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Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
D'Andre Swift
RB - DET
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 13# 21-
Best Rank# 8# 7-
Worst Rank# 24# 36-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total111.3143.8-
Avg Game11.111.1-
Avg Projection208.0195.6-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank1029-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
D'Andre Swift
RB - DET
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 at WAS vs. SF
Week 2 vs. DAL at GB
Week 3 at KC vs. BAL
Week 4 vs. LV at CHI
Week 5 vs. CLE at MIN
Week 6 at BAL vs. CIN
Week 7BYE WEEK at LAR
Week 8 vs. NE vs. PHI
Week 9 at PHIBYE WEEK
Week 10 vs. MIN at PIT
Week 11 vs. PIT at CLE
Week 12 at DEN vs. CHI
Week 13 at CIN vs. MIN
Week 14 vs. NYG at DEN
Week 15 vs. KC vs. ARI
Week 16 at HOU at ATL
Week 17 vs. DEN at SEA
Week 18 at LV vs. GB
Player Projections Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
D'Andre Swift
RB - DET
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts184.0208.3
Rush Yards839.4914.0
Rush TDs4.88.7
   
Receiving
   
Receptions80.660.3
Rec Yards703.3443.4
Rec TDs4.92.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points208.0195.6
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
D'Andre Swift
RB - DET
2020 Points 
Week 18.78.3
Week 214.87.2
Week 320.31.9
Week 41.411.2
Week 5
Week 624.3
Week 710.8
Week 82.3
Week 99.7
Week 1020.9
Week 11
Week 1212.9
Week 136.8
Week 1414.611.0
Week 157.918.2
Week 1612.85.0
Week 1711.113.0
Week 18
Total111.3143.8
Average11.111.1
Player Targets Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
D'Andre Swift
RB - DET
2020 Targets 
Week 115
Week 245
Week 3112
Week 414
Week 5
Week 64
Week 75
Week 84
Week 95
Week 105
Week 11
Week 1216
Week 139
Week 1495
Week 1545
Week 1635
Week 1773
Week 18
Notes for Player Combination
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
D'Andre Swift
RB - DET
Expert 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
 Based on pure talent, Swift already belongs in the top-12 RB conversation in the NFL. Unfortunately, it's hard to have faith that Swift will finish in that range this year for fantasy purposes. While he could see plenty of targets in the passing game, the scoring opportunities on this bad Detroit Lions team probably aren't going to be very plentiful. Additionally, he now has Jamaal Williams in this backfield to compete for touches with and Anthony Lynn has been vocal about his love for utilizing a committee approach. Swift is going to be a safe RB2 for your roster this season because of the floor he'll bring you week in and week out. However, due to the offense he's in, there's virtually no upside. Think about it this way...would you have been as excited about Swift last season if he were on the New York Jets or Jacksonville Jaguars and in a near 50/50 time share? That could be the exact situation we're looking at this season in Detroit. My Very Early Projection: 206-843-5 rushing & 54-428-1 receiving.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
In eight full games with Justin Herbert under center last year, Ekeler saw 63 targets. Over a full 16-game season, that amounts to 126 targets. While I don't expect him to get there, he's one of just two running backs (Christian McCaffrey is the other) who I'm projecting for 100-plus targets in 2021. Targets are worth twice as much as carries, so even if Ekeler winds up getting just 12 carries per game, it's not the end of the world. In fact, he can still finish as a borderline RB1 if he were to hit just 200 carries on the season. The new coaching staff obviously brings on some potential volatility, but there's not much other talent on the roster at running back, so his role should be very safe.There were certainly flashes of what could be a great three-down back with Swift last year, but the Lions seem to have alternate plans. They snagged Jamaal Williams in free agency and signed him to a two-year deal. Then, they drafted Jermar Jefferson. Then, they brought in Todd Gurley on a free agent visit. While they didn't sign him, it's not promising for Swift's outlook, as they clearly want this to be somewhat of a timeshare. It's not to say timeshare backs can't get into the top-12 conversation - they can, but it requires a lot of scoring opportunities, something we're not expecting from the Lions offense. Swift is an extremely talented football player, but situation and opportunity knock him into clear-cut RB2 territory.
