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April 26, 2022

Fantasy Football 101: D’Andre Swift is A Legit Running Back

The Detroit Lions have a long history of being inept, underachievers, and loveable losers. Despite that, Detroit has produced some pretty good players over the years. Matthew Stafford, Barry Sanders, and Calvin Johnson, come to mind right away. Detroit is trying to build a new culture with head coach Dan Campbell. One of the players who could help propel the Lions into contention is running back D’Andre Swift. 

Swift is ranked as the 23rd best player on fantasypros.com, and the 12th best running back. PFF paints a bit of a different story. PFF gave Swift a 57.8 grade, ranking him 59th overall. Swift even ranked lower than his Lions’ teammate Jammal Williams who was given a 69.8 grade, and ranked 28th overall. 

Swift carried the ball 151 times (30th), for 617-yards (30th), and five touchdowns (T-23rd). From a fantasy perspective those numbers aren’t great, but he averaged 4.1-yards-per-carry. At 23-years-old D’Andre Swift seems to be on an upward trajectory. 

Swift is one of those players that is difficult to figure out. As a football analyst, Swift is the type of running back that you would love to have on your team. He’ll pick up tough yards, and make plays when he has to. Swift is also pretty good in the passing game. Swift caught 62-passes for 452-yards, and two touchdowns. So even though Swift’s numbers may not match Austin Eckler and Jonathan Taylor, he can still be pretty effective for your fantasy team. 

Swift suffered an injury last season which derailed his season, but as Anderson Pickard of FantasyPros points out, you’re not selecting Swift as your RB1, and Swift would make a very solid RB2 on many teams. 

“Lions running back D'Andre Swift rushed seven times for 30 yards against the Packers during Sunday's regular-season finale. He also hauled in four of five targets for an additional 16 yards through the air. Swift was great through his first 10 games of the season. However, an injury on Thanksgiving Day sidelined him for quite some time, then limited his production in Weeks 17 and 18. Fantasy managers should be able to count on Swift as a high-end RB2 next season.”

I like Swift, he may not be a household name, but he has the opportunity to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. A lot is going to hinge on the type of team Detroit puts around him, and coaching stability will play a big role in his development. 

When you start getting into the third and fourth rounds of your fantasy draft, D’Andre Swift is a perfect secondary option.