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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 17 Running Backs

By Colby Cavaliere | 12/31/20 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Johnathan Taylor

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Jonathan Taylor vs JAX

Over the last five games no defense has given up more fantasy points to running backs than Jacksonville and that’s pretty much all you need to know. Taylor has been an easy RB1 over the last six games, and if not for a shaky midseason slump, would be looking at a top-5 finish at the position. With their starting left tackle out in a must-win game, look for the Colts to feed their rookie runner as much as he can handle. With so much Week 17 uncertainty, Taylor is an easy “set and forget” option.

Melvin Gordon vs LV

While his best fantasy years are behind him, the combination of match-up and opportunity is too much to ignore in Week 17. Sporting a solid 4.7 yards-per-carry average on the season, and on the verge of his 4th year of double digit touchdowns, Gordon is an easy RB1 option this week. Vegas is one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and Denver is a hungry young team looking for some offseason momentum, while Vegas is a fading disappointment.

Wayne Gallman vs DAL

Gallman was balling during the Giants four-game winning streak in early December, but then Daniel Jones got hurt and the offense fell apart. New York has scored 7, 6 and 13 points during the losing streak and staggers into the final week of the season with a chance to make the playoffs. It’s imperative the G-men establish a running back to slow the Cowboys pass-rush. Jones lacks his normal mobility, and although they’ve improved recently, teams have been able to run roughshod over this Cowboy defense. Week 17 is all about hidden gems, and Gallman could be a sneaky play.

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Miles Sanders vs. WAS

Sanders is currently sitting as the RB22 in PPR leagues underperforming his pre-season ADP (RB12) by a wide margin. He has two 100-yard rushing games on the season and hasn’t found the endzone as a receiver. He posted a RB11 finish last week against the vulnerable Cowboys defense but this week is a different story. Washington has given up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs and allowed next to nothing (55 rushing yds) to the Eagles’ RBs in their earlier matchup. Avoid Sanders in this primetime matchup.

James Conner @ CLE

Conner found the endzone last week and showed some signs of life in the passing game (5-45) last week against the Colts. He’s battled injury in 2020 resulting in ho-hum fantasy performances as the Steelers have implemented a short-passing game offense. With nothing to play for, Big Ben already ruled out and nursing a quad injury, this smells like Conner ends up on the Inactive list Sunday with Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland Jr. handling the running back duties.

Devin Singletary vs MIA

A poor match-up, lack of touchdown scoring, and a split backfield all conspire against Singletary this week. Add in the fact Miami needs this game MUCH more than the Bills has me hesitant to mess with any Buffalo offensive starters.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers