ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Mikel Leshoure #25 of the Detroit Lions go through the daily practice session at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is expected to play Saturday against the Oakland Raiders. We break down the fantasy implications.
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is on pace to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. Leshoure missed last season because of a torn Achilles' tendon and has missed most of training camp because of a hamstring injury. He will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season because of a pair of offseason drug arrests.
Analysis: The Lions are looking for production at the running back spot and Leshoure could be someone to give it to them once he returns from suspension. Detroit, for now, is counting on veteran Kevin Smith to carry the load as the Lions are expected to start the season with Jahvid Best on the PUP list. Fantasy owners may not want to wait on an unknown commodity like Leshoure, but he could be a late, high-reward pick in a keeper league or a waiver wire pickup during the season.