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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 5 Running Backs

By Colby Cavaliere | 10/6/22 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

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Damien Harris

Damien Harris
/ Rhamondre Stevenson vs DET

The Lions have been historically bad on defense to start the season, and part of that is giving up a league high eight rushing touchdowns to backs. (The next closest team is five). Harris and Stevenson have been one of the most effective running back tandems in the NFL, and they should get plenty of opportunity with the possibility of 4th-round rookie Bailey Zappe making his first start in the league. Find a way to get both of these guys in your lineup.

James Robinson vs HOU

Weather, game script, and five turnovers limited Robinson to a season low eight attempts against the Eagles, but the tables turn this week, as Jacksonvilleís ground game should roll against one of the NFLs worst run defenses. The Texans are the most generous defense to fantasy backs, giving up massive weeks to Jonathan Taylor, Khalil Herbert, and Austin Ekeler.

Jeff Wilson @ CAR

Since entering the starting lineup in Week 2, Wilson has had a stranglehold on the 49erís backfield. Heís played on over 60% of the team snaps this season, good for a spot in the top-15 among running backs. Heís averaging over 5 yards-per-carry over his last three games, and has reached at least 74 total yards in every game heís started this season. A near lock for 15-20 touches a game, thatís enough opportunity for a solid RB2.

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Atlanta RBs @ TB

With Cordarrelle Patterson going on the IR this week, rookie 5th rounder Tyler Allgeier and rookie free agent Caleb Huntley have been hot waiver adds. I hesitate to trust either than more than a FLEX because itís unclear how touches will be distributed. Will it be a 50/50 split like last week (both had 10 rushes), or will Allgeier get the first chance to run with the job? Then again, will either guy get a chance to get the hot hand with a stingy Tampa defense on tap?

Antonio Gibson vs TEN

Gibson was on his way down the depth chart before rookie Brian Robinson Jr. suffered gunshot wounds just prior to Week 1. With Robinson set to potentially return this week, and with little to show for his fortune over the first few weeks, Gibson could see his touch count take a precipitous drop. With poor efficiency to begin with, any hit Gibson takes will sink his fantasy value.

Christian McCaffrey vs SF

McCaffrey is an elite physical talent, but much like Kyler Murray, every yard and play seem to take a heroic effort. With the Panthers getting next to nothing from their passing game, the easy yards just haven’t been there for CMC. His freakish dual threat ability means you can never sit him, but this San Fran defense is athletic, and feisty, and will make him fight for every yard he gets. He certainly hasn’t produced up to the same value that fantasy owners had hoped.

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