Theo Riddick, RB, Lions: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Theo Riddick, RB, Lions

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
RB - #33 144.52 DET Active 3 years 25 5'9 201

2015 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-in

Last updated on Nov-18-2015 by Shawn Childs


UPDATE (11/18): Riddick has been the biggest contributor out of the Lions' backfield. However, it's pretty much all PPR value, because he's only rushed for 64 yards. Nonetheless, he has caught 45 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions' rushing attack is virtually non-existent. So short passes to Riddick is pretty much what they're working with. He has looked much better than Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell to this point in the season. Riddick can be utilized as a low-end flex option in PPR leagues.

In his two pro campaigns, Theo has offered no value in the running game (29 carries, 76 yards, one TD). His forte is pass-catching thanks to his plus hands. Last year, he caught 34 of his 50 targets for 316 yards and four TDs. While at Notre Dame, Theo caught 114 passes over his last three years for 1,220 yards with eight touchdowns. In his senior season in 2012, Riddick took 226 touches -- including 36 receptions -- for 1,287 total yards and seven TDs. His skill set as a receiver is kind of similar to Abdullah's, but Theo doesn't offer enough power to be a big factor in the ground attack. Pass blocking will be huge for him if he wants to stay on the field. Theo has more explosiveness than Joique Bell, but he can't replace his overall skill set. If Ameer does indeed shine right away, I could see Riddick filling in as his backup. His receiving ability makes him worth rostering in PPR leagues. I think he'll have a 100-touch opportunity.

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
13.09 The Fantasy Executive - Everyone loves rookie running back Ameer Abdullah, even if Abdullah shines Riddick could still catch 55 balls. (Comments Added Sat Aug 8 3:39:18 p.m. ET 2015)
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