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RB Zach Zenner - Detroit Lions

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

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17 at GB 37 21 93 1 2 1 30 0 0 18.3

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

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 17 vs GB (21 / 93 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner had a strong day against the Green Bay Packers. Zenner rotated with LeGarrette Blount throughout the game and had clear better success. He had a goal line touchdown called back by holding and had a second touchdown called back by penalty but scored on the next play. Zenner was an effective interior runner throughout the game, with the ability to set up multiple cuts to create successful runs. Zenner was also involved in the screen game, dropping a dump off pass, before setting up a good screen pass later in the game. Zenner has shown well with Kerryon Johnson on IR and may have an opportunity to back Johnson up in 2019. Zenner is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

2018 Week 16 vs MIN (8 / 45 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner was a highlight in the Detroit Lions offense that struggled against Minnesota on Sunday. Zenner showed well on multiple runs where he had to avoid penetration with lateral cutting ability and was able to get to the second level. Zenner runs with more athleticism than LeGarrette Blount but continues to maintain a timeshare with Blount. Zenner is the far superior runner and capable of avoiding defenders and creating on his own. Zenner added two catches out of the backfield. He will face Green Bay in week 17.

2018 Week 15 vs BUF (10 / 45 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner ran as the starter against Buffalo, after finishing strong last week against Arizona. Zenner ran with better explosion and burst than LeGarrette Blount, which was a good upgrade for the Detroit offense. Zenner can run on the interior and get to the edge of the defense as well as contribute in the passing game. LeGarrette Blount received two carries inside the five-yard line in the first half but was stopped for no gain on each. On the next drive, Zenner got an opportunity for carries inside the five-yard line and scored a touchdown. His first carry was initially ruled a touchdown but overturned on review, but Zenner was able to convert on the next play for a touchdown. Kerryon Johnson remains the starter in Detroit, but Zenner will likely draw another start next week if Johnson misses the game against Minnesota.

2018 Week 14 vs ARI (12 / 54 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner opened the game spelling LeGarrette Blount with success on the second series of the game. Zenner had success early but saw an expanded role in the fourth quarter as Detroit was killing the clock. Zenner carried the ball on 7 of the 8 snaps on the final scoring drives while Detroit was attempting to salt away the game and ultimately scored a goal line touchdown. The increased usage is notable as Blount was the primary running back with Kerryon Johnson out of the lineup. The injury status of Johnson and Blount's role are keys to monitor during the week.

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