| Ameer Abdullah placed on injured reserve -- Wed Sep 21 9:15 am --|
|Ameer Abdullah today was placed on injured reserve, potentially ending his season. Theo Riddick should be the Lions' No. 1 running back for as long as Abdullah is sidelined. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Abdullah suffered a foot injury in Week 2 that will cost him at least 8 weeks. The Lions could bring him back this season if they designate him their player to return. In the meantime, Theo Riddick gets a bump in value along with rookie Dwayne Washington. These two should handle the majority of work in the backfield with Washington receiving short-yardage/goaline work.
| Ameer Abdullah to get second opinion -- Mon Sep 19 5:00 pm --|
Initial reports suggest RB has sprained foot
|Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is scheduled to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina to evaluate his left foot injury Tuesday. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The trip is likely being made in order to determine if Abdullah is dealing with a foot sprain or a Lisfranc injury. The fact he is visiting Anderson suggests he or the team thinks it could be the latter, which could sideline him for a considerable amount of time. Theo Riddick likely moves from a solid RB3 to low-end RB2 with this news, while Dwayne Washington can be expected to assume most of the early-down carries into the goal-line work he already had.
|Boldin expected to sign deal with Lions -- Tue Jul 26 2:05 pm --|
One-year deal expected to be finalized today
|The Detroit Lions are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Boldin and the Lions, who need depth at receiver in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement, were finalizing the deal Tuesday, sources told Schefter.
FF Today's Take: Boldin will be thrown into the mix with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, T.J. Jones and receiving specialist Theo Riddick. Boldin has experience with Jim Caldwell from their days in Baltimore. He's likely more of a depth piece than a major contributor but he's still very capable of having a fantasy impact at age 35. He's shaping up to be a mid-to-late round draft pick with WR4/5 value.
|Riddick unlikely to see many more carries -- Mon Jul 25 4:25 pm --|
Handled only 43 carries in 2015
|The biggest key to the backfield's success is the development of Ameer Abdullah. As a rookie last season, he was plagued by ball security issues early in the campaign, but closed out the year strong. He averaged 4.7 yards per attempt and put the ball on the ground just once across the final eight games.
Theo Riddick is what he is, a below-average runner, but elite receiver out of the backfield. He's a key offensive cog after catching 80 passes last season, but expecting significant growth as a ball carrier borders on unreasonable. (MLive.com)|
FF Today's Take: This opinion contradicts OC Jim Bob Cooter's expectation in early June that Riddick would see more carries. A slight bump from the 43 carries he did receive a season ago is reasonable, but owners should not expect that total to double. Abdullah should see his touches increase, however, after putting a lid on his ball-security issues. He averaged 10.5 touches as a rookie, but should be around 15 as a NFL sophomore. Both backs should be viewed as high-end flex/RB3 types in PPR formats.