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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is told that Lions RB Jamaal Williams will start and "carry the load" vs. the 49ers today. RB D'Andre Swift is expected to be used mostly on 3rd downs, per Pelissero. That's contrary to RB Duce Staley saying earlier this week that Swift won't be on a snap count. But it's worth remembering that Swift didn't practice much in August due to groin trouble. Consider this a shaky backfield to invest in this week.

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (groin) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. RBs coach Duce Staley suggested earlier in the week that Swift won’t be on any type of snap count in Sunday’s opener vs. the 49ers. He’s a solid RB2 for that one.

Lions RBs coach Duce Staley doesn't plan on keeping RB D'Andre Swift on a snap count in Sunday's opener vs. the 49ers, despite Swift missing much of August with a groin issue. "I get caught up in the game, he’s going to get caught up in the game and every good player, every good running back that I know, anyway, once you start feeling it, you don’t want to pull him off," Staley said. "We can count the reps Monday." We'll see if HC Dan Campbell and/or OC Anthony Lynn have a say in Swift's workload. But Swift's Week 1 fantasy outlook continues to trend in a positive direction.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (groin) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Despite some earlier concern about his Week 1 status, it's starting to look like Swift will be ready for a significant role in Sunday's opener vs. the 49ers.

Lions HC Dan Campbell said Tuesday that RB D'Andre Swift will play against the 49ers this weekend. There's still a question of just how much action Swift will be able to handle after missing most of August with a groin issue. Consider him a risk/reward RB2 for the opener.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift had a good practice on Tuesday, according to The Athletic's Chris Burke. "Broke a long run, cut well," Burke tweeted. "Made a *great* jump cut to turn a short run off the right side into a long TD and didn't seem at all hesitant between the tackles. A step forward." This comes on the same day that HC Dan Campbell conceded that he's not sure what kind of shape Swift will be in for Week 1 after missing most of August with a groin issue. Swift will be 1 of the more important players to monitor over the next couple of weeks.

The groin issue for Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been downplayed throughout camp, but HC Dan Campbell says he doesn't yet know what the injury will mean for the regular-season opener. "We don't know if he's gonna be there," Campbell said, via Chris Burke of The Athletic. "We don't know, even if he is, how much we're going to get out of him." Campbell said the team would work him hard in practice Tuesday to test his conditioning. We'll watch for further indications of Detroit's plan leading up to Week 1. In the meantime, Jamaal Williams remains a high-upside play in low-RB3 to RB4 range of fantasy football drafts.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been hampered by a sore groin for the past few weeks. But he "took a heavy load of reps Thursday and said afterward he felt good to be back," according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official website. It sounds like the Lions have simply been playing it cautiously with their lead back. We'll continue to keep an eye on Swift. But, barring a setback, he should be a full-go for the start of the season.

Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that Lions RB D'Andre Swift has "missed significant practice time while nursing a sore groin." According to Meinke, Swift has been on the field "almost every day" but generally sits out 7-on-7 and full-team work. Detroit clearly isn't too worried about the situation, or the team would have Swift sitting out altogether. But it'll certainly be an issue to monitor going forward. The Lions also watched rookie RB Jermar Jefferson leave Monday's practice with a leg injury. Meinke reports that Jefferson has been "having a nice camp." We'll see how long he's out and what role the rookie fills in preseason games.

Lions OC Anthony Lynn has given us a little more info on the plan for splitting backfield touches. "If you go in and you're balling, you're going to stay in," Lynn said this week, according to Pro Football Talk. Lynn added that his approach will be to get the ball into the hands of his top playmakers, pointing out that RBs can earn receiving work in addition to carries. We'll see how this situation plays out, including whether the Lions act on their interest in free-agent RB Todd Gurley. Early indications, however, point to potential for weekly fantasy frustration.

