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RB Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

5-10, 201Born: 5-4-1991College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 6, pick 2013

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Like Jalen Richard, Riddick has become a commodity as a pass-catching back on a team that is likely to win few games down the stretch. He could realize even more value if Marvin Jones knee issue and Kerryon Johnson's ankle issue costs them playing time.

General News (Thu Nov 15): has lined up in the slot 18 times since the team traded wide receiver Golden Tate, which leads all running backs since Week 9.

Week 11: vs Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Rookie Kerryon Johnson may be the dynamic runner the Lions have coveted, yet not found, for the last half-decade. He showcased that ability over his first 5 games as the starter, averaging an eye-popping 6.67 yards on those 64 attempts. But he's slowed down majorly on the box score, posting just 110 yards over the last 3 games (3.24 per carry). It's worth noting he's faced three stout run defenses over that span, and that the often-trailing Lions haven't been able to give him much of a rhythm on the ground. Johnson probably isn't as eruptive as he looked during his breakout, but he's almost certainly better than this. It helps his cause that 31-year-old LeGarrette Blount no longer brings anything to the table. Johnson moved forward as the clear face of the Lions ground attack, and while things look dicey for this discombobulated offense, his personal outlook is strong. Johnson is explosive and versatile, and once top guard T.J. Lang returns (possibly this week), he'll again operate behind a somewhat underrated run-blocking line. For the most part, the Panthers' run defense has failed to carry over from its strong 2017. They've tightened up a bit after a shaky start, with long-tenured linebacker Thomas Davis back from suspension. Last Thursday, James Conner became the first runner to reach 50 ground yards in this matchup since Week 6. Still, this clearly isn't the same strength that last season's suffocating group was. They've let 6 of 9 opposing lead backs average north of 4.00 yards a carry after only 8 did it all of last year. The linebackers - even Luke Kuechly - are missing more tackles than usual, and often finding themselves swallowed up inside on tricky runs. Conner found a lot of easy yardage last week, continuing a trend for solid runners with good lines. This unit isn't necessarily weak, but it's not much to fear in fantasy matchups.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 at MIN 39 0 0 0 8 7 36 0 0 3.6
10 at CHI 45 0 0 0 7 6 60 0 0 6
11 vs CAR 0 1 0 0 7 5 30 0 0 3
11 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 7 * * * *
11 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
11 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 10 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)

For the second consecutive week, Theo Riddick has seen slot usage in an attempt to replace Golden Tate. Riddick is a lesser version of Tate but did manage to create after the catch on multiple short throws in the slot, including multiple third down conversions. While Riddick has maintained a role in the slot, Kerryon Johnson has continued to see a passing game role of his own out of the backfield. With the loss of Tate, the Riddick will be able to maintain a role in the passing game despite Johnson's continued emergence as a three down back. Riddick will face Carolina next week.

2018 Week 9 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 36 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick returned after missing the last two games with an injury. Riddick was used in the slot frequently throughout the game as an attempt to replace the recently traded Golden Tate. Riddick tied Marvin Jones with a team leading 8 targets and was able to catch 7 of them. However, he was unable to spring any big gains. When Detroit got behind, Riddick operated as the passing game back, a role that was filled by Kerryon Johnson in Riddick's absence. The Detroit offense is evolving its identity without Tate, and Riddick could see an expanded role in more split out alignments like he did on Sunday. He faces Chicago next week.

2018 Week 5 vs GB (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick had a quiet game on a day where Detroit got up early and had clear advantages on the outside. Riddick's catches were check downs, including attempts short of the chains on long third downs. Riddick continues to be the pure passing game option in the backfield and largely dependent on negative game script and two-minute drills for fantasy opportunity.

2018 Week 4 vs DAL (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick got the opportunity for passing game work against Dallas and was involved in a two-minute drill at the end of the second half. Riddick is a reliable receiving option, but is not frequently used in the running game, and has fantasy appeal only in negative game script.

2018 Week 3 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick had a quiet night, with Detroit leading throughout the game and using Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount heavily. Riddick did convert a third down late in the game, with a good option route out of the backfield.

2018 Week 2 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 12 / 9 / 47 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick saw the second most targets on the team with 12 against the 49ers. Riddick was used extensively in the passing game during the hurry up offense at the end of the first half and late in the fourth quarter. Riddick could have had a better game, but Stafford was errant on multiple targets to Riddick. Riddick's could have added another big reception but dropped a pass on third down on the final drive of the game. The throw was low, but Riddick had his hands on it. An on target throw and catch could have set up a large gain and potentially put Detroit in field goal range.

2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick saw extended time with the Lions playing in garbage time but was largely ineffective. He averaged just over two yards per target and three yards per catch on check down type passes. Riddick was the clear passing game player with Abdullah inactive.

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Latest News

Lions | Theo Riddick running in the slot often (Thu Nov 15, 10:22 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick has lined up in the slot 18 times since the team traded WR Golden Tate, which leads all running backs since Week 9.

Our View: Riddick could see an uptick in targets this week against the Panthers if Marvin Jones is inactive or ineffective. He has some PPR flex appeal and could be an RB2 in a pinch.
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Lions | Theo Riddick records six grabs (Sun Nov 11, 05:42 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick didn't have any carries but he had six grabs for 60 yards on seven targets in the Week 10 game against the Chicago Bears.

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Schedule

11vs Carolina Panthers
12vs Chicago Bears
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ Buffalo Bills
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Green Bay Packers