Besieged by a series of injuries over the last month and a half,
and with Sony Michel nipping at his heels, Henderson looked great
in the loss to the Cardinals last week. More importantly, he came
out unscathed, and put some distance between him and his backfield
mates seeing 89% of the snaps. The Hawks have given up the most
rushing yards to running backs this year, and the 4th most fantasy
points. With the Ram passing game such a threat, Henderson should
have lanes to do damage.
Itís taken some time, and he still doesnít look like
the same runner pre-ACL, but Barkley finally made a splash play
in a big win for the G-Men last week. Heís handled almost
90% of all running back snaps over the last two weeks, so itís
clear the training wheels are off. This is a pivotal division
game on the road, and while the aggressive Dallas defense has
been forcing turnovers, theyíve yielded the most (33) receptions
to opposing running backs. While the run game might struggle,
there is room for Barkley to play a huge role in the passing game.
Harris, Singletary, Barber, and Jonathan Taylor have all had
top-15 weeks against this Dolphin defense, and the trend should
continue this week for Fournette. His 20 attempts last week were
the most heís had in a single game as a Buc, and his 44-21 advantage
over Ronald Jones tells me heís the preferred option in the backfield.
Tampa should be able to control the tempo against a wilting Dolphin
team, and with Gronk still out, Fournette will be counted on to
pick up the red zone slack.
Foot injuries and an inconsistent offensive line have nearly
sapped Jacobs of his fantasy value. Averaging a paltry 3.2 yards
per carry, and offering little in the passing game (although his
5 receptions on Monday night set a career high, they totaled only
17 yards) Jacobs has become a touchdown or bust weekly option.
With injuries beginning to ravage the position Jacobs has value
as a starter, but itís underwhelming to say the least.
Even if there was little chance to repeat his 11 touchdowns from
last season, 2021 has gotten off to a bit of slow start for Gibson.
Yes, heís scored in back-to-back weeks, but still plays
a scant role in the passing game, or hurry-up offense and with
a defense struggling to contain opposing offenses, Washington
canít seem to establish and lean on their running game.
Toss in the fact that Brandon Schref and Logan Thomas are out
this week, shuffling along the offense line isnít the best
idea against one of the best run defenses in the NFL.
To say Miles Sanders is trending in the wrong direction is like
saying birthdays after 40 suck. After 35 touches over the first
two weeks, the well has nearly gone dry, with Sanders only touching
the ball 15 times over the last two. The Eagles have abandoned
the run entirely, as Head Coach Nick Siriani completely lacks
faith in a leaky defense. Throw in the fact that rookie Kenneth
Gainwell is stealing meaningful snaps, and it’s tough to
rely on Sanders for much.