Team Preview: Detroit Lions
Jamming along on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we wrap up the NFC North with a trip to Motown and 2020's last-place team from the division, the Detroit Lions.
The Lions scored the 20th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 10th most passing yards. They were 30th in rushing yards on their way to a 5-11 record. Vegas had their Win Total at just 5 games.
Jared Goff: From 2017-2019, Goff was one of the better fantasy QBs, finishing no worse than 13th. Last season he dropped to 19th, and this season I expect that slide to extend further. He no longer has his creative play-caller in Sean McVay nor the weapons he had in LA. He also has a new Lions' coaching staff that wants to focus on a blue-collar run-first approach. Add that Vegas has the Lions as one of the worst teams in the league, and it screams QB25-30 range finish.
D'Andre Swift: The one bright spot I see in Detroit is Swift. With the addition of Penei Sewell to the offensive line, this should be considered a Top-10 unit, which bodes well for Swift. He should also get the volume needed to approach a back-end RB1 finish. The only thing that will likely hold him back is the number of touchdowns he scores considering the offense as a whole isn't expected to be very good.
Detroit WRs: This might be the weakest WR core we have seen in quite some time. Perriman is likely their best option and I don't even expect him to finish as a WR4. Williams is similar to Perriman though not as explosive and rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown is a 4th round pick. The corp is a complete avoid.
T.J. Hockenson: Ok, I lied...there are two bright spots. I really like Hockenson in 2021. The former Top-10 draft pick will be Goff's best receiving option and he should be one of the league's most targeted tight ends. He was top 10 in point and targets per game in 2020 and while I don't expect anyone on this team to score many TDs, Hockenson could improve in that area based on his 25th ranked TD Dependency. I think he finishes Top 5 in 2021.