Mark Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
Joe Lombardi takes over the offensive coordinator duties. He came over from New Orleans with the coaching change. That could be good news for Ekeler. Lombardi likes a lot of quick passes. He used Alvin Kamara a lot out of the backfield. If he uses Ekeler the same way, fantasy owners will be ecstatic. Ekeler is best used in a RBBC. He's not big enough to hold up with a full workload. Still though, he is an excellent receiver. In half point and full point PPR formats, this might be the perfect storm for Ekeler to return to fantasy glory in 2021.Swift is a really talented RB, but he isn't big enough to be a three down RB. He'll wear down. The Lions signed RB Jamaal Williams from Green Bay in free agency. He'll probably see the goal line work. He's a better power runner. There's also rumors that Detroit is interested in Todd Gurley. Some members of the Lions front office came over from L.A. when Gurley was playing for the Rams. Detroit's offense isn't that great anyway. This is one of those where I like the player, but hate the situation type of deals. Why some analysts are taking DeAndre Swift so early (3rd round) is beyond me. They might as well take Taylor Swift instead. At that price point, I think DeAndre Swift is a bust in 2021. Avoid
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
 It wasn't a bad rookie season by any means for Swift, as he finished as the 18th-ranked running back in half-PPR formats and did strong work as a receiver, totaling an impressive 1.58 yards per route run. New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn made some waves with his comments about Jamaal Williams essentially playing as the primary back, but, even if true, we've seen backs in Lynn's system succeed as complementary pass-catching options. There are also plenty of vacated targets in Detroit and Jared Goff is sure to look for Swift as his safety net. Add it all up and Swift is a decent RB2 in half-PPR formats, but one with a fairly hard cap on his upside.
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
This time last year we were anticipating Ekeler to have some struggles as a pass-catcher due to Tyord Taylor entering the season as the Chargers' starting QB. We know what happened next, and now Ekeler's arrow is pointing up in a big way, particularly in full PPR formats. Once he returned from his midseason injury, Ekeler averaged 6.2 catches per games and 90.2 yards per games from Weeks 12-17. Offensive line upgrades combined with a potential Year 2 Justin Herbert leap gives Ekeler a thrilling floor/ceiling combo for 2021 fantasy football leagues. 
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
Huge line improvements with Linsley and NOW Slater at OT too, should be Round 2 steal with Top-5 overall upsideImproved line, huge target upside, run-it-all-out coach. Love this offseason for Swift -- except Anthony Lynn calling Jamaal WIlliams the "A Back?" And now looking at Gurley? Maybe he's not projected for the Bell Cow role we had thought...
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
Austin Ekeler is your classic PPR running back. He's in line for a ton of receptions and all purpose yardage with the Chargers this year. However, TDs are not his strong suit. Ekeler found te end zone just 3 times in 10 games last year. In auction leagues, Ekeler is the poor man's Alvin Kamara. In standard leagues, yards are yards, but his lack of goal line work could hold back his overall value. Still, he's a low end RB1 in all formats. 
Tim Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
 The Lions have one of the best and deepest offensive lines in football coming into 2021, which is great news for Swift. Even better news is that he is on a team that just acquired a QB that loves to throw to the RB (Goff) in an offense that lacks outside weapons. Swift could easily see upwards of 100 targets for the Lions this season, even with Jammal Williams also getting touches. New OC Anthony Lynn has produced two RB2's or better multiple times in his time with the Chargers, and with almost nowhere else to go to on offense, the offense will run through Swift and Williams.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Ekeler battled some injuries, but still had 138.3 fantasy points in just 10 games. He should be a RB1 playing with Justin Herbert, if Ekeler can stay healthy.Swift averaged a healthy 12.8 fantasy points in 13 games last year and he figures to see more work as the featured back in Detroit. He should be an upside RB1 in 2021.