With the retirement of Calvin Johnson the Detroit Lions need as many options in the passing game as they can find. One of the best options they have in tight end Eric Ebron, isn’t expected to play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Steelers according to MLive.com. For fantasy football team managers this is something that needs to be watched very closely. He is going to be on the field sooner than later however and it is a very interesting situation in Detroit. Look for Marvin Jones to take the steering wheel, which is something we've already suggested in our draft guide.
Ebron finished last season with 537 receiving yards and five touchdowns. These are numbers that should just go up during the 2016 season. He has the potential to be a top-10 tight end if he can stay on the field and can remain constant in the Detroit offense. The Lions have shown for years that they love to throw the football instead of running it. This means that Ebron is going to have plenty of chances to make a huge impact for the Lions and for fantasy owners all season long. He is a top-15 option to begin the season, but could find himself as the top target in Detroit as Stafford's biggest option in the red zone.