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Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | RB

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Fantasy Football Outlook: With Jahvid Best failing to return from his history of concussions, the road was paved for Leshoure to be the go to option in the running game. Because of an Achilles injury that cost Leshoure his rookie season, it wasn’t clear if he would be able to go early on and overall he struggled at times last season.

Late in the year we saw Joique Bell earn a larger role in the offense, as Leshoure’s production was good enough to be the early down back but his lack of explosion held him back.

With Reggie Bush signing in free agency, we should expect Leshoure’s upside to be limited. Because the Lions throw the football more than any other team in the league, we should still see Leshoure pickup 30 receptions, so that’s respectable for PPR leagues.

In the end, Leshoure is nothing more than an RB3 option that should lead the team in carries and receive most of the opportunities at the goal line.

 

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 202 777 7 28 153 0
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Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Att Yds TD Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds TD Fmb
2011 21 DET 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 22 DET 14 13 215 798 9 3.7 57.0 15.4 34 214 0 3
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/9/2013.
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To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Mikel Leshoure here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.

Welcome to Mikel Leshoure fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Leshoure player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

After multiple drug violations this offseason, it appears likely that Mikel Leshoure will face a suspension. This is disappointing news for sure, especially when you factor in the Lions added no one via the draft and Jahvid Best will likely have concussion limitations.

Leshoure also needs to show what he has left in the tank physically after tearing his Achilles last preseason, which is an injury which will likely hurt his overall abilities.

Still when he’s on the field, this guy is going to be a factor for a Lions offense that needs a physical runner badly. He should instantly play a role around the goaline, and has fantasy value. However, let’s keep an eye on his possible suspension before knowing if Leshoure is worthy of a draft selection.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 166 601 5 14 83 0

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

The poor Lions can’t seem to land some good fortune when it comes to the health of their young talented players. Second round pick Mikel Leshoure was going to be the teams goal line back and tough inside running compliment to Jahvid Best, but it will have to wait until next year, as Leshoure tore his Achillies tendon and is gone for the year.

Not that the lockout is done, Leshoure won’t have to worry about lost treatment time with this team trainers like LaRon Landry had to do in Washington, as he’s recovered slow from his Achilles injury. Look for Leshoure to be fine by OTA’s as he should help the Lions next year.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats NA NA NA NA NA NA

June 2011 – Fantasy Outlook

While I was disappointed that the Lions failed to draft someone in the early rounds to help the secondary, it’s hard to argue with the players they choose. Grabbing Mikel Leshoure in the second round was a wise move as Kevin Smith failed to return strong from a late season knee injury in 2009.

Now, Smith is gone, and the Lions are left with ultra talented Jahvid Best as their main running back. Best will still be the top back in Detroit, but he will lose out in goal line touches to Leshoure, who is a strong, physical runner in between the tackles. In Leshoure the Lions also have a running back that can take a feature role in the offense, if and when Best (injury prone) should go down with an ailment.

The Lions are still learning how to be a winning organization, but they are one their way, and the offense should continue to be one of the best in football. Even when Matthew Stafford was out last season, Shaun Hill continued to help this offense thrive and defenses will be forced to respect the passing game.

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