Lions RB Kevin Smith is the starter
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Lions RB Kevin Smith is the starter

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith @kevinsmith34 is currently listed at the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Jahvid Best @J4hvidbest (concussion history) and Mikel Leshoure @MikelLeShoure25 (hamstring) are both injured and for once, Smith is the healthiest of them all. About a week ago, head coach Jim Schwartz went on record stating he didn't know when Best would return and Leshoure has been out nearly two weeks with his injury.

Fantasy Analysis:

Smith is the man for now, but this is a tricky situation for fantasy owners. Smith had his own injury issues in the past, Leshoure can't seem to stay healthy and Best may be one bad hit away from a forced retirement. On the other hand, the Lions had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season so there are plenty of fantasy points to be made by this team's starting running back. Be mindful of the average draft position of Smith, Best and Leshoure and all you can do is hope to find a good value. One funny tidbit from this unofficial depth chart, Jason Hanson is listed as the kicker and holder. Not sure how that's going to work out.


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