Lions Fantasy Picks

In this new feature, looks at the top five questions for all 32 teams that fantasy football participants will have to face in their drafts this summer.

Detroit Lions

1. Is Kevin Jones worth selecting as a No.1 fantasy back? Jones led all rushers in the second half of last season in yards which is quite an accomplishment when you consider he was limited by a sprained ankle for most of the first half.

The team has added pretty good talent around him at receiver and tight end this year so it will be harder for defenses to key on Jones as much as last season. With that being the case, there's no reason to think that Jones can't carry over his success from last year to the start of the 2005 season.

You're probably taking a small leap of faith by selecting him as your first back because he only played one season but he has enough talent and ability to give fantasy owners something to think about this season when considering the use of their first or second round pick.

2. Will rookie WR Mike Williams be worth drafting as a fantasy starter this season? Williams isn't a projected starter for the Lions but that doesn't mean he won't be on the field a lot. The fact that they selected him in the first round probably suggests they want him to be a big part of their offense this season and beyond.

Williams will be a tough matchup against most nickel defensive backs which means the teams will take advantage of that when the situation presents its self.

Because of his large frame, look for him to at least be a big part of their red zone package which means he could score plenty of touchdowns this season.

As for being a fantasy starter, if you start three or more receivers, Williams probably deserves strong consideration to be in your lineup.

3. Will this be the year that QB Joey Harrington puts it all together? Despite a hobbled Roy Williams, no Charles Rogers, and no Marcus Pollard, Harrington still managed to throw for 19 touchdowns last season. Yet, his job could be in jeopardy should he get off to a slow start this season.

That said, Harrington now has a bunch of talent around him at running back, receiver, and tight end and if they all stay healthy, he could put up surprisingly solid fantasy numbers in 2005.

He certainly is worth selecting as your backup quarterback late in your draft.

4. Will Pollard be worth drafting as a fantasy starter with his new team? Pollard, over his 10-year career has been a pretty solid red zone option for Colt quarterbacks. However, all three of their top receivers with the Lions have good size which is quite a change from where Pollard came from where the receivers were much smaller in comparison. This means that Pollard might not be used as a red zone target as much with his new team which makes him more of a fantasy backup than a starter.

5. Is their fantasy defense worth drafting as a starter or backup? There were times last season when their defense was worth starting but there wasn't enough consistency shown on a week to week basis. Getting back third-year LB Boss Bailey back for a full season will help as will the addition of veteran S Kenoy Kennedy. Still, their fantasy defense isn't quite their yet with playmakers so we would suggest selecting them as your backup this season.

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