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RB Zach Zenner - Detroit Lions

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

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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
11 at CHI 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner operated as the clear third back. He failed on a short yardage attempt, his lone carry of the day. Zenner did serve as a pass protector ahead of Theo Riddick early in the game.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (3 / 11 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner again functioned as the third running back for Detroit against Kansas City. Zenner converted one of his two short yardage runs, and converted his lone goal line carry for a one-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner saw three carries for no yards. His carries all came in clock killing duty late in the fourth quarter. He also saw work in pass protection on passing downs but was not targeted.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zach Zenner was active for the first time this season, with Dwayne Washington injured. Zenner handled the lone Detroit carry in the red zone, but otherwise was limited to three carries on the day. Whether Zenner or Washington serve as the third running back, they are limited to short yardage and goal line carries, with Abdullah carrying the primary workload on running plays.

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Latest News

Lions | Detroit's Week 10 inactives (Sun Nov 12, 11:43 AM) - The Detroit Lions have declared FS Don Carey, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OG T.J. Lang, CB Teez Tabor, RB Tion Green, RB Zach Zenner, DL Ziggy Ansah inactive for Week 10.

Our View: Kenny Golladay is back this week, but he will probably be eased into the lineup after a long layoff. TJ Jones has less sleeper appeal with Golladay active.

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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