If Lions running back D’Andre Swift is out on Sunday, here are five last-minute waiver wire options to add as a backup plan.
Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift set a career-high with 144 rushing yards in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and even if you take away his 50-yard run he still averaged 6.7 yards per carry on his other 14 totes. Three catches for 31 yards was a little disappointing in terms of volume, but that’s a small thing in the big picture of his day.
Swift apparently suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter against Philadelphia, and was obviously able to play through it. But he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday this week, before a limited session on Friday. He is listed as questionable for Sunday.
Swift has been adamant he will play against the Commanders. But no player is going to say anything else. His fantasy managers will be watching the Lions’ announcement of inactives, which will come rougly an hour-and-a-half before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, to make sure they can keep Swift in their lineups. He seems to be a legitimate game-time decision.
But if you’re a Swift fantasy manager, and there’s not a viable in-house replacement option elsewhere on your roster, a look at the waiver wire will be worthwhile.
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Fantasy Football Week 2: 5 waiver wire backup plans if D’Andre Swift is inactive
5. Kenyan Drake, Baltimore Ravens
J.K. Dobbins (knee) practiced in full all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. But how much he’ll play if he plays is an open question.
Drake was Baltimore’s lead back in Week 1 against the New York Jets, with 11 carries for 31 yards and one catch for 15 yards. If Dobbins is out, a similar 10-15 touch workload would be in order and a little more wouldn’t be out of the question.
At the top end, Drake will be a flex option if Dobbins is inactive. An optimist will say he’ll get some touches as the Ravens’ No. 2 back even if Dobbins plays, at least not deliver a Blutarsky score (0.0) and maybe fall into the end zone against one of his former teams.
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