Dion Lewis
Dion Lewis
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tennessee Titans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Once Henry got rolling over the final month, though, 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 fourth among RBs with at least 85 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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19.8 million contract with the Titans in March of 2018.
Poised for complementary role
RBTennessee Titans
April 1, 2019
Coach Mike Vrabel recently referred to Lewis as a "complement" to lead back Derrick Henry, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports. "We're going to have to be able to use Dion and whoever else we have on the roster to complement (Derrick) in different aspects," Vrabel said. "There's things that we can do to continue to let Derrick improve and getting the ball to him."
The Titans nearly rode Henry's memorable hot streak to a playoff appearance, ripping off four straight wins in December before a Week 17 loss to Indianapolis ended the dream. Lewis averaged 5.2 carries, 3.8 targets and 35.6 scrimmage yards during that five-game stretch, while Henry piled up 625 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Lewis still finished second on the Titans in catches (59) and third in scrimmage yards (917), but his mark of 3.3 yards per carry looks particularly ugly in comparison to Henry's 4.9 YPC. With the Heisman winner set to carry the rushing attack and free-agent addition Adam Humphries providing more competition for short targets, Lewis doesn't have an easy path to a third straight season of 200-plus touches. The 28-year-old at least has security in his role as the No. 2 running back, given that $2.5 million of his $4 million base salary for 2019 became guaranteed in mid-March, per overthecap.com.
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How do Dion Lewis' 2018 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.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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2018 Dion Lewis Split Stats
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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.
5' 8"
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
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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Has minimal role
RBTennessee Titans
December 30, 2018
Lewis did not carry the ball in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Colts. He did add three catches on four targets for a total of 23 yards.
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Only six touches
RBTennessee Titans
December 22, 2018
Lewis totaled five yards on three carries in Saturday's 25-16 win over Washington. He also added three catches for 20 yards.
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Overshadowed again
RBTennessee Titans
December 16, 2018
Lewis carried the ball seven times for 35 yards in Sunday's 17-0 win over the Giants. He also added three receptions for nine yards.
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Clear second fiddle in win
RBTennessee Titans
December 6, 2018
Lewis rushed 10 times for 13 yards and brought in all five of his targets for 39 yards in the Titans' 30-9 win over the Jaguars on Thursday.
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Role shrinks
RBTennessee Titans
December 2, 2018
Lewis carried the ball six times for a total of 36 yards in Sunday's 26-22 win over the Jets. He also added two receptions for minus-2 yards.
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