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I think the Lions are shooting themselves in the foot by not making Swift their feature back, and relegating the aged veteran to spelling him occasionally.  Swift is clearly the more gifted player at this stage in their careers.

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Scene: Matt Patricia's office, Allen Park, Michigan. We pan over a disheveled room cluttered with Coney Island hot dog wrappers and empty Faygo bottles. Our hero sits in his extra-wide office cha

I would trade my turkey dinner for a healthy Swift. It's that important

6 minutes ago, fbi314159 said:

I think the Lions are shooting themselves in the foot by not making Swift their feature back, and relegating the aged veteran to spelling him occasionally.  Swift is clearly the more gifted player at this stage in their careers.

 

Matt Patricia is dumb, and more at 11.

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He's been so efficient with his touches he doesn't even really need workhorse volume to be a good fantasy play.  Also seems to be one of those "nose for the endzone" guys.  I just traded away another RB to bump Swift up to my #3.  I'm all in.

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11 minutes ago, JJ1223 said:

He's been so efficient with his touches he doesn't even really need workhorse volume to be a good fantasy play.  Also seems to be one of those "nose for the endzone" guys.  I just traded away another RB to bump Swift up to my #3.  I'm all in.

 

I agree, but with the volume who knows how high he'd fly.  I think the Lions would be better off as well.

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6 minutes ago, GoPackGo23 said:

After a pretty bad week with six carries for 1 yard...how are we feeling about him going forward?

Been plugging Swift in at flex confidently past few weeks. Swifts taking over the backfield, but only 9 touches isn't encouraging. To be fair Indy ran away with it early and the lions abandoned the run. Next week if I have a better flex option I'll use it. Also F Kerryon Johnson. If Swift gets that TD, he would have  had a decent game against a tough defense.

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32 minutes ago, GoPackGo23 said:

After a pretty bad week with six carries for 1 yard...how are we feeling about him going forward?

Rough this is not quiet as equivalent to Gase but if the Jets were to have a little brother it would be the Lions in regards to sheer stupidity. This coaching staff is rather horrendous as well. 

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Well fellow Swift owners, lets cross our fingers that KJ gets dealt. He feels like one of the most likely trade candidates across the league. Obviously he’s not eating into the workload too heavily, but any little bit of clarity in this backfield would help.  

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We'll see what happens next week but as of right now I'm thinking more of a fluke game than anything.  Lions offensive line got blown out basically every play the whole game.  Stafford wasn't very good (don't let his stat line deceive you).  Play calling was trash.  AP didn't do anything either.  Kerryon got a rec TD but he's still #3 on the depth chart/pass pro specialist; not truly a threat.

Next couple of weeks will be telling.  I still think he'll be fine.

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24 minutes ago, JJ1223 said:

We'll see what happens next week but as of right now I'm thinking more of a fluke game than anything.  Lions offensive line got blown out basically every play the whole game.  Stafford wasn't very good (don't let his stat line deceive you).  Play calling was trash.  AP didn't do anything either.  Kerryon got a rec TD but he's still #3 on the depth chart/pass pro specialist; not truly a threat.

Next couple of weeks will be telling.  I still think he'll be fine.

 

I agree with this assessment.  They had like 10 carries total among the whole team.  This was a fluke game against a tough running defense.  If this repeats next week against Minnesota then you may have a reason to begin to be worried.  Aside from this last game he has been extremely efficient in turning his limited touches into fantasy points.  He's never going to be a high-end RB2 as long as AP and/or Patricia are around, but he is a solid low-end RB2/Flex option.

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The silver lining...I'm pretty sure Swift out snapped AP by a significant amount in week 8. The game flow / script just didn't call for much of a ground game. I'm personally trying to buy low. 

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23 minutes ago, jmcampbe11 said:

The silver lining...I'm pretty sure Swift out snapped AP by a significant amount in week 8. The game flow / script just didn't call for much of a ground game. I'm personally trying to buy low. 


Swift - 62%
Peterson - 20%

Johnson - 18%
 

definitely holding

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3 hours ago, papacapps said:

His targets might also increase with Golladay out a hip injury.

 

Swift is the back to own in Detroit with AP’s touches and numbers dwindling week by week. Was contained by a solid defense this week so the Vikings will be a great glimpse into the future of how the Lions will use Swift.

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4 hours ago, fbi314159 said:

 

I agree with this assessment.  They had like 10 carries total among the whole team.  This was a fluke game against a tough running defense.  If this repeats next week against Minnesota then you may have a reason to begin to be worried.  Aside from this last game he has been extremely efficient in turning his limited touches into fantasy points.  He's never going to be a high-end RB2 as long as AP and/or Patricia are around, but he is a solid low-end RB2/Flex option.

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Feeling pretty good about him this week. Pretty soft overall Vikings defense. Could definitely be a shootout. Swift should (fingers crossed) lead the backfield in touches. No Golladay could mean more involvement in the passing game. 

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I hope so.  Not playing him this week since I have more certain options, but I wish him well.  The kid has too much talent for an aging veteran to siphon off so many of his opportunities.  The game against Indy was brutal (on everyone in that backfield except for a lucky Kerryon), but outside of that he has produced when given the (limited) opportunities.  There really isn't a compelling reason to play AP other than to spell Swift who is clearly the better of the two at this stage in their careers.

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