Sunday’s latest: Tom Pelissero reports that D’Andre Swift is expected to make his first career start.
#Lions rookie RB D’Andre Swift is expected to make his first NFL start against Washington, source said. Detroit uses a mix in the backfield, but sounds like Swift leads the way today.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 15, 2020
Game day update: It appears D’Andre Swift is finally moving past Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, but it’s still not entirely clear. He’s had more touches than Peterson each of the past two weeks, and ESPN projects him to be the more productive back. ESPN projects Swift with 14.9 points, Peterson with 7.4 points, and Kerryon Johnson with 4.0 points in PPR leagues.
The Lions will face a tough Washington defense this weekend, that has allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. This does not bode well for Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift, who each failed to find much success on the ground in Week 10 against a friendlier Vikings defense. Can either of these backs overcome a tough opponent to help you win your fantasy matchup this weekend? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson
D’Andre Swift seems to have taken over as the lead back in Detroit, averaging 10.5 carries per game since the team returned from their Week 5 Bye. Unfortunately he isn’t the lead back by much, as Adrian Peterson has 9.75 carries per game in that time. Swift’s added value comes from his involvement in the passing game. He has had at least 3 receptions in each of his last 4 games. Though there could be potential for RB1 status, the tough match-up with Washington and the shared workload with Peterson cap Swift’s upside, making him an RB2 this weekend. He still belong in lineups, but expectations must be tempered.
Adrian Peterson has seen a diminishing workload in the wake of Swift’s emergence, culminating in a total of 13 carries in Weeks 8 and 9 combined. Peterson remains involved enough to have a decent floor, but in order to be a viable fantasy starter he is very touchdown dependent. There are likely better options out there and Peterson should remain on the bench this week.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start D’Andre Swift as an RB2
Sit Adrian Peterson