Tim Twentyman of Lions.com expects RB Ameer Abdullah to carry at least 200 times this season. That might not sound like a huge number, but it's a mark only 19 RBs reached last year. The bigger sticking points for Abdullah's fantasy output are his roles in the passing game and near the goal line. Detroit returns Theo Riddick as 1 of the best pass-catching backs in the game. And bigger RBs in Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington and Matt Asiata could handle the majority of the goal-line work. We love Abdullah's skill set, but he might not be in position to pay off his RB22 price tag.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah revealed this week that it was a Lisfranc tear that ended his 2016 season in Week 2, a detail the Lions reportedly (allegedly) removed from the podcast recording where Abdullah revealed it. That makes for a fun story, but the situation likely doesn't matter a whole lot. We already knew that Abdullah tore a foot ligament and required surgery. And then the Lions added little to the backfield in the offseason while calling Abdullah the starter. We'll see how he looks in training camp and the preseason after limited spring work.
The Lions have signed RB Matt Asiata. A fantasy undertaker in Minnesota, Asiata vultured 19 total TDs over the past 4 seasons -- despite averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. He joins Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington in Detroit's backfield. Those final 2 and Asiata might be battling for 1 or 2 roster spots. We hope Asiata doesn't turn into a fantasy factor again.
Lions GM Bob Quinn called RB Ameer Abdullah his starting RB following the NFL Draft. “I feel pretty good about the position," Quinn said via Detroit Free Press. "There were a couple running backs that we looked at in the middle part of the draft, but just no one we felt that was going to come in and really unseat any of the guys that we have on our roster. So I feel good about that spot.” Abdullah appeared in just 2 games last year before undergoing season-ending foot surgery. If healthy (he’s already participated in spring workouts) the 3rd-year man has a chance to excel as the lead back. Of course, Theo Riddick will help lower Abdullah's receiving upside. But note that Detroit upgraded the O-line in free agency with G TJ Lang and RT Ricky Wagner.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has been medically cleared from his September surgery to repair a torn ligament in his foot. He was off to a good start before the Week 2 injury, carrying 18 times for 101 yards and hauling in 5 balls for 57 more. Abdullah will return to a crowded backfield that includes Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. But he should be considered the favorite to lead-back duties. Abdullah is still only 23, was a 2nd-round pick and posted a SPARQ score in the 98th percentile among RBs.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah told reporters on Monday that he expects to be "full go" for OTAs this spring. He suffered what was reported as a torn ligament in his left foot in Week 2 and ended up missing the rest of the season. Abdullah looked good before going down, carrying 18 times for 101 yards (5.8 YPC) and catching 5 balls for 57 yards (11.4 YPC) and a score. He'll return to a crowded backfield, though, that also includes Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is set for a re-check on his injured foot on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. If all goes well, he could resume practicing next week. "Active in 3 weeks is realistic," Rapoport adds. So it sounds like Week 14 is the earliest potential return for Abdullah. We couldn't trust him in fantasy lineups then, but a strong showing could make him an option the following 2 weeks against the Giants and Cowboys.
Although a Sunday morning Ian Rapoport report indicated the Lions are hopeful for RB Ameer Abdullah's return this season, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the opposite. According to Schefter, Detroit believes the torn ligament in Abdullah's left foot will cost him the rest of the year. As a fantasy football owner, your takeaway should be that Abdullah's outlook for 2016 is grim at best. He's cuttable in most leagues, though you can stash him for now if you have an IR spot or a particularly deep roster. Theo Riddick got off to a rough start Sunday against Green Bay, losing 10 yards on his 1st 5 carries of the game. That only adds upside to rookie RB Dwayne Washington, who was a popular waiver target heading into Week 3. Washington should be owned in most leagues of 10+ teams coming out of this weekend.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Lions "hope" to get RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) back after their Week 10 bye. He was placed on IR, but Detroit can make him their "designated to return" player. That'd make him eligible to return to practice in Week 9 and play Week 11. It'd likely be at least another week beyond that before we could trust Abdullah in fantasy lineups, so he's still only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches or an IR spot.
The Lions aren't ruling out RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) for the rest of the season. They placed him on IR today, but they can tag him as designated-to-return and reactivate him as soon as Week 11. "I'm certainly not going to go into all the details, but he did have surgery and we'll see what happens," HC Jim Caldwell said. "He's always proven to be a pretty quick healer." We still don't know the exact nature of Abdullah's injury, but foot issues are tough to return from. We wouldn't bother stashing him outside of extremely deep leagues or leagues with an IR spot.
The Lions have placed RB Ameer Abdullah on IR with the foot injury suffered last week, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We're still waiting to find out more about Abdullah's exact injury, and there's a chance Detroit will slap him with the designated-to-return label. Even that would cost him the next 8 weeks, though, so go ahead and drop Abdullah in fantasy leagues. Theo Riddick takes over as Detroit's lead runner and will maintain a big passing-game role. He has a shot at weekly RB2 value. Dwayne Washington also figures to take on a bigger role and is worth a wait-and-see stash. Zach Zenner also figures to play after being a healthy scratch the first 2 games.
X-rays on Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's injured foot came back negative, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That rules out a Jones fracture, which we heard being tossed around as a possibility last night. Abdullah is still scheduled for more testing, though, and isn't out of the woods yet. We should get another update later today.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Titans with a lower-body injury. It looked like a heel or ankle injury. We'll update his status when we learn more.
Update: The Lions announced that Abdullah has a foot injury and won't return.
The Lions plan on speeding up their offensive tempo and running more no-huddle this season. "The faster you can push the tempo when you want to, makes it more stressful on the defense," QB Matt Stafford said. "If you feel like you’re playing at normal speed and they think you’re playing really fast you know it feels a whole lot better for us." Per Pro Football Focus, Detroit has gone no-huddle on 62% of their offensive snaps. That's up from 7% last year. “The biggest reason we’re going to do so well this year is this is something Matt is very comfortable with," WR Golden Tate said. "This is something he’s wanted, he’s thriving in this right now, he’s (balling), he’s comfortable." A quicker pace means more offensive plays and more fantasy opportunity for all the Lions.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah on Saturday practiced without his red, "no contact" jersey for the 1st time since offseason shoulder surgery, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. Abdullah said he doesn't yet know whether he'll play in next Saturday's 3rd exhibition game, vs. Baltimore, after he missed the 1st 2. We'd like to see the 2nd-year back in some game action. But returning to full-contact practice at least marks a positive step.
Lions HC Jim Caldwell said RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp. He avoided the PUP list after undergoing surgery in January and missing spring workouts. With a healthy August, though, Abdullah will enter Week 1 as Detroit's lead back. He's a potential value at his 7th-round ADP -- 3 or 4 rounds later than he was going last summer.
Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reports that the Lions will give RB Ameer Abdullah "every opportunity" to carry "most of the load" in the backfield this year. It's tough to know just how many carries "most of the load" will include in what has been the league's most pass-heavy offense for a while. But any such reports are encouraging after Abdullah's lackluster 2015 debut. He presents plenty of upside beyond his current late-Round 7 ADP in the middle of RB3 range.
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