Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls News

Marshawn Lynch will reportedly undergo sports-hernia surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next 4-5 weeks at minimum. It’s the same procedure Arian Foster underwent over the summer that forced him to miss eight weeks. Lynch and Foster are both older running backs that likely require more time to recover than their younger teammates. In a best-case scenario, it sounds like Lynch could be back by Week 16. We’d consider than extremely unlikely at this point.

It’ll be the Thomas Rawls show at running back for the foreseeable future in Seattle. Even before this news came out about Lynch needing surgery, Rawls was the No. 1 waiver add of the week. Lynch needing surgery and likely to miss the rest of the re-draft fantasy season has solidified Rawls as the top add. After piling up 254 total yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers last Sunday, Rawls has serious high-end RB1 upside and should see 20-plus touches weekly. Lynch owners can probably cut bait without any regrets. It’s very possible he’s started his final game for the Seahawks.

Backup Running Backs

Week 11 unfortunately produced multiple running back injuries, providing opportunities for a few notable backups around the NFL in Week 12. Seattle’sThomas Rawls handled the rushing duties with Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) out, and ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Rawls receiving 21 carries in an up-and-down game is encouraging for his weekly workloads heading down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.

 

Tevin Coleman was solid for Atlanta on Sunday while filling-in for Devonta Freeman (concussion). Coleman ran for 110 yards on 18 carries in what was a great performance outside of losing a fumble. The Atlanta offense struggled as a whole however, and with Freeman expected back in Week 13, Coleman will be fantasy bench material until further notice.

 

With Charcandrick West (hamstring) out on Sunday, Spencer Ware turned in another solid outing. Ware rumbled his way to 114 yards and a score on 19 carries, and now has 210 yards on 30 carries (7.0 ypc) over the last two weeks. Ware will be a high-end RB2 next week at Oakland if West misses more time, but will likely take a back seat to West if his troublesome hamstring is ready next Sunday.

Week 11 Injury Notes

Darren McFadden (groin) was limited in practice on Thursday, and will likely need a full showing on Friday to ease the minds of fantasy owners. Rod Smith would pick up the slack if McFadden is a surprise inactive. … Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) did not practice on Thursday and his Week 11 status is in jeopardy. This situation reeks of “game-time decision.” … DeAndre Hopkins (knee) has missed two practices this week, but no reports from Houston have stated that the stud wide receiver is actually in danger of missing Week 11. More news should surface regarding Hopkins’ status Friday. … Matt Forte (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and his Week 11 status is in serious doubt. Forte will likely return in Week 12 to some form of timeshare with Jeremy Langford. … Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) made it through practice on Thursday and is in no danger of missing Week 11. … Emmanuel Sanders (finger) was limited in practice on Thursday, but coach Gary Kubiak expects Sanders to be ready for Week 11. … Michael Floyd (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday and looking like a dicey bet to play on Sunday after injuring a hamstring in Week 10 at Seattle. … Vincent Jackson (knee) hasn’t played since Week 7, but is getting closer to returning to game action and was limited in practice on Thursday. Jackson’s status may require extra attention over the weekend for fantasy owners. … Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) practiced in full on Thursday and is good to go this week as the Jets take on Houston. … Brian Hoyer (concussion) reportedly suffered memory loss on Monday night against Cincinnati, leaving Houston backup QB T.J. Yates to handle the passing duties for the Texans this week. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) missed practice on Thursday and is a good bet to sit out this week, leaving DeMarco Murray with plenty of opportunities to carry the ball against the Bucs. … John Brown (hamstrings) got in a limited practice on Thursday and is tentatively looking like he may suit up this week. Brown hasn’t caught a pass since Week 7 and is a risky fantasy start at the moment. … Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion) did not practice on Thursday and will likely miss Week 11 while going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mark Sanchez is in line to get the start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Quarterback and Running Back Slants

