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October 12, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Lions' Johnson likely to be a gametime decision again

Many were surprised last week when Calvin Johnson was suddenly ruled out for Detroit’s matchup with the Packers just hours before game time. It became a big story on the morning pregame shows and likely sent many a fantasy owner rushing to adjust their lineup or check the waiver wire.

Unfortunately, it remains murky as to whether Megatron will be a go this week against the Browns.

On the plus side, Johnson did practice — albeit on a limited basis — yesterday and on Thursday. Johnson even went so far as to say his injured right knee felt “good.” According to reports, Johnson participated in position drills and worked on his footwork, but did not practice with the first team offense. He was then officially listed as questionable on the injury report, which was the same designation he received last week.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz expressed little sympathy for fantasy players and said that Johnson’s status would likely be a gametime decision once again. Obviously, it would be incumbent on Megatron owners to pay close attention to the pregame shows ready to either activate or bench Johnson.

If he’s in there he has to be played, even with the injury. If he’s not in there, it affects not only his owners but also those of quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Lions offense is already hurting, thanks to the pizza-related broken arm suffered by Nate Burleson and the absence of tight end Tony Scheffler. If Johnson can’t go, I would then look to bench Stafford if I owned him. Let’s face it, he would be seriously lacking in offensive weapons and fantasy points — along with actual points, for that matter — might be hard to come by.

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With Ryan Mathews likely out this week for the Chargers, look for Danny Woodhead to potentially have a big week.

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