Fantasy football 2013: Who will break out for Lions?

Gregory Shamus

The Detroit Lions have a few players who could put up some big fantasy numbers in 2013.

The Detroit Lions are expected to have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL in 2013. At least on paper, the talent is there at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The Lions' trio of Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson should produce a lot of points both in real life and in fantasy football.

Johnson and Bush are especially attractive options for fantasy football. Johnson nearly had 2,000 yards receiving last year, and the addition of Bush could give Megatron even more room to work with. And speaking of Bush, he should get a lot of opportunities to get the ball in the Lions' offense, as the first few weeks of the preseason have already shown us.

Once you get beyond the Lions' top three fantasy players, who else is worth drafting or at least keeping an eye on? Wide receiver Ryan Broyles and running back Joique Bell both jump out to me. Broyles, once he's fully up to speed, should become Stafford's second favorite target among the wide receivers. He has the ability to rack up a lot of catches on a consistent basis for the Lions, much like Bell should have the chance to rack up yards on the ground and through the air as the No. 2 running back. He has looked excellent in the preseason, and the Lions almost surely are going to have to play him more going forward.

Other notable fantasy players for the Lions include Mikel Leshoure, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew. I'd personally stay away from them just because I don't expect them to consistently put up solid numbers. Leshoure's workload will likely go down this year with the addition of Bush and the emergence of Bell, and Burleson just hasn't looked very impressive in the preseason. As for Pettigrew, he is consistently inconsistent, and I definitely will not be drafting him again this year.

A couple other fantasy notes related to the Lions: David Akers could be a pretty solid option at kicker considering how often they have to settle for field goals on offense. Also, the defense of the Lions might be worth a flier based on how many turnovers they've produced so far in the preseason. They're certainly susceptible to giving up a lot of points, but the defense seems to have a lot more playmakers than last year.

More from Pride Of Detroit:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker