Detroit Lions: Who to target in your fantasy football leagues

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Detroit Lions, D'Andre Swift
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Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift is a player you need to draft on your fantasy football team.

There are many different scoring formats when it comes to fantasy football so the scoring settings in your league need to be considered when you are trying to decipher between a group of players before making your selection.

I generally play in a half-point per reception league, along with a standard scoring league.  Historically, I’ve performed far better in the half PPR league than I have in the standard scoring setting for the record.

To me, standard scoring is a dated format.  Touchdowns are always the goal, but in a standard league, touchdowns are vital and limit the value of a possession receiver or a dual-threat running back that chews up many yards but gives way to a thumper at the goal line.

I expect D’Andre Swift to perform exceptionally well in 2021, especially in Anthony Lynn’s offense. Still, he will absolutely miss out on plenty of fantasy football points down near the goal line when Jamaal Williams comes in to cap off his fair share of offensive drives.

Suppose you are in a PPR league or half PPR, etc. You should be extremely confident with Swift as an RB2 in 2021.

Fantasy Pros has Swift ranked as the 17th overall running back in the half PPR format, just behind J.K. Dobbins and ahead of Miles Sanders and Chris Carson.

I expect Swift to eclipse 1,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021.  Swift ran for 521 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie, plus hauled in 46 receptions totaling 357 yards and two scores.

I expect the rushing yards to increase by at least 300 yards and the pass-catching numbers to also increase to about 500 total in Lynn’s offense.