There’s a very crowded backfield in Detroit, making it difficult for fantasy owners to trust anyone in particular on a weekly basis. They take on a tough New Orleans rushing defense that has only allowed an average of 100 yards per game this year, which is the 6th lowest total in the NFL. Are any of these backs worth a start in a tough matchup? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson, D’Andre Swift
Adrian Peterson seems to have worked his way to the top of this backfield, as he received 22 carries in Week 3. He added one reception for ten yards, was only able to manage 3.4 yards per carry, and did not find the endzone, making for a mediocre fantasy day despite the heavy workload. Though his number’s won’t win your fantasy week for you, his volume will allow him to provide you with a solid floor. He is a good option for fantasy teams who have been hit hard with injuries this season.
As Peterson saw his workload increase, Kerryon Johnson saw his workload dwindle down, as he only received three carries which he turned into 16 yards, as well as one reception for 14 yards. This menial workload is not sufficient to support any fantasy value and Johnson should be left on the bench until his usage increases.
Finally, while Johnson’s role decreased in Week 3, D’Andre Swift’s role became nearly non-existent, as he received no carries and had one reception for 19 yards. Until the coaches show some dedication to utilizing him more, Swift should remain nothing more than a bench stash.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Adrian Peterson as a low end flex play.
Sit Kerryon Johnson.
Sit D’Andre Swift.