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RB Zach Zenner - Detroit Lions

5-11, 223Born: 9-13-1991College: South Dakota StateDrafted: ---

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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

10 at CHI 2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.2
11 vs CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 0 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Latest News

Lions | Detroit brings back Zach Zenner (Tue Nov 6, 02:48 PM) - Free-agent RB Zach Zenner (Lions) was re-signed by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Our View: Zenner had a back injury that prevented him from making the 53-man roster for the Lions earlier this season. He'll bring some value to special teams but shouldn't touch the ball much on offense.
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