Fantasy Lions: FF Player Preview

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Posted Jul 30, 2004


How will Joey Harrington, Kevin Jones, Charles Rogers and company stack up fantasy-wise? Our fantasy expert Josh Turel breaks down the fantasy Lions.

Joey Harrington

    Generally in fantasy football you want proven players to lead your team at the quarterback and running back positions. It's always nice to store away possible "sleeper" types as backups and trade them if they begin to pan out. That might be the case this year with Joey Harrington. There's no question that Harrington has the supporting cast to work with now but fantasy owners still should be skeptical of a guy who hasn't produced yet. This offense has miles of potential but the question is when will it materialize and at what level of efficiency? It's Harrington's boom or bust year, and that's what you must consider when drafting him. I would totally steer clear of him as a starter, but if you're in a league with more than ten teams, give the Lions slinger a look in the later rounds based on the pure potential of this offense but, don't hold your breath.

Kevin Jones

    WOW fans, finally we can talk Lions running backs and fantasy football at the same time, doesn't it feel great? It's a proven fact that the easiest transition from college to the pros is at the running back position. The Lions made a big improvement by signing Damien Woody to open up running lanes in the middle for their new speedy back. But once again, running back is the most crucial position in fantasy football, and if you miss in your draft, you'll be stuck with slim pickings on the free agent market the entire year. Jones is at least guaranteed a decent season, however Steve Mariucci has shown in the past that he likes to rotate backs and the Lions are still very high on Artose Pinner. Still, Kevin Jones is the truth in my book and he may be too good to keep in a two back rotation. If you have Jones as a target, try picking up a proven tailback (ex. Priest Holmes, Ahman Green, Ladainian Tomlinson) with your first pick to go with Jones potential. There are alot of factors to be weigh as to his production this season, but Jones is a stud in a keeper league.

Charles Rogers

    Charles Rogers showed flashes of his potential last year before getting injured. He's still going to be a little rusty, but with Roy Williams, Stephen Alexander and Tai Streets added to fold, it's safe to say that defenses can't afford to pay the same attention to Rogers as they did last year. Couple that with the leagues new illegal contact rule, and Rogers will certainly have the opportunity to reach 1,000 yards receiving this year. I wouldn't take him as my first receiver, but there's no reason to pass him up in the later rounds as a No. 2 or No. 3.

Roy Williams

    Williams was probably the most NFL ready receiver in this years class but there's reason for concern. The ball will be spread out alot this year, Charles Rogers, Tai Streets, Az Hakim and Stephen Alexander will all contend for receptions but it will also allow him to see more one on one matchups. I don't think 500+ yards is out of the question, but that's not much fantasy wise. You're better off taking him as a backup, but I would consider him heavily in keeper leagues.

Stephen Alexander

    Another boom or bust type guy. Alexander is one of the top receiving tight ends in the league and will likely draw many one on one matchups because of the talent around him, but will it siphon away too many catches? That's the trend with this receiving core, they are a fantasy owners best friend and worst enemy. Rogers, Williams and Alexander will spread out the defensive attention but will also take away from each others production. Alexander also has had durability issues, so there's reason for concern, but he could be a decent option as a starter. I would take him as a backup just to be safe, but he could make nice trade bait if he pans out.

Jason Hanson

    There's no reason Mr. Steady shouldn't be on your fantasy roster. Jason's been like a fine wine and he's still one of best around, have no fear in drafting him.

Lions Defense

    This unit is much improved, but it's still not proven to be anything special. Dre' Bly can really rack up some points for you but in general, this team won't dazzle anyone in the sacks or points allowed category. If you have some faith in them, they are a good option vs. teams like the Bears who will have a struggling offense so you wouldn't be too off base to pick them up as defense in your arsenal.



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