Free agent RB Kendall Hunter worked out for the Seahawks. … The Texans are “hoping” Brian Hoyer (concussion) will be cleared in time for Week 11 against the Jets. On a short week, it’ll be a chore. … T.J. Yeldon (foot) has shed his walking boot and expects to be fine for Thursday night against the Titans. … Cowboys waived QB Brandon Weeden. With Tony Romo healthy, Matt Cassel beat out Weeden for the backup gig. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) didn’t practice Tuesday. Neither did Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion). … Geno Smith is expected to take most of the first-team reps in practice this week after Ryan Fitzpatrick underwent thumb surgery last Friday. Fitzpatrick’s status will become cleared later in the week. … Coach Mike McCarthy thinks Aaron Rodgers may be “trying to do too much.” … Coach Jim Tomsula will go week-to-week with his quarterback situation. … Coach Jay Gruden said he wants the team to re-signed contract-year QB Kirk Cousins. … Andre Ellington will continue to be used in special packages. … The Rams still owe Nick Foles $7.75 million in guaranteed money. … The Colts want Andrew Luck to change his running style.

Patriot’s Dion Lewis Injured

One of fantasy’s best story lines this season has been the emergence of New England running back Dion Lewis, who has been a top-flight fantasy option in 2015. Lewis was off to another fine start on Sunday, tallying 53 total yards, before suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of New England’s win over Washington. Lewis will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury, with the Patriots organization hoping the issue is simply an MCL sprain. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for more information on Lewis’ status and be prepared to fire up LeGarrette Blount, as the bruising running back stands to see a jump in usage if Lewis misses time. Game flow is still a concern with Blount, but he did stack up 129 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries on Sunday.

Backs Dropping Like Flies – Who To Get

There were eight running backs drafted in the first round based on Average Draft Position on CBS Sports with Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, C.J. Anderson andDeMarco Murray. That group looked great in August, but it has been quite a disappointment ever since.

And things just keep getting worse due to injuries. We already lost Charles to a torn ACL, and now Bell was placed on injured reserve with a torn MCL, ending his season. Forte is also expected to miss at least two weeks with his own MCL injury.

DeAngelo Williams is back on the Fantasy radar now as the top priority to add this week. He will replace Bell as the starter for the Steelers, and there’s a good chance he will become a weekly starter for your Fantasy team based on how he’s done when Bell missed time.

After Bell got hurt in Week 8 against the Bengals, Williams came in and had nine carries for 71 yards and four catches for 39 yards. Remember, Williams also started two games for the Steelers when Bell was suspended to open the season, and he had 12 Fantasy points in a standard league against New England in Week 1 and 26 Fantasy points against San Francisco in Week 2.

He is owned in just 34 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, and he should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back for Pittsburgh’s matchup with the Raiders. We just hope Williams, 32, can hold up as a starter for the rest of the year.

In Chicago, the Bears will turn to rookie Jeremy Langford as their starter, and he should be the No. 2 priority off waivers behind Williams. He is owned in just 7 percent of leagues on CBS Sports.

Langford does have two touchdowns on the season, but he saw the most action of the year in Week 8 after Forte got hurt against the Vikings with 12 carries for 46 yards. He’s nowhere as talented or versatile as Forte, but he does have a great matchup in Week 9 at San Diego, which makes him worth considering as a flex option.

There were a lot of injuries in Week 8 that Fantasy owners need to monitor, but the other big ones aside from Bell and Forte included Steve Smith (torn Achilles), Reggie Bush (torn MCL), Khiry Robinson (broken leg), Mike Davis(broken hand), Keenan Allen (back), Brandon Marshall (toe/ankle) andKendall Wright (knee). Smith, Bush and Robinson are out for the season.

Smith’s injury is devastating because he has been tremendous this year, and it will be hard to replace his production — for the Ravens and Fantasy owners. And the 49ers might have a new running back out of Pierre Thomas (7 percent) or Kendall Gaskins (0 percent) with Davis and Carlos Hyde (foot) also banged up. Allen also is expected to miss time with a kidney injury.

