Eric Heidelmark

Fantasy Impact Of The New Offensive Coordinators For 2014

Created on Jun. 17, 2014 10:22 AM EST

Joe Lombardi - Detroit Lions

Joe Lombardi replaces Scott Linehan in Detroit, where many think the Lions offense has been underachieving. Linehan was the quarterbacks coach in New Orleans in 2013, where "underachieving" cannot be said about the offense. The pass-heavy attack with an elite-level athlete at tight end was what Lombardi had in New Orleans and is exactly what you can expect him to bring to Detroit. The Lions are loaded at tight end with Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria and rookie Eric Ebron. It remains to be seen which player will be the bona fide starter consistently in 2014, but I don't think it matters since all will be seeing important snaps this year. Keeper and dynasty league players are already aware of Ebron, and I think redraft players should have an eye on him in case there is an injury ahead of him. Golden Tate is also going to play almost exclusively in single coverage with Calvin Johnson on the other side of the field. Lombardi has said that he sees Tate as a faster, stronger Lance Moore. The screen game will be an integral part of the Lions offense and will benefit owners of Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Riddick is a player that should not be forgotten about, especially in light of Bell revealing - on Instagram of all places - that he had some type of surgery on his knee during the offseason.