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RB Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

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

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Riddick had surgery in both of his wrists in December 2016. He is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Summary

Theo Riddick has developed into one of the best receiving backs in the league and is a big part of the Lions passing game. He missed six games last season but still managed to catch 53 passes (5.3 per game). In 2015, he caught 80 passes (5.0 per game). Riddick has not performed well as a runner however, with a career average of just 3.5 yards per attempt. He did show signs of modest improvement as a runner last season however. His 3.9 YPC and 92 rushing attempts in 2016 both rank as career highs. The Lions locked Riddick up last fall with a three-year extension that will keep him in Detroit through the 2019 season. Riddick's value in fantasy leagues is mostly limited to the PPR format, where his average of 5.1 receptions per game over his past 26 games projects out to 82 catches in a full season. He is low-end RB2 with some further upside should Ameer Abdullah get injured again or prove ineffective in the lead role. (June 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 39, 21, 31, 37, 37, 37, 37, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 44, 46, 50, 51, 52
Overall Redraft - 87, 42
RB Redraft PPR - 33, 15, 16, 23, 28, 31, 31, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 38, 38, 40, 41, 41, 42, 44
Overall Redraft PPR - 92, 53, 55
RB Dynasty - 34, 19, 35, 37, 39, 52
Overall Dynasty - 96, 63

Stats and Projections

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2014 DET 14 20 51 0 50 34 316 4
2015 DET 16 43 133 0 99 80 697 3 1
2016 DET 10 92 357 1 67 53 371 5
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 69 * * 61 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 55 * * 75 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 80 * * 55 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 87 * * 43 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 94
RB: 35
Overall-PPR: 93
RB-PPR: 33

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