Needless to say, this will be an extremely active week on the waiver wire, especially with six teams on a bye (Detroit, Kansas City, Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore and Houston). Be ready to spend plenty of bid points on Williams, Langford, Steve Johnson (46 percent) and Kamar Aiken (18 percent), among many others, as Fantasy owners are scrambling due to all these injuries.

 

Gurley Is BEST Back in NFL

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Todd Gurley is perhaps the best running back in the NFL.  Adrian Peterson might have just fainted listening to that, but it’s true.  Gurley has put up 144 yards per game rushing over his last 3 games since he has come back off injury.  He is a workhorse that will consistently get between 20 and 30 carries again.  With a solid Rams defense, he may have some games with 30+ carries as they have the perfect recipe for smash mouth football of playing defense and running the ball.  Does he go #1 overall in the next year’s draft ranks?

Coaching Change Huge For Lamar Miller

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Dan Campbell has done a lot of wonderful things since taking over in Miami, not the least of which is turning Lamar Miller back into a Fantasy asset.

Miller had just 37 carries in his first four games and zero touchdowns. In two games with Campbell in charge Miller has accumulated 288 rushing yards and three total touchdowns. He’s also faced the Titans and Texans, but it’s promising nonetheless.

Verdict: Believe it. Sunday’s game was a bit of an outlier and you shouldn’t expect Miller to come anywhere close to those totals on a regular basis. You should expect the Dolphins to be a quality NFL team that wants to run the ball. Miller was billed as a borderline RB1 in August and that’s a fair expectation moving forward.

 

News & Notes Following Week 6

We finally have what appears to be a bit of clarity in the Denver backfield, asRonnie Hillman took a step forward on Sunday. Hillman received 23 touches to 17 for C.J. Anderson and was far more productive with his opportunities once again, averaging 5.0 yards per touch. Hillman is the back to own in Denver and could begin to widen the workload gap in coming weeks. … Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon had a rough afternoon as he was benched for the final 36 minutes of San Diego’s loss at Green Bay after fumbling twice.Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver handled what little rushing attempts remained after Gordon’s benching with Philip Rivers throwing 65 times. … With Jamaal Charles sadly lost for the season, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis split the work in Kansas City’s backfield. West turned nine carries into 33 yards while David ran for 13 yards on five attempts. Both backs were lightly used in the passing game and it appears that West is still the preferred option in this backfield, although the Chiefs offense looked awful on Sunday. … Keenan Allen failed to score on Sunday but caught 14 of 15 targets for 157 yards, giving Allen three games this season with 12 or more receptions. … Minnesota rookie Stefon Diggs looks like the real deal, and caught seven passes for 129 yards on Sunday. Diggs has 13 receptions on 19 targets for 216 yards in the only two games he has played this season. Get those waiver claims ready.

Week 5 Running Back “Sits”

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Jeremy Hill vs. Seahawks: Hill owners were able to take a deep breath after last week’s three-touchdown game against the Chiefs in which he played 55.5 percent of the snaps. But it’s easy to look past the fact that Hill got just nine carries. Unless you’re Matt Asiata or LeGarrette Blount, nine carries isn’t going to be enough to return value on most afternoons. Hill now gets to run against a Seattle defense that is allowing just 3.46 YPC and the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs. It should be a “Jeremy Hill game” as opposed to a Giovani Bernard one, but the Seahawks like to milk the clock on offense and play stout defense. Hill’s schedule won’t really soften up until the second half of the season. It’ll be tough to sit Hill this week unless you have other options, but we’re pretty much relying on Hill scoring a touchdown if we play him against Seattle.

