Rookies Abdullah, Zenner filling in nicely for Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit Lions rookie running backs Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner have made good impressions so far in training camp in the absence of last year's starter Joique Bell. Bell has been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of camp after undergoing procedures on his knee and Achilles in January. "It was just a nagging injury that had to...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
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Rookies Abdullah, Zenner filling in nicely for Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions rookie running backs Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner have made good impressions so far in training camp in the absence of last year's starter Joique Bell. Bell has been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of camp after undergoing procedures on his knee and Achilles in January. ''It was just a nagging injury that had to...
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Why Willie Snead WILL be a Saint this year.

It seems that every year there is some young talented UDFA brought in by the Saints during training camp that fans fall in love with. Most of them either fizzle out or never even make the team in the first place, but New Orleans might have the best track record in the league for finding quality offensive talent among the ranks of the undrafted. At this point there is little novelty...
Via The Saints Nation
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Fantasy Football: running back tiers

I’m all about simple. Fantasy football is the opposite. We analyze, research, and analyze some more. We think we know who we’re picking when we’re on the clock, and then we have a slight aneurysm as we see our :90 seconds slowly start to dwindle away, second, triple, and even quadruple-guessing ourselves before we finally take the plunge. It can be–for lack of a better word–stressful...
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Fantasy Football Draft Recap

Fantasy football players everywhere are likely advocating for later draft dates this past weekend, with the news of season-ending injuries to a couple major players. Of course, not all drafts will be delayed until September 9th, and regardless of how late your draft is, it makes sense to plan ahead. In this article, I'll provide remarks on the first eight rounds of my league...
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Ameer Abdullah has team-first mentality, won't reject RB committee

Most NFL running backs just want their touches -- as many as they can get, however they can get them. There's a natural aversion to a running-back-by-committee approach, as there's limited space for one player to take over as the team's featured back.Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah is open to the idea of a committee, though. His unselfish attitude should blend in well with...
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2015 Running Back Tiers and Position Preview

Slated for lots of work for a strong offense, Eddie Lacy is a top-tier back (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images North America). Long thought of as the staple of a solid roster, running backs are falling out of favor in fantasy circles as the leagues shifts more heavily toward the pass and favors two back sets, stud backs are harder to find. In many respects, that makes the top-tier, high...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Football: Rookie Running Backs to Know

2014 was a year in which there was plenty of sizzle but hardly any steak when it came to rookie running backs. Names like Bishop Sankey and Terrance West were must have’s going into the draft. Then as the season wore on those high picks you invested in guys turned out to be busts. Others like Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason ended up being steals. To top it off, there were some useful...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Draft Preview – Running Back Tier Rankings

Welcome to part two of our fantasy football preview series! If you missed part one, which outlined my methodology and ranked the quarterbacks, you can find that article here. Running backs have been going through a bit of a revolution in fantasy football over the past few seasons. Ten years ago it was standard practice to take two with the first two picks, regardless of what else...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions' Jim Caldwell: We expect Joique Bell to be 'bell cow' at RB

Detroit Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah has been sensational this summer, but it doesn't sound like he has gained enough ground on Joique Bell to overtake him for the starting job. On Monday, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell provided an update and laid out expectations for Bell, who's still recovering from offseason Achilles and knee surgeries on the physically unable to perform...
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2015 Fantasy Football: Running Back Sleepers

There are always a handful of players that are overlooked each season for whatever reason. Whether it be age, situation, injury or anything else, guys get slept on. In this article we will reveal four guys that you can steal much later than they should be falling. These guys will far outplay their current ADP. Joique Bell, DET (89.72) Bell completed 2014 as the fantasy RB14. This...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Detroit Lions players who will be coming back soon and should help a ton

The Detroit Lions are like every other team in the NFL during preseason. They have had their share of injuries, but one good thing that has come out of the preseason so far for the Lions is that the majority of the guys who will be making the 53 man roster have remained relatively unscathed. Below are three crucial players that the Lions are excited to have back on the squad sooner...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bold Fantasy Predictions for 2015: The Running Backs

