As the 2023 NFL season rapidly approaches, the gears of fantasy football drafts have already been set in motion. Enthusiastic participants embark on their quest to unearth the best players who will aid them in triumphing over friends, colleagues, and family members, showcasing their superior football knowledge. The impending 2023 season stands no different, as fantasy football has firmly entrenched itself as an integral part of the NFL experience.
Anticipation abounds as enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the potential breakout of their sleeper running backs from the later rounds, propelling them to fantasy championship glory. Among the players who perfectly embody this scenario, is Philadelphia Eagles running back, D’Andre Swift. In 2022, Swift’s performance left fantasy owners disheartened. Now on a new team can Swift finally reach his full potential?
Let’s dive deep into Swift’s 2023 fantasy football outlook.
2023 Fantasy Football Profile: D’Andre Swift
D’Andre Swift’s 2022 Season Recap
In 2022, D’Andre Swift continued to tantalize fans with his potential, but the year proved to be one of mixed outcomes. The Detroit Lions running back burst onto the scene with impressive performances, only to be sidelined by an injury. Upon his return, the Lions chose not to grant him a prominent role in the backfield. Instead, they leaned on now-New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams as their primary option for short-yardage situations.
Despite this, Swift maintained remarkable efficiency on a per-touch basis. He ranked fourth in fantasy points per touch, claimed the third spot for yards per carry, stood at 23rd in points per game, and secured the 19th position in yards after contact per attempt. However, the scarcity of touchdowns and overall opportunities left many disheartened. Throughout the season, Swift appeared to struggle, which likely contributed to his limited involvement in the offense. The Lions’ reluctance to fully integrate Swift into their game plan foreshadowed their subsequent decision to trade him to the Philadelphia Eagles for a future Day 3 pick.
D’Andre Swift’s 2023 Season Prediction
A change of scenery should breathe new life into Swift. Following his trade to his hometown team, the Philadelphia Eagles, Swift finds himself with a fresh start and renewed vigor. Given his exceptional efficiency in the previous season, Swift is set for a promising year ahead. The Eagles boast what could arguably be the best offense in the league. With a quarterback who actively contributes in the running game and an array of weapons that make it challenging for defenses to focus, Swift has many opportunities at his disposal. Additionally, the Eagles are equipped with perhaps the most formidable offensive line in football. Swift holds the distinction of being the Eagles’ premier receiving back and possesses the capability to lead the backfield on all three downs.
D’andre Swift Fantasy Football ADP/Rankings
Per FantasyPros, Swift holds an average draft position of 63 overall. This indicates he’s a fifth or sixth-round selection, contingent on your league. Despite possessing the talent and potential to justify this selection, the cost seems a tad steep. While Swift is set to receive ample opportunities to serve as a primary running back for the Eagles, the likelihood remains low. This is due to the Eagles’ tendency to distribute their running back workload among multiple players. Swift finds himself amidst a crowded backfield comprising Rashaad Penny, Kenny Gainwell, and Boston Scott.
Both Swift and Penny will probably share responsibilities. Swift is likely to be heavily involved in the passing game. In the unfortunate event that Penny succumbs to injury, a scenario that has regrettably plagued his entire career, Swift would then assume the lead back role. If this were to happen Swift has the potential to achieve RB1-level performance. Swift is a true boom-or-bust fantasy player this season. A scenario that is too high for a fifth-round selection.
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