Carlos Hyde at Giants: The Giants are allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs. On paper, that looks great for Hyde. Diving into the numbers further, the Giants are allowing just 3.28 YPC to running backs. They’ve given up only two rushing touchdowns and bottled Karlos Williams up with ease in Week 4. All of the running-back fantasy points against the Giants are coming via the pass. They’ve surrendered the fourth-most catches in the league to backs, and Reggie Bush plays that role for the 49ers. The 49ers are 6.5-point underdogs heading to the East Coast coming off three-straight losses. San Francisco will try to work Hyde early, but this one could get out of hand, rendering Hyde a disappointment like he’s mostly been since his Week 1 explosion.

Melvin Gordon vs. Steelers: We tried to goose Gordon’s season here at Rotoworld last week ahead of a splendid home matchup with the lowly Browns’ run defense. Gordon didn’t return the favor. He was stacked up for 38 rushing yards on 12 carries and failed to convert his loan goal-line attempt. It didn’t help that the Chargers were without the entire left side of their offensive line and their center. Clearly, San Diego prefers a timeshare backfield with Gordon and Danny Woodhead. After failing to capitalize against the Browns, it’s impossible to get behind Gordon against the Steelers. Pittsburgh, despite allowing Justin Forsett to run for 150 yards in Week 4, has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs and 3.75 YPC with zero touchdowns. Monday night sets up as a game the Chargers are going to have to win through the air and in the short passing game.

Ameer Abdullah vs. Cardinals: Abdullah got the start last Monday night against the Seahawks and should get another one this week with Joique Bell still nursing an ankle injury. The rookie hasn’t had much success outside of scoring a long touchdown on his first NFL carry. He’s been held under 50 yards rushing each game and is averaging just over two catches per week. Like Seattle in Week 4, Arizona isn’t a defense to jump-start your running game against. The Cardinals have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to running backs, 3.94 YPC, and one touchdown on the ground. Abdullah’s floor is raised with his receiving skills, but hasn’t been getting enough work there.

 

Week 5 RB “Starts”

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T.J. Yeldon at Bucs: Yeldon has been a rookie disappointment in that he’s yet to find the end zone and is averaging 3.7 YPC. But what Yeldon does have going for him is a supportive coaching staff that has played him on over 81 percent of the snaps, excluding the Jaguars’ blowout loss to the Patriots when Yeldon was rendered useless with the Jaguars down by 40-plus points. He was in on 92.9 percent of the snaps in a close game with Indianapolis last week. Yeldon also gets serious volume in the Jaguars’ offense, averaging a cool 20 touches per game. Jaguars-Bucs has a 2.5-point spread, so Yeldon should be on the field for at least 85 percent of the plays. The Bucs have yielded the eighth-most fantasy points and a 4.25 YPC average to opposing running backs. Snaps lead to touches, and touches lead to production. This is Yeldon’s easiest matchup of the young season.

C.J. Spiller at Eagles: Getting behind Spiller takes a leap of faith, but with bye weeks coming into play, Spiller is going to be needed in lineups at some point. He touched the ball on 33 percent of his snaps last week against Dallas and scored the game-winning 80-yard touchdown in overtime. Coach Sean Payton continues to insist he needs to use Spiller more. He’s no threat to Mark Ingram’s early-down work, but Spiller has to play more in the pass game. The Eagles are strong against the run but have become a bit susceptible to running backs in the pass game since ILBs Kiko Alonso (knee) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) have been out, forcing rookie Jordan Hicks into the starting lineup next to DeMeco Ryans. By himself, Hicks has allowed 14 catches for 140 yards on 19 targets the past three games. With no downfield weapons outside of Willie Snead, Drew Brees has been working the short passing game with Ingram and Spiller. Saints-Eagles has the highest over-under of the week at 49.5 points, tied with Patriots-Cowboys. It should be an up-tempo game.

Alfred Morris at Falcons: The Redskins’ backfield has been a tough one to figure out, but as of late, Morris has been getting the nod over rookie Matt Jones, while Chris Thompson has been operating as the pass-game back. The Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs through a quarter of the season, including a league-high seven rushing touchdowns and 4.24 YPC average. The Redskins like to control the clock, and the best way to do that is to run the ball with success. Morris is averaging a pedestrian 3.95 YPC but is the best bet for goal-line work as long as the Redskins can keep this one close. With a 7.5-point spread, we could see plenty of Thompson. Thompson is worth considering in PPR formats.