Lions OC Anthony Lynn suggested in an interview with The Athletic that RB Jamaal Williams will play a bigger role than fantasy drafters are expecting. “Jamaal is what I’d call a classic ‘A’ back,” Lynn said. “I like to break the backs down into A and B. My ‘A’ backs are normally my bigger backs. They can run between the tackles, block probably a little better than a ‘B’ back, they can also run the perimeter. I can leave those guys in there for all three downs. My ‘B’ back comes in, he’s a guy that sometimes I want to use in space more. He’s my speed-in-space guy." D'Andre Swift -- who's going 11 rounds ahead of Williams in ADP -- would be the 'B' back in this scenario. No one should be expecting the 212-pound Swift to be a true workhorse. But he averaged 16 touches over his final 6 games last season and seemed in line to at least see that much work in 2021. It's worth noting that Detroit's new coaching staff inherited Swift but went out and acquired Williams in free agency. This backfield split will be worth monitoring closely this summer. Swift carries some risk at his mid-2nd-round ADP, while Williams looks like a nice value in the 13th.

RB Jamaal Williams has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Lions worth "up to" $7.5 million, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Williams saw regular usage in both the run and passing game with the Packers, averaging 125 carries and 30.5 receptions across 4 seasons. His contract terms don't suggest he'll threaten D'Andre Swift's expected lead role in the backfield. We'll see about Williams vs. Kerryon Johnson, though, under new HC Dan Campbell and his staff. Williams turns 26 in April.

Lions new assistant HC/RBs coach Duce Staley talked up RB D'Andre Swift on Wednesday. "When I look at D'Andre, I do think he's a three-down back and like I said, he has some special traits I can't wait to get my hands on, so I'm excited about that," Staley said. "You can get 18 carries and seven touches as far as receptions and you have 25 touches, which is what you want from your star back." It's the time of the year when coaches toss around touch projections for the coming season, so don't go expecting 25 touches per game from Swift. But it's clear the new coaching staff is high on the Georgia product, despite not being around when he was drafted. There's RB1 upside here if Swift gets feature-back usage.

The Lions are set to hire Anthony Lynn as OC, according to insider Michael Lombardi. Lynn struggled -- particularly with in-game management -- as Chargers HC over the past 4 seasons, but all 4 of those squads finished top 11 in total yards. In his only previous OC stint, Lynn led the 2016 Bills to a 16th-place finish in yards and 10th place in points. That team led the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and TDs -- with RB LeSean McCoy going for 1,267 yards and QB Tyrod Taylor for 580. Lynn is a former RBs coach, and especially with Detroit breaking in a new QB, we'd expect a run-leaning attack in 2021.

The Lions are finalizing a deal to make Dan Campbell their new HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Campbell spent 10 seasons playing TE in the league and has been in the coaching ranks for the past 11. The first 6 of those came in Miami -- primarily as a TEs coach, with a 12-game stint as interim HC in 2015. Campbell has been assistant HC and TEs coach in New Orleans under Sean Payton for the last 5 years. It's a relatively uninspiring hire, but we'll see who Campbell brings aboard as OC.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib, thumb, ankle) is expected to start tomorrow's game vs. the Vikings, "barring any overnight setbacks," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Stafford is at risk of not making it through this game, so he's a shaky fantasy play. But whatever he can give Detroit is good news for RB D'Andre Swift, WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson. It also boosts the chances that this game shoots out.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Sunday's finale vs. the Vikings. He'll hit free agency in March off a disappointing 5-game season. WR Marvin Jones, TE T.J. Hockenson and RB D'Andre Swift should be the top 3 options in Detroit's passing game this weekend.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib) is now expected to start Sunday's game against the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a sweet matchup vs. the league's 31st-ranked QB defense. But Stafford will be playing through what's been described as a very painful rib-cartilage injury, adding risk to his Week 15 profile. We'd only consider him in 2-QB and superflex leagues. Stafford's availability is obviously good news for RB D'Andre Swift, WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (rib, thumb) got in a limited practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Titans. Interim HC Darrell Bevell said that Stafford will travel to Tennessee, so the team clearly believes he has a chance to play. If Stafford can't go, Detroit would turn to QB Chase Daniel. He's a capable backup but would still be a downgrade for the Lions skill guys.

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Lions RB D'Andre Swift (illness) is active for today’s game against the Packers. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. It’s still uncertain how big a role he’ll be returning to, though, leaving Swift as a risk/reward RB2.

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