• D'Andre Swift

  • RB
  • , Detroit Lions
  • 21
  • 0 lbs
  • 0' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Swift has a three-down skillset and is the odds-on favorite to lead the Lions’ backfield in touches after Detroit used an early second-round pick to get him. Kerryon Johnson averaged 3.6 YPC last year after averaging 5.4 YPC as a rookie, and his receptions dropped from 3.2 per game to 1.3 per game. This regime did draft Johnson, so they are unlikely to completely give up on him in 2020, so expect a committee with Swift as the lead back for now.

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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

DET RB D'Andre Swift - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Detroit selected D’Andre Swift in the second round and plan for him to be the long-term RB, despite Kerryon Johnson being drafted just two years ago. He’s already listed as the team’s top back on the depth chart heading into the preseason. During his three seasons at Georgia he averaged 6.6 yards per carry and turned 73 receptions into a 9.1 yard per catch average. Lions’ fans may have to do a double take as Swift is built like Barry Sanders. At just 5’8”, he’ll be hard for defenses to see behind the massive O-line, but he packs a lot into his 212-pound frame.

Fantasy Downside
In college Swift never had the opportunity to be the Bulldogs workhorse and likely won’t get that opportunity, at least early on, in Detroit. While Johnson has been injury-prone, he’s been a decent RB when in the lineup, which means a RBBC approach will likely be in the cards. Even though the Lions keep trying to have a balanced offense, Matthew Stafford, when healthy, puts the ball in the air often, which means Swift will need to pick up the pass blocking schemes if he wants to remain on the field.

Bottom Line
With the short offseason, Swift will have a limited time to learn the offense, so expect Johnson, as long as he’s healthy, to remain a vital part of the Lions’ rushing attack. Once the rookie starts seeing the bulk of the playing time, he has a chance to be a top-20 fantasy RB, especially in future years. However, with the crowded backfield of young players Swift is in an iffy situation for the season. If Detroit falls out of playoff contention his workload could increase over the second half of year.

2020 Strength of Schedule - DET

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
14
CHI
24
@GB
18
@ARI
3
NO
BYE31
@JAX
9
@ATL
8
IND
12
@MIN
30
WAS
32
@CAR
23
HOU
14
@CHI
24
GB
21
@TEN
1
TB
12
MIN

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

2019 Game Stats

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