Three Lions To Roster For Fantasy Football In 2022

August 17, 2022

With fantasy drafts kicking off around the country, which Lions should you look to roster in fantasy this season? Take a look at who you should consider.

Preseason has officially kicked off in the NFL, which means it’s finally fantasy football season. The Lions this season seem like a team primed to have a few breakout players, and some that will continue previous success. So we’re going to break down who will likely be the best overall and some value players in your fantasy draft.

One – Amon-Ra St. Brown, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions

Amon-Ra St. Brown had a stellar rookie season last year for the Lions catching 90 passes for 912 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 61 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He also had the most catches with no drops in the entire NFL. Down the stretch, Jared Goff grew way more comfortable with St. Brown, making him his top target, and that seemed to continue during the Lions’ first preseason game against the Falcons. With Ben Johnson taking over the play-calling duties, St. Brown is in a prime position for a breakout this year.

Amon-Ra St. Brown is currently ranked as WR25 on ESPN’s big board, with an average draft position of 49. St. Brown finished as one of the top receivers in fantasy last year, so if he can avoid the sophomore slump and take the leap that he’s expected to take he could be a high-end WR2 for your fantasy team.

Two – D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Detroit Lions

Swift is rated highly on ESPN’s big board for a reason. He is a game changer. Swift only played 13 games last year but was still a dominant force in both the rushing and passing game last year, rushing for 617 yards and five rushing touchdowns and catching 62 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns. Swift also has one of the best offensive lines in the league to run behind and other offensive weapons to leave him open on routes. His production rapidly shot up last year when Ben Johnson took over play-calling duties so only time will tell for what’s in store for Swift this year.

While Swift would require a high pick, he is worth it. He will without a doubt be the starting back for the Lions with little competition in the receiving game. Swift’s upside in the receiving game is really what puts him above the rest in terms of running backs. He is capable of putting up 100 yards rushing on top of 50 yards receiving consistently. The only downside to Swift, similar to Christian McCaffrey, is he struggles to stay on the field for the full 17 games. If Swift can stay healthy and keep up what he’s been doing the past couple of years, he can be a top-five fantasy running back.

Three – DJ Chark, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions

Chark may not seem like a game-changing player based on his draft position but you’d be surprised at his deep threat ability. While he’s never played a full season, Chark has shown flashes when he’s been on the field, including surpassing 1,000 yards in 2019. Along with that, the Lions’ run game is so good they will likely be running a lot of play-action, which is where Chark thrives. Goff loves throwing the deep ball, and with first-round pick Jameson Williams being out for a while, Chark is by far the best deep threat option for Detroit.

The best part about Chark is you don’t have to spend a valuable pick on him. In fact, he’s going undrafted in many leagues as of now. Only two seasons ago he was putting up starting receiver points in fantasy leagues, now after one injured season he is going undrafted and could be one of the biggest steals of the year. He and Goff have really connected throughout training camp and preseason, proving to be a very viable option to be the Lions’ number one deep threat. If he stays healthy he could be a league-winning late-round pick or waiver wire pick-up.