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D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

Date of Birth:  01/14/1999
Age:  22
Height  5'8"
Weight:   212
College:  Georgia
Drafted:  2020 | Round 2 | Pick 35
Depth Chart:  2nd string

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB


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D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 13.

Jamaal Williams will lead the Lions backfield this week against the Vikings. Swift was called day-to-day after the shoulder injury suffered on Thanksgiving, but the second-year running back can probably be considered week-to-week. Detroit won't want to rush him back if he's at less than 100%.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (shoulder) could miss multiple weeks, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Dan Campbell seemed to indicate this week that it'd be tough for Swift to play on Sunday, and the winless Lions are understandably being cautious as they look ahead to 2022. Swift does want to play, though, so we'd expect he will be back when healthy—but Jamaal Williams will lead the backfield until that happens. The veteran should be considered a strong RB2, and rookie Jermar Jefferson is expected to have an increased role behind him.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (shoulder) is considered day-to-day, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

This is a best-case scenario for fantasy owners after Swift didn't finish yesterday's game, and it sounds like he has a great chance of not missing any time with Detroit having a few extra days before Week 13. That said, the team—now at 0-10-1—had already wanted to limit the workload of the second-year back, so we'd expect Jamaal Williams will again be a significant factor alongside him after impressing on Thanksgiving. The Lions will take on the Vikings next weekend.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D’Andre Swift (shoulder) is officially out for the rest of today.

Swift is out to begin the second half, which isn’t surprising after he went to the locker room in the first half. Before leaving, Swift had three carries for zero yards and three receptions for nine yards in the Thanksgiving game against the Bears. Now we have to hope this isn’t a long-term injury for Swift.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D’Andre Swift is headed to the locker room.

Swift was in definite pain after getting tackled on the sideline, and he is getting checked out in the locker room. The dynamic running back is officially being called questionable to return against the Bears. It doesn’t look great, but hopefully Swift can return today.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (groin) will be ready for Week 1.

Swift's status has been a bit cloudy, but fantasy owners should be able to rest easy knowing he will play in the opener. Still, we'd expect a more even split than expected between Swift and veteran Jamaal Williams, so both might be best viewed as FLEX options against a tough San Francisco defense. Give the second-year runner a boost in full PPR leagues.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

Lions talk up D'Andre Swift as potential 25-touch back.

New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and new assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley talked up the second-year runner, and it sounds like Detroit will be leaning on him as an offensive centerpiece in 2021. Swift was obviously a very talented three-down back coming out of Georgia, but it's good to hear both Lynn and Staley confirm they believe it, too—with the former Eagles running back saying he has "special traits" to handle 25 touches per game via both carries and receptions. The new identity under head coach Dan Campbell will be that of a physical team, which is great news for Swift as the lead back. He should be one of the best RB1 values in fantasy drafts this summer.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D’Andre Swift (illness) is officially active for Week 14.

Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell indicated that Swift would likely play today versus the Packers, and the rookie runner is indeed ready to go. Swift is a high-upside play for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (illness) is officially listed as questionable for Week 14.

Swift practiced fully today, and Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell expressed optimism about the rookie running back's status for Sunday. Check back on gameday to ensure that Swift is active, but you can probably plan to have him for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D’Andre Swift (illness) is officially inactive for the Lions.

Swift is thankfully out of concussion protocol, but now this illness will keep him out for Week 13. This is Swift’s third consecutive missed game, but hopefully he’s feeling better and can return for the start of the fantasy playoffs next week.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (illness) has been downgraded to doubtful for Week 13.

Swift apparently hasn't felt right recently, so this isn't a surprise. Expect him to be ruled out tomorrow, with Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson again leading the Lions backfield.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D’Andre Swift (illness) is officially listed as questionable for Week 13.

Swift has cleared concussion protocol, but teammate Adrian Peterson noted that the rookie hasn’t been himself lately. We hope Swift is feeling OK. Swift’s status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday, so check back in then.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift is no longer in the concussion protocol.

However, he remains out of practice (listed as illness that isn't related to COVID-19), and teammate Adrian Peterson saying the rookie "hasn't been himself" since the injury is certainly something to be concerned about. Hopefully we get an answer about Swift one way or another based on his Friday participation, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Detroit—at 4-7 heading into a tough matchup versus Chicago's stout run defense—held him out again this weekend.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D’Andre Swift (concussion) is officially inactive for Week 12.

This is unfortunate for the dynamic rookie runner, who will not get to play in his first Thanksgiving game today. Swift is making progress through the concussion protocol, but he’s not quite ready to get full clearance for today. Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will lead the Detroit backfield versus Houston.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (concussion) is officially questionable for Week 12.

Ideally, the rookie runner would have already been cleared, but entering the protocol in the middle of last week could have him in danger of missing another game. If so, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson would both be quality FLEX options in a good matchup. Swift will be a low-end RB1 if he plays.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (concussion) is out for Week 11.

This was expected after Swift popped up on the injury report with a concussion yesterday. There simply isn't really time for Swift to get cleared ahead of Sunday versus the Panthers, and the Lions have decided to just rule him out today. Adrian Peterson is set to again start for the Lions, with Kerryon Johnson likely getting more work than he's been seeing this season.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

D'Andre Swift (concussion) did not practice on Thursday.

Swift practiced yesterday and wasn't listed on the injury report, so he was either late displaying symptoms or took a hit in practice; either way, he is now on the clock to get cleared by Sunday, and there simply might not be enough time for him to pass the protocol. If so, it's obviously a big blow to fantasy owners just when the rookie took control of Detroit's backfield, and the Lions would turn back to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson as their lead runners this week in Carolina.

D’Andre Swift | Lions RB

The Lions have selected Georgia running back D’Andre Swift with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Swift started his college career as an excellent change-of-pace off the bench behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, then followed it up with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as the lead back for the Bulldogs. The 21-year-old has elite agility and explosiveness, 4.4 wheels, and underrated power on inside runs—all of which should excite fantasy owners this fall and beyond. In Detroit, Swift will likely start his career in a near even split with Kerryon Johnson, but the talent/upside immediately puts him on the FLEX radar with room for legitimate RB2 value. Our full scouting report on the Georgia product is in the link below.

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