Not many teams added as many offensive playmakers as the Detroit Lions in the 2011 draft. They bolstered their backfield with the selection of Mikel Leshoure in round 2 and paired with Javhid Best will give the Lions one of the league more explosive committees.
Finding an upgrade at WR2 was a high priority to lessen the number of double teams faced by Megatron. Third round pick Titus Young has been compared to Desean Jackson (a tad lofty for us) but regardless he will stretch defenses giving Calvin Johnson a chance to finish as for the #1 fantasy WR in 2011.
Matthew Stafford reports that he’s 100% recovered from shoulder surgery. He’s the ultimate high risk high reward QB entering the 2011 fantasy draft.
Nate Burleson expects defenses will continue to double team Megatron despite the addition of Titus Young – we tend to agree.
FantasyFootballExtreme ranks Javhid Best at #15 and Mikel Leshoure at #28 in the Dynasty Rankings.
Brandon Pettigrew is a borderline TE1 as evidenced by the fact that FantasySportsPrime ranks the Oklahoma State alum at #13.
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Despite losing Matthew Stafford in week 3, Shaun Hill filled in admirable and led the Lions to the 12th ranked passing attack in 2010. Detroit averaged 23 PPG last season - quite an improvement from 2009 when they ranked in the bottom of the league (16 PPG).
Provided he can remain healthy, Matthew Stafford is in the discussion as a lower end QB1. However, as he enters his 3rd season the injury bug is a major concern (only played 13 games in first 2 seasons. If you wait on the QB position you could do worse than Stafford as he is surrounded by a talented supporting cast which could give him a chance at a 30 TD season provided he stays on the field.
Detroit’s run game floundered again in 2010 despite a hot start from rookei Javhid Best. The Goergia Tech alum burst onto the scene scoring 5 TDs in his first two games but just one in the final 14 weeks of the season. Turf toe injuries derailed his season and the addition of the much bigger Mikel Leshoure could limit Best’s snaps in the red zone. We forsee a committee approach in Detroit likely keeping both RBs from being top 20 worthy.