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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 5 Running Backs



By Colby Cavaliere | 10/7/21 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Darrell Henderson

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Darrell Henderson @ SEA (THU)

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.

Saquon Barkley @ DAL

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.

Leonard Fournette vs MIA

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.

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Josh Jacobs vs CHI

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.

Antonio Gibson vs. NO

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.

Miles Sanders vs CAR

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.

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