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18 Kris Durham WR
Height/Weight: 6-6/216 | Birthdate: 3/17/1988 | Birthplace: Rome, GA, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Georgia | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 8/1
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Lions looking for No. 3 receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) The Lions have Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross and Kris Durham competing for the No. 3 job this season behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Broyles is returning from a torn Achilles tendon, his third straight season-ending leg injury, but he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and took part in most spring workouts. He’s the same surehanded receiver the Lions drafted in the second round two years ago, though not as explosive. 

Ross is another slot receiver. He’s all but guaranteed a spot on the game-day roster because of his return ability, and is coming off of an impressive spring during which he saw extended action because of injuries.

Durham is the biggest and most accomplished option of this trio. He’s a red-zone threat at 6-feet-5, is coming off a career-high 38-catch season and has a good rapport with Matthew Stafford, his college roommate. 


Lions tender five players


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.

Lions GM says they're bringing back two receivers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team will re-sign exclusive rights free agents Jeremy Ross and Kris Durham, per ESPN. Both are receivers. 

Ross came on late in the year for the Lions and had five catches for 59 yards with a touchdown. Durham has been a bigger staple in the offense for two seasons; he had 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns.


Jim Caldwell: 'Extremely important' to find No. 2 receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) New coach Jim Caldwell called it "extremely important" for the Lions to find a receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson.

“He’s one that’s going to draw a little extra attention, in terms of double coverage, like he’s always done,” Caldwell said. “And with that being the case, we have to find a way to make certain whoever’s on the other side that may be getting singled in some situations can do some damage against the defenders.

“I think that’s extremely important, so I think that’s something that, obviously, we’ve taken a good, hard look at and, one way or another, we’re going to come up with a guy that’s going to give us some balance in that area.”

Kris Durham is an exclusive-rights free agent who's expected to return, reports the Detroit Free Press, but the Lions don't view him as a No. 2 receiver.


Lions could hang on to Kris Durham


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) Wideout Kris Durham is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason. ESPN believes the Lions will tender him at his original draft pick level, which means he'd make a smidge over $1.3 million in 2014. If that's the case then in the event another team made a play for his services the Lions would receive a fourth-round pick as compensation.

Durham had 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, serving on special teams in addition to working on offense. 


Lions expected to add at least two receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) "Tenuously thin" at wideout, the Lions are expected to add at least two receivers this offseason, reports MLive.com. One of those will be expected to start opposite Calvin Johnson.

"I'd like big and fast," new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi told the website when asked if he preferred size or speed in a No. 2 receiver. "But listen, if I was going to give a stock answer, I know what Calvin can do, how he can stretch the field, what his strengths are. I don't really know what his weaknesses are right now, but I'm sure, maybe there's something. So, you would say, 'Well, someone to work underneath?' You know, that would be an easy answer."

Kris Durham ended up as the No. 2 wideout most of last season, producing 490 receiving yards. The Lions clearly need "a more dynamic player" in that role, the report said.

Receiver Nate Burleson has said he'll take a pay cut to return, but there's no guarantee the sides will agree on a deal, according to the report.


Lions need major upgrade at receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Lions wideouts not named Calvin Johnson were a big disappointment in 2013, underlining the team's need to upgrade at the position, according to MLive.com.

Nate Burleson made a splash after returning from his broken forearm, then faded badly, catching 13 passes over the final five games. Ryan Broyles tore his Achilles tendon and finished the season with eight catches. Kris Durham played more snaps than any Detroit receiver and "underwhelmed," catching 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns while dropping 10 throws.

Burleson, set to earn $5.5 million in 2014, likely will be asked to take a big pay cut.


Lions get minor contributions in Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Lions received minor contributions from a few role players during Sunday's loss to the Giants in Week 16. Kevin Ogletree caught two passes for 29 yards and Kris Durham caught two passes for 14 yards. In the running game, Jeremy Ross took an endaround for a gain of 16 yards in a 23-20 overtime defeat. 

Lions get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) A few Lions made small offensive contributions Week 15. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught both his targets for 23 yards, running back Theo Riddick had a 6-yard catch, and receiver Kris Durham caught a 5-yard pass. Durham was targeted four times, twice in the end zone.

