Game day update: Peterson was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a forearm injury but a full participant the rest of the way. The bigger injury concerns are the absences of center Frank Ragnow and tackle Tyrell Crosby. Matthew Stafford is expected to play, but given his injury, one has to wonder if he’ll be limited. It could give the Titans an easier day to focus on the running backs.
The Detroit Lions didn’t utilize their running game all that much in their previous matchup, but their backfield should see the ball more this weekend. If you’re a fantasy owner of D’Andre Swift and/or Adrian Peterson, let’s take a closer look at their outlook for Week 15.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson
In the last time out, Detroit was defeated 31-24 against the Green Bay Packers, and Swift carried the ball just seven times for 24 yards and a touchdown with four catches for 26 yards. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson had just seven yards rushing on four carries with 23 receiving yards on one catch.
One item to note heading into this weekend’s game is the health of Matthew Stafford. He left last week’s game with a rib injury and never returned. He could miss this one, which might lead to more carries from the backfield.
Detroit will face the Tennessee Titans in an okay matchup for the Lions backfield. Tennessee ranks 15th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game. In its last time out, Tennessee allowed Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson to go for 67 yards on 12 carries.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Peterson should remain on the bench no matter the size of the league, and Swift can safely be used as a No. 2 running back on Sunday.