Dion Lewis
Dion Lewis
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Derrick Henry's emergence late in 2018 effectively spelled the end of Lewis' usefulness to the Titans, and he played out the final year of his contract as a rarely deployed backup, seeing fewer touches in 16 games than he had in an injury-shortened seven-game campaign for the Patriots in 2016. The veteran showed he still had some juice in Week 16 as Henry nursed a hamstring strain, however, totaling 87 yards on 16 touches in his place. Typecast as a scatback most of his career, Lewis' receiving skills and elusiveness are definite assets, but he can also use his low pad level and surprising power to break tackles and gain positive yards after contact. He now heads to the Giants to once again be a rarely deployed backup behind Saquon Barkley, but if Barkley has as much trouble staying healthy as he did last year when he missed three games and played hurt in a few others, Lewis seems capable of carrying the load for a few weeks if called upon. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Giants in March of 2020.
Bit role in 2020
RBNew York Giants
January 11, 2021
Lewis finished 2020 with only 29 carries and 19 catches.
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That the 30-year old made little impact even after Saquon Barkley was lost for the year tells you what you need to know. He might catch on somewhere in 2021, but the end of the line is probably near.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Dion Lewis' 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
6.9%
 
Positive Run %
79.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
53.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
6.9%
 
Touches Per Game
3.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
15.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.19
 
% Team Air Yards
1.5%
 
% Team Targets
6.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
63.3%
 
Drop Rate
3.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.7
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Dion Lewis' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
112 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
28.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After the best season of his career in 2017 for the Patriots, Lewis left for greener pastures on a four-year deal with the Titans. It seemed like a good fit, positioning him as the lightning in a classic "thunder and lighting" backfield next to Derrick Henry, and indeed Lewis looked good through the first part of the year. He topped 100 scrimmage yards in Weeks 1, 7 and 9, making up for a downturn in his volume and efficiency on the ground with career highs in targets, catches and receiving yards. But once Henry got rolling over the final month, Lewis' touches dwindled, leaving his role for 2019 somewhat in question. The 28-year-old's best asset is still his elusiveness, and he's played 16 games each of the last two seasons in large part due to his ability to slip big hits, though he can also run with power when necessary --- his 16.8 broken tackle percentage ranked sixth among running backs with at least 50 carries. The Titans bolstered their offensive line with the signing of guard Rodger Saffold, who could help prop up Lewis' YPC. With a smaller workload likely ahead, though, he'll need to significantly improve the efficiency to keep his overall production afloat.
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.
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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Playing time rises
RBNew York Giants
December 28, 2020
Lewis rushed once for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.
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Rings up 18 yards
RBNew York Giants
December 21, 2020
Lewis rushed once for four yards and caught both targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Browns.
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Scores team's lone TD of Week 14
RBNew York Giants
December 15, 2020
Lewis collected 14 yards and a touchdown on two carries, adding 84 yards on four kickoff returns while losing one fumble during Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Cardinals.
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Logs three carries in win
RBNew York Giants
December 7, 2020
Lewis rushed three times for six yards in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Seahawks.
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Posts 17 scrimmage yards
RBNew York Giants
December 1, 2020
Lewis registered 10 rushing yards on two carries, adding a seven-yard reception during Sunday's 19-17 win against Cincinnati. He also registered 25 yards on a pair of kickoff returns.
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