Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught five of eight targets for 47 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. The rookie's fantastic season continued as he eclipsed double-digit fantasy points (PPR) for the sixth time in 2023. It's impressive how quickly the 23-year-old has formed a rapport with Jared Goff and carved out a prominent role on offense. He remains a mid-range TE1 in fantasy football going forward.
Nov 23, 2023 8:50 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught just seven passes on ten targets for 58 yards over the last two games. He started off the season looking like he'd contend for the TE1 overall in fantasy football, but he has cooled off in recent weeks. Still, the rookie has yet to earn fewer than five targets in any game of his career, and he has three games of at least ten targets. That said, he remains a high-end TE1 candidate and should continue to be started in all formats. Although the Packers have surrendered the 13th-fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends, LaPorta has upside on Thanksgiving.
Nov 22, 2023 4:02 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught just three of his five targets for 18 yards in the Week 11 win over the Chicago Bears. He also scored on a two-point conversion reception. This marks the second straight week that LaPorta has caught fewer than five passes, but he remains a must-start option at the scarce tight end position. The rookie will be back in action against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. Detroit has one of the best offenses in the NFL, so LaPorta should be able to bounce back in the coming weeks.
Nov 19, 2023 4:50 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught just four passes for 40 yards last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. However, he is still fifth among tight ends in receiving yards (474). In Week 11, he could post a boom week in a matchup with the Chicago Bears, who have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points per game to tight end this season. Detroit should have their way with their NFC North rival in this contest, so expect LaPorta to have plenty of touchdown opportunities on Sunday. He remains a must-start in all matchups.
Nov 16, 2023 3:47 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta came into Week 10 with a favorable outlook against the Los Angeles Chargers, who have surrendered big games to the position this season. However, the rookie caught just four passes for 40 yards and failed to reach the end zone in the shootout victory. Although it was still a decent showing at the scarce tight end position, it was somewhat of a letdown considering Jared Goff threw for 333 yards and the Lions scored 41 points. Still, the Iowa product remains a must-start heading into a matchup with the Chicago Bears in Week 11. He has a top-five tight end outlook for the rest of the season.
Nov 13, 2023 12:11 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta has a real shot at being the overall TE1 in fantasy football this week. Travis Kelce and Dallas Goedert are not in action in Week 10, so the number of must-start fantasy tight ends is reduced for this slate. In Week 10, LaPorta matches up with the Los Angeles Chargers, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. L.A. has surrendered 286.0 passing yards per game this season, which ranks dead last in the NFL. Start LaPorta with confidence in this spot.
Nov 10, 2023 2:39 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught eight of his ten targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Week 8 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The rookie flashed once again on Monday Night Football, further cementing himself as a top-five fantasy tight end. The Iowa product is one of the biggest surprise breakouts of the 2023 season and should continue to be in starting lineups in all matchups. However, the Lions head to a bye next week, so fantasy managers will have to find a one-week streamer to take his place in Week 9.
Oct 31, 2023 9:07 AM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta has hauled in 35 of his 49 targets for 377 yards and three touchdowns so far in his rookie campaign. The first-year pro has exceeded expectations and is playing in one of the best offenses in the NFL. That said, he remains a must-start against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. The Raiders have been a mid-level defense against tight ends this year, so there are no matchup concerns in this spot. LaPorta has top-five upside at the fantasy tight end spot in Week 8.
Oct 28, 2023 12:24 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught six of his seven targets for 52 yards in the Week 7 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Detroit offense was completely shut down by the Ravens, but LaPorta still posted a decent showing given the scarce production at the tight end position. Detroit will look to bounce back from its 38-6 loss next week against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football in Week 8. LaPorta has been a top-five fantasy tight end up to this point and will continue to carry that outlook moving forward. He's a must-start fantasy option in his rookie campaign.
Oct 22, 2023 4:48 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta has dodged the injury report this week as the team has removed him ahead of their Week 7 contest against the Baltimore Ravens. The rookie tight end has been a big part of this offense as he's seen five or more targets in five of his first six games. He hurt his calf in their latest game which originally put him in doubt for Week 7, but that seems to not be a big enough issue. The Lions offense draws a tough matchup against a solid Ravens defensive unit, but if LaPorta is healthy then he should be in all fantasy lineup as the comes in at the TE2 in half-PPR leagues.
