Yahoo Fantasy experts Liz Loza and Matt Harmon look at the Lions' addition of the former Georgia running back in the 2020 NFL Draft and how it will affect last year's starter Kerryon Johnson. Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
LIZ LOZA: Not a good landing spot if you were the established vet in the Lions backfield, because D'Andre Swift is going to probably take your job, Kerryon. I mean, Kerryon, Kerryon, Kerryon, but I don't know if you're going to be carrying on what. Johnson played in 10 games in 2018, which was obviously his rookie year, and then only eight games in 2019. I do think it's interesting, because the knock against him, and part of the reason people were supposing why he couldn't stay healthy was because of his high pad level. And yet one of the cons against Swift is that he, too, has a high pad level.
Like, I don't think they're similar players. I think the comp for Swift is Dalvin Cook. But I do find it interesting that they took two players with enough overlap. Like, I always sort of thought that Jonathan Taylor-- if the Lions were going to go with a running back, they'd go with JK Dobbins, they'd go with Jonathan Taylor, they'd go maybe even if they wanted to wait and let someone fall, Zach Moss or AJ Dillon. They wouldn't go for basically-- despite the fact that D'Andre Swift was considered by the consensus to be the top-ranked running back in this year's class, like, someone who is a wonderful pass-catching back, very elusive, very speedy, I think he has great tempo, he's got that pitter patter that Bucky Brooks always talks about. But he's not, like, a pile-mover.
MATT HARMON: Yeah. For sure. And I think it's-- I feel like both of these guys are losers-- you know, Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift. Because, like, I don't think-- like, even if you imagine that D'Andre Swift is the RB1 come Week 1-- he's at the top the depth chart, he's the more recent guy that they drafted. In terms of draft capital, there's not a huge gap here, you know, between the two guys from when they were drafted in terms of, like, again, a capital perspective.
Also, like, Kerryon Johnson's not a bad back. He's not terrible. I don't think he's going to go away. And that's the problem. Like, even if Swift wins the top job, I think either way these guys are going to eat into each other. And I don't find this to be a good enough offense where I want to go fishing for two backs in fantasy.
LIZ LOZA: 100%. And again, they don't complement each other, they just compete with one another.