Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Second-year back Theo Riddick had a great spring and most likely won the number three spot in Detroit. He and wide receiver Jeremy Ross were the young stars of minicamp. It is yet to be seen what Riddick's role will be, yet it is a safe assumption that if Bush or Bell are injured, Riddick will be a must-add in all league. With that opportunity (much like Joique Bell last season), Riddick would earn more playing time and possibly enough touches to merit the occasional start. Riddick is a sleeper in dynasty leagues as well. Although you're better off holding onto him for the time being as he'll have to wait his turn.
The Detroit Lions said goodbye to RB Reggie Bush earlier this offseason, opening the door for Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. It's unclear whether the Lions plan on adding a running back during the draft, but head coach Jim Caldwell expressed his confidence in third-year back Riddick.
"We try and give (the ball) to the guys who are going to do something with it, and I think he's going to be one of those guys who's going to force us to give him the ball more," Caldwell said. "I think you're really going to see him come along."
Both Bell and Riddick could see big increases in production with Bush now carrying the rock for the 49ers. While Bell will likely continue as the primary between-the-tackles rusher, Riddick's quickness could send his touches skyrocketing. Last year's rushing totals were meager for the sixth-round pick, but he did manage 34 receptions on 50 touches, impressive for the third back on the depth chart.
If Caldwell's confidence is any indication, Riddick will be fantasy relevant for the first time in his career and will start to creep up fantasy draft boards this summer. Pay close attention to when/if the Lions grab a running back in this year's NFL Draft.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/31 - Lions HC Jim Caldwell expects big things from RB Theo Riddick
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|15.01||Gridiron Irishmen - Last rb taken, pass catcher that could explode if injury occurs to Bush or Bell|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.02||DLF - Riddick looks poised to fill the Sproles role in Lombardi's offense, a role that has always been a fantasy goldmine.|
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