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Steve Grogan
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RB DET

College: Nebraska | 3 years
Height: 5'9" | Weight: 203 lbs
Birth Date: 6/13/1993
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2017 Bye Week: 7

Owned: 97.2%
Started: 41.9%
Total Pts: 12
Avg Pts: 6.00
Rank: 30 RB

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Week 14Ameer Abdullah 41 rush and rec yds (4 pts)
Week 28Ameer Abdullah 86 rush and rec yds (8 pts)
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Player Notes
Sep 19 12:00am ET

Ameer Abdullah made big strides in the Lions' 24-10 win over the Giants, rushing 17 times for 86 yards including a nice 34-yard gain. Once again the Lions demonstrated without a doubt that Abdullah is their lead back, as his 17 carries was nearly double that of Theo Riddick, who saw the majority of his nine carries on the last drive of the game after the game was locked up. Riddick had three receptions however, which will limit Abdullah's value going forward. In PPR leagues Abdullah is a flex play at best, but his high usage and strong performance this week give him a boost to RB2 status in standard leagues next week when the Falcons come to town.

Sep 18 11:53pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah carried 17 times for 86 yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 18.

Sep 13 2:20pm ET

The good news for Ameer Abdullah is that his 15 carries in week 1 proved that he is the Lions number one option in the backfield. The bad news was his performance, a pathetic 30 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards. Theo Riddick will always limit Abdullah's receiving game, but Abdullah will need to improve the 2.0 YPC to have any kind of fantasy impact this season. The Giants gave up a lot of yards on the ground last week, but Abdullah is no Ezekiel Elliot. Still, expect a better performance from the third-year back next week. His usage gives him the floor of a flex play, but expecting more than low-end RB2 numbers is fool's gold in the Lions pass-heavy attack.

Sep 10 7:43pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 15 times for just 30 yards in Week 1 against the Cardinals while adding three catches for 11 yards on four targets.

Sep 7 11:03pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah and RB Theo Riddick could be on the field together at times, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

Aug 25 10:03pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 13 times for 60 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards against the New England Patriots in the preseason Friday, Aug. 25.

Aug 19 8:40pm ET

Expectations remain sky-high for Lions running back Ameer Abdullah, with one beat reporter projecting a 1,000 yard season for the back. That would be the first for the Lions since Reggie Bush in 2013. Abdullah will be the lead-back in Detroit, which should give him a great opportunity to put up productive yard totals. However, the Lions have always ranked in the bottom half in rushing yards during coach Jim Caldwell's tenure, preferring instead to air the ball out with QB Matthew Stanford. The Lions also have Theo Riddick as a pass-catching back and Zach Zenner as a big third down back, likely limiting Abdullah's touchdown totals. Abdullah projects as a nice RB2, but his fantasy upside will always be capped by the Lions offense.

Aug 19 11:23am ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has looked 'sharp' throughout training camp, 'appears to have retained speed and agility' he had prior to his injury last season and should get almost all the work on early downs for Detroit this season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

Aug 10 3:00pm ET

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah got in some red-zone work at combined practice with the Colts on Thursday. He touched the ball on three consecutive plays inside the 20, which led to a score. It has been speculated that Zach Zenner may get the majority of opportunities in the red-zone this year, hurting Abdullah's value. However, seeing him get opportunities in a game like setting is encouraging for fantasy owners and for those who have yet to draft. Abdullah is already expected to be the feature back in Detroit, but getting the red-zone touches as well would further boost his value heading into 2017. Consider him an RB2 for now, with upside.

Aug 6 7:03pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but said it was a maintenance day. He expects to play in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Aug 5 11:43am ET

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner received the goal-line reps with the first-team offense during a padded practice ahead of Ameer Abdullah on Friday, Aug. 4.

Aug 3 12:30pm ET

Lions running back coach David Walker confirmed the widely held speculation that Ameer Abdullah would be the feature back in Detroit this season. However, Theo Riddick is expected to have a big role as well, limiting each of their value in fantasy. Abdullah is coming off a season ending surgery that cost him all but two games last year, and Riddick missed the last half of the season with an injury as well. Expect Abdullah to get the majority of carries in the backfield, with Riddick serving as the pass-catching back. Abullah has RB2 upside if he stays healthy, and Riddick is a great late-round selection, especially in PPR formats.

Aug 3 12:53am ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the club's main featured back this season, according to running backs coach David Walker, who said, 'Ameer's our guy.' Walker added: 'Theo has his role, and then the other guys, they got to kind of fit where they fit and that's how we'll go.'

Jul 15 1:52pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will be used mainly in the passing game if RB Ameer Abdullah is healthy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and Birkett believes Riddick could approach 1,000 yards from scrimmage with around 700 coming as a receiver.

Jun 11 9:13pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah makes the offense noticeably better and is 'the best two-way back' on the roster, in the opinion of Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

Jun 1 3:10pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (foot) said that he had a Lisfranc injury to his foot last season that required surgery. Abdullah suffered the injury in Week 2 and landed him on Injured Reserve. The Lions and Abdullah kept the exact nature of the injury a mystery, but the only thing that matters now is that he is fully healthy and has been a full participant in organized team activities. Abdullah has been confirmed as the lead back heading into the season. That should give him RB2 value, but the presence of Theo Riddick for the passing downs limits Abdullah's allure in PPR formats.

Jun 1 2:03pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) tore his Lisfranc ligament in Week 2 last season. It was well documented that Abdullah injured his foot, but the Lisfranc injury, specifically, had not been disclosed.

Fantasy Spin: Abdullah could be different player this year now that the is healthy.

May 31 10:43am ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah remains the team's starting running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

May 24 5:13pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) accelerated through openings and changed direction without breaking stride during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24.

May 22 2:30pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (foot) said he was back on the field in early March and feels good following his foot injury last season. Detroit expects Abdullah to be in a feature role in their backfield in 2017, especially after they didn't sign or draft any additional runners this offseason. Abdullah averaged 5.6 yards per carry before he was injured in Week 2 and had just 18 attempts in the two games. If the soon-to-be 24-year-old can stay healthy all year, he could be in line for upwards of 200 carries in this offense. Because he missed so much time in 2016, look for him to be a value pick as you fill out your running back stable.

Player Transactions
  • 07-Feb-2017: DET - Off IR - foot
  • 21-Sep-2016: DET - On IR - foot
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