Justin Forsett vs. Browns: Forsett should be locked into lineups after getting back on track in Week 4 against the Steelers with 150 yards on the ground. He failed to score a touchdown and didn’t catch his lone pass-game target. Expect Forsett’s usage to rise this week. The Ravens will be without Steve Smith Sr. (back), and the Browns are allowing better than 5.1 YPC and the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. While he’s yet to do much as a pass catcher in OC Marc Trestman’s offense, look for Forsett to get a couple more looks, especially if both Smith Sr. and Crockett Gillmore (calf) sit. Forsett is a surefire RB1 against Cleveland’s league-worst run defense.

Week 5 RB Start of the Week

RUNNING BACK

Start of the Week: Dion Lewis at Cowboys: Handed a fresh two-year, $4.4 million contract extension Thursday, Lewis has taken ahold of the Patriots’ starting running back job after signing a reserve/futures contract last winter. Lewis dominated snaps in the first half of the Patriots’ last game, a Week 3 win over the Jaguars, before giving way to LeGarrette Blount when the game was already well in hand. Lewis punched a touchdown in from eight yards out against Jacksonville and is tied for the league lead in targets per game among running backs at six. He’s been a PPR machine for New England and is even returning value in standard formats. The Patriots have the highest team total of Week 5 at 29 points. Dallas has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, including the fourth-most catches for the second-most yards to the position.

Bill’s Running Back Clarity

Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) did not practice and remains in the league’s concussion protocol. He is questionable to play in Week 5. LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is also highly questionable, leaving Anthony Dixon as the Bills No. 1 running back if Williams and McCoy are indeed inactive. Recent free agent signing Dan Herron and practice squader Cierre Wood would likely also see work in Week 5 without Williams or McCoy.

Running Back Notes

Marshawn Lynch’s Monday night playing status will be a difficult nut for fantasy owners to crack, as Seattle coach Pete Carroll plans to take “all week” to figure out whether or not Beast Mode will suit up in Week 4. Lynch owners will be wise to slip him into their flex spots and have another Seattle or Detroit option waiting in the wings in case of emergency. For owners who struck out on Week 4 waiver wire star Thomas Rawls and don’t have a backup plan, Lynch will likely need to be swapped out for a viable Sunday option. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for more updates on Lynch’s Week 4 status.

Arian Foster (groin) is still unsure about his Week 4 status, but the Houston running back has looked good in practice this week, according to coach Bill O’Brien. Foster proved last season that if he is active, he will be a top-notch fantasy option so fantasy owners will want to pay close attention this weekend as more injury news surfaces out of Houston. If Foster can’t suit up on Sunday, Alfred Blue will have a solid matchup on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.

After Joseph Randle finally exploded in Week 3, reports out of Dallas detailed Christine Michael’s increase in practice reps this week. Michael could be looking at his first “active” tag of the 2015 season this week, but won’t be a useable fantasy option at the moment. Michael is a decent flier for fantasy owners with an open bench spot, so grab Michael in case this news sprouts into actual game usage.

Week 3 for Jeremy Hill Not Looking Good

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I was listening to Michael Fabiano, who I respect a lot, talking about Jeremy Hill’s week 3 matchup versus the Chiefs.  He said he would start Joseph Randle, Karlos Williams, and Devonta Freeman all over him this week.  It makes sense as he simply isn’t performing this year and considering the strength of the Chief’s defense (41 rushing yards per game the last 3 games).  Also, Giovanni Bernard is getting more snaps than Hill so bearing wary of Hill is kind of a no-brainer.

Steelers Le’Veon Bell Reinstated from Suspension

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was reinstated from the suspended list Monday. Bell’s two-game suspension came to an end over the weekend, and he is now eligible to resume playing for the Steelers.
DeAngelo Williams ran the ball well the last two weeks in Bell’s place, but he will move into a complimentary role, and Bell will be the Steelers’ top back from Week 3 onward.

