Adrian Peterson Fantasy Football News 2021

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (illness) is inactive for today’s game against the Bears. He cleared the concussion protocol this week but missed the final 2 practices with an illness. We’ll see if he can make it back for Week 14. RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will share backfield duties again today.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. He cleared the concussion protocol during the week but has been dealing with an illness. So it looks like it'll be Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson leading Detroit's backfield again. With Swift out the past 2 weeks, Peterson has handled 22 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 17 carries and 9 targets. Neither guy is an exciting fantasy play vs. Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense.

Lions interim HC Darrell Bevell said Friday that RB D'Andre Swift will "have a smaller, game-plan specific role" if he plays against the Bears this weekend. Swift was still in the concussion protocol and limited in practice on Wednesday -- then missed Thursday and Friday's practices with an illness. He also didn't practice much the previous 2 weeks. We don't know exactly how limited Swift will be if he ends up active, but this obviously makes him tough to trust in fantasy lineups. RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson are seemingly in for bigger role on Sunday, although neither is a great fantasy play vs. Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense.

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Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is officially inactive for today's game against the Texans. RB Adrian Peterson is the favorite to lead Detroit in carries, but RB Kerryon Johnson will also be involved on the ground and should handle most of the passing-down work.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is "unlikely" to play against the Texans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie wasn't quite able to pass through the protocol but is trending toward a Week 13 return. Swift's absence again leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Last week, Peterson tallied 7 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 6 carries and 5 targets. We're expecting a similar workload split today. Check out the updated projections for the Lions backfield.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Texans. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday but has more work to do to clear the concussion protocol. We'll see if he can get there before tomorrow's game. We'll get Swift's status by 11 am ET. If he remains out, it'll again be Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson in Detroit's backfield.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift put in a limited practice Wednesday, his 1st participation since suffering a concussion last week. That indicates he's not yet through the league protocol but is at least making progress. We'll see whether Swift can gain clearance ahead of Thursday's upside matchup with Houston. If he can't, then it'll be Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson splitting the backfield again.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will split carries against the Panthers today. Peterson has played well ahead of Johnson all season, but Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey said earlier this week that Johnson "will fill [D'Andre Swift's role] as much as possible." This situation might just evolve throughout today's game. We lean toward Peterson as the play in non-PPR leagues; Johnson in PPR.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. We'll see if he can get cleared for Week 12. The rookie's absence this weekend leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Over the season's first 4 games, before Swift's role grew, Peterson tallied 54 carries and 6 targets to Johnson's 21 carries and 3 targets.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift was held out of Thursday's practice and listed on the injury report with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of it. With Lions-Panthers less than 3 days away, Swift is looking very iffy. Fantasy owners should start lining up alternatives. The rookie's absence would leave Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions plan to expand rookie RB D'Andre Swift's role today against the Falcons. That makes sense after Swift saw a season-high in touches last week by a wide margin. Rapoport says Detroit still plans to start Peterson, so expect the veteran to remain significantly involved. But this report only makes Swift a comfier start for Week 7 lineups. Give Swift a look as you build your DFS lineups, too. He's projected for single-digit ownership despite last week's big numbers.

A member of Jacksonville's practice squad tested positive for COVID on Friday night, the team announced. The Jaguars are still planning on playing vs. the Lions on Sunday, but the situation obviously bears monitoring over the next 24 hours.

Adrian Peterson easily led the Detroit backfield in the opening loss to Chicago, doubling up #2 Kerryon Johnson in carries, rushing for 71 more yards than the combined total for Johnson and D'Andre Swift and even leading the trio in receiving yards (21 on 3 catches). But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the lead back going forward. “Obviously you start getting the guy with the hot hand, and Adrian was running really well in that last game, so he got a few more carries in there as well," OC Darrell Bevell told the Detroit Free Press. "So we’ll kind of continue to go in that area. We really like all three of those guys, but we’re going to try to — I always say, we’re going to try to put them in the best spots to help them be successful. They all bring a little bit different pieces to the puzzle. There was some situational football in there that elevated some guys’ snaps — so just the way we’re using them. I think we can continue to see that rotation a little bit.” This could be a frustrating fantasy situation as we continue to see which situations favor which of the 3 Detroit backs -- as well as who might be the "hot hand" on a given day. For Week 2, we have to treat Peterson as the likeliest carry/touch leader.

Lions D’Andre Swift (hip) isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The rookie will make his NFL debut against the Bears this weekend — but it’s completely uncertain how much work he’ll get alongside Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

RB Adrian Peterson is joining the Lions on a 1-year deal, according to multiple reports. "I know coach [Darell] Bevell from my days in Minnesota," Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better." Peterson further complicates an already crowded backfield. He looks like the best bet for goal-line work, which would sap fantasy upside from D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. We're not interested in drafting Peterson. Frankly, we already weren't chasing too hard after Swift or Johnson either. This looks like a frustrating fantasy backfield for 2020.

Washington has released RB Adrian Peterson. It’s a surprising move after the future Hall-of-Famer ran with the 1st-team offense all summer. Running alongside Peterson with the starters was rookie Antonio Gibson, who now looks like the clear favorite to lead Washington’s RBs in touches this season. Peterson’s release also makes RB Bryce Love a more intriguing late-round fantasy pick. Check out the updated projections for Washington's backfield.


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