Detroit Lions fan’s 2020 fantasy football success guide

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You root for the Detroit Lions and want your favorite Lions on your fantasy football team. Here’s what to watch for and when to target them in your draft!

You’re probably here reading this article because you’re a fan of the Detroit Lions and you want to read some information that may help you to obtain your favorite Lion’s player or two in your fantasy draft. Perhaps you may just be looking to evaluate IF any Lions players are worth drafting. Stay tuned and all of your Detroit Lions fantasy football questions will be answered, my friend.

This should be a good year to use quite a few Lions in your fantasy lineups. The offense looks capable of being close to a Top-5 unit in production and has players worth consideration at every position. We have 22 years of fantasy experience speaking here, Lions fans!

We’ll break down each position, what you might expect from them, and when is a good time to target them in your fantasy drafts. We’ll start with the most obvious place, the quarterbacks.

Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford, was lighting the fantasy world on fire early last year, he got hurt, and missed the second half of the season. If you got burned by the Stafford train last year, you shouldn’t hesitate to at least consider him as a backup for this year.

The offensive line is in flux a bit but looks to be at least as good as 2019, adding Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a very good run blocker at right tackle, and rookie Jonah Jackson at right guard to replace Graham Glasgow who departed in free agency. Frank Ragnow is the emerging star in the trenches for the offense and the center in his third year could garner All-Pro consideration in the near future if he continues to develop.

Left tackle, Taylor Decker, is back on the fifth-year of his rookie deal but is likely to be extended by general manager Bob Quinn this year; Joe Dahl and Kenny Wiggins should cycle in as depth at guard to round off the blocking.

Stafford’s cast of receivers is better in 2020; Kenny Golladay is in his prime outside, Marvin Jones is still a very capable second, but it’s the Danny Amendola in the slot, second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson, and rookie runner D’Andre Swift that really round out the receiving options nicely.

Beyond those players, rookie Quintez Cephus has been making a lot of noise as a backup behind the other wide receivers and could offer better depth than the Detroit Lions have possessed in a long time. Starting running back Kerryon Johnson can catch, too, and with Swift and he coming out of the backfield, the Lions could also have their best running back stable since Barry retired.