Mikel Leshoure Fantasy Stock Could Jump In Week 3

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)

Mikel Leshoure could play a significant role within the Lions offense beginning with his return from suspension in Week 3 against the Titans. We break down the fantasy implications.

Mikel Leshoure could become a big part of the Detroit Lions' gameplan when he returns from suspension in Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

"We'll see how much he's ready to go in this game but he'll certainly be involved heavily in the game plan and we'll go from there," Linehan said. "We've always felt like he was going to be a big boost for us once he came back in the lineup."

Fantasy Impact: Leshoure is a potential sleeper option in deeper leagues this week, going up against a Titans defense that gave up 162 yards rushing to the New England Patriots and 148 yards rushing to the San Diego Chargers. Kevin Smith has been playing well, however, and it doesn't seem likely that the Lions will suddenly ignore him altogether, especially with Leshoure having sat out practice with the team over the last two weeks.

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