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The Shot Caller's Report - Running Backs
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 10
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Bye Weeks: Denver, New England, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville

Devin Singletary

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Devin Singletary @ CLE

If all you did was roll out Colbyís recommendations last week, you probably had a big smile on your face Sunday and into Monday night. My Shot Caller stunt double flat-out killed it, folks, starting with a bold Singletary endorsement in the Sunday morning slot. The only thing missing from the rookís fantasy profile to date had been an abundance of opportunities, which Colby acknowledged, but the Billsí