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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 3 Running Backs

By Colby Cavaliere | 9/22/22 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Grab a Helmet

Joe Mixon @ NYJ

Two weeks in, and this Bengal offense looks like a shell of its former self, but itís easy to forget that most of the skill players are still developing, and the offensive line is taking time to gel with nearly no preseason snaps as an offensive unit. Although he hasnít produced much (he was volume dependent last year as well), Mixon does lead all backs with 56 touches in two games, so the floor has been established. The Jets struggled mightily to stop Chubb and Hunt last week, so it makes sense for Cinci to try to take some pressure off Burrow by staking claim to the line of scrimmage in the run game. 100+ total yards and a score put Mixon in RB1 territory.

Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders @ WAS

Philly has picked up where they left off in 2021 by mauling people in the run game, and Sanders has helped lead the way. Despite Gainwell and Scott getting consistent playtime, Sanders leads this trio in rushing attempts by a wide margin (30-5-8), and really only has his own quarterback to blame for vulturing touchdowns on the ground. Washington is yielding the 2nd most fantasy points to backs, and the 6th most rushing yard (238). Another check in the box for Sanders? His best game of 2021 came in Week 15 against these same Commanders when he tallied 131 yards on the ground on only 18 carries.

Derrick Henry vs LV

Like the rest of the team, a dreary pall hangs over Henry. A gut-wrenching loss to the Giants in Week 1 was followed by an undressing by the Bills on Monday night. The loser of this game is looking at an incredibly difficult uphill battle to stay playoff relevant, so itís paramount the Titans get Henry going this week. Game script should be much more neutral against a middle of the pack Vegas offense.

Grab Some Pine

Rashaad Penny, Kenneth Walker vs ATL

Itís not the matchup I donít like, itís the rotation of Penny and Walker that I just donít feel comfortable with. Both backs were terrible last week at San Fran, and it seems after resorting to playground trickery to try and move the ball, the Seattle coaches may just have to trust Geno Smith more this week. Walker eventually takes over this timeshare, but until then this could be an even 50-50 backfield, and on a bad team with many negative game scripts on the way, Iím going to look elsewhere.

Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds vs BUF

Another backfield I want to avoid this week is in Miami. Both Mostert and Edmonds are replacement level players stuck in an unknown timeshare, on a seemingly pass-first offense. Coach Mike McDaniel has the horses to throw early and often, and attacking a banged-up Buffalo secondary has to be in the gameplan. The Fins might have no choice but to try and beat the Bills at their own game, and that wonít include enough touches to trust either one of these guys.

Josh Jacobs @ TEN

Touchdown dependent, and with a seemingly diminished role in the passing game, it’s simply too hard to trust Jacobs this week against a desperate Titans team. After watching the Titans get carved like a Christmas goose on national television, look for the Silver and Black to employ a pass-centric game plan leaving Jacobs as a score or bust option.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers