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Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Date of Birth:  06/13/1993
Age:  29
Height  5'9"
Weight:   203
College:  Nebraska
Drafted:  2015 | Round 2 | Pick 54
Depth Chart:  3rd string

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB


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Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Panthers are signing Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah didn't take long at all to find a new home after the Vikings released him. The Panthers have talked about wanting to run the ball a ton moving forward, and Abullah will join the squad as more reinforcement at running back with Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Vikings released Ameer Abdullah.

Minnesota activated Kene Nwangwu from injured reserve, and Abdullah is being waived to make room. The veteran running back might land back with the Vikings practice squad, but we'll see.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Vikings have signed Ameer Abdullah to the active roster.

Abdullah has been a part of the offense and return game every week to begin the season by being elevated from the practice squad, but now he’ll stick on the 53-man roster. The veteran could have a larger role in Week 3 if Dalvin Cook (ankle) is inactive.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Vikings are re-signing Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah can contribute at both running back and as a returner, and his role on offense behind Dalvin Cook might increase some with Mike Boone leaving during free agency. For now, Abdullah does not need to be on redraft radars in most standard-sized leagues, though.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Vikings re-signed Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah got some touches on offense toward the end of last season when Dalvin Cook was dealing with his shoulder issue, but the former second-round pick will likely mostly contribute as a returner again in 2020. Outside of rare scoring formats that reward points for kickoff return yardage, Abdullah does not need to be held in dynasty leagues.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Vikings have re-signed Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah joined the Vikings last season after being released by the Lions, but he mostly contributed on special teams with just four offensive touches between the division foes in 2018. Turning 26 this summer, Abdullah will hope to finally turn his career around as depth behind Dalvin Cook next year, though Minnesota will almost certainly add a bigger compliment at some point. The former second-round pick isn't a prospect to be very optimistic about in dynasty leagues right now.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah catches one pass in loss to the Bears.

It went for ten yards. Abdullah will mostly contribute as a returner for the Vikings, so he is off the fantasy radar heading into Week 12.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah has been claimed by the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The former second-round pick of the Lions lands with a division rival, as he'll help chip in behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. Perhaps if Cook goes down again, Abdullah will have some fantasy value, but he's not a necessary pick up right now. Abdullah is more of a real-life addition that might also help in the return game .

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Lions are waiving Ameer Abdullah, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Abdullah is being waived to make room for wide receiver Bruce Ellington. The 2015 second-round pick of the Lions had a promising start to his career in Detroit, but injuries derailed things and he later was basically out of the mix with this new regime. Abdullah's Lions tenure ends with 327 carries for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns along with 57 receptions for 420 yards and three touchdowns. He might go unclaimed on waivers, but there will be teams interested in him after he was a well-liked prospect coming out of Nebraska—the Cardinals notably were frustrated when they were unable to draft him, but they then landed All-Pro David Johnson later in the draft.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah loses fumble in Week 8.

Abdullah lost a fumble on a kickoff return, and he received one touch on offense, catching one pass for six yards. Abdullah isn't a recommended fantasy option right now, but he could be dealt by the Lions ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets two touches in Week 7.

Abdullah carried once for one yard and added one reception for 12 yards against the Dolphins, as he finally got a touch on offense this season. Abdullah has some deep-league FLEX appeal in PPR leagues if Theo Riddick (knee) misses more time, but it's difficult to trust him in fantasy lineups.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah is inactive for the Lions.

Abdullah is a healthy scratch, so Detroit is going with LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and rookie Kerryon Johnson in the backfield  tonight against the Jets. Abdullah is off the fantasy radar at this point.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah is expected to return punts and kicks in 2018.

Abdullah averaged 29.1 yards per kick return as a rookie in 2015, and with his role on offense diminishing after the additions of Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount, he could have a big role as a returner this season. Special teams coordinator Joe Marciano said "yes" when asked if the fourth-year running back could play a bigger role on special teams. Despite having a lot of ability, Abdullah is no lock to make Detroit's roster. However, contributions on special teams would be huge. For now, expect Abdullah to make the final roster as the team's primary returner and as someone that will chip in on offense, too.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount have been working as the top runners for the Lions through OTAs so far.

Tim Twentyman of the team's official site writes: "There’s definitely no doubt that Kerryon Johnson and Blount are the top two guys running the ball. One or the other led every team session or 7-on-7 drill." The Lions have said Abdullah still has a role, but it looks like his chances of being the team's lead runner has passed. The former second-round pick could be a trade candidate at some point, and if not, there's a chance he doesn't make the final roster for Detroit. Blount and the rookie Johnson are expected to dominate carries for the Lions this season, with Theo Riddick working as the primary receiving back.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah scores against the Packers.

Abdullah had eight carries for 18 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 11 yards in the Week 17 victory. The third-year back was pretty much healthy for most of the year, but he struggled to do much behind an offensive line that was struggling to open up running lanes for him. Abdullah carried 165 times for 552 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns along with 25 receptions for 162 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in 14 games played. The expectations and talks of 200+ carries were not met, but we'll see what a potentially new coaching staff has in store for 2018.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah handles seven touches in loss to Cincinnati.

Abdullah rushed six times for 21 yards and caught a five-yard pass. The Lions were eliminated from playoff contention after the road upset, and they have yet another disappointing finish to the season. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jim Caldwell coach his final game next Sunday against the Packers, potentially opening up a desirable coaching job. As for Week 17, it's difficult to trust Abdullah in fantasy lineups.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets four touches in Lions’ win.

In his return after a two-game absence for a neck injury (though last week was reportedly a health scratch), Abdullah had one carry for eight yards and three receptions for 12 yards. There’s no way to trust Abdullah in fantasy lineups right now, despite his ability as a runner and receiver

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah is active for Week 15.

After Abdullah was inactive as a reportedly healthy scratch last week, he’s back in the lineup today against the Bears. It’s unclear what the dynamic back’s workload will look like, so it’s extremely risky to insert Abdullah into fantasy lineups as a FLEX option.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah is inactive for the Lions.

This is Abdullah's second consecutive missed game, and it sounds like it might be a healthy scratch for the former second-round pick. He was limited in practice all week with a neck injury, though, so it's possible he could be dealing with that still. Tion Green, who was impressive last week when given an opportunity, is now in FLEX consideration versus Tampa Bay. Green is our 30th-ranked running back for Week 14.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is listed as questionable for Week 14.

Abdullah, who missed last week's game, was able to practice every day this week, albeit on a limited basis. Consider him a true game-time call, but he offers a very low floor as a FLEX option if he is active for the game.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah (neck) was limited in practice today.

Abdullah is shaping up as a true game-time call for the Lions this week, but perhaps the injury report will give more clarity on the situation.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah (neck) was limited in today's practice.

Abdullah might be in a rush to return to action, as the backfield performed well in his absence last week. We expect him to return this week, but a full practice would be great to see for the dynamic back.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is inactive against the Ravens.

Adbullah was a game-time decision after just getting in a limited practice on Friday, but he’s not going to play against Baltimore. Hopefully fantasy owners didn’t plan on using him against a stout run defense, but Theo Riddick could be a nice option, particularly in PPR formats. Zach Zenner will also have an expanded role.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is questionable for Week 13.

Abdullah was only limited in practice today and didn't practice the first two days of the week, so Abullah is no lock to play on Sunday. It's unclear when the injury occurred, as Abdullah didn't appear to show any issues during the Thanksgiving game against the Vikings. We expect him to be in the lineup, but check back in on Sunday to make sure before inserting him into your lineup. Also keep in mind that Abdullah isn't a highly-reccomended option with a difficult matchup against the Ravens.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets nine touches in Week 12.

Abdullah carried six times for 14 yards along with three receptions (on five targets) for 29 yards versus the Vikings. Early in the game, there was a fumbled handoff that was recovered by Minnesota, but it didn't appear to get to him and the fumble was credited to Matthew Stafford. It was good to see Abdullah involved as a receiver, but he's not getting enough carries to be more than a weak FLEX option in a tough matchup against the Ravens next week.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah scores in third-straight game as Lions top Bears.

Abdullah rushed 11 times for 22 yards, adding two receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a crossing pattern out of the backfield where he found himself wide open from two yards out. Although Abdullah is getting more involved in the red zone recently, he probably is more likely to not score than he is to find the end zone most weeks. Heading into a Thanksgiving matchup with the Vikings, fantasy owners should hope Detroit uses a similar game plan to their first meeting where Abdullah rushed 20 times for 94 yards. He's a low-end RB2 option in the rematch.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah finds the end zone for second-straight game as Lions top Browns.

Abdullah rushed 11 times for 52 yards, including an eight-yard score in the second quarter. He also caught a three-yard pass. Detroit's starter out-carried the rest of the running backs 11 to 4, and the light workload could be attributed to Cleveland chewing the clock, as Matthew Stafford only threw it 26 times. Overall, it was an encouraging game against the NFL's best run defense in terms of yards per carry, and Abdullah should be back in RB2 territory for next week's trip to Chicago.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets 22 touches in Week 9.

Abdullah carried 21 times for 48 yards and a touchdown while adding one reception for nine yards and fumbling twice (losing one). Overall, it was good to see the Lions commit to the running game, even if it didn't lead to great results in the box score. The touchdown came on a walk-in on a toss by the goal line, but Abdullah did fumble a goal line carry later in the game and basically sat out the end of the game after it. The fumble shouldn't be an issue moving forward, and he could get another 20+ carries next week against Cleveland—though keep in mind, the Browns have a good run defense. Abdullah is on pace for 244 carries, 834 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 28 receptions, and 176 receiving yards.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets 14 touches in Week 8.

Abdullah carried 11 times for 27 yards and added three receptions for 11 yards against the Steelers. The Lions might've committed more to the running game, but they were having so much success moving the ball through the air that they didn't have too—though they couldn't grind out tough yardage when getting closer to the end zone. If you're playing Abdullah, you just need to hope the Lions start giving him more carries to allow him to do more damage on the ground. He gets the Packers next.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets 14 carries against the Saints.

Abdullah picked up 54 yards on his 14 attempts, including a long of 34 yards. The Saints have been playing some very good defense lately, and the Lions probably would've liked to have given Abdullah more opportunities on the ground but they fell behind big to New Orleans. Abdullah has a bye week next week before facing the Steelers in Week 8.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah has quiet day as Lions lose to the Panthers.

Abdullah saw his lowest touch total of the season, rushing just 10 times for 31 yards. He also caught a three-yard pass. After handling 17+ touches in each of the first four games, this was a disappointment for fantasy owners after Abdullah's promising performance a week ago. We would consider it a small bump in the road against a stingy defense. Abdullah should get back on track against the Saints next Sunday in a probable shootout. Keep him in lineups as an RB2.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions commit to the run again in Week 4.

The Vikings were doing a great job of rushing the passer, but Detroit stayed committed on the ground in the big NFC North win. Ameer Abdullah carried 20 times for 94 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 15 yards. On the touchdown, Abdullah made a great effort by the goal line to shed contact and lunge to extend the ball over for a score. It was certainly a good sign to see him get the goal line carry, which definitely helps his upside. Through four games, Abdullah is on pace for 264 carries, 1,028 yards, and four touchdowns, along with 36 receptions for 260 yards. He'll remain a good option next week against the Panthers.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah handles 17 touches in Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

It's Abdullah's third-straight game with at least 17 touches, so his role and ability clearly keep him in RB2 territory. He rushed 14 times for 47 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards against Atlanta, and should see a similar workload against the Vikings next Sunday. Because of the matchup, consider him a low-end RB2/FLEX option.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions commit to the run in Week 2 win over the Giants.

Detroit showed a great commitment to the running game, and it paid off against a tough defense. Ameer Abdullah worked as the clear lead runner again, carrying 17 times for 86 yards with a long of 34 yards. He showed great vision and acceleration throughout the game and was 14 yards away from being the Lions' first 100-yard rusher since 2013. If healthy, Abdullah will get there this season at least once. He did leave the game towards the end after it appeared he tweaked his foot, but he appeared to be fine (and it was not the foot he injured last season). Abdullah is a good option next week against Atlanta.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah held in check against the Cardinals in Week 1.

Abdullah saw a team-high 15 carries, but turned them into just 30 yards. He also caught three passes for 11 yards. Behind Abdullah, Dwayne Washington and Theo Riddick combined for seven carries, so it's clear who the lead back for Detroit is, and fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that he was given a carry near the goal line. Abdullah has another tough test against the Giants next week, but he remains a low-end RB2/FLEX option.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah gets 16 touches in Week 3 of the preseason.

Abdullah had 13 carries for 60 yards and three receptions (on three targets) for 39 yards in the exhibition against the Patriots. Meanwhile, Theo Riddick had only one carry and no receptions. It certainly looks like he's going to get the 200+ carries the Lions want from him if he stays healthy this season. Abdullah's ADP is currently at about RB25, and he should easily be able to deliver value there if he's on the field for 16 games.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah carries four times for 16 yards in exhibition against the Jets.

He also added a five-yard reception on his only target. Abdullah worked as the clear lead back in the Lions offense, and he'll be just that this season. He's currently going outside the top 25 running backs in fantasy drafts and is a potential steal at that ADP.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah plays a few snaps in preseason opener for the Lions.

Abdullah had one carry for two yards and one reception for 14 yards. On the reception, Abdullah caught the ball in the flat then made a man miss before darting for 14 yards. He's the clear lead back in Detroit, and the talk from the team has been they want to get Abdullah 200+ carries this season. It's good to see Abdullah in game action and healthy after missing almost the entire season with a foot injury in 2016.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

The Lions want to be around 100 rushing yards per game this season.

According to Jeffri Chadiha of NFL.com, Caldwell said "Every time Ameer (Abdullah) was on the field for us, we were around 100 yards." Caldwell also added that the additions of guard T.J. Lang and tackle Ricky Wagner should help their running game "become steadier." He did say they aren't going to run the ball 40 times and take the ball out of Matthew Stafford's hands, so it sounds like the team will remain a pass-heavy one. 100 yards per game would have been 25th in the NFL last season (Detroit was at 81.9 yards per game last season, 30th in the NFL).

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions running back coach David Walker says "Ameer's our guy."

Walker went on to say, "Theo has his role, and then the other guys, they got to kind of fit where they fit and that’s how we’ll go." Abdullah has been unable to stay healthy through two seasons, but these comments are a great sign for his fantasy outlook in 2017. The former second-round pick was someone the Arizona Cardinals actually targeted instead of David Johnson, and Abdullah definitely has the talent to put together a strong campaign if he can stay on the field. If he's able to earn goal line carries, Abdullah could be a high-end RB2.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com believes Ameer Abdullah will get 200+ carries this season.

200 has been the number we've been hearing all throughout the offseason and now for Abdullah. The third-year back has been getting most of the first-team work through training camp, including some in passing game. Theo Riddick is expected to be the primary passing down back, but Abdullah is pretty much locked into an early-down role, but goal line work could determine his upside in 2017. Abdullah is currently going in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah is "highly motivated" according to the team's official website.

DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman writes that the team has had only seven games with a 100-yard rusher since Matthew Stafford was drafted in 2009. To put that into perspective, Bears running back Jordan Howard had seven games with 100 yards as a rookie last season. The Lions are going to rely on Abdullah to step up and help bring more balance to the offense as the team's lead back this season. A healthy Abdullah could turn out to be a great asset this season and is currently going in the eight round of fantasy drafts.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah "isn't expected to get a whole lot of goal line carries."

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official team site mentioned how the team wants to get Abdullah 200+ carries this season, but identified Theo Riddick and lack of goal line work could impact his fantasy value. Still, Twentyman expects Abdullah to be an RB2 with potential for more. He's a solid target in the middle rounds as a big-play running back that should get around 15+ touches per game.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions offense is "considerably different" with Ameer Abdullah on the field.

This, according to Tim Twentyman from the teams official website. Twentyman writes that Abdullah "had a couple nice cutback runs, and showed great burst after breaking through the line on one run," during the final OTA practice open to the media. He appears to be showing no issues coming back from his Lisfranc injury from last season. The Lions have made it clear that they're very high on Abdullah, and plan on giving him a lot of touches. Theo Riddick will be a factor in the passing game, but Abdullah should get 15+ touches through the ground and through the air this season if he stays healthy.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah's foot injury from last season was a Lisfranc injury.

Abdullah spoke on "The Carriker Chronicles" podcast and via ESPN said "I ended up tearing my Lisfranc the second game of the season against the Tennessee Titans, separating my foot, so that was a bummer for me." A Lisfranc injury is a serious one. Abdullah had surgery and is fully participating in OTAs with the team, so that's a good sign. Abdullah will be the Lions' starter this season.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah will be in a "feature role" this season for the Lions.

This has been the talk all offseason. The Lions really like Abdullah, and were planning on giving him over 200 carries last season before a foot injury ended his season in September. The good news is that Abdullah says he has been "full go" and will be for the start of OTAs this week. Abullah is looking like a lock for over 200 carries if he's healthy this season, and with his dynamic ability (he averaged 5.6 yards per carry before he got injured last season), he could be a solid RB2 in 2017.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Ameer Abdullah says he doesn't care the Lions didn't bring in another running back, because he feels like he's a "better player than whoever they were going to bring in."

The Lions were connected to LeGarrette Blount, who signed with the Eagles. The Lions were also one of the only teams to not draft a running back in the deep 2017 running back class. Abdullah is 100% from his foot injury, but he's working his way back slowly. He should be full-go for training camp, and will be Detroit's number one running back this season.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions GM Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah is the team's starting running back.

According to ESPN, Quinn was asked directly at his press conference whether Abdullah is the starter, and Quinn said "he is." Recently, head coach Jim Caldwell said he believes Abdullah can be a workhorse, and Quinn said before that he would have liked Abdullah to have had over 200 carries last season if he was healthy. The Lions backfield is crowded with Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner among others, but is Abdullah is the clear starter next season, he could be a very good RB2.

Ameer Abdullah | Raiders RB

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Ameer Abdullah can be a workhorse.

Caldwell said Abdullah is progressing well in his recovery from the foot injury he sustained in Week 2 that left him out for the rest of the season. Lions GM Bob Quinn said he would have liked for Abdullah to have over 200 carries last season. If he gets that kind of workload in 2017, he would be a great RB2.

Abdullah (foot) could be the Lions' IR designated return player.

According to multiple reports, Abdullah could return this season after meeting with doctors on Tuesday. This is great news for the Lions as they push for a playoff spot and still look for a running game. Fantasy owners should pickup Abdullah if he's available, as the second-year back has RB2 potential if he returns. Before leaving Week 2 with the foot injury, Abdullah rushed 18 times for 101 yards this season, adding five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.