Theo Riddick is still part of the Lions run game -- and there's a shot he'll be a bigger part than before. Last season he was the team's best passing-downs back, grabbing 80 of 99 targets for 697 yards and three scores. But he had just 43 rush attempts on the year, a number that has plenty of room to grow even though Riddick, who is in a contract year, has never been a prolific rusher in the NFL. Really, it's going to come down to how much Ameer Abdullah has progressed -- if Abdullah is great, Riddick will wedge into his usual passing-downs role. But if Abdullah struggles like he did last year, there's a clear path for Riddick to gain more work, even with Stevan Ridley joining the team this offseason. Riddick is worth taking in the double-digit rounds in standard leagues, but his catching prowess makes him an asset in PPR, well worth a Round 8 selection.
Riddick caught 80 of 99 targets for 697 yards and three touchdowns and added 133 yards on 43 carries in 2015. Riddick ended the season tied with Danny Woodhead for most receptions by a running back. The third-year back was by far the most consistent performer in Detroit's backfield, leading the threesome with 833 total yards. With at least five catches in 10 games in 2015, Riddick should continue to be featured prominently in Detroit's passing attack in 2015 and could be starter-material in PPR leagues.
Riddick caught four of five targets for 29 yards and added four yards on two carries in Sunday's win over Chicago. Riddick closed the season tied with San Diego's Danny Woodhead for the most receptions in the league for a running back. The third-year back struggled to find the end zone, scoring just thrice all season, but was a consistent producer - catching at least four passes in 11 of 16 games. Veteran back Joique Bell emerged as a threat in the passing game late in the season, with 12 catches in the Lions' final six games. Should Bell bounce, Riddick may gain a stronger hold as the team's pass-catching back in 2016.
Riddick hauled in seven of eight targets for 63 yards and added 20 yards rushing on seven carries in Sunday's win over the 49ers. After putting together one of his worst games of the season against the Saints on Monday, Riddick returned to form against San Francisco - topping five receptions for the sixth time in eight games. Riddick has been the most consistently productive of Detroit's three-headed stable of backs, but he's found the end zone just once since Week 5 and has yet to reach 100 total yards in a game this season. With that in mind, Riddick's production is far more useful in PPR formats than standard leagues.
Riddick caught two passes off of two targets and added three rushing yards on two carries in Monday's win over New Orleans. Go figure. The league's top pass-catching back had one of his worst games of the season against a pass defense that ranks at the bottom of the league. Riddick's four touches on Monday were his fewest since Week 1 and snapped a four-game stretch during which he caught at least five passes in each game. His 13 total offensive snaps, per Pro Football Focus, were also his lowest since Week 1. The Lions had arguably their best game of the season running the football, which played toward the strengths of Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell. Given his track record, Monday's game should be considered an exception rather than a rule for Riddick.
Riddick snagged seven catches off of 11 targets for 44 yards and added 18 yards on three carries in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. Riddick led the team with 11 targets on Sunday and his 10 total touches had him leading the Lions' backfield for the first time since Week 8. He also saw his most receptions since Week 5 and extended his run of games with at least five catches to four. Given the crowded nature of Detroit's backfield, Riddick isn't reliable from a yardage standpoint and has scored just thrice this season, making him a tough start in standard leagues. He remains a solid contributor in PPR leagues.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|6||10/16||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|13||12/04||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|15||12/18||@New York Giants||26||20.38|
|17||01/01||Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|3 Year Avg||24||70||0||39||346||2||53|