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What to do with D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson in Week 12 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook of D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson ahead of the Lions Week 12 matchup against the Texans.

D’Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions attempts to carry the ball against Kendall Fuller #29 of the Washington Football Team during their game at Ford Field on November 15, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Game status: Detroit announced D’Andre Swift is INACTIVE for Week 12. Adrian Peterson will likely split snaps with Kerryon Johnson to some degree.

Gameday report: Adam Schefter reports that D’Andre Swift is unlikely to play Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Texans. It’s not entirely unexpected, particularly given that the Lions were on a short week.

Adrian Peterson isn’t likely the play here given his low ceiling, but Kerryon Johnson makes for an interesting value play in DFS formats. His DraftKings salary sits at an affordable $4,300.

The Lions will look to get back on track in Week 12 after being shut out by the Panthers in Week 11. They take on the Houston Texans and should have more opportunity for scoring against a bottom ten defense. D’Andre Swift has logged two limited practices this week and remains questionable at this time, though fantasy owners hope he will be good to go. If he plays this would change things for Adrian Peterson, as he has taken a back seat to Swift lately. Do either of them belong in your starting lineups? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson

The Houston Texans have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season, making for a good matchup for the Lions backfield this week. Should Swift be good to go, he should have ample opportunity for success in a plus matchup with a sold workload. Swift has averaged 14.5 carries over the past two games and should this trend continue, he enters the RB2 conversation. If he is good to go, feel free to start him accordingly.

Adrian Peterson has been an afterthought since D’Andre Swift emerged. He hasn’t seen a prominent role in the Lions offense since Week 7, and if Swift is healthy, his fantasy value plummets. It looks like Swift is trending in the right direction, but keep an eye on the situation Thursday morning. Should Swift be ruled out, Peterson enters the low end flex conversation due to his favorable matchup. If Swift plays, keep Peterson on the bench.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start D’Andre Swift as a low end RB2 if healthy

Start Adrian Peterson as a low end flex if Swift is ruled out