Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
vs 22 19
vs 14 16
@ 24 19
vs 29 21
@ 20 17
- -
@ 6 14
vs 19 17
vs 8 15
@ 13 16
@ 26 20
vs 16 16
vs 21 17
vs 24 19
@ 32 26
@ 12 16
vs 13 16
@ 8 15
Player Outlook
Swift has been discussed as a breakout candidate since entering the NFL, and it certainly isn't changing now. Heck, he was breaking out through the first 10 games of the 2021 season (17.6 PPR points per game) before getting hurt. Upon his return, he was used less often and wasn't as explosive as before. It would be silly for Detroit to not utilize Swift for his strengths, which includes getting the ball in space, but it would be equally silly for them to load him up on touches and put him in position to wear down again. The Lions know, as you do, that Swift has missed 10 games through two seasons. It's his pass-catching upside that keeps him very much in the conversation among the top 10 Fantasy running backs getting picked on Draft Day. Plan to take him before 20th overall in PPR leagues and 30th overall in non-PPR leagues.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 617 4.09 5 1 62 452 2 14611.2
2020 521 4.57 8 2 46 357 2 14311
3y Avg. 569 4.31 6 2 54 404 2 14010.8
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Scores in exhibition opener

    Swift rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Falcons. Swift capped Detroit's opening drive with a nine-yard touchdown rush. That proved to be his final carry of the game, making for a short but effective showing to begin the preseason.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Feeling good after maintenance day

    Swift got the day off Wednesday, seemingly as part of Detroit's plan to keep him healthy throughout the season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Between his four missed games with a shoulder injury late last season and the presence of two experienced backups (Jamaal Williams, Justin Jackson) on Detroit's roster, there's been talk of Swift's workload being scaled back. Reduced reps in camp may feed into that discussion, but it mostly just seems to be a matter of keeping Swift healthy and fresh. He's unquestioned as Detroit's lead back, though it is fair to question how much work he'll cede to his backups. Last year he played 67 percent of snaps in his 13 active games and averaged 11.6 carries and 4.8 receptions per contest, totaling 1,069 yards and seven TDs. In terms of per-game production, he was RB20 for standard leagues and RB10 for full PPR. The split shouldn't be as wide this year, though it won't be surprising if he continues to be spelled on early downs rather than late downs for the most part. Swift said he's feeling good and expects to return to practice in short order.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Coach expresses workload concerns

    Head coach Dan Campbell expressed concern with Swift holding up under a large workload, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports. "[Swift]'s got that ability, and so my gosh man, you want those guys out there every play, but ... I would like to see, if we get him out of camp, get his legs under him, get him in really good shape, like I said get the intensity, get the volume under him and then let's see where he looks like," Campbell said. Swift has missed time due to shoulder and groin injuries in both college and the pros, most recently missing part of last summer's training camp with a strained groin before sustaining an AC joint injury Week 12. This led the third-year running back to miss multiple games for a second consecutive season. While optimists can point to reports of Swift having bulked up over the offseason as reason to think his injury luck could improve, his head coach nonetheless is warranted in his concern about putting too heavy of a workload on his 5-foot-9 running back. With Jamaal Williams -- who saw double-digit touches in 11 of 13 games last year -- around for another year, the Lions have a quality veteran option that can help them avoid doing just that, but Swift is the unquestioned No. 1.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Appears to have bulked up

    Swift has shown a more muscular physique upon reporting for OTAs this spring, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. The report is merely based on visual observations made by Twentyman, but any added muscle could probably be considered a positive sign for a 5-foot-9 running back who has missed at least three games in both of his first two professional seasons. While it's not fair to consider Swift "injury prone" this soon into his career, it's possible that his fantasy value could be higher heading into 2022 if he hadn't been slowed down by head and shoulder injuries in consecutive years. After all, when not counting the games in which Swift was limited by injury in 2021, his 97.5 scrimmage yards per game would have ranked eighth among all running backs.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Scores once

