The Panthers rank last in defending fantasy running backs allowing
a league-worst 36.4 FPts/G. While Montgomery hasn’t done anything
exceptional this season, this is the spot he’ll shine, both on
the ground and as a receiver. He should see close to 25 touches
in this one because with Tarik Cohen sidelined the only other
option is Cordarrelle Patterson. Monty has averaged seven targets
in Cohen’s absence.
The Packers may be undefeated, but they are giving up 34.6 FPts/G
to opposing running backs which ranks 31st overall. I’m guessing
most head coaches want to run the ball as much as possible to
keep it away from “The Aarons” - Rodgers and Jones. Ronald Jones
is having his best season averaging 4.9 ypc and having posted
back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his
career. Backup Leonard Fournette (ankle) wasn’t used in Week 5
while LeSean McCoy and Kenjon Barner left with injuries. That
leaves Ke’Shawn Vaughn and the team obviously doesn’t have much
trust in the rookie. More opportunities for Jones should make
him a continuing solid option in Week 6.
Two weeks ago I wouldn’t have to tell you to start Robinson, but
after two dull outings you may be wavering on the young Jags’ running
back. Stop. The Lions have been very generous to opposing running
backs. They rank 29th, allowing 32.1 FPts/G. Robinson is still getting
the majority of the touches, seeing 21 in Week 4 and 18 last Sunday
at Houston. Don’t quit on Robinson as he gets back on track this
Harris rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries the last time we saw
the Patriots on the field, but this isn’t the best matchup for
him to repeat the performance. The Broncos’ defense is No. 1 against
opposing running backs yielding just 16.8 FPts/G. They have allowed
just one touchdown run all season. Add in the return of James
White to Rex Burkhead and Harris and it’s a crowded backfield.
Then stir in a possible Cam Newton return and his ability, and
seeming preference, to run the ball in goal line situations himself
and it’s not a good time to start Harris.
The Steelers defense was ranked higher before the Eagles’ Miles
Sanders ran for 80 yards (74 on one play) and two scores, but
the defense still ranks fourth allowing just 18 FPts/G. Yes, Hunt
will still see his normal allotment of touches, he saw 23 last
week, but it’s simply a tough matchup. Hunt has a high floor,
but his ceiling is limited.
The problem with playing any players against the Colts is twofold.
First, their defense is really good. They rank No.3 against RBs,
No.2 against QBs, No.7 against WRs, and No.1 against TEs. Second,
their plodding offense takes up time and doesn’t give opposing
teams many offensive opportunities. The Colts have run 312 offensive
plays and defended 285 plays. That’s just 57 plays per game
– the fewest in the league. Mixon has had one good game
this season, against Jacksonville, and four duds. This isn’t
the game on which you, and he, will get well.