Ameer Abdullah rising on fantasy draft boards

What should fantasy owners expect from Ameer Abdullah after his impressive preseason debut? Jody Smith breaks down the Lions backfield.

| 2 years ago
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Ameer Abdullah rising on fantasy draft boards

All in all, 2014 will go down as a successful season for the Detroit Lions. Under the new regime led by head coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions won 11 games, their most in 23 years. Detroit also returned to the NFC playoffs for only the second time in 15 seasons.

The way Caldwell’s Lions qualified for the postseason was a big departure from the previous regime’s offense-first philosophy. The 2014 edition finished only 22nd in the NFL in offense, but allowed a mere 282 points – the fewest the club has surrendered in a 16-game season since 1980.

For the team to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 20 years, they’ll need to get improved play – and improve protection – for QB Matthew Stafford and recreate the three-headed monster backfield with a rookie runner and the league’s second-youngest offensive line.

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  • DEV00100000

    So where do we draft him?

    • Gman

      Bell is better for your RB2. Actually in 10-team leagues, you should be getting a better back than either one of them. I’m targeting guys like Forsett, Miller, Gordon or Gore for my RB2 ahead of Abdullah/Bell. Abdullah would be an ideal RB3/Flex and hope he pans out, but it’s going to be RBBC in Detroit, and Bell is going to get the lion’s share until he fails or gets injured. I’d take experience over rookie talent any day.

      • DEV00100000

        Yeah, but those guys are going in the 3rd round in my league… are they really worth the pick? (Miller, Forsett, Gore, and especially Gordon)

        I have the 3rd pick in the 3rd round. At that pick, guys like Randall Cobb, Alshon Jefferey, TY Hilton, and Mike Evans are dropping to me. By the time my 4th pick rolls around, sometimes none of those RB’s are available and I’d have to take someone like Jonathan Stewart/Latavius Murray/Andre Ellington. Sometimes if I’m lucky, Gore will drop in the 4th round and I snatch him… otherwise I just go with another WR.

    • David Stinnett

      I’m with the other commentor except if Bell gets injured, watch out, Abdullah is electric, he can do it.