Riddick is a candidate to open the 2019 season as the No. 2 running back despite the Lions' recent addition of C.J. Anderson along with the re-signing of Zach Zenner, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The report focuses on the fact that Riddick is making nearly double that of Anderson's and Zenner's combined contracts while suggesting the scatback may not be the cap casualty some have speculated, given that Detroit currently has the eighth-most cap space in the league, according to the NFLPA's most recent report. However, Birkett also notes that the Lions can move on from any of these three players with a minimal cap hit, so it appears the backup situation behind Kerryon Johnson could be a fluid situation as the offseason unfolds. Riddick was seen working out in a recent video posted on the team's Instagram account and appears to have recovered from the groin injury that prevented him from finishing last season's Week 17 game against Green Bay.
Riddick (groin) isn't guaranteed to remain with the Lions in 2019, Nate Atkins of MLive.com reports. Detroit could reportedly save $3.4 million by setting Riddick free this offseason, a decision that will depend to some degree on how comfortable the organization is with Kerryon Johnson taking on an expanded role as a receiver. Given that Johnson (6.7 yards per reception, 5.5 yards per target) was more efficient than Riddick last season (6.3 YPR, 5.2 YPT), the 2018 second-round pick looks capable of handling more responsibilities on passing downs. Riddick's chances of sticking around will decline further if the team brings back Zach Zenner, who emerged down the stretch and was the most efficient of the bunch as a receiver (8.0 YPR, 5.6 YPT) in 2018.
Riddick rushed three times for minus-two yards and caught four of five targets for seven yards during Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota. Splitting time with Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount, Riddick arguably had his worst game of the season against a stout Vikings defense that entered the game having allowed the fourth-least total yards per game in 2018. Still without either a touchdown or more than 60 scrimmage yards in any one game this season, Riddick is nothing short of a desperation play for any fantasy owners still in competition during the Week 17 season finale.
Riddick rushed eight times for 47 yards and caught two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo. Riddick was Detroit's leading rusher in this one, though Zach Zenner had the better overall performance with 45 yards and a short touchdown on 10 carries. Look for Riddick to be more involved as a receiver against the Vikings in Week 16, with Detroit likely to fall behind and employ a more pass-heavy formula.
Riddick rushed six times for 28 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona. The Lions went with a ground-and-pound approach against a Cardinals defense that entered the game having allowed the 10th-fewest yards per pass attempt (7.2), as Detroit finished the game with 31 rushing attempts versus 23 pass attempts. Riddick ultimately tied for the team lead in targets while Kenny Golladay drew heavy coverage from a Patrick Peterson-led Cardinals secondary. Averaging 50 total yards over his last six games but still without a single touchdown on the season, Riddick will remain an uninspiring fantasy play in a Week 15 matchup with a strong Bills defense.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
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|3 Year Avg||72||271||1||56||400||2||85|