Game day update: Matthew Stafford’s COVID-19 test came back negative, and he is officially cleared to start in Week 9 versus the Vikings. Golladay is out, which means we could see an early receiving connection from Stafford to Swift, making him a great play in PPR formats.
The Detroit Lions backfield duo of D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson were not featured all that much in the offense last week, but they should see a significant uptick in touches in Week 9.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson
In the previous game, Swift finished with six carries for one yard and 22 receiving yards on three catches, while Peterson had seven yards on five carries with one reception for five yards. The Lions threw the ball 42 times with just 13 total rushing attempts.
The Lions will face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday on the road. Minnesota allowed 96 rushing yards to Green Bay Packers running backs without Aaron Jones last week.
One important thing to note heading into this matchup is the health of Detroit’s quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is on the COVID-19 list. He will be eligible to play on Sunday if he does not test positive for the coronavirus before game time. If he sits out, the running game would likely be featured more heavily, though efficiency may drop as the defense should expect more running plays.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Regardless if Stafford gets the start or not, Swift can be comfortably used as a second running back on fantasy teams, while Peterson is likely a No. 4 running back in Week 9.