D’Andre Swift’s fantasy football expectations will be just as high as those from the Detroit Lions. The former Georgia star is expected to be a stud.
After a great career at the University of Georgia, running back D’Andre Swift makes his way to the Motor City as the new star in the Detroit Lions’ backfield. Though not a first-round pick, Swift had a first-round grade coming out of the SEC. He could be the Lions’ version of Dalvin Cook should everything hit for him. What are realistic expectations for him as a rookie, though?
The Fantasy Footballers are split on how they view Swift coming out to Georgia. Though they agree the Lions will use a running back by committee approach with former Auburn Tigers star Kerryon Johnson, they aren’t sure exactly who will be the primary ball carrier this fall for the Lions. Will it be the newcomer Swift or the incumbent Swift?
Andy Holloway believes Johnson will get more touches than Swift as a rookie. This might have to do with a better familiarity in the offense, as well as being able to hold his own in pass protection better than a first-year player. Jason Moore likes Swift to get more of the workload than Johnson. Keep in mind Swift wasn’t overworked at Georgia and should still have plenty of tread on the tires.
Given that we are in store for a platoon of sorts in the Detroit backfield, we’re not likely to see Swift go for over 1,000 yards as a rookie as he did during his time at Georgia. His touchdowns will be predicated by how well he assimilates in Darrell Bevell‘s offense in the red zone. Maybe he can vulture a trip to pay dirt or three from Johnson as a rookie?
Not since Barry Sanders was starring on the turf have the Lions had a dominating running game. The Lions have their warts as a football team, but they do a great job of moving the sticks with quarterback Matthew Stafford as their on-field maestro. If he can lean on his two former SEC standouts at running back, it’ll go a long way to helping the Lions compete this fall.
Ultimately, Swift isn’t an RB1 as a rookie but should be the top running back taken of all the rookies in dynasty leagues. His lack of wear and tear, as well as his abilities to catch balls out of the backfield, could make him a better pro version of his former college teammate Sony Michel. Don’t reach for Swift in your snake draft, but don’t be afraid to start him as a rookie either.