    Swift ran for 30 yards and one touchdown on seven carries and caught four passes for 16 yards on five targets against Green Bay on Sunday. Swift again saw a limited workload from scrimmage, while Jamaal Williams saw 13 carries and Craig Reynolds took three. Williams produced 43 yards and Reynolds two, reinforcing the fact that Swift is clearly Detroit's best running back from scrimmage. Swift is an explosive runner and skilled pass catcher, so his fantasy upside could be enormous with enough of a workload. However, going back to his college days, Swift hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy as a workhorse back. He finishes his second season with 617 yards (4.1 YPC) and five touchdowns on the ground while catching 62 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns on 78 targets (79.5 percent caught, 5.8 yards per target).
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Minimal activity

    Swift ran for 32 yards on four carries and caught two passes for seven yards on three targets against Seattle on Sunday. The Lions indicated that Swift was at full strength for this game, so his light usage behind Jamaal Williams (11 carries for 22 yards and one touchdown, three catches for 22 yards on three targets) was surprising if not dubious. Perhaps coach Dan Campbell wanted to limit Swift's exposure to contact in a meaningless game, or perhaps he was making a You Can't Make The Club In The Tub kind of point to Swift, who missed the prior four games with a shoulder injury, but Swift's fantasy investors are entitled to some level of indignation either way. Regardless of whatever reason Campbell might have had for Swift's lack of usage Sunday, it's safe to say that the Lions offense did not benefit from Swift's lack of touches. Detroit faces Green Bay in Week 18.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: No designation for Week 17

    Swift (shoulder) will make his return to the lineup Sunday in Seattle, as he doesn't carry an injury designation into the contest. Earlier in the season, the Lions regularly listed Swift as questionable heading into game days, even though he often appeared at little risk of actually sitting out. After missing each of the previous four games while recovering from an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, Swift's lack of a designation is somewhat surprising given the previous pattern, but it's perhaps a reflection of the Lions' confidence in his health following a month-long layoff. Swift was a full participant in practice all week, and running backs coach Duce Staley suggested Friday the Lions don't intend to take a conservative approach with him, according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. Fantasy managers who have been waiting patiently on Swift's return shouldn't count on him approaching the season-high 33 carries he earned Week 10 against Pittsburgh, but he looks like a good bet to at least get double-digit touches.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Puts in full practice Wednesday

    Swift (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Swift appears ready to end his four-game absence, the result of an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. Head coach Dan Campbell even hinted as much Wednesday, telling Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he expects Swift to return Sunday at Seattle. With a full practice under his belt to begin Week 17 prep, Swift is well on his way to doing just that. How the snaps and reps will break down between him, Jamaal Williams and even Craig Reynolds is more of a mystery, but in the 10 contests before getting hurt, Swift averaged 19 touches per game.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Expected back this week

    Swift (shoulder) is expected to play in Sunday's game in Seattle, with Lions head coach Dan Campbell joking that the running back will be "shut down" after Week 18, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Campbell is poking fun at reports that suggested Swift might be held out for the final couple of games even if he was healthy enough to play. Swift may still need to prove his health on the practice field this week, but the Lions apparently are optimistic after he managed limited participation in practices last Wednesday through Friday before he was inactive for Sunday's loss to Atlanta. His return for the final two weeks would mean less work for Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds, even if Swift's role isn't quite as large as it was earlier in the season.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Missing fourth straight game

    Swift (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game at Atlanta. Despite not being ruled out ahead of this contest, Swift will remain sidelined as he continues the later stages of his recovery from an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. That leaves the Lions backfield to Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds. Williams is coming off a two-game absence himself following a bout with COVID-19, which allowed Reynolds to serve as the lead back to the tune of 40 touches for 216 yards from scrimmage. In any case, the pair figure to be the team's key RBs in some way, shape and form.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Limited again in practice

    Swift (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Thursday. Swift wasn't able to increase his activity from Wednesday, but the fact that he was on the practice field in some capacity for the second day in a row is a positive sign following three weeks of no participation at all. Because of Swift's long layoff, the Lions may want to see him turn in a full practice before clearing him for game action, leaving his availability for Sunday's game in Atlanta up in the air at the moment. Whenever he's deemed ready to play, Swift could take on a lighter workload than he previously enjoyed as the 2-11-1 Lions look to preserve him with little on the line over the final three games of the season.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Limited in return to practice

