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RB LeGarrette Blount - Detroit Lions

6-1, 241Born: 12-5-1986College: OregonDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): It's hard to say whether Kerryon Johnson will be back but this week, but if he's not, Blount will be a suitable flex against a weak Arizona run defense. Blount has shown more since he was asked to lead the backfield after Johnson went down than he did earlier in the season.

General News (Sat Dec 8): faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14, and the Cardinals have allowed a league-high 15 rushing touchdowns to running backs this season.

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Lions come into their week 14 matchup against the Cardinals with their lead back, rookie Kerryon Johnson, questionable to play as he missed practice on Wednesday. Johnson has missed the last two games with a sprained knee, and the Lions desperately need him back to bring some semblance of balance to an otherwise anemic offense. Johnson has been as good as advertised, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 118 rushes with two touchdowns, and he brings an explosive element that LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick just do not possess. Blount has been serviceable the last two weeks, totaling 149 yards on 35 carries (4.25 ypc) with two touchdowns, but the problem is that he is not versatile enough to scare opposing defenses. When he is on the field, defenses will stack the box and when Riddick is on the field, they can drop back and put more men in coverage. Johnson is a dual threat, and has the speed and elusiveness to make defenders miss in the open field. If Johnson can play, he will find himself in a great matchup against an Arizona run defense that has given up the second most points to opposing running backs this season. While the Arizona pass defense has held their own for much of the season, the same cannot be said for the Cardinals rushing defense. Due to a wonky game script last week against the Packers, the Cardinals were able to keep the Green Bay rushing attack in check. However, it is hard to give them too much credit as Mike McCarthy inexplicably split carries between Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, with the latter averaging only 1.9 yards per carry. Prior to their game against the Packers, the Cardinals had allowed 100+ rushing yards in nine of their 11 games, and they currently ranked 29th in rushing yards allowed (140.9 rushing yards per game). Even worse, they have given up 17 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs, which is tops in the NFL and the same number as the Ravens, Bears and Patriots combined. Depending on whether the Lions rookie running back sensation, Kerryon Johnson is able to go this week, the Cardinals could either face a daunting task, or LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick, a tandem that is not scaring anyone, even Arizona. The Cardinals lost their best run-stopper, Josh Bynes in week 12, but they were getting beat up long before he got hurt, so if anything, his injury just made a bad unit that much worse.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at CHI 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4
11 vs CAR 12 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1
12 vs CHI 33 19 88 2 1 1 15 0 0 22.3
13 vs LAR 30 16 61 0 1 0 0 0 0 6.1
14 at ARI 0 12 33 0 3 2 18 0 1 4.1
14 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 1 * * * *
14 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 1 * * * *
14 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

LeGarrette Blount's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs LAR (16 / 61 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount drew the start again with Kerryon Johnson injured. Blount had success running on the interior against the Rams and was able to get to the edge for a 24-yard gain in the fourth quarter. Blount was used in the passing game once, on a screen that bounced off his hand. Blount did not get any opportunities in the red zone, which is necessary for Blount to have difference making fantasy impact. Blount will face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but Kerryon Johnson's injury status is important to monitor for Blount's role.

2018 Week 12 vs CHI (19 / 88 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount started in the absence of Kerryon Johnson on Thanksgiving against the Bears. Blount was involved early in the game and managed multiple big plays throughout the game after spending recent weeks struggling to develop positive runs. Blount had success behind the left side of the offensive line breaking off carries of 9 and 27 yards and had a wide-open reception for 15 yards. Blount tried to cut back to the middle of the field on the reception instead of heading toward the sideline where there were no defenders. Blount scored twice at the goal line on after struggling to punch his opportunities in for scores in recent weeks. Blount will face the Los Angeles Rams next week, but Johnson's health is a key to monitor leading up to the game.

2018 Week 11 vs CAR (7 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount continued in his role as the backup to Kerryon Johnson against Carolina. Detroit's offense did not see any goal line opportunities, with the closest attempt coming on Johnson's 8-yard touchdown. At this point in his career, Blount is the far inferior talent to Johnson. Blount struggles when he must stop and start his feet and faced multiple carries where he was stopped in the backfield by interior penetration on Sunday. Blount got the primary work in the fourth quarter when Detroit tried to salt the game away but was largely ineffective. Blount could draw a start against Chicago on Thanksgiving if Kerryon Johnson misses the game.

