After playing a season-high 73% of the Lions’ snaps last week, Swift maintained a similar pace by playing 74% of the snaps in this contest. Despite the vast disparity in playing time between Swift and Jamaal Williams, Swift handled 17 touches to 15 for his backfield mate, though Swift held the edge in pass targets 6-2. Although both RBs had similar success on the ground, it was Swift who scored the rushing TD, and his strong performance as a receiver helped him get over the 100 combined yards for the 3rd time this year.
With the increased snap share the last 2 weeks and an average of 7 targets per game, Swift should remain a high floor weekly fantasy option who’ll produce at least an RB2. He’ll also benefit in the games when the Lions are overmatched and fall behind on the scoreboard. The sooner in the games the Lions are in hurry-up mode, the more likely it is that Swift will see high target volume. And although his yards per carry as a rusher haven’t been great, he continues to see enough attempts to amass yardage while also being a big part of the red zone offense.
Swift rushed just 8 times for 16 yards, adding 4 receptions for 33 yards in the Lions' Week 4 loss to the Bears.
Swift was out-carried 14 to 8 by backfield mate Jamaal Willams.
Swift got all the RB targets but is certainly in a time share, which is hurting his floor/ceiling combination in fantasy.
Swift has a chance to rack up a lot of catches in Week 5 against the Vikings, with the Lions 7.5-point underdogs.
Although Swift played a season-low 56% of the Lions’ snaps, the team played from behind for most of the contest, allowing him to see 7 targets. And with the Ravens dealing with injuries across the defense, he was able to break consistent chunks of yardage through the air on his way to a strong fantasy performance. Despite how well he played, he continued to cede significant work to Jamaal Williams, who had 12 carries and a rushing TD. But Swift dominated the pass-game usage, as Williams had just 2 targets.
Although he’s yet to reach 50 yards on the ground, he’s done his biggest damage in the passing game by averaging 8 targets for 55 yards, making him a fantastic PPR play. Although his targets have been great, he did see 11 of those in the season opener when the Lions ran 92 offensive plays. Regardless, even with the presence of Williams, Swift will continue to be at least an RB2 with plenty of RB1 weeks, and even some high-end RB1 performances.
Swift saw 8 carries for 37 yards against the Packers. He also caught 4 of his 5 targets for 41 yards.
Despite a 63% to 39% snap-rate advantage and 62% to 31% route-rate advantage, Swift only saw 3 more opportunities than Jamaal Williams. This volume came a week after seeing 4 more opportunities than Williams in Week 1 with a similar snap share.
These numbers paint the picture of a more split backfield despite Swift being the more impressive back. There are some lingering injury issues around Swift, which could be part of the reason the touches have been closer than expected.
Going forward, expectations for Swift should remain measured. He could easily vault in this offense, especially with the passing game looking competent. But only time will tell if we see that.
With the Lions falling way behind on the scoreboard early in this game, Swift ended up leading the team with 11 targets. He wasn’t terribly efficient with his catches until he broke off a 43-yard TD catch late in the 3rd quarter when the game seemed out of hand. He was also held to fewer than 4 yards per carry while the 49ers were able to tackle him near the line on the majority of his carries, but the game script allowed him to have a great fantasy day with 19 touches.
Given that he was racing to get back from the groin injury that cost him much of training camp, it was promising that he had 22 rushes/targets in his 1st game. And even though Jamaal Williams saw nearly the same amount of touches, it should be noted that Swift played 68% of the snaps to 42% for Williams. So with the Lions expected to trail in many weeks, Swift has outstanding weekly upside, especially in PPR leagues. And the snap advantage he had seems likely to continue, raising his weekly floor as well.