Lions RB Ameer Abdullah believes he can be a red zone back

Ameer Abdullah leads the Lions in rushing attempts with 101 carries on the season. Only 8 of those carries have occurred in the red zone, though, but that's not stopping Abdullah from saying he could be the team's red zone RB, saying "why not?", when talking about the situation.

Abdullah also has 0 carries on third downs this year, but even though the Lions' No. 1 RB believes he's an all-around back, he's not questioning the team's decision making.

"I'm never going to tell the coaches what to do," Abdullah said. "I mean, their job is to put us in situations, and it's my job to execute under any circumstance. It don't matter if he calls me a toss play with no blocking in front of me. I have to do my best. And I'm never going to tell the coaches what they should and shouldn't do."

Fantasy Impact: 

Abdullah is tied with Dwayne Washington for the most red zone carries on the team (8), but Washington has out-rushed him (19 yards to 2 yards). And, of the team's 20 total red zone rushes, the Lions have only scored twice—Abdullah and Zach Zenner each scoring once.

More red zone carries would obviously benefit Abdullah's fantasy owners, and his elusiveness points to him being able to fill the role—according to Pro Football Focus, Abdullah has 17 broken tackles on the ground this season.

In a great matchup versus the Packers this week, we have Abdullah ranked as a top-20 RB in both standard and PPR formats.

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