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Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Date of Birth:  09/13/1991
Age:  28
Height  5'11"
Weight:   221
College:  South Dakota State
Drafted:  2015 | Undrafted
Depth Chart:  3rd string

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Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Dolphins claimed Zach Zenner.

Zenner takes the roster spot of Kalen Ballage, who is headed to injured reserve. Zenner could get immediate playing time in Miami, but he's not a highly recommended fantasy pickup yet.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Cardinals are releasing Zach Zenner, according to Ian Rapoport.

Arizona's backfield is strong enough now that Chase Edmonds didn't even receive a touch in his return yesterday, so Zenner will now hit waivers. The 28-year-old handled three touches for ten yards with the Cardinals.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Cardinals signed Zach Zenner.

Zenner was just released by the Saints yesterday, but he quickly finds a new home for an Arizona team adding depth to the backfield with David Johnson banged up. This signing, along with Alfred Morris, could indicate DJ is unlikely to play in Week 8.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Saints have released Zach Zenner.

This could indicate that Alvin Kamara is ready to return after missing one game with an ankle injury, but perhaps the Saints just wanted to move in another direction at running back. Zenner does not need to be owned in dynasty leagues, but he should get another opportunity soon.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Saints are signing Zach Zenner, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Zenner is being signed as insurance in case Alvin Kamara (ankle) cannot play this Sunday against the Bears, so it sounds like Kamara might not be able to play in Week 7 after battling through the injury last week. Zenner is not a highly recommended fantasy pickup yet.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Lions have released Zach Zenner.

Detroit likely plans to go with three running backs (Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson, and Ty Johnson), and they're probably releasing Zenner now to give him an opportunity to latch on with another team earlier than the Saturday cuts. Zenner, who turns 28 next month, spent four seasons with the Lions.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Lions signed Zach Zenner to a one-year contract extension.

Zenner was set to hit free agency, but Detroit locked him up for next season ahead of tomorrow's start of the new league year. When given an opportunity toward the end of last season, Zenner averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry in each of the final four games from Weeks 14-17, and he averaged 4.8 yards per carry on the season. The 2015 undrafted running back will look to carve out a role as the primary backup behind starter Kerryon Johnson in 2019.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner scores in Week 17.

Zenner carried 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 30 yards in the Lions' victory over the Packers. Zenner had a touchdown in three of his last four games this season, and he ran the ball well when given opportunities, which could make him the favorite to backup Kerryon Johnson in 2019. Zenner's season ends with 55 carries for 265 yards and three touchdowns along with seven receptions for 56 yards.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner handles ten touches in Week 16 loss.

Zenner rushed eight times for 45 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards. The fourth-year runner has impressed this month, and he will get another chance to showcase his talent next week before hitting unrestricted free agency. Zenner will be a decent FLEX option in Green Bay to close out the 2018 season.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner finds the end zone in loss to the Bills.

Zenner rushed ten times for 45 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. He also caught three passes for no gain. The 27-year-old has now rushed for lines of 12/54/1 and 10/45/1 over the past two weeks, and he's clearly supplanted LeGarrette Blount as the team's lead early-down runner with Kerryon Johnson (knee) out. If Johnson misses another game, Zenner will be worth considering as a FLEX option against Minnesota.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner leads rushing attack in win over the Cardinals.

Zenner rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, which came from one yard away in the fourth quarter. LeGarrette Blount drew the start as Kerryon Johnson (knee) sat again, but he lost a fumble early and finished with just 12 carries for 33 yards. Zenner has always done well when given an opportunity over the past four years in Detroit, but he won't be a recommended fantasy play in Week 15.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner rushes once in loss to the Rams.

It was a seven-yard carry in Los Angeles territory, but LeGarrette Blount (16 touches) and Theo Riddick (11 touches) handled the vast majority of the work. Zenner won't be a recommended fantasy option next week in Arizona.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner gets three touches against the Bears.

Zenner had two carries for nine yards and one reception for four yards in the Lions' Thanksgiving loss. One carry he took around the edge for a nice eight-yard gain, showing some explosiveness. Zenner will continue getting some work if Kerryon Johnson (knee) remains out, but he isn't a fantasy option right now.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner handles one touch in Week 10 loss.

It was a 12-yard carry that came on the final play of the game. Zenner is mostly a special-teamer for the Lions, so he's off the fantasy radar.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Lions re-signed running back Zach Zenner.

