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RB Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

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

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Week 12: vs Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Lions running backs were stifled against the Bears last week, amassing just 57 yards on 20 carries with no touchdowns. This was a relatively pass-heavy game as Detroit was playing from behind in the first quarter, which led to Theo Riddick actually slightly out-snapping Ameer Abdullah for the first time since Week 5. Abdullah has not been spectacular by any means this season, but he actually has a touchdown in each of his last three games (the last one being a receiving score). Abdullah has a decent workload, but as we saw last week, he can quickly become underutilized as the Lions tend to operate one of the more pass-heavy offenses in the league. Theo Riddick matched his season high in carries last week, but he is their passing-down back and not to be treated as a threat rushing the ball. The Vikings run defense is putting together a very impressive season, allowing just over 80 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per attempt. They shut down one of the best running backs in the league, Todd Gurley, last week--limiting him to just 37 yards on 15 carries. This marks the fourth time in their last five games that the Vikings have not allowed a running back to rush for over 50 yards against them. They are giving up the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs and face a Lions team averaging just 80 rushing yards per game with only four rushing touchdowns on the season. This is a big mismatch in favor of the Vikings.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs PIT 30 4 21 0 2 2 24 0 0 4.5
9 at GB 25 5 11 0 4 4 62 0 0 7.3
10 vs CLE 17 4 35 0 3 3 12 1 0 10.7
11 at CHI 30 9 35 0 2 1 4 0 0 3.9
12 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 7 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Of the two Lions backs that carried the load, Riddick looked the more explosive and decisive. He wasted little motion when the yards were there to be gained, and shows excellent patience, footwork and guile on the Lions' staple inside and outside zone runs. Riddick made Bears defenders tackle air on occasion with his spin moves. On one in particular (in the red zone), Riddick was unlucky not to pull away from a tackler and score. He almost busted off a huge run in the latter stages of the game, but was tripped up just as he broke through the line.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (4 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 1 rec)

Theo Riddick was involved early in both the run and the pass game. Riddick had two carries over ten yards, and showed ability to salvage a gain when there is no room to run by cutting back across the formation. Riddick continued to be the secondary back despite Ameer Abdullah's two fumbles last week, but saw a season high 35-yards rushing. Riddick continued as the lead receiving option out of the backfield, catching all three of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was an angle route out of the backfield, where Riddick broke open to the middle of the field, for the catch. Detroit's goal line offense has been stagnant in recent weeks, and the use of Riddick is an expansion of his offensive role.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick saw expanded usage after Ameer Abdullah's second fumble. He had one goal line carry that was stopped for no gain, but led the next series, with a 63-yard screen play. Riddick was the beneficiary of the right play at the right time, as Green Bay came with a blitz with the screen play called and the play was executed to perfection. Riddick had a 14-yard carry but was held to -3 yards on his other four carries. When Riddick gets the ball in his hands, he is more of a threat to create than Ameer Abdullah has been, but he continues to be the secondary back in the offense. If Abdullah is punished for his fumbles, Riddick could capitalize on a more spread approach than the Lions have been trying to force through with Abdullah.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was the primary back on a third quarter drive, where the Lions went up-tempo. Riddick totaled 46 yards on four touches during the drive, which was more yardage than Ameer Abdullah accumulated during the game on a third of the touches. Riddick was limited to two other touches on the game. Riddick remains the superior passing game option in the backfield, and is capable of producing after the catch in the passing game, but has recently seen reduced workload in the passing game.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was the clear lead passing option in Detroit's backfield. He was inconsistent on the day, bobbling multiple balls, including one which turned into an interception. He showed ability to create and make defenders miss after the catch. Riddick was split into slot on multiple occasions, including a goal line pass play where he was wide open in the middle of the field. Stafford never saw Riddick and instead threw an incompletion to the other side of the field. Riddick did give some passing down work away to Zach Zenner who was used primarily as a pass blocker on third downs early in the game.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick finished third on the team with five targets while finishing with four catches and 45 yards. Riddick is trusted by Matthew Stafford in important areas, and Riddick frequently rewards Stafford by making defenders miss and getting yards after the catch. Riddick contributed two carries for eight yards, but was a clear ancillary plan in the running game.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was only targeted twice with one reception for eight yards. Riddick also saw four carries for four yards, including one red zone carry. Zach Zenner cut into some of Riddick's passing game work when Zenner was used in pass protection.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 9 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was held without a carry on the day. He contributed four catches on 9 targets for 38 yards. Riddick was targeted at the goal line during Detroit's final drive, on a slant route, but fell to the ground on his break. He had inside position on the defender, and appeared to be interfered with, but there was no flag. Riddick continued to be the lead receiving back in Detroit.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick handled the passing game duties out of the backfield for three catches and 17 yards, and added nine carries for 20 yards. Riddick showed good quickness, and made the first defender miss on multiple occasions. Six of Riddick's carries came on Detroit's final drive when they were trying to run out the clock. He made defenders miss and powered through a tackle attempt to convert a third and 11 with under three minutes to go in the game. Riddick is Stafford's second favorite target on third down plays behind Golden Tate.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 27 / 1 rec)

Theo Riddick was the clear passing preference out of the Detroit backfield throughout the game. Riddick scored a touchdown on a option route, where he ran to the middle of the field to catch the ball in the soft spot of a zone. After the catch, Riddick spun toward the right boundary to avoid two Arizona linebackers before diving into the end zone. Riddick was a reliable option for Stafford in the short passing game, which functioned as a replacement for the limited running game. On one third down and two, Riddick ran a check down route right to the line to gain and secured a catch while being immediately hit by an Arizona defender. He also had a 13-yard gain to start the two minute drill at the end of the second quarter to set up a Detroit field goal. While Riddick was locked in as the lead passing option out of the backfield, he was limited to one carry in the game.

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Latest News

Lions | Theo Riddick posts 30 total yards (Thu Nov 23, 07:59 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick rushed for 20 yards on five carries against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12. He also caught one pass for 10 yards during the game.

Our View: Nobody seems very effective coming out of the Detroit backfield, though Riddick seemed the best of the bunch. Down for much of the game, the run game became less important so perhaps had the game been closer, earlier, Riddick might have produced more.
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Lions | Theo Riddick totals 10 touches (Sun Nov 19, 05:35 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick rushed nine times for a team-high 35 yards in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears and he added one reception for four yards on two targets.

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Lions | Theo Riddick totals seven touches (Sun Nov 12, 04:58 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick rushed four times for 35 yards in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns while adding three receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown on his three targets.

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Schedule

12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Green Bay Packers