The story said the newcomers will compete with or perhaps push out Abdullah in what has become a crowded backfield with running backs Riddick, Zenner, and Washington also on the roster. The team also selected lineman Frank Ragnow 20th overall to help give the run game a boost.
DET RB Dwayne Washington - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
While Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick dealt with injuries for most of 2016, Dwayne Washington received 90 carries but ran for just 265 yards and one touchdown during his rookie season.
Once again, Washington will be buried on the depth chart, which will limit his playing time. The Lions have been at or near the bottom in rushing for some time and Washington's 2.9 yards per carry won't help his cause.
2017 Bottom Line
Unless Abdullah succumbs to injury again in 2017, expect Washington to be used in spot and short-yardage duty. He has no fantasy value at this time.