Lions place RB Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve

The Lions have placed RB Ameer Abdullah on IR. With Abdullah out for the year, Theo Riddick now becomes Detroit's top RB, with rookie Dwayne Washington next, then Zach Zenner.

Related players: Joique Bell

Fantasy Impact: 

Riddick was already shaping up as a solid RB2 in PPR formats, and this cements his status. The Lions look to be more willing to hand the ball to Riddick than they have in the past. At 223 lbs and with good measurables, Dwayne Washington is worth an immediate pickup in all leagues as he is likely to take over the team's "big back" role. Joique Bell was the #14 RB in this role (#13 in PPR formats) in 2014, before Abdullah joined the team. We're not expecting that sort of upside for Washington with Riddick's expanded rushing role, but it's not out of the question. Zach Zenner becomes an interesting name to monitor, and the Lions also worked out Bell on Tuesday, but he'd likely serve as depth.

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