Oct 20, 2023 4:04 PM EST
Detroit Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) was limited in practice for the second day this week on Thursday. LaPorta injured his calf late last week in practice and was questionable to play in the Week 6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 22-year-old ended up suiting up on Sunday and had just four receptions on his 11 targets for 36 yards after scoring two touchdowns the week prior. Barring a setback with his calf in practice on Friday, we'd be surprised if LaPorta wasn't active for a Week 7 contest on the road in Baltimore against the Ravens. It's a tough matchup for Detroit's offense, but LaPorta has been a must-start in his first NFL season as the TE2 in overall half-PPR points through six weeks.
Oct 19, 2023 8:08 PM EST
Detroit Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) was listed as limited in the team's walkthrough practice on Wednesday. LaPorta was a late-week addition to the injury report in Week 6 and was listed as questionable against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with his calf injury. He eventually played and caught just four of a season-high-tying 11 targets for 36 yards a week after scoring two touchdowns. As long as LaPorta doesn't suffer a setback in practice this week, fantasy managers should have him locked into their starting lineups for a Week 7 tilt against the Ravens in Baltimore this Sunday. The 22-year-old has been very impressive in his first NFL campaign and is the TE2 in overall fantasy points in half-PPR scoring through six weeks, behind only Travis Kelce.
Oct 18, 2023 4:36 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta saw a whopping 11 targets in Week 6, but he caught just four of them for 36 yards. That said, the rookie could have had a huge fantasy day, but it's still a good sign that he saw double-digit targets in just his sixth NFL game. Jameson Williams, Josh Reynolds, and Kalif Raymond all saw three targets a piece, so LaPorta still seems to have a clear edge over those wideouts in Jared Goff's target pecking order. Even though the Baltimore Ravens have allowed the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season, LaPorta remains a must-start in the Week 7 cross-conference matchup.
Oct 15, 2023 8:23 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) is officially active for Week 6 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The breakout rookie will suit up despite being listed as questionable. He ranks as the overall TE2 in fantasy football this season, catching 25 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. He should be started in all leagues once again this week, especially with fellow playmaking rookie Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) inactive.
Oct 15, 2023 3:00 PM EST
The Detroit Lions are "planning for" tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) to be active on Sunday afternoon versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per ESPN's Jeff Darlington. Barring an unforeseen setback, the breakout rookie will suit up. He ranks as the overall TE2 in fantasy football this season, catching 25 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. He should be started in all leagues once again this week.
Oct 15, 2023 10:42 AM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) is trending in the right direction ahead of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. He notes that LaPorta "is expected to work out pre-game to finalize whether he can play," but it looks promising that he will suit up. The breakout rookie is listed as questionable after a calf injury held him out of practice on Thursday. If active, he should be started in all fantasy leagues.
Oct 15, 2023 8:35 AM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) is currently listed as questionable for the Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was able to participate during Friday's walkthrough and told reporters he expects to play this week. It's possible that he suffers a setback, but it sounds like LaPorta is likely to suit up for this contest. The 22-year-old should be considered a TE1, assuming he's healthy enough to play this week. Otherwise, Brock Wright could have some streaming appeal if LaPorta is unable to play.
Oct 13, 2023 4:46 PM EST
Detroit Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta (calf) was added to the Week 6 injury report after missing Thursday's practice with a calf injury. Mid-week injuries are usually never a good thing. If LaPorta is unable to return to practice in some fashion on Friday, there's a very real chance he won't be able to play in Week 6 this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That would be a big blow for fantasy managers, as the 22-year-old rookie is the overall TE1 in half-PPR scoring through the first five weeks of the season. If LaPorta is unable to play this weekend, Brock Wright would step into a bigger role and could be worth a look as a TE2 streamer. The good news for Detroit is it looks like they'll get top wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) back in Week 6 after he was inactive in the Week 5 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Oct 12, 2023 6:15 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta caught three of his four targets for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the 42-24 win over the Carolina Panthers. He had a bright outlook in the absence of Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) and ultimately delivered once again for fantasy managers. The rookie from Iowa has 25 receptions for 289 yards and three touchdowns through his first five career games and is already a must-start fantasy option. Despite a tough matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week, his upside at the scarce position makes him worth starting. He is well on his way to a high-end TE1 fantasy season.
Oct 8, 2023 4:34 PM EST
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta leads all tight ends in receiving yards (242) this season, so he's a must-start fantasy option against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. Although Carolina has surrendered the eighth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends through four weeks, the rookie from Iowa has proven he has upside in all matchups. Given the scarcity of fantasy production from tight ends. LaPorta has already done enough to qualify as a must-start player at the position. Jameson Williams' return from suspension could cause him to see fewer targets, but the two pass-catchers are likely to operate in different areas of the field, so that's not much of a concern. If Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) misses Sunday's game, LaPorta could see double-digit targets.
Oct 5, 2023 1:31 PM EST