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Running Back, Detroit Lions

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Draft: 2015 Round 2 (22)
College: Nebraska
Ht: 5’9”  Wt: 205 DOB: 1993-06-13 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#29 4 7.07

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2015 DET 16 143 598 4.2 2 38 25 183 7.3 1 96.1 6.0
2016 DET 2 18 101 5.6 0 5 5 57 11.4 1 21.8 10.9
2016 (Projected) DET   184 755 4.1 4   37 266 7.2 1 132.1  

2016 Outlook
Depth Chart
Flying up preseason draft boards last offseason, Abdullah was drafted as a high end RB2 with RB1 aspirations by the time the 2015 regular season kicked off. Abdullah didn’t disappoint in the opener, as he scored on an impressive run up the middle, and tallied 94 total yards. Little did fantasy owners know that first game would turn out to be Abdullah’s best of the season. Displaying a scant amount of patience, Abdullah constantly ran up the back of his blockers, struggling to break big runs or become much of a threat in the passing game. In addition to playing too fast, Abdullah had ball control issues which eventually cost him playing time, especially in crucial down and distance situations. Like the rest of the Lions offense, he was a disaster before bye week changes led to a rebound. Despite struggling for most of the year, the Lions regained a measure of confidence in their rookie back, and he responded, rushing for at least 4.4 yards per carry in four of the final five games of the year.

With a year of experience under his belt, Abdullah should see his efficiency rise in year two. But there are several factors that conspire to limit his ceiling. First, the Lions offense will continue to be as pass heavy as any in the league. The Lions attempted the second-fewest rushes in the league last year, and that probably won’t change much. The pass-first nature of the offense means Theo Riddick soaks up most of the running back receptions, leaving Abdullah only scraps. And lastly is the shoulder surgery that has cost the former Cornhusker all of the off-season program. While he should be healthy for the start of camp, shoulder injuries are scary for runners. Although he remains a dynamic talent, the volume won’t be there to give Abdullah consistent weekly value; he has some “flex” appeal, and remains an explosive player with upside.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Ameer Abdullah
RB2RB2 Theo Riddick
RB3RB3 Zach Zenner
RB4RB4 Dwayne Washington
RB5RB5 Michael Burton
Lions Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Lions open to letting Zenner be every-down RB
Played 64 of 66 snaps in Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 5, 5:30 pm

Detroit Lions
Zach Zenner played 64 of a possible 66 snaps in Week 17 and was the only running back to see time on offense. He ran for a career-high 69 yards and had another 41 yards receiving. "Zenner’s in phenomenal shape," OC Jim Bob Cooter said. "As the game wore on, kind of felt like he could keep going and felt like it made sense for us to do that, hopefully kind of adjusting to a stance (that backs can't play 70 snaps) I made earlier in the week. So obviously my lack of playing competitive NFL running back hurt me there from a knowledge base ... who knows what could happen in the future. I’ll keep it open-ended." (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: The absence of Ameer Abdullah for most of the season and Theo Riddick recently has forced the Lions' hand somewhat, but it shouldn't be all that surprising a back that rushed for over 2,000 yards three times at the FCS level may be able to handle the rigors of full-time duty. Zenner has a difficult matchup this weekend in Seattle, but he's among the top five RB plays on the board.



2016 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at IND W 39-35 12 63 5.3 0 5 5 57 11.4 1 18.0
2 TEN L 15-16 6 38 6.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 3.8

2015 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at SD L 28-33 7 50 7.1 1 4 4 44 11.0 0 15.4
2 at MIN L 16-26 6 9 1.5 0 1 1 9 9.0 0 1.8
3 DEN L 12-24 8 23 2.9 0 5 2 19 9.5 1 10.2
4 at SEA L 10-13 13 33 2.5 0 5 2 11 5.5 0 4.4
5 ARI L 17-42 6 17 2.8 0 2 1 9 9.0 0 2.6
6 CHI W 37-34 14 48 3.4 0 4 3 21 7.0 0 6.9
7 MIN L 19-28 8 43 5.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 4.3
8 at KC L 10-45 1 3 3.0 0 2 0 0 - 0 0.3
10 at GB W 18-16 5 15 3.0 0 1 1 7 7.0 0 2.2
11 OAK W 18-13 12 44 3.7 0 2 1 2 2.0 0 4.6
12 PHI W 45-14 16 63 3.9 0 2 1 12 12.0 0 7.5
13 GB L 23-27 13 67 5.2 0 1 0 0 - 0 6.7
14 at STL L 14-21 7 23 3.3 0 2 2 21 10.5 0 4.4
15 at NO W 35-27 9 77 8.6 1 2 2 12 6.0 0 14.9
16 SF W 32-17 8 39 4.9 0 4 4 9 2.3 0 4.8
17 at CHI W 24-20 10 44 4.4 0 1 1 7 7.0 0 5.1

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