Fantasy Football 2015: Previewing the Detroit Lions

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Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs a route while being defeated by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bear Goggles On, first and foremost, is a one-stop-shop for all things Chicago Bears.  Spending so much time and energy talking about our team inevitably results in tangential conversations about our division rivals, however, and today we’re headed down that dark path.  This is the first in a three-part series where we’re looking at the relevant fantasy contributors playing for our NFC North brethren, and we’ll start with the Motor City Kitties.

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For any of our readers who are Detroit Lions fans, I can appreciate that.  I root harder against the Lions than any other team the Bears play in or out of the division, and that has everything to do with me being born and raised in Michigan.

You can read my back story if you feel the need, but the gist of it is that I began rooting for the Bears at a young age and as I got older it became more challenging and rewarding to be a Chicago fan surrounded by Detroit fans.

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Anyway, the point is that it’s all about picking your side and sticking with it no matter what.  I know a lot of guys that ride or die with the Honolulu blue and as misguided as that may have once seemed to me, it’s true fandom and I can dig it.  Despite how bad it got in the last decade — the low point being an 0-16 season in 2008 that dragged Lions fans to depths that would make Captain Nemo squeamish  — their fans hung with them.

Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) hits Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) and is called for targeting during the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Now here we are on the cusp of the 2015 season and the Lions are 100% not all that bad anymore.  Hey, they were much better than our Bears last year and as much as it pains me to say it, the upcoming season might be another one where we’re looking up at the team from the dirty D.

What makes this tolerable you ask?  Fantasy Football, that’s what.  It means that even if a team whose success I hope against manages to play well and win, at least I can possibly benefit from having a player or two from their roster on my FF team.

I’ll take an actual Bears win over a fantasy win any day of the week, but it sure is a nice consolation prize if Megatron is on my roster when he’s lighting up the Bears secondary.  Last year’s secondary, that is.  This year will be better…. I hope.

Let’s get this party started.

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