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D'Andre Swift Injury Update Cements Week 1 Fantasy Outlook

Isaiah De Los Santos
D'Andre Swift injury updates cements his Week 1 fantasy football outlook.
D'Andre Swift injury updates cements his Week 1 fantasy football outlook. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift could break out as the team's leading backfield weapon in 2021. However, a recent groin injury has cooled the early optimism around the second-year pro.

The latest injury update on Swift, though, is fantastic news for his fantasy outlook.

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Head coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that Swift will be ready to go for the season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers. It's far from an ideal matchup, but he'll at least be available for fantasy managers planning to start him.

Swift turned in an impressive rookie season in 2020, totaling 878 yards from scrimmage and 10 total TDs. He finished as RB18 in PPR scoring, thanks in part to 46 receptions out of the Lions' backfield.

Now the second-year back's numbers could skyrocket as the clear RB1. Newcomer Jamaal Williams will siphon some work away, but this is Swift's job to lose heading into the season.

Swift could prove to be a major value for fantasy managers who scooped him up after he fell in drafts due to his groin injury. That being said, he'll face a tall task in Week 1 against the 49ers.

San Francisco's defense, despite major injuries, surrendered the sixth-fewest PPR fantasy points per game (20.36) last season to running backs. With Swift still getting into game shape, there's the potential that Williams splits work with him to open the year.

Even with the majority of touches, the odds would be against Swift going wild in Week 1 given his matchup. Managers should seriously consider starting the year with Swift on their bench as he gets his feet under him.

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