Theo Riddick, RB Detroit Lions

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Lions Beat: RB Ameer Abdullah's chances to make team improving

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:21pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

I'm starting to think Ameer Abdullah's chances of making the team are better than originally thought. He was listed as the starting kick returner on the club's first depth chart of the season, and sure enough, took the first reps there against Oakland. Plus, he was the featured back during two-minute drills, and even caught a nice pass out of the backfield to move the chains.

Related players: Theo Riddick

Fantasy Impact:

The writer says the Lions could go several different ways at the back end of their RB rotation. But he feels Abdullah is athletic and could be an insurance policy should Riddick get injured at some point. He added at this point in camp, he thinks Abdullah would make the team.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

With Ameer Abdullah battling injuries the past couple of seasons, Theo Riddick has run the ball 176 times for over 600 yards and 4 TDs during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. His three rushing TDs last year were a career-high, with two of them coming in a Week 14 affair at Tampa. However, now that LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson are part of the Detroit backfield, Riddick can concentrate on what he does best—catching passes. In the past three campaigns, he has totaled 186 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 10 scores.

Fantasy Downside

Blount and Johnson will dominate the team’s carries in 2018, so Riddick will likely only see between 5-10 touches per game. At 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, he’s a smaller RB who relies on his quickness, with a career-high of 14 rushing attempts in November 2016. He had more than four catches in a game just four times last season.

2018 Bottom Line

Always a good PPR option, Riddick will again be an important part of the Lions' passing game, especially during the two-minute drill and when the team is forced to play in catch-up mode. Be sure to draft your starting RBs first, but he could be a late-round pick up who can be stored on your bench for just the right matchups.

2018 Strength of Schedule - DET
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
20
NYJ
26
@SF
16
NE
8
@DAL
21
GB
BYE25
@MIA
12
SEA
1
@MIN
14
@CHI
2
CAR
14
CHI
32
LAR
4
@ARI
24
@BUF
1
MIN
21
@GB

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1ARI1-100-1.00627174.508.614.621/7129.6%
2@NYG920002.22317035.673.76.727/6243.5%
3ATL0000-438099.503.87.834/7048.6%
4@MIN44001.0018028.001.22.218/7025.7%
5CAR28004.004450511.255.39.330/6149.2%
6@NO28004.00545079.005.310.335/8143.2%
7BYE--------------
8PIT421005.252240212.004.56.530/7142.3%
9@GB511002.204620415.507.311.325/6836.8%
10CLE435008.75312134.0010.713.717/5232.7%
11@CHI935003.8914024.003.94.930/6347.6%
12MIN520004.001100210.003.04.026/5944.1%
13@BAL921102.33541058.2012.217.240/6363.5%
14@TB1029202.9066401010.6721.327.348/6870.6%
15CHI849016.12312034.004.17.133/6352.4%
16@CIN816002.00323047.673.96.940/6462.5%
17GB410002.50212036.002.24.218/5831.0%
Per game5.2517.880.190.063.403.3127.750.134.448.386.319.6329.50/65.2545.20%
Totals84286313.40534442718.38101154472/104445.20%