Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Second-year back Theo Riddick had a great spring and most likely won the number three spot in Detroit. He and wide receiver Jeremy Ross were the young stars of minicamp. It is yet to be seen what Riddick's role will be, yet it is a safe assumption that if Bush or Bell are injured, Riddick will be a must-add in all league. With that opportunity (much like Joique Bell last season), Riddick would earn more playing time and possibly enough touches to merit the occasional start. Riddick is a sleeper in dynasty leagues as well. Although you're better off holding onto him for the time being as he'll have to wait his turn.
Calvin Johnson has turned in miraculous plays with regularity during his career. Now it will take a miracle for him just to play Sunday. That's exactly what Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Friday -- it would take a 'miracle' for the dominant wide receiver to be active against New Orleans. Johnson is listed as questionable, but he didn't practice for the second week in a row because of a high ankle sprain.
It's also highly likely that the Lions will be without rookies Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick. Ebron suffered a hamstring injury during the week while Riddick aggravated an existing hamstring injury in Detroit's Week 6 win over the Vikings. Both are officially listed as doubtful.
The good news is that running back Reggie Bush, as he guaranteed, is slated to return this weekend from a sprained ankle. He is listed as probable.
The Lions have a bye in Week 9, and it's looking more realistic by the day like they will hold Megatron out until after that designated period of time off. As such, the Lions will roll with Bush, Joique Bell and Golden Tate as their top three receiving options in this game. All three are definitely starter-worthy against a very leaky Saints defense, but Stafford's lack of success with Johnson not on the field is concerning. In the Detroit's last three games with Johnson inactive, Stafford averaged just 221 yards per and didn't throw more than a single score in any of those games. Are you still starting him? Sure. But expectations should be held in check once again.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/17 - Lions news: WR Calvin Johnson needs a 'miracle'; TE Eric Ebron doubtful; RB Reggie Bush probable
10/11 - Lions RB Reggie Bush unlikely to play Sunday; RB Joique Bell fully cleared
10/7 - Lions RB Joique Bell unsure if he'll be cleared for contact this week
10/6 - Lions RB Reggie Bush says he's day-to-day with sprained ankle
10/4 - Lions RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick OUT for Week 5; Reggie Bush to shoulder load
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- 2014 Team Outlook: Detroit Lions
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|15.01||Gridiron Irishmen - Last rb taken, pass catcher that could explode if injury occurs to Bush or Bell|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.02||DLF - Riddick looks poised to fill the Sproles role in Lombardi's offense, a role that has always been a fantasy goldmine.|
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