The first half of the season has been terrible for the Detroit Lions, with both close losses and embarrassing losses littering September and October. As the team enters the bye week, it provides an opportunity to review how some individual players are doing from a fantasy perspective, which thankfully does offer at least a couple positives.
Life after Los Angeles has been rough for Jared Goff, who sits at QB23 without much room for growth. D’Andre Swift has been excellent in half PPR though, ranking RB8, and Jamaal Williams has been a flex option at RB34. Meanwhile, no wide receiver has done anything, with Kalif Raymond (WR46), Quintez Cephus (WR65), and Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR69) barely playable thus far. T.J. Hockenson has been as good as expected, however, landing at TE3 thus far.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What is your Lions' fantasy hot take for the second half of the season?
My answer: Most of the Lions starters are just about meeting their preseason expectations. While Swift and Hockenson should not be taken for granted, they certainly should be top options at their position. Meanwhile, Goff and the receivers entered the year with a bunch of question marks and basically, their play has reflected that.
My hot take is that Williams will work himself into the RB2 range (while Swift maintains top-10 status). It seems crazy that a team this bad would have two legitimate fantasy running back options, but their skill set and usage are different enough to make it work. Add in the fact that the Lions love to run the ball, and should be even better at it with Taylor Decker back, and suddenly it looks like there is a path for Williams to climb up the ranks.