Whilst they may try, the Detroit Lions are unfortunately not the New England Patriots. However, you can see that Matt Patricia is trying his hardest, and has made some pretty decent signings, with Trey Flowers and Mike Daniels joining Damon Harrison (if he gets a new contract) in what should be a very dominate defensive line. The offense is still a work in progress, but you can clearly see the Patriots mould coming through, with TJ Hockenson being drafted to fill the Gronk role, CJ Anderson being signed to add more depth in the back-field, and Danny Amendola doing his best Wes Welker impression.
We will quickly bypass Stafford’s value in the anytime touchdown scorer market as he hasn’t rushed for a score in 2 full seasons now.
On to the running-backs, Kerryon Johnson was looking quite impressive until injury ended his season after 10 games, although he only managed 4 touchdowns, which may be the reason why Anderson was signed, to serve as the goal-line back, although he hasn’t exactly been prolific. Unless I see odds hovering over 3/1 I won’t be touching either of these guys.
At receiver, Kenny Golladay had somewhat of a breakout campaign, going over 1,000 yards, but again he didn’t find the end-zone often enough, and with 8 scores in 26 starts he tends to be overvalued most weeks. Marvin Jones offers greater value, and should have a big role opposite Golladay. Whilst Amendola will fill the slot, he’s unlikely to grab many TD’s with a career best of 4 back in 2016 with the Patriots, although he may get pushed out of the offence by Jermaine Kearse, who offers a little more value when the season kicks-off.
I’m very interested to see the opening odds for Hockenson, he scored 9 times in 23 games at Iowa, at that was sharing targets with fellow 1st rounder Noah Fant, so could be a real red-zone threat. Jesse James was signed from the Steelers, and may sneak a score or 2 by the end of the season.
All in all I struggle to see much value in Lions offence, but as the season progresses that could change, as they aren’t short on talent.