Detroit Lions Stats You Need to Know & Best Takeaways (Fantasy Football 2022)
The landscape of the NFL changes every year. The gap spans free agent signings, NFL draft picks, coaching hires and more. Understanding what a team’s attacking pattern might look like and matching it to relevant nuggets from the previous year helps shape our view of teams and players for the coming season.
This is where this series will come in handy. Discussing pace, use of the red zone, deep passing, and everything in between, I venture down the rabbit hole to provide context for the NFL’s 32 teams and players. fantasy football that you will select this year.
*All data used in this article courtesy of FantasyPros, PFF, Football Outsiders, Rotoviz and Playerprofiler.com, unless otherwise stated.*
Detroit Lions Fantasy Football Stats You Should Know:
- The Lions play seven games this season (PHI, WAS, MIN x 2, CHI x 2, NYJ) against teams that have finished 24th or worse in DVOA against deep passes.
- In his senior college season, Jameson Williams ranked fifth in receiving yards deep and 14th in yards per pass on deep targets.
- In weeks 12-18 last season, Detroit was 13th in EPA per play and seventh in EPA and completion rate per forfeit. In that streak, Jared Goff finished 13th in EPA per game and 9th in CPOE.
- In weeks 1-11, before D’Andre Swift was sidelined through injury, he was the RB7 in fantasy points per game, ranking second in routes, first in targets and 16th in yards. per course (among the RBs, minimum 20 targets).
- Last season, the Lions ran the fourth-fewest games ahead by seven or more points. They had the eighth highest rushing rate in positive play scripts (ahead of seven or more points).
- After Dan Campbell took over calling duties, the Lions went from 70% (seventh) to 58% (24th) utilization of 11 (3 WRs).
- Amon-Ra St. Brown was 20th in win rate on the road and 25th in win rate over man coverage. After Campbell started leading the offense, St. Brown was 16th in yards per pass against one-man coverage and ninth against the zone (minimum 10 targets).
- TJ Hockenson ranked ninth and tenth in target rate per snap over the past two seasons.
The Best Detroit Lions Fantasy Football Takeaways
The Lions offense rocketed into the stretch as Jared Goff began to show above-average glimpses of play and reminisce about the Rams. The 2022 team is full of talent. Hockenson has been a high-end target winner the past two seasons. Swift was on her way to a fantastic top-10 season among running backs before injury crushed her end of the season. Adding Williams to this talented group could be the catalyst for a higher cap for this offense. With a schedule that lends itself to down throws for Williams, all we need is good health to see him flourish in his rookie season.
The volume could change if this team steps forward for 17 full games. While the Lions have been consistently playing catch-up last year (third most behind game), Swift saw most of her volume in the air. While his goal-sharing and passing-game role is still present in 2022, he could get more rushing attempts if Detroit can muster more positive game scripts. Adding volume to the field could help alleviate concerns about his potential target share.
Another wrinkle worth watching is Campbell’s preference for heavy sets once he takes over as offensive coordinator. With Ben Johnson now holding the title, it’s up in the air whether we see their three-tier usage go up. Williams’ health and availability could also be considered here. He could boost the 11-staff rate with a formidable trio of him, DJ Chark and St. Brown. St. Brown has shown the ability to win against a men’s cover, so if he’s asked to play more on the outside, he should be up to the challenge.
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