-A healthy Joseph Randle should emerge from the pack in Dallas to be the bell-cow back behind the best run blocking offensive line in football and could place him within the top ten or higher at the running back position.  - Rookie Matt Jones has the size and explosiveness to take his share of snaps away from Alfred Morris in Washington, and after nearly 900 carries in the past...
Via Football Nation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie RB Zenner takes over spotlight in Lions backfield

Last week, Lions running back Zach Zenner rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries. His average of 4.2 yards per carry would have been more impressive had fellow rookie Ameer Abdullah not doubled it (9.6), thanks to a long carry of 45 yards.However, on Thursday night -- with veteran Joique Bell still on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list -- Zenner took center stage in the Lions...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Detroit Lions Rb Zach Zenner Taking Advantage Of His Opportunity To Shine

The main running back rotation is pretty much set for the Detroit Lions. Officially, Joique Bell is the main man, but you know Ameer Abdullah is going to become the man by season's end. Backing those guys up and playing in certain situations will be Theo Reddick and George Winn.So for former South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner he better make the most of his preseason action...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Joique Bell is still the Lions' starting running back, says rookie

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has spent all summer on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, as he recovers from offseason knee and Achilles surgeries. Although Ameer Abdullah's hype has exploded in his absence, fellow rookie running back Zach Zenner says the job is still Bell's to lose. "I think it plays a big role, yeah," Zenner said, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Lions Have A Top 10 Offense?

View image | Click to See Full Power Rankings Article The passing game will be the calling card for the Lions this season, as is the case when you have a wide receiver nicknamed after a Transformer and a quarterback with a cannon attached to his right shoulder. Calvin Johnson isn’t the only option Matthew Stafford has though, as Golden Tate returns and Eric...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach Zenner making strong impression with Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions likely will give their starters only a few snaps when they travel to Washington on Thursday for their second exhibition game. It's bad news for fans hoping to catch a long look at the likes of quarterback Matthew Stafford or star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but it could be just what rookie running back Zach Zenner needs. Zenner, signed...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Questions: Expectations for the Lions in 2015

After an impressive preseason opener against the Jets, what are the realistic expectations for the Lions heading into the 2015 regular season? Who’s the most important player coming out of camp and can the defense offset the loss of Ndamukong Suh? Or what about Ameer Abdullah? After an outstanding debut last Thursday, the rookie back out of Nebraska has the rest of the NFL buzzing...
Via The Majors Detroit
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Football: 12-Team PPR Flow Chart

Last week I published my flow chart for you to use in 12-team standard leagues, and I’ve had a request or two for a chart to use in PPR leagues, which is what you see above. The idea is that you can take the chart above with you to your draft and follow a track all the way through the draft depending on who you select in the first couple of rounds. What I’ve done is taken my...
Via The Fantasy Fix
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah making strong impression

The Detroit Lions are without question one of the more intriguing teams in the NFC, and there is no telling what should be expected from them at this point in time. One of the biggest question marks on their roster right now is at the running back position, as they don’t have anyone who is head and shoulders above the rest. Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah has been making a...
Via This Given Sunday
16 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Football: 12-Team Standard League Flow Chart

There it is. That is my favorite piece of content to produce all year and also my most popular piece of content every year. Then again, there’s not a lot of clamoring for my content, so the competition is low. But yes, the 2015 Flow Chart is here. The idea here is that you can take the chart above into your draft and just follow a track all the way down the chart throughout your...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions season preview: Running Backs

This is part two of the Detroit Lions season preview. In this article the focus will be on the running back position where there are a number of skilled players jockeying for playing time. What we know Joique Bell Detroit returns Joique Bell, a player that has shown he can carry the rock. The Lions know that Bell is a capable back, but it’s the era of the runningback-by-committee...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions release first unofficial depth chart

The Detroit Lions released their first unofficial depth chart on Monday, leading up to the team's preseason opener versus the New York Jets on Thursday. View it in full below, courtesy of Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. With Joique Bell still on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, third-year pro Theo Riddick is listed as the starting running back over second-round...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Running Back Sleepers for 2015

Remember the age-old adage, defense wins championships? Not in fantasy football. Running backs win championships. Just ask those who drafted Le’Veon Bell in the 2nd round and picked up Justin Forsett and C.J. Anderson off waivers last season. Those players turned in elite production for much less than elite investments, and it’s those moves that made the difference. Remember...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss
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