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RB Ameer Abdullah - Detroit Lions

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

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Abdullah was terrific in his one full game last year, but it is hard to know what his role would have looked like if he had stayed healthy all year. The team is calling him the starter and the PPR weekly upside even with Theo Riddick in the picture should easily justify his draft price. Depth can cover the downside possibility of a split role while the giving weekly RB1 upside possibilities as a price much cheaper than surer RB1s.

Summary

Ameer Abdullah has consistently been touted as the starting running back throughout the 2017 offseason by Lions management and coaches. He will have to prove he can stay healthy after struggling with injuries early in his career. Abdullah's 2016 season started off well with 120 total yards and a touchdown in Week 1. But midway through the next game, he suffered a foot injury that required surgery and landed him on Injured Reserve. Abdullah is fully recovered and has participated in all offseason activities. Abdullah has shown flashes of brilliance, with a special ability to make people miss in the open field. His talent makes him a viable breakout candidate in 2017 with solid RB2 upside. His RB1 upside is questionable however, as his fantasy ceiling may be somewhat capped however in the Lions offense. The Lions have struggled to run the ball for years. In 2016, Detroit ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing yards (just under 80 yards per game) and 27th in yards per carry (3.7). The loss of top lineman Taylor Decker for much of the season doesn't help the cause. The presence of Theo Riddick (one of the best third-down backs in the game) also hurts Abdullah's upside, especially in PPR leagues. (June 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 26, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 37
Overall Redraft - 63, 33, 46, 46, 48, 51, 56, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 24, 13, 16, 16, 17, 21, 21, 22, 24, 24, 25, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 31, 31, 34, 36
Overall Redraft PPR - 62, 30, 37, 46, 51, 55, 56, 58
RB Dynasty - 22, 13, 20, 23, 23, 24, 34
Overall Dynasty - 64, 55, 56, 58, 60, 70, 73

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 DET 16 143 597 2 38 25 183 1 2
2016 DET 4 18 101 0 5 5 57 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 153 * * 31 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 170 * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 170 * * 37 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 160 * * 32 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 62
RB: 25
Overall-PPR: 61
RB-PPR: 22

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Latest News

Lions | Theo Riddick mainly a receiver? (Fri Jul 14, 11:36 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will be used mainly in the passing game if RB Ameer Abdullah is healthy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and Birkett believes Riddick could approach 1,000 yards from scrimmage with around 700 coming as a receiver.

Our View: That's pretty much the deal with Riddick. They won't use him a a runner that much (leave that to Abdullah if healthy), but Riddick should be their primary receiver out of the backfield. That makes him a PPR special, and fantasy owners are drafting him at RB35 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah to get at least 200 touches? (Sun Jul 9, 03:49 PM) - Tim Twentyman, of official team site DetroitLions.com, wrote that the plan going into last season according to team GM Bob Quinn was for running back Ameer Abdullah to get "at least 200 touches" as a runner.

Our View: Quinn has reiterated that Abdullah is still the starter, but Twentyman reminded us that Theo Riddick will still get his share of reps and that Abdullah "isn't expected to get a whole lot of goal line carries". Abdullah's upside is limited in nonPPR leagues, and even in PPR leagues he probably doesn't have RB1 upside, which makes his mid-round ADP accurate.
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