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RB Ameer Abdullah - Detroit Lions

5-9, 205Born: 6-13-1993College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 19): Abdullah at least showed signs of life for fantasy in the win over the Giants, and he did produce against a tough run defense. Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington are going to limit his upside, but we should see the best of Abdullah against the Falcons next week in what could be a high-scoring game.

Week 3: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ameer Abdullah led the Lions backfield last week with 17 carries for a career-high 86 yards--fueled by a big 34-yard run during garbage time in the fourth quarter last week. Abdullah out-snapped the rest of this backfield again this week, as Dwayne Washington was only in on seven plays while Theo Riddick came in as a close second with 27 snaps to Abdullah's 28. The snap count is encouraging for Abdullah, but it is worth noting that he lost both possible red zone looks to Dwayne Washington--causing concern for Abdullah's touchdown upside. The Falcons defensive interior bounced back after a tough outing in Week 1, holding Ty Montgomery to only 3.5 yards per carry with no runs longer than seven yards. The loss of Vic Beasley for a few weeks to a hamstring tear is a big blow for this rushing defense, as he provided solid support for this defensive line. Beasley will be replaced by rookie Takkarist McKinley, who did not look good in his limited run defense snaps last week. The Falcons secondary is much better in pass defense than they are against the run, so they will not be a ton of help here in what should be a good matchup for the Lions.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs ARI 36 15 30 0 4 3 11 0 0 4.1
2 at NYG 28 17 86 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.6
3 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (17 / 86 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah ran for a career high 86 yards on 17 carries. Abdullah started the game, and was the clear lead back. Abdullah got free for a 34-yard gain behind the right side of the line when the Lions were trying to run out the cock late in the fourth quarter. Abdullah had a good lane on the run and got into the second level, but was run down from his side by Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie. Abdullah was also able to get into the second level on a power run to the left perimeter. Abdullah was one on one with S Darian Thompson in the second level on the run, but showed no ability to make Thompson miss, and was easily tackled by Thompson. Abdullah got what was blocked in the game, but Theo Riddick continued to show more ability to make defenders miss. Abdullah was targeted on a screen play that was well executed for an 18-yard gain but the play was called back on a holding penalty. He was not otherwise targeted in the passing game, and was pulled for Dwayne Washington for two red zone runs.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (15 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah started the game and was the clear lead back but did little with the opportunities. Abdullah's runs were limited by Detroit's offensive line which allowed penetration frequently. However, Abdullah did little beyond what was created. On one rare run where Abdullah had the opportunity to make a big run he tripped on a defensive lineman's hand. He also got one on one with Tyrann Mathieu on a cut back run, but was unable to make Mathieu miss and was tackled for little gain. As a ball carrier, Abdullah showed that he had a quick first step, but did little after contact. He showed little ability to make defenders miss or to break a tackle, even when he was one on one in space. Abdullah did see four targets in the passing game, catching three but was limited to 11 yards, on passes in the flat and a curl route. Abdullah was clearly behind Theo Riddick in terms of backfield passing preference. Abdullah also gave up carries to Dwayne Washington in the red zone and in short yardage situations.


Latest News

Lions | Ameer Abdullah runs for 86 yards (Mon Sep 18, 11:48 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah carried 17 times for 86 yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 18.

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Lions | Ameer Abdullah mostly stuck in neutral (Sun Sep 10, 07:33 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 15 times for just 30 yards in Week 1 against the Cardinals while adding three catches for 11 yards on four targets.

Our View: The Lions line is missing Taylor Decker and might not get the running game going consistently this year. Abdullah is not a good start against the Giants next week.
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