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|Second in the NFL in receptions by a running back, Theo Riddick burst onto the scene in 2015 and gave the Lions not only a consistent receiving threat out of the backfield, but he gave fantasy owners some substantial value, especially in PPR leagues. And that is where Riddickís value will continue to split. Because of his receiver-like stats, and role on the offense, (99 targets vs 43 rushing attempts) he has considerably more value in PPR leagues. Riddick remained a high volume receiver even after the offensive changes made mid-season, so that leads me to believe that approaching 80 catches again is certainly plausible. With such a low rushing yardage and touchdown ceiling, Riddick really becomes only a FLEX consideration in standard leagues. Should Abdullah falter though, Riddick could be valuable with additional touches.
|Lions open to letting Zenner be every-down RB|
Played 64 of 66 snaps in Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 5, 5:30 pm
|Zach Zenner played 64 of a possible 66 snaps in Week 17 and was the only running back to see time on offense. He ran for a career-high 69 yards and had another 41 yards receiving.
"Zennerís in phenomenal shape," OC Jim Bob Cooter said. "As the game wore on, kind of felt like he could keep going and felt like it made sense for us to do that, hopefully kind of adjusting to a stance (that backs can't play 70 snaps) I made earlier in the week. So obviously my lack of playing competitive NFL running back hurt me there from a knowledge base ... who knows what could happen in the future. Iíll keep it open-ended." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The absence of Ameer Abdullah for most of the season and Theo Riddick recently has forced the Lions' hand somewhat, but it shouldn't be all that surprising a back that rushed for over 2,000 yards three times at the FCS level may be able to handle the rigors of full-time duty. Zenner has a difficult matchup this weekend in Seattle, but he's among the top five RB plays on the board.