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The Shot Caller's Report - Running Backs
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 5
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Bye Weeks: Detroit, Miami

Miles Sanders

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Ezekiel Elliott vs GB

Green Bayís run defense was exposed again last Thursday night by an Eagles team that hadnít been able to do anything on the ground yet this season. So far this year the Pack have given up big chunks of yardage to Dalvin Cook, and the tandem backfields of Denver and Philly. Zeke and the Cowboys were uncharacteristically shut down on the ground last week in New Orleans, and with their starting left tackle out, look for a brand of smash mouth football from the Cowboys, both to protect Dak, and to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. In what should be a close game into the 4th quarter, game script favors Elliott in a game he could see 30 touches. Fire him up as a top-3 option.

Miles Sanders vs NYJ

Itís been a slow steady climb for Sanders this season. After opening the year with two clunkers, Sanders has flashed some big-play ability the past two weeks, including a 126 total-yard day against Detroit, and 72 yards (6.5 carry average) on the ground in last weekís win against Green Bay. Still stuck in a game-plan based timeshare with Jordan Howard, I do expect Sanders to be featured this week against the Jets, who will be without their run-stuff defensive captain C.J. Mosely. New York has been gashed on the ground the last two games, and 100-total yards and a score could make Sanders an upside RB2/FLEX play in Week 5.

Sony Michel @ WAS

As a two-down back that has exactly one target on the season, Michel isnít what I normally want in a running back in this slot. But the last time the Patriots played an offense this dreadful, they won 33-0 and Michel had 21 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown, numbers he should quite easily be able to reach in what should be another rout. (I thought Super Bowl champions had a more difficult schedule the following season?!?!). Always a potential victim of a particular weekís scheme, itís possible Michel has 5 carries for 27 yards as well, but after getting beat up last week in Buffalo I think New England pounds the ball in a game they should dominate time of possession.

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Ronald Jones / Peyton Barber @ NO

Donít get me wrong, I think there is value to be had in this backfield, but it seems to be anyone's guess where it will come from. It looks as though Jones has grabbed the lead with 150 rushing yards and a score over the last two games. The problem is that heís still a virtual zero in the passing game and this offense is at its most explosive when itís throwing the ball around to their duo of unstoppable receivers. New Orleans has also been one of the best defenses against the run this season, particularly last week, as they totally stifled Elliott and the Cowboys. This could be an uptempo game, a scenario that wouldnít necessarily favor either back, I need to see more before I commit to either guy, so Iím avoiding both for now.

Frank Gore @ TEN

While they prepare the spot in Canton for his bust, fantasy owners should be prepared to sit Gore this week. Heís been a quality FLEX play over the last two weeks, but that was without rookie sensation Devin Singletary, who is due back this week after missing a few games with a hamstring injury. Relying on smarts, vision and balance has kept Gore relevant, but his lack of lateral agility, passing game work, and straight line speed, Gore is going to find the yards hard to come by in tough defensive matchup. The opponent and return of Singletary make Gore a tough start in only the deepest of leagues.

Marlon Mack @ KC

Another potential match-up victim this week is Marlon Mack. We saw last week against the Raiders when the Colts went down early, that he simply gets removed from the game in favor of Nyhiem Hines in passing situations (Mack has only 4 receptions on 6 targets this season). With gameflow expected to be similar this week against the high flying Chiefs, itís doubtful that Mack gets enough carries to be a difference maker. Last season in the Divisional round against the Chiefs he only had 9 touches for 51 uninspiring yards. A similar stat-line this week will sink your chances of winning, so proceed with extreme caution.

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