So The Ameer Abdullah Hype Is Officially Off The Rails
Eric Goldschein 03:45 pm, August 14th, 2015
If you haven't had your fantasy football draft yet, allow us to suggest who to take with your first round pick:
He's a second-rounder out of Nebraska for the Detroit Lions, and though he's ostensibly the back-up to Joique Bell (Reggie Bush has moved on to the Niners), he blew up the preseason with a stellar showing last night against the Jets:
He's kind of like Jesus mixed with Jim Brown. He's kind of like Michael Jordan mixed with your maxed-out Create-A-Player in "Madden." He's kind of like Barry Sanders. At least according to Jets coach Todd Bowles:
Jets' Todd Bowles on RB Ameer Abdullah: "He's about as quick as Barry Sanders. Not saying he is Barry Sanders, but he's got that quickness."
Interestingly, Abdullah does NOT have that quickness, really (he ran a 4.60 40-yard-dash). But he has great acceleration, particularly after he cuts. That's a trait running backs like, say, Trent Richardson lack (along with many other traits). Here's some fantasy analysis via Yahoo's Brad Evans:
Rising up the ranks at lightning speed, Abdullah's 54.5 ADP (RB25), exorbitant to some, should rocket into the 40s soon. That price tag may seem outlandish, but considering how offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi utilizes his backs in multiple ways – Detroit RBs totaled 113 catches and 930 receiving yards in ’14 – the kid should inflict serious damage in moderate doses. Approximately 1200-1300 combined yards with 5-7 TDs are possible, especially with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate assisting the ground game. Honestly, it’s no stretch to think he’ll be the most productive rookie RB this year. Yes, over Melvin Gordon, who will surrender several touches to Danny Woodhead due to protection/pass-catching concerns.
So Abdullah is a Barry Sanders-esque running back who will outperform previously-thought-to-be-bona-fide-studs like Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley. If that seems a little much for you based on some training camp reports and seven preseason carries, you're not alone. Hopefully your draft isn't for a little while, so you can see a little more of Abdullah in action before spending a fourth-round pick on him.