Zenner was placed on injured reserve with a back injury in September, but he's healthy and is now back with the Lions. Zenner isn't a fantasy option right now, but he'll look to contribute to the Lions in real life.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Lions have placed Zach Zenner on the reserve/injured list.

Zennwr injured his back in the last preseason game. He might eventually come to agreement on an injury settlement with the Lions if the injury isn’t too serious.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner (back) is out for the rest of tonight's preseason game.

Zenner is battling for a roster spot in Detroit, so this obviously comes at a bad time. But hopefully the injury isn't too serious moving forward.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

The Lions re-signed running back Zach Zenner.

The undrafted free agent from 2015 will return for his fourth season with the Lions, and perhaps he'll be able to carve out a big role with the new coaching staff. He's someone to keep an eye on during the preseason if Detroit doesn't add much more to the backfield this offseason.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner handles just one touch in loss to Baltimore.

It was a four-yard carry. Zenner was expected to have a larger workload with Ameer Abdullah out, but undrafted rookie Tion Green led the backfield with 11 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown. Zenner should be on the waiver wire.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner scores in Week 5 loss.

Zenner rushed three times for 11 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but was stopped for a loss on a fourth-down-conversion attempt in the second half. We've liked Zenner as a player since he came out of small school South Dakota State, and he's done well when he gets a chance. Still, he's not a fantasy option.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner rushed four times for eight yards in the Lions' second preseason game.

Zenner notably played ahead of Dwayne Washington with the first-team offense, spelling starter Ameer Abdullah. The highlight was a nine-yard run that the 25-year-old bounced to the outside. Zenner is a nice player and should have a change-of-pace role in the regular season, but he probably won't be a fantasy factor with Abdullah and Theo Riddick healthy.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner carries six times for 26 yards in preseason game against Indy.

He also had one reception for three yards. Zenner appears in the lead to get the most carries behind Ameer Abdullah, but Dwayne Washington is also in the mix.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Jim Caldwell sees "consistent progress and improvement" with Zach Zenner.

Caldwell talked up Zenner's ability to contribute a variety of ways on offense (running the ball, pass blocking, and catching out of the backfield), including the ability to contribute on special teams. The Lions head coach said he doesn't "anybody has any question" that Zenner can run the ball and has progressed. The big third-year back says he's getting more comfortable as he enters another year in the NFL. Ameer Abdullah will be the lead back, and Theo Riddick will have a big role on passing downs, but Zenner, thanks in part to his special teams contributions, looks like he could lock up the number three running back job.

Zach Zenner totals 17 touches in playoff loss to Seattle.

Zenner had 11 carries for 34 yards and six receptions for 54 yards versus the Seahawks. The Lions' run game struggled this season, and Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick should both be 100% for next season, so Zenner likely won't be working as a lead back, but should have a spot on Detroit's roster.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner rushed 20 times for 69 yards and one touchdown in Sunday night's loss to the Packers.

He also caught four passes for 41 yards. Zenner has been a nice surprise for a Detroit team that needs to establish a running game heading into the postseason. Zenner finishes the regular season with 334 yards on 88 carries (3.8 YPC) and four touchdowns. The young back will be relied on this weekend against Seattle.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner scores twice on MNF.

Zenner rushed 12 times for 67 yards and two touchdowns, adding two catches for 25 yards in the loss to Dallas. Detroit and Zenner started hot, as the second-year back did almost all his damage in the early part of the game. Curiously, the Lions decided to not feed him in the second half after his very impressive first half, and it changed the game. Zenner should remain the between-the-tackles runner in the NFC (North) championship next Sunday night whether or not Theo Riddick (wrist) returns.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner loses fumble in the end zone against the Giants.

Zenner rushed three times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 52 yards in the 17-6 loss in New York. The fumble was big because it was the Lions best chance at scoring a touchdown, as they were deep in the red zone. Still, Zenner has shown some good skills and is a name to look at in dynasty leagues; he can stay on the waiver wire in standard leagues.

Zach Zenner | Dolphins RB

Zach Zenner rushed seven times for 36 yards before leaving Sunday's win with a concussion.

He also caught two passes for nine yards. Zenner has been pretty good in limited action this season, but this concussion opens up an opportunity for Dwayne Washington to takeover the between-the-tackles role behind Theo Riddick. Zenner doesn't need to be owned in fantasy leagues.

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