Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions
|RB - #21||DET||Active||2 years||23||6'0||233||@MikelLeShoure25|
2012 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Aug-12-2012 by Matt De Lima
Detroit's potent offense is worthy of close examination because the players who earn the most touches inevitably will score a lot of fantasy points. After missing his entire rookie year, Mikel Leshoure has a ton of potential. For those who hadn't heard, Leshoure will face a two-game suspension after pleading guilty to a possession of marijuana charge in early May. Putting that suspension aside, Leshoure is the main backup behind Jahvid Best, a player with a known injury history. If fantasy owners can grab Leshoure as a late-round flier, the upside makes him a worthwhile selection especially since he figures to be Detroit's goal-line back.
Update (8/12): Leshoure anticipates that he'll return to practice sometime in the next week.
Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson wasn't expected to be on a football field until July as he continued his rehab following surgery to fix a broken leg. He admits that he is not at full strength, but he was taking part in organized team activities earlier this week.
"It's as healed up as it's going to get," Burleson said of his repaired right leg, via The Detroit News. "The good thing about being out there is I am playing at a high level and I am not 100 percent. When it gets stronger and I get endurance back in it, I will be back to play with extreme confidence."
One Lion who is being held out of action is running back Mikel Leshoure. Head coach Jim Schwartz didn't specify what Leshoure's injury actually is.
"He's battling some stuff," Schwartz said. "He can do some individual stuff but he's not ready to do any team work."
It's May, and Leshoure is already banged up. Brilliant. He will be a complementary player behind Reggie Bush this year with most of his value coming from potential goal-line touches. I will be staying away from him.
It's impressive that the 31-year-old Burleson is months ahead of schedule in his recovery. He could be very important to a Lions offense that lacks a clear No. 2 WR right now. The team may look to Burleson to fill that role for most of the season, at least until Ryan Broyles returns from his ACL tear. That's a sweet gig for any wide receiver in a pass-happy offense, but Burleson should be drafted as a WR5.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors5/23 - Lions WR Nate Burleson participating in OTAs; RB Mikel Leshoure sitting out
Average Draft PositionMikel Leshoure was drafted in 91% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues with an average drafting position of 108.77
2012 Mock Draft Results
MyFantasyLeague Expert Draft
May 2, 2012
2012 Experts Mock Draft (June)
June 6, 2012 - June 25, 2012
|10.06||FFToolbox.com (Ben) - With my basic roster in place, time for an upside pick.|
2012 Experts Mock Draft (July)
July 16 - 27
|9.10||CBSSports.com - Lots of ways to go with this pick, but I like Leshoure a lot. I think he will easily be Detroit's best RB this season.|
2012 Experts Mock Draft (August)
Aug 14 - 24
|11.03||FootballGuys.com - I expect him to start once he serves a two-game suspension.|
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