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How to handle D’Andre Swift’s injury in Week 12 fantasy football

D’Andre Swift is on the Lions final injury report for Week 12. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

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 and Kerryon Johnson should split snaps to some degree.

Gameday report: Per Adam Schefter, D’Andre Swift is unlikely to play Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Texans. Despite the favorable matchup, the upside for Adrian Peterson is likely limited to whether or not he can find the end zone.

The Detroit Lions host the Houston Texans in the first game of the Thanksgiving doubleheader. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and by 11 a.m. we’ll know if Lions running back D’Andre Swift is available to play.

Swift is working through the NFL’s concussion protocol and the Lions listed him as questionable for Week 12. Swift suffered a concussion in practice on Wednesday of Week 11 and ended up sitting out the game. This week, he was a DNP on Monday, but then listed as limited on Thursday and Friday. To be cleared to play on Thursday, he’ll need to be asymptomatic that morning.

Fantasy impact: D’Andre Swift (concussion)

It took two months, but prior to the concussion, Swift had taken over the starting running back job ahead of Adrian Peterson. He had some issues finding consistency, but he averaged five yards per carry in his last two games before the concussion.

While he’s not a guy you slot in as one of your RBs and forget, but this week against Houston he would be a solid start if he’s active. The Texans have given up the third most fantasy points to running backs. Peterson would be in line for a solid enough day if Swift sits, but Swift’s upside is tremendous for this game if he’s active.