Detroit Lions: Who to target in your fantasy football leagues

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Detroit Lions, Jamaal Williams
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Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams is worthy of rostering in your fantasy football leagues.

The Detroit Lions decided to move on from Kerryon Johnson, who has scuffled to remain healthy throughout his career dating back to high school.

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Last season I was high on Johnson in what I felt would be a high octane Detroit Lions offense, but it was a unit that regressed under Darrell Bevell until Matt Patirica was relieved of his duties.  Johnson could never get going, and the corpse of Adrian Peterson continued to take touches away from Johnson and Swift.

The Lions recently signed former Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams, who will play a similar role in Detroit sharing time with Swift in the manner he did with Aaron Jones.

Last season Williams ran for 505 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 236 receiving yards on 31 receptions and one score.

Those numbers won’t exactly jump out at you, but I expect Williams to see a larger workload in Anthony Lynn’s offense with the Detroit Lions.  Williams is a three-down caliber running back and a reliable fantasy handcuff that needs to be rostered.

Williams should see plenty of work this season, and depending on who the organization carries as their third running back, Williams could see his fair share of goal-line opportunities.  If Detroit adds a player like Todd Gurley or Jermar Jefferson, it will significantly decrease Williams’ value.

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I’m not big on filling my fantasy football roster with handcuff-type players but if Swift were to be injured, Williams’ value will soar.  Even with a healthy Swift, I am still comfortable rostering Williams until we see exactly how Lynn will use him throughout the season.