2018 Week 10 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount was limited to only six carries in a loss to the Bears. Blount's role in the offense has been dwindling with the continued emergence of Kerryon Johnson. Blount worked in a couple of series during the game and had consecutive goal line runs that were both stopped for no gain. He was then removed on third down when Johnson was able to convert a carry for a touchdown. Blount's role in the offense is a backup who handles short yardage and goal line carries, so his failure at the goal line combined with Johnson's success is a concern going forward. Blount faces Carolina next week.

2018 Week 9 vs MIN (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount was the clear backup to Kerryon Johnson against Minnesota and struggled against a Minnesota defense that overwhelmed Detroit's offensive line. Blount did see a red zone snap, but Detroit was penalized on the play. He managed a long run of seven yards, while gaining only one yard on his other four carries. Blount was also targeted on a screen set up by play action that was snuffed out by Minnesota. Blount's fantasy viability is dependent on red zone looks, which is a concern as he faces a stingy Chicago defense next week.

2018 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount had a quiet game against Seattle with only 4 touches. Blount was the second back behind Kerryon Johnson but fell victim to negative game script after Seattle jumped out to an early lead. Blount had a reception on a screen pass which was set up well with the use of Blount to show a heavy package on the play as a disguise to the screen pass. Blount's role in the offense is becoming more limited with Kerryon Johnson's continued emergence and risks a dud game when he does not score a touchdown. He will look to rebound against Minnesota next week.

2018 Week 7 vs MIA (10 / 50 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount is seeing secondary usage behind Kerryon Johnson but is carrying the short yardage and goal line work. Blount scored an untouched touchdown on a goal line carry and ran physically against Miami but needs a touchdown for fantasy viability with Johnson's continued emergence.

2018 Week 5 vs GB (12 / 22 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount finished two red zone trips with short touchdowns against Green Bay. The first was set up by a turnover and the second was a long pass to Kenny Golladay, so Blount largely benefitted from the work of others. Blount's success is notable because Detroit has long struggled in the red zone to convert short scoring chances on the ground. Blount otherwise rotated with Kerryon Johnson but is clearly the inferior talent. Blount gets swallowed up on carries where Johnson's speed and cutting ability would allow him greater opportunity. While Blount is not seeing the first carries of the game, he is highly involved in the offense and used in high leverage situations.

2018 Week 4 vs DAL (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount was the second back to see carries for Detroit after Kerryon Johnson. Blount split carries with Johnson through the rest of the game but was the clearly inferior player. Blount saw little room to run and had a hard time creating on his own. Detroit had a red zone opportunity where Johnson was given the opportunity to score a touchdown.

2018 Week 3 vs NE (16 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

The Detroit Lions had a lot of running room against New England. New England played a lot of two high safeties, and the offensive line performed well. Blount was the lead back early but rotated frequently with Kerryon Johnson. Johnson performed better and is more dynamic, but Detroit has shown a willingness to continue including Blount as a focal point of the run game. Blount ran with power and continues driving after contact. Blount was also used twice out of the backfield for receptions.

2018 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount drew the start against the 49ers but worked in a time share with Kerryon Johnson. Blount was proficient running with balance and power between the tackles, while Johnson worked as the more versatile back. Blount was ejected for unnecessary roughness on a play where an unnecessary roughness should have been called on a hit against Stafford. Blount played the role of the defensive, albeit aggressive teammate, shoving a defender to the ground to earn the ejection. The penalty did not appear to be something that would subject him to additional missed time.

2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount earned the start against the Jets but was limited to only four carries for negative three yards. Blount has taken over the early down role for the Lions, but his usage is largely predictable for opposing defenses. Blount left the game with an injury in the second half but returned to the sideline later in the game with his helmet. However, Blount did not return to the game. He appears to be the starter in Detroit, but his usage was severally curtailed by bad game script.


Latest News

Lions | LeGarrette Blount goes nowhere fast (Sun Dec 9, 11:23 PM) - Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 12 times for 33 yards in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Lions | Touchdowns on tap for LeGarrette Blount? (Fri Dec 7, 11:02 PM) - Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14, and the Cardinals have allowed a league-high 15 rushing touchdowns to running backs this season.

Our View: Blount has been running with power and renewed burst over the last two weeks. He's a flex play or emergency RB2 this week.
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Lions | LeGarrette Blount racks up 61 yards (Sun Dec 2, 07:44 PM) - Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 61 yards in the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Blount has actually run better than expected since taking over for Kerryon Johnson. He'll have a chance to be flex-worthy next week against the Cardinals.
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