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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 6 Running Backs

By Steve Schwarz | 10/15/20
Bye Weeks: LV, LAC, NO, SEA
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David Montgomery

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1) David Montgomery @ Carolina

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.

2) Ronald Jones vs. Green Bay

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.

3) James Robinson vs. Detroit

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 weekend.

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1) Damien Harris vs. Denver

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.

2) Kareem Hunt @ Pittsburgh

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.

3) Joe Mixon @ Indianapolis

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.

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