Riddick caught five passes off of six targets for 72 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland. He added 14 rushing yards on six carries. Riddick's 86 total yards were a season high and he tied a season high with 11 touches on Sunday. Riddick hasn't been much of a factor in the Lions' awful running game, having yet to crack 30 yards on the ground in a game this season. He's consistently been a factor in the passing game, however, his 50 catches representing the most of any back in the league. Lions' running backs haven't been fantasy studs this season, but Riddick may be the best of the bunch given his value in PPR leagues.
Riddick snagged three passes off of three targets for 25 yards in Sunday's win over Green Bay. He added a yard on the ground on three carries. Sunday's 26 total yards was Riddick's lowest total of the season. Riddick averaged a whopping six catches per game during the season's first five weeks, but has averaged a more modest four catches per game in the Lions' last four contests. Riddick is still an elite pass-catching back, his 45 receptions ranking second among NFL running backs, and the Lions' poor pass protection likely means that Matthew Stafford will continue to rely on Riddick as an outlet. A recent reduction in production and four-game scoreless streak, however, has cut into Riddick's once-solid PPR league value.
Riddick snatched six passes off of seven targets for 30 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. He added 17 rushing yards on five carries. The five carries were Riddick's second most of the season and, perhaps more importantly, he snagged five or more passes for the fifth time in eight games. Riddick's 11 touches on Sunday were more than Joique Bell and Ameer Abdullah's touches combined and with quarterback Matthew Stafford often harrassed by pass rushers, quick passes to Riddick have become a staple of Detroit's offense. He ranks second on the team in catches and, unless the Lions make wholesale changes during the Week 9 bye, Riddick should remain a spot starter in PPR leagues.
Riddick caught three passes off of four targets for 40 yards in Sunday's loss to Minnestoa. He added eight yards on the ground on three carries. Riddick has now been limited to three catches in consecutive games after averaging six catches per game during the season's first five weeks. He has lost his distinction of leading backs in catches, sitting one behind Danny Woodhead. Riddick doesn't carry the ball too often meaning that the vast majority of his value is tied to his abilities as a receiver. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has praised Riddick in recent weeks, but he is probably not worth a start until Stafford begins looking his way more often.
Riddick (groin) is active for Sunday's contest against the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. While the Lions' ground attack hasn't clicked this season, Riddick has managed to loom large as a receiver, earning between five and 13 targets in five consecutive games. Among teammates, his 42 targets rank behind only Calvin Johnson (63) and Golden Tate (52), whose ankle injuries could force Matthews Stafford to search for his new reliable in the passing game.
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