They'll all face the Giants in Week 16. 


Kris Durham nets 68 yards, hurts himself in fourth quarter


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Lions receiver Kris Durham caught three of seven targets sent his way from quarterback Matthew Stafford for 68 yards to aid in the team's 40-10 Thanksgiving Day win over the Packers. However he seemed to have hurt his left shoulder on his biggest catch of the game, a 32-yard reception in the fourth quarter to help extend a late drive. Kevin Ogletree saw more playing time after the injury and caught a touchdown. 

It remains to be seen if Durham will be available to play at Philadelphia in Week 14. 


Two Lions play small roles in defeat to Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham and running back Joique Bell made minor contributions to the loss to Sunday against visiting Tampa Bay. Durham caught three passes for 46 yards while Bell added 15 yards on six carries and a reception that went nowhere.

Lions backup wide receivers struggle against Pittsburgh


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Lions backup wideouts Kris Durham and Jeremy Ross struggled to get going against the Steelers Week 11.

Durham made the most impact, catching three passes for 42 yards. He was targeted nine times, putting him behind only Calvin Johnson. Matthew Stafford completed only three passes during the second half, which dragged down Durham's overall line.

Ross was much less of a threat, catching one pass for 19 yards. He received three targets. They'll take on the Bucs Week 12.


Kris Durham scores second TD of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham found the end zone again during Sunday's win over the Bears in Week 10.

On the second series of the day, Matthew Stafford found Durham on a slant for a 5-yard touchdown. It was his only catch of the day as he finished with just five receiving yards in a 21-19 victory.

Durham has 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns over his last five games played. He'll look to stay in the end zone against the Steelers in Week 11.

Kris Durham aiming for second TD


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham will be searching for his second touchdown of the season heading into Week 10 against the Bears in Chicago.

The last time the Lions faced the Bears, Durham led the club in receiving in Week 4. Before that game, he was an afterthought in the offense. Now he's a consistent contributor in Detroit's passing game. He's been targeted at least eight times in three of his past four games played. He's averaging 52 yards per game over that span.

That said, Durham hasn't found the end zone since Week 5. After allowing five touchdowns to wide receivers in the first four weeks of the season, the Bears have allowed only two over the past four weeks. Opposing receivers have scored 20.00 Fantasy points per game against the Bears this season.

Our Fantasy experts have him ranked just inside the Top 45. Consider him a sneaky low-end option, especially for owners seeking a bye-week replacement for Week 10.

Kris Durham makes big reception


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham probably made the play of the game Sunday during the Week 8 home win over Dallas. Durham hauled in a big reception to get the Lions into scoring position for the game-winning score. 

Durham caught four passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford in the game. He went for 54 yards and did not score. Durham had six targets. The Lions have a bye Week 9 and return Week 10 at Chicago. 


Kris Durham won't wow Week 8


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Lions wideout Kris Durham has been a steady contributor for Matthew Stafford and company this season. Heading into Week 8 at home against Dallas, however, we're not sure he's a major Fantasy option.

Durham has 13 catches in his last two games for 124 yards and has one TD catch this season. That was back in Week 5 at Green Bay. He doesn't have any 100-yard games, either.

The Cowboys have not given up 100 yards to a wide receiver since the first game of the season. If any Detroit WR is going to have a big game, it will be Calvin Johnson. Durham is really just a flex option in deeper Fantasy leagues for Sunday's game. He doesn't carry wide Fantasy appeal.

Kris Durham becoming regular contributor for Lions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham followed up his eight-catch performance Week 6 with five catches Week 7 vs. Cincinnati. Durham, who was targeted eight times, finished with 41 yards in the 27-24 loss.

Durham's best chance at a touchdown came on a 8-yard catch on a 3rd-and-6 play in the first quarter, but he was pulled down at the 3-yard line. A few plays later, Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew hauled in a 3-yard touchdown.

Durham was targeted on a 20-yard touchdown pass later in the first half, but the throw was behind him. Durham's longest catch went 14 yards.

The Lions are back in action Week 8 vs. Dallas.


What can we expect next from Kris Durham?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) Lions receiver Kris Durham totaled a career-high eight catches and 83 receiving yards Week 6 at Cleveland. We know wait to see what he does for an encore performance Week 7 vs. Cincinnati.

