D’Andre Swift was recent off a monstrous 25.9 level outing in his first profession NFL begin every week in the past. Averaging 18.5 touches over his final two video games, Swift not solely had the look of a must-start towards the Carolina Panthers heading into this week, however was arguably the beginning of the week on the RB place.
That was earlier than a concussion compelled the Detroit Lions to rule out their standout rookie on Friday, leaving their backfield duties within the fingers of future Corridor of Famer Adrian Peterson and the gifted, but vastly underutilized Kerryon Johnson.
Are both of those backs streamable in what seems to be a welcoming matchup towards the Panthers? Let’s focus on.
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Lions RBs Fantasy Outlook vs. Panthers
The very fact of the matter is, you possible wouldn’t have paid a lot consideration to both of those gamers, even in Swift’s absence, had it not been for the dreamy matchup towards Carolina.
The Panthers permit a mean of 28.73 ppg to the place, fourth-most within the NFL. Actually, they permit the fourth-most dashing yards (1,088) and dashing touchdowns (10) to the place as properly. Opponents’ main rushers have both rushed for no less than 83 yards and/or scored no less than one dashing TD towards the Panthers in 9 of Carolina’s 10 video games this season.
Adrian Peterson Outlook
Moreover, Carolina has allowed an NFL-high 64 pink zone touches to the RB place this season. It is a statistic that ought to sound like music to the ears of Peterson homeowners, as he leads all Lions RBs with 19 dashing makes an attempt contained in the 20-yard line this season. Johnson, however, has obtained simply six.
The 35-year-old has obtained double-digit dashing makes an attempt in 5 video games this season, averaging 10.06 ppg in these video games. Downside is, he averaged simply 3.Four ypc or fewer in all however a type of video games. The excellent news, he’ll possible have a bit extra operating room come Sunday, because the Panthers’ run protection permits 4.88 yards per carry to RBs this 12 months, the third-most in soccer.
Kerryon Johnson Outlook
Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey claimed Peterson will “lead it off” within the backfield towards Carolina, whereas Kerryon will fill Swift’s function “as a lot as doable,” per Chris Burke of The Athletic.
Factor is, Johnson filling the Swift function, specifically as a pass-catcher, could also be sufficient to earn him flex attraction. The third-year professional has performed predominately on passing downs this season, albeit normally delegated to blocking duties. The pass-catching function has been as a substitute manned by Swift, whose 31 receptions this 12 months rank seventh amongst all NFL RBs.
Johnson has proven a capability for use as a receiver out of the backfield prior to now. He hauled in 32 receptions in 10 video games as a rookie again in 2018. In Adrian Peterson’s earlier 15 NFL seasons, he’s completed such a feat simply thrice, most not too long ago in 2012. Secure to say, Johnson, who has now outsnapped Peterson in back-to-back weeks, will virtually actually function the workforce’s most well-liked possibility within the passing recreation.
The Panthers have allowed 66 receptions to RBs this season, tied for probably the most within the NFL. Their 12 targets within the pink zone to the place are tied for third-highest.
Ought to You Begin or Sit Peterson/Johnson in Week 11?
In normal scoring codecs, Peterson is the clear prime possibility right here. More likely to see between 11 and 17ish carries, he has RB2 upside. But, he’s nonetheless finest seen as an RB3/FLEX play merely because of his lack of manufacturing of late. He’s possible not more than a risky RB4/FLEX2 in PPR leagues.
Talking of PPR leagues, Johnson could be the participant I’d roll the cube on right here. He’s a extremely intriguing sleeper, rostered in simply 14% of Yahoo leagues. When you’re in a pickle this week, Johnson’s possible utilization within the passing recreation could also be simply sufficient to get you out of it. View Johnson as a fringe RB3/RB4 with high-end RB3 upside.
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