Lions 2021 fantasy football outlook: Starters, avoids, sleepers

T.J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Amon Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
Amon Ra St. Brown, former USC Trojan and current Detroit Lion Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Sleepers: Amon Ra St. Brown

I just mentioned that the Lions are bound to have at least one breakout receiver. I’d put money on it being slot receiver Amon Ra St.Brown. Going back to Goff’s tendencies, he targets the slot position more than any other. We also have to factor in that Anthony Lynn uses his slot receiver at a high rate.

I’m also expecting the Lions to use the 21 personnel at one of the highest rates next season, so I assume St. Brown will see the field a lot. Lastly, a popular comparison for St. Brown was slot receiver Cooper Kupp, one of Goff’s favorite targets in Los Angeles.

If you are in a dynasty league, grabbing St. Brown would also be a smart move, as I believe he will only get better as his career progresses and he learns to become an inside-outside threat.

Dynasty Rookie Draft: Amon Ra St. Brown, Jemar Jefferson

We’ve talked about St. Brown, so let’s move on to rookie running back Jemar Jefferson. In the last few rounds of your dynasty draft, he could be a good stash. It would definitely be a pick for the future, as it seems he’s being groomed to become the handcuff for Swift once Willimas’ contract runs up. Something to keep in mind.

Avoid: Lions D/ST

This is for my die-hard fans out there. Don’t even think about it. Don’t draft them, keep them on your bench, or even pick them up when they have a good matchup. Instead, wait and see what they are this season before considering playing them.

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I’d recommend drafting only one kicker and defense. So many times, I’ll see a fantasy manager draft a backup kicker and defense. There is no need to. Instead, fill your bench with skill players who you think could breakout or receive extended playing time from an injury.