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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 7 Running Backs

By Colby Cavaliere | 10/22/20 |
Bye Weeks: BAL, IND, MIA, MIN
QBs | RBs | WRs

Kareem Hunt

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Kareem Hunt @ CIN

Hunt has been stuffed the last two weeks against elite defenses, but has a great opportunity to rebound against a Bengals team that has given up the 6th most rushing yards in the NFL. The Cleveland offense functions best when pounding the football, so I expect 20+ carries for Hunt if he can handle it. After being such a weapon in the passing game last year, it’s a little disappointing to see that his season high in receiving yardage is only 21, but the 3 receiving scores make up for it. With the offense still licking their wounds from last week, look for a conservative run based game plan this week.

Latavius Murray vs CAR

The Saints have greatly underwhelmed this season. They’ve lacked the swagger and killer instinct of previous years, but with a bye week to get healthy, and a division opponent coming to town, I think New Orleans starts to click this week. With Michael Thomas likely back the offense is complete and should jump out to a lead. Murray has seen 10+ quality touches in all but one game this year, and this a great spot to get him some work and keep Kamara fresh for the stretch. With byes hitting, Murray is an upside FLEX pick in all formats.

Boston Scott vs NYG (THU)

This is what it’s come to for Eagles fans and fantasy owners. With the NFL landscape riddled with casualties of all kinds, Boston Scott is in a place to be a beacon of light. With Miles Sanders and Ertz out, Scott projects to be the main runner and short yardage receiver this week against a Giants team he dominated in two late season meetings last year. I love Scott as a FLEX play this week, but also don’t hate him as a desperation RB2.

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Josh Jacobs vs TB

Not since the days of Sapp and Brooks has a Tampa defense been so menacing. A stout front with a versatile and athletic core of linebackers have vaulted the Bucs to the top of most defensive rankings. You bet your booty that Todd Bowles will have Jacobs in his sights this week, and will scheme to stop him. You obviously aren’t sitting Jacobs this week because of his volume and touchdown scoring potential, but he’s a fade in DFS, and has a lower than normal ceiling in other formats.

Jerick McKinnon @ NE

Many an eyebrow was raised last week when undrafted free agent JaMycal Hasty got more carries (9-8) than McKinnon, and played meaningful snaps down the stretch of a close game with the Rams. Coach Shanahan said he was looking for “fresh legs” but it’s anyone’s guess what that means exactly. Will it carry over into Week 7? With the potential return of Jeff Wilson the backfield pecking order is very uncertain. Uncertain workload + Bill Belichick = bench

David Montgomery @ LAR (Mon)

Montgomery continues to be a low impact volume hog on a bad offense... and is exactly the player many thought he would be going into the season. Guaranteed almost 20 chances a game, Montgomery hasn’t sniffed a 100-yard rushing effort this season, and has only 2 touchdowns to show for his 102 touches. Because of a dreary passing game Chicago is near the bottom of the league in red zone chances (19) and touchdowns (10), so he can’t even save his weeks with cheap scores.

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