Dion Lewis
Dion Lewis
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tennessee Titans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the first time in his career, Lewis was on the field for 16 games in 2017, resulting in career highs in carries, rushing yards, scrimmage yards and TDs. He wasn't just a volume accumulator, as his 5.0 YPC led players with at least 140 carries, and he ranked sixth in the league in evaded tackles with 84. Cashing in as a free agent, Lewis signed a four-year deal with the Titans, leaving the security of the Patriots' always-productive offense. Marcus Mariota is no Tom Brady, but new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur worked with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta and handled coordinator duties for Sean McVay in Los Angeles last year. Lewis' skills as a receiver and elusiveness in the open field figure to be put to good use in LaFleur's scheme. Derrick Henry will be the thunder in the backfield and figures to see the bulk of the carries and goal-line work, but Lewis should be plenty busy too as the lightning half of the duo. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19.8 million contract with the Titans in March of 2018.
Plays second fiddle to Henry in win
RBTennessee Titans
September 23, 2018
Lewis rushed nine times for 26 yards and caught all three of his targets for 14 more in Sunday's 9-6 win over Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Lewis has come back down to earth after a sizzling Titans debut, combining for just 68 rushing yards on 23 carries over the past two weeks. Derrick Henry has amassed 113 yards on 36 carries over that same span, suggesting Lewis is the inferior option on the ground. Still, Lewis is the significantly better receiving back, and that ability should allow him to play a sizable role against the Eagles next week.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    82
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
163
8
2017
404
66
2018
82
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 8"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   195 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.18 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   6.90 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   28.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.75 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   35 in
AVERAGE
Broad Jump:   112 in
WEAK
Bench Press:   17 reps
WEAK
Tennessee Titans Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the second straight season, Lewis played only seven games, as the knee issues that cut short his 2015 campaign held him out until Week 11 of 2016. Once he returned to the Patriots' backfield mix, he looked like his normal elusive self, but while he was sidelined, James White had established himself as the team's top pass-catching option at running back, limiting Lewis' targets and production once he returned. At 5-8, 195, Lewis is never going to be an every-down option, but he's proven over the last couple of years that he can be an effective weapon when he's healthy. New England's crowded backfield situation likely will prevent him from having any kind of consistent value, but in best-ball formats he might well surprise with a big performance or two.
Lewis announced his presence as a breakout player right away in 2015, racking up 325 total yards and two touchdowns in his first three games. The Patriots were as impressed as anyone, signing Lewis to a two-year contract extension in September. That's a rare move for any team, especially the Patriots - and notably rare when you consider Lewis' modest resume entering the season. Lewis validated the deal with six more quality games, then blew out his left ACL in early November. After undergoing surgery to address the issue, it was hoped he'd be ready for Week 1, but news arrived on Aug. 21 that Lewis would require a clean-up procedure on his knee, with regular season PUP his destiny to start the coming campaign. On the plus side, if you score all the PPR backs for the segment of games Lewis played, he grades out as the No. 7 RB. If healthy, he's a weapon, an obvious favorite of Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. And it's not like the Pats view Lewis only as a satellite player - he collected 12 red-zone carries and five rushes inside the 10 during his two months of play. Quickness and decisiveness has a place all over the field. Nonetheless, there's a limit to how much optimism we can show on a back who has just 124 touches over the last five years. We also have to note Lewis missed the 2013 season with a broken fibula. At 5-8 and 195 pounds, we're always going to have to worry about durability.
Lewis hasn't played in an NFL game over the last two seasons, but he's still somewhat in the mix to help fill the void in the Pats' backfield created by the departure of pass-catching back Shane Vereen. That said, at this stage, James White and Travaris Cadet remain to favorites to absorb Vereen's previous duties.
Lewis has carried the ball just 36 times in his three seasons in the league and spent all of last year on IR due to a leg injury, but is healthy now. Although it's a very limited sample, he does have a 4.8 YPC to show for his career so far. An undersized back at 5-8, 195, he lacks elite speed and isn't well suited to three-down work, but he could carve out a complementary role.
Lewis will battle Montario Hardesty for backup slotting behind clear-cut starter Trent Richardson.
Lewis was given just 23 carries as a rookie last year, with 12 of them coming in Week 17 when the team rested LeSean McCoy. The former fifth-round pick is unknown, but the Eagles view him as McCoy’s backup, so while he may not be a workhorse if McCoy goes down, he’d be the favorite to lead an explosive offense in touches. Lewis offers insurance for McCoy owners and upside for those who take a flier on him regardless.
Competing for third running back role.
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Collects 43 yards
RBTennessee Titans
September 16, 2018
Lewis rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries and added a one-yard catch during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Texans.
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Outplays Henry in opener
RBTennessee Titans
September 9, 2018
Lewis rushed 16 times for 75 yards and a touchdown while catching five of eight targets for another 35 yards in Sunday's season-opening, 27-20 loss to the Dolphins.
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Sees more touches than Henry
RBTennessee Titans
August 25, 2018
Lewis rushed three times for 11 yards and secured all three of his targets for another 20 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers.
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Impressive in passing game during loss
RBTennessee Titans
August 18, 2018
Lewis rushed once for one yard and secured both of his targets for 26 yards in the Titans' 30-14 preseason loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the Titans.
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Gets $5.75 million fully guaranteed
RBTennessee Titans
March 21, 2018
Lewis' four-year, $19.8 million contract with the Titans contains $5.75 million fully guaranteed and another $2.5 million guaranteed for injury only, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
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