Wide receivers have had just moderate success against the Bengals this season. Receivers have averaged 160.3 receiving yards and 19.7 Fantasy points per week, which is the 13th-lowest average in the league. Wide receivers have totaled just four touchdowns and haven't surpassed 200 yards as a group against Cincinnati. The highest they got was 195 yards by Steelers receivers in Week 2.

Durham is starting to emerge as another option in the passing game for Detroit. Injuries at receiver for Detroit forced his emergence, but Durham appears ready to take on a regular role. He's definitely worth a look off waivers, but consider Durham at best a low-end No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver or flex option Week 7.


Kris Durham plays lead receiver role to acclaim in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Nobody can replace Calvin Johnson, but emerging Lions receiver Kris Durham gave it his best shot Sunday in Cleveland.

With Megatron ineffective in playing through a knee injury and Nate Burleson still out, Durham took the featured receiver role and ran with it in the win over the Browns. He finished with eight catches for 83 yards. He was targeted 13 times - five more than any teammate. Not bad considering he entered the game with just eight receptions for 132 yards.

Durham snagged three passes on the first possession and was the only effective receiver in a first half in which his team fell behind, 17-7.

The return of health for Johnson might result in less playing time for Durham next Sunday against the Bengals.


Kris Durham scores Detroit's only touchdown


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham scored Detroit's only touchdown in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Packers. Durham caught three passes for 30 yards and scored on a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was targeted a team-high eight times. 

Durham now has 88 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. The Lions played the game Sunday without star receiver Calvin Johnson, who was declared inactive with a knee injury. 

The Lions travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns in Week 6. 


Late score makes Kris Durham look good


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2013) Lions receiver Kris Durham's last catch proved to be his best as he hauled in a 13-yard touchdown late in the team's loss to the Packers. Before the grab he had 17 yards on two catches despite leading the team in targets (he finished with eight). The touchdown was the second of his career.

Durham is a big receiver but one without a lot of excellent skills. He'll likely see a lot of playing time with Nate Burleson sidelined but the role might have been too big for him in Week 5 with Calvin Johnson out. Durham has never had more than four catches in a game.

We'll see if Johnson can play in Week 6 at Cleveland but the matchup will be tough for Durham given the Browns' improved defensive play. Figure Durham to be a low-end option for a PPR Flex or No. 3 receiver. 


Kris Durham has nice matchup in Week 5


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/3/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham saw a marked increase in playing time following Nate Burleson's broken arm, jumping from 51 percent of snaps in Week 3 to 92 percent in Week 4. He caught three passes for a career-high 58 yards in Week 4, eclipsing his totals through the first three weeks. 

Durham is a wide receiver on a team that has passed more than any over the last two seasons. His value is somewhat complicated by the presence of Ryan Broyles and Brandon Pettigrew (and maybe Pat Edwards), but there are plenty of passes to go around. Additionally, the Packers -- Durham's Week 5 opponent -- have given up the third-most Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, allowing them to score five touchdowns in three games.

For all the favorable elements of Durham's matchups, though, he's still pretty far down the pecking order. Start him as a bye week desperation play if you must, but don't go wild thinking that the favorable matchup will mean a points bonanza for the 25-year-old. 


Kris Durham gaining confidence


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Lions receiver Kris Durham, pressed into action due to injuries, led the team with 58 receiving yards on three catches against the Bears. That career-best performance "gives me some confidence," he said, per ESPN.com. "I think it gives Matthew [Stafford] some confidence in me."

Durham played 61 snaps, 20 more than Ryan Broyles.


Kris Durham leads Lions in receiving


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham led the club in receiving against the Bears Week 4.

Durham only had 58 yards, but that was good enough to lead the team. He caught 3 balls. Durham was able to take advantage of Nate Burleson and Pat Edwards being out of the game with injuries. 

Durham will take on the Packers next week.


Kris Durham makes 33-yard catch


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Lions wide receiver Kris Durham had a 33-yard reception during the Week 3 win at Washington. It was his only catch of the game. 

Durham was targeted three times in the game by quarterback Matthew Stafford. He has two grabs this season for 44 yards and no scores. The Lions play the Bears Week 4.