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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: 24
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#28 6 4.12

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
2017 DET 6 90 342 3.8 1 14 10 68 6.8 0 47.0 7.8
2017 (Projected) DET   145 625 4.3 3   32 266 8.3 2 119.1  

2017 Outlook
Depth Chart
The sample size is miniscule, but Ameer Abdullah was perhaps on his way to special things before a broken foot ended his season in Week 2. During the Lions season opening victory against the Colts, we got a chance to see how the Lions planned to use their second-year back. Abdullah touched the ball 17 times (12 carries, 5 receptions) and piled up 120 total yards and a touchdown. For those counting at home (as most fantasy participants apt to do), that's over 7 yards per touch. Before going down with the injury in Week 2, Abdullah was averaging over 6 yards a carry on his attempts. It really looked like Abdullah could have been primed for a solid season last year, but can he recover and bring a spark to the Lions offense and fantasy squads alike?

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the main roadblock to fantasy relevance is playing time. The Lions run game under Jim Caldwell has been agonizingly specialized. Theo Riddick handles almost all passing situation duties, including hurry up situations and last year Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington were the goal line backs. This leaves Abdullah with few opportunities to flash his elite athleticism. He struggled with ball security as a rookie, and while he's had a healthy off-season, one has to wonder if the foot injury has cost him some speed and quickness. The Lions have been quick to name Abdullah their starter, but that means little with how much the other backs play. There is definite room to improve upon his rookie year numbers, but between the committee and the offensive line in a bit of flux, I don't think the needle can move enough to give Abdullah more than a look as a FLEX option with upside. He'll have to be borderline spectacular with the touches he gets, or rise to the top over injured teammates to be much more.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Ameer Abdullah
RB2RB2 Theo Riddick
RB3RB3 Dwayne Washington
RB4RB4 Zach Zenner
Lions Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Abdullah, Riddick to see field at same time?
RBs hope to create chaos in passing game
By: Doug Orth | Fri Sep 8, 2:50 am

Detroit Lions
In the only full game the pair played together last year, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick combined for 228 total rushing and receiving yards, and scored three touchdowns in a season-opening win in Indianapolis. Abdullah suffered a foot injury the following week, and Riddick’s season ended prematurely as well due to a wrist injury. We could potentially see the two on the field at the same time more often this season. Detroit lists both players as starters. (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: Teams talk about doing this every year, and more often than not, the plan falls by the wayside. Given the Lions' current offensive makeup, it does make sense, however. Regardless, Abdullah is a very good bet to exceed 200 carries and push for 40-50 catches if he can stay on the field, making him a more-than-serviceable RB2. Riddick figures to get plenty of use in the passing game and should hold his own as a RB3/flex option in PPR formats.


200-plus carries for Abdullah?
Lions RB discussion
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jul 30, 7:00 pm

Detroit Lions
The Lions are going to give him (Ameer Abdullah) every chance to prove it as he begins training camp as the No. 1 running back on the roster. The Lions use a running-back-by-committee approach to their run game, but Abdullah is still expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-plus carries as Detroit’s lead back. (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: This of course all depends on Abdullah staying healthy something he wasn't able to do last season, missing 14 games with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. With a low TD expectation and Theo Riddick expected to dominate third-down work, Abdullah's ceiling figures to be an RB2.



2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 ARI W 35-23 15 30 2.0 0 4 3 11 3.7 0 4.1
2 at NYG W 24-10 17 86 5.1 0 0 0 0 - 0 8.6
3 ATL L 26-30 14 47 3.4 0 3 3 39 13.0 0 8.6
4 at MIN W 14-7 20 94 4.7 1 4 3 15 5.0 0 16.9
5 CAR L 24-27 10 31 3.1 0 1 1 3 3.0 0 3.4
6 at NO L 38-52 14 54 3.9 0 2 0 0 - 0 5.4

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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