The backfield situation in Detroit is rather messy at the moment, with many moving pieces and minor injuries making it nearly impossible to gauge the weekly production for each of these running backs. The Arizona defense is a positive match-up for running backs in general, but the committee approach of the Lions is certainly a negative situation for fantasy owners. Is it worth risking any of these backs in your Week 3 lineup? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson
Adrian Peterson’s outlook looked promising in Week 1, when he had 14 carries for 93 yards while adding three receptions for 21 yards. However, in Week 2 Peterson had only seven carries for 41 yards, as he ceded carries to both Swift and Johnson, and the Lions were forced to throw often in an attempt to keep up with the Packers. The Lions are likely to be playing from behind once again on Sunday, and though the Cardinals defense can be attacked on the ground, they may be forced to throw more often than they would like. This appears to be a backfield to avoid at this time, until a clear leader is established.
D’Andre Swift has received only three and five carries in Weeks 1 and 2 respectively this season. He does not appear to be the preferred goal line back, but his fantasy value is salvaged by his usage in the passing game, as he also had three and five receptions in Weeks 1 and 2 respectively. Swift may be utilized more in games in which the Lions are trailing, and due to this upside he deserves consideration as a what the heck flex play.
Kerryon Johnson managed only 14 yards on seven carries in Week 1. In Week 2, his fantasy day was boosted by a touchdown, as he had only eight carries for 32 yards. Johnson is highly touchdown dependent and too risky to place in your lineups at this point of the season.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start D’Andre Swift as a flex play
Sit Adrian Peterson
Sit Kerryon Johnson