suit of this coaching staff. I know Dan Campbell is a likable guy but “biting kneecaps off” isn’t going to win you football games. Rex Ryan was a pretty likable guy too and now the only job he could get was on the ESPN broadcast. You can throw your heart out at the podium and cry all you want but this is a very cutthroat business and he’s got about 8 games to figure it out this season before he’s on the hot seat. This team ranked in the bottom 8 in total offense, passing offense, rushing offense, total defense, run defense, tackling, pass rush, and pass coverage in PFF grades for the 2021 season. At the end of the day, not only was it from lack of talent, but also the coaching staff. Lastly, for the love of god, please give the ball to your best player D’Andre Swift more.
This team just straight up can’t stay healthy. Last season they spent a majority of the season working with a skeleton offensive line. Their secondary at the end of the year was essentially a junior varsity high school team because of injury. I know TJ Hockenson has all the upside in the world at tight end, but does a 12-game Hockenson have more upside than a 16-game Dawson Knox or Tyler Higbee? I think that is a question any fantasy football player needs to ask themselves going into the 2022 season. The offensive line will continue to rack up false start and holding penalties and put this already struggling offense down in distance. Penei Sewell has all the talent in the world, but this timing issue and false start penalties will come back to bite this offense in important games down the stretch. This offense lacks discipline and that is yet another issue rooted within coaching. Mental mistakes make great teams good and good teams bad. The Lions are the perfect example of that.
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UNDERDOG FANTASY TOP BEST BALL STACKS
|D’Andre Swift||ADP 16.0 – Round 2|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||ADP 58.8 – Round 4-5|
|DJ Chark||ADP 138.3 – Round 11|
|Jameson Williams||ADP 162.1 – Round 13 (getting creative in late rounds with super high ceiling/upside)|