• Zach Zenner

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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - Week 17, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Green Bay
With Theo Riddick out again last Monday night in Dallas, Zach Zenner had himself a game. He finished with 67 yards and two scores on 12 carries and also caught two passes for 25 yards. Zach was definitely the better back over Dwayne Washington in the loss and will likely receive the bulk of the carries on Sunday night if Riddick is out again. He did not have a rushing attempt at Green Bay in September, but could be a sneaky start in the rematch.

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - Week 9, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at Minnesota
Now that Theo Riddick is back and receiving the bulk of the carries, so there is no reason for Zach Zenner to be in any fantasy starting lineups.

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - Week 8, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Houston
Even though Justin Forsett had more touches (10 to nine) than Zach Zenner last Sunday against the Redskins, it was Zenner who had the team’s lone rushing touchdown. With Theo Riddick missing the past couple weeks, Zenner has totaled 23 carries for 87 yards. However, either Theo Riddick or Dwayne Washington could return from his injury on Sunday, which will definitely hamper Zenner’s playing time.

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - Week 7, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Washington
Filling in for Theo Riddick last week, Zach Zenner ran through the Los Angeles defense for 58 yards on 14 carries. He also caught two passes for 19 yards. However, don’t get too excited about adding Zach to your fantasy lineup, as Riddick and rookie Dwayne Washington could return this week and the Lions also have Justin Forsett, who is still learning the offense. Even against a suspect Washington defense, Zenner makes for a risky start.

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - Week 6, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Los Angeles
With Theo Riddick receiving the majority of the RB touches in the home win versus the Eagles last week, Zach Zenner carried the ball seven times for nine yards. He also caught two passes for 23 yards, as Zach benefitted from rookie Dwayne Washington missing the game due to an ankle injury. Even if Washington is out again, Zenner is not receiving enough action to warrant a fantasy start.

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - Week 5, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Philadelphia
With Dwayne Washington going down to injury last week at Chicago, Zach Zenner saw his first offensive snaps of 2016. He carried the ball three times for 12 yards, including a 10-yard scamper and also caught a 22-yard pass. There’s a chance that Washington will be able to go on Sunday, which would again limit Zenner’s playing time. Even if the rookie is out, Zach does not make for a good fantasy start.

by Scot Berggren

DET RB Zach Zenner - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Zach Zenner Preseason Preview

Fantasy Upside
Quickly becoming a fan favorite during his rookie campaign, Zach Zenner ran for 60 yards on 17 carries before having his season cut short after suffering cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung in October. He’s a powerful back at 5’11” and 222 pounds. He will be battling with veteran Steven Ridley, as well as rookie Dwayne Washington and George Winn to be the Lions short-yardage RB. Zenner has special-teams value, so he may kept on the roster for that purpose.

Fantasy Downside
He missed most of last season with the injury and hasn’t taken a hit before training camp. Ameer Abdullah will be the starter and receive the bulk of the playing time, but, if Zach is able to beat out Ridley and the others as the primary short-yardage carrier, he could post some decent scoring numbers.

Bottom Line
Even if he makes the team, you definitely should not look to draft the second-year player out of South Dakota State. However, if he does become a scoring machine, he may be worth checking out during your stretch playoff run.

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