    Swift (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday. The limited activity marks Swift's first on-field work since suffering an AC joint sprain in his shoulder during a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bears. He'll have two more sessions this week to prove his health before the Lions potentially make a determination on his availability for Sunday's game in Atlanta. If Swift does enough to receive clearance to play, Detroit could suddenly have a logjam in the backfield, as Jamaal Williams returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday and Craig Reynolds has fared well as the lead running back the past two contests.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Back at practice Wednesday

    Swift (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Swift was knocked out the Lions' Thanksgiving Day matchup with he Bears with what eventually was deemed to be an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. He missed the past three games as a result of the injury, and Wednesday's development marked his first notable on-field work since then. It's unclear if Swift will do enough this week to put himself in a position to play Sunday in Atlanta, but he looks like he'll at least will be listed as a limited participant on Detroit's first Week 16 practice report.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Expected to practice this week

    Swift (shoulder) is expected to return to practice this week, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports. Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Swift still is considered "week-to-week, day-to-day" due to his injury, but the team likely will have him test the issue during practice. Whether he's available for Sunday's game against Atlanta remains to be seen, but he appears to be trending in a positive direction. If Swift remains out Week 16, Jamaal Williams (illness) and Craig Reynolds could see additional playing time.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Unlikely to practice Wednesday

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell said he doesn't expect Swift (shoulder) to practice Wednesday. Tight end T.J. Hockenson (hand) is also expected to sit out Wednesday, with Campbell noting that the two injured skill-position players will "move around" in the Lions' first Week 15 practice session. With that in mind, Swift's status for Sunday's game against the Cardinals is to be determined, while fellow running back Jamaal Williams currently resides on reserve/COVID-19 list for the time being. Craig Reynolds, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson are left as the healthy backs on the 53-man roster.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Could be back Week 15

    Coach Dan Campbell said Monday he's "hopeful" Swift (shoulder) will be available for Sunday's matchup against Arizona. Swift said that both Swift and T.J. Hockenson (hand) are "feeling better" Monday. The young running back and tight end are Detroit's most impactful skill-position players, so it would provide a notable boost for Jared Goff to get both back on the field against Arizona's dangerous defense. Meanwhile, Jamaal William (illness) remains on the COVID-19 list to begin Tuesday.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Ruled out

    Swift (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Denver, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. With Swift officially missing back-to-back games and Jamaal Williams landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, it appears the Lions will deploy Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike in their backfield this Sunday. Swift's next chance to play will be Sunday, Dec. 19 when the Lions host NFC frontrunner Arizona.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Not expected to play Sunday

    Coach Dan Campbell said Swift (shoulder) is "unlikely" to play Sunday against the Broncos, Eric Woodyard of reports. Swift was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday as he continues to manage a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, and it appears he'll be sidelined for his second straight game Sunday. If the 2020 second-round pick is unavailable, Jamaal Williams is poised for another start in the backfield, with Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson (illness) set to serve as the secondary options.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: Doesn't practice Thursday

    Swift (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday. With no practice reps to speak of so far this week due to an AC joint sprain, Swift seems destined for a second consecutive absence as the Lions prepare for Sunday's contest at Denver. Jermar Jefferson (illness) joined Swift on the sideline Thursday, leaving Jamaal Williams and Godwin Igwebuike as Detroit's healthy running backs on the active roster. Friday's injury report may clear up the state of his backfield heading into the weekend.
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  • Lions' D'Andre Swift: No practice Wednesday

    Swift (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's walk-through practice. His absence comes as no surprise after head coach Dan Campbell gave a non-update on Swift earlier Wednesday, telling Eric Woodyard of that the running is "improving" but otherwise doesn't have a timeline for a return. With one absence under Swift's belt and potentially another to come Sunday in Denver, the Lions again may be forced to rely on Jamaal Williams, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson out of the backfield Week 14.
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