Jonathan Stewart

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Just when you thought Jonathan Stewart was past his prime, it turns out he is only 28 years old.  Just when you thought DeAngelo Williams would never go away and stop taking away half of Stewart’s carries, he moves onto the Pittsburgh Steelers.  You want great mid-round value in this year’s draft, Jonathan Stewart is as solid as they come.  He took over the Panthers’ backfield in Week 14 and looked like his younger self while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.  He ran with power, as befits his 235-pound frame, but he also jump-cut and high-stepped through traffic like a smaller man.  He has more raw talent than several guys ahead of him – the value is there at draft time.

Todd Gurley Talk

gurleySo the talk about Todd Gurley, who was recently drafted by the St. Louis Rams is that he is the closest thing to be drafted as a running back since Adrian Peterson.  We all know the about the knee injury he had at Georgia.  So how do we value him for the 2015-16 season?  For me, I will be glad to let other teams draft him this year as I think it’s going to be really slow for him to start.  Yes, there is a possibility the last half of the season he turns it up and helps teams.  But for me, I don’t want to be out of the playoff hunt by that time with wasted roster spots.  Obviously monitor the waiver wire to see if he’s there for whatever circumstance he might be in by chance. I stay away this year and look to next.  I mean Tre Mason was starting to look like a solid player last year.  For dynasty leagues though, you might want to consider Gurley for the future.  Eventually, I can envision the Rams like the Seahawks with Lynch and a badass defense like they have!!

DeAngelo Williams Weeks 1, 2, & 3

williamsI’ve always felt it was important to get off to a good start in fantasy football.  A 3-0 start to go along with roster moves can have you coasting your way towards the playoffs.

During your upcoming draft in the later rounds when you’re looking for filler picks, DeAngelo Williams can be an immediate 3-game starter and help you win those weeks as a flex.  Yes, he is old, but he has never played with a caliber of team like the Pittsburgh Steelers.  LeVeon Bell is suspended those first three weeks, so it makes a lot of sense to grab Williams.

I don’t know why, but it kind of reminds me of the Willie Parker scenario even though it’s a bit of a different situation.  Maybe it’s because Williams is going to shock people early just like Willie Parker did when he rushed for 1,420 in his 2nd year as a pro and first year as a starter after beginning the season with 161 and 111 yards rushing his first two games.

Stock Up For Carlos Hyde

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Now, the 49ers added Reggie Bush and lost Mike Iupati to Arizona, but no matter what, Carlos Hyde’s value took a huge leap whenFrank Gore left for Indy. Hyde, much more efficient inside an opponent’s 10-yard line last year than Gore, will be a true bell cow running back in a league where there aren’t a lot of them. Despite the limited scoring last year and splitting time with Hyde, Gore still managed a top-20 fantasy season as a running back. Even with the change in coaching staff, I expect the offensive philosophy to remain the same (The Niners ran the ball on 41 percent of their plays last season, which was ninth in the NFL). Hyde is now a solid No. 2 running back.

Branden Oliver The Guy For Now

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Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego: We’ll see what the Chargers do in the draft (possibly Todd Gurley) and the rest of free agency but for now, it appears Oliver will be the running back you want in San Diego. I expect more of a committee approach. but we’ve seen Oliver get the workload of a stud and produce. Despite getting fewer than 200 total touches, Oliver was one of 13 players with 575 rushing yards and 270 receiving yards in 2014. With Ryan Mathews leaving town and no replacement brought in (so far), Oliver has the makings of a low-end No. 2 running back or legit flex play with some upside.

 

Todd Gurley is Marshawn Lynch

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I have no idea what team is going to draft Todd Gurley from the Georgia Bulldogs, but I do see similarities between him and Marshawn Lynch.  Gurley is 6’1″ and 231 pounds while Lynch is 5’11” and 215 pounds.  Gurley simply runs tough and could end up with a team like the Baltimore Ravens or San Diego Chargers.  Looking forward to see him get some run this year on the gridiron.

Would You Rather 2015

1. Would you rather have Adrian Peterson no matter what team he plays for or the Chief’s Jamaal Charles?     Answer:  Adrian Peterson

2. Would you rather have Odell Beckham or Calvin Johnson?  Answer: Odell Beckham

3. Would you rather have Julius Thomas or Travis Kelce as your tight end?  Answer: Travis Kelce

4. Would you rather have Jeremy Hill or C.J. Anderson?  Jeremy Hill

5.  Would you rather have Drew Brees or Matt Ryan?   Answer: Matt Ryan (tough call)

Carlos Hyde

Frank Gore is probably heading to the Miami Dolphins next season.  This opens the door for Carlos Hyde to rumble for 2,000 yard on the ground behind the offensive line that includes 1st round picks of Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, and Anthony Davis.  Fifteen touchdowns is also a possibility for this big back.  Look, they have downfield threats in Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis, and a quarterback that can pass and run the pistol option.  I know my numbers are a big inflated but ask yourself the following question.  Can he mirror the his division rival Marshawn Lynch?  The answer is…maybe.

Ryan Mathews Weak Play Today

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If you are excited for Ryan Mathews after he had over 100 yards and score last week after maybe holding onto him during his injury period, temper that excitement.  Week 13 he faces a Baltimore Ravens defense who has given up zero rushing touchdowns in 5 home games this year.  The Ravens are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs at 12.58 this season.  So if you have a better matchup play on your roster, think  about sitting Mathews.

Tough Playoff Schedules for Running Backs

Running backs with the toughest playoff schedules based on fantasy points against are as follows:

1. Andre Ellington (Cardinals) 14.91

2. McCoy/Sproles (Eagles) 15.06

3. Murray/McFadden (Raiders) 15.29

4. Jerick McKinnon (Vikings) 15.95

5. Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) 16.22

6. Tre Mason (Rams)  16.31

7. Blount/Gray/Vereen (Patriots) 16.61

8. Bernard/Hill (Bengals) 16.98

9. Ryan Mathews (Chargers) 17.00

10. Rashad Jennings (Giants) 17.37

Jonas Gray: Impostor

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Don’t feed into the optimism that Jonas Gray of the Patriots will be effective and someone to trust and start the rest of the way.  Even before he didn’t know how to operate his phone so that it wouldn’t go dead before his alarm would ring to get him up for practice, I thought to stay away from him.  Although, getting kicked out of practice doesn’t help, but Bellicek, regardless, would have held Gray back as he game plans for different players week after week.  The only guy  on that team that will get “HIS” every week will be Gronkowski and Brady.  So if you want to win a Super Bowl, stay clear of all other Pats this year and trade for studs.  And if you didn’t see LeGarrette Blount get picked up by the Patriots this week, take notice as he might have a blow up game too soon.  This is a second chance for Blount and he is going to run like an out of control freight train.

Ronnie Hillman Stud?

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Who would have thunk that Ronnie Hillman might be a STUD this season for the Broncos?  Another strong showing tonight for him versus the Chargers.  He didn’t score but had another 100 yard rushing game (109).  He did have 2 touchdowns called back and also had 2 touchdowns vultured by Juwan Thompson.  I’m starting to lean toward Hillman KEEPING the starting job over Montee Ball.  He simply is/was more effective and has better vision.  More importantly, Peyton Manning is more comfortable with handing the ball off to him as he trusts him.

Add Jerick McKinnon

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After rushing for 100 yards in his second game this season, Minnesota Viking’s, Jerick McKinnon, is worth adding to your roster for the remainder of the season.  Matt Asiata has seemed to have fallen out of favor.  Before Minnsota’s BYE week in week 10, the Viking’s face the Buccaneers and Redskins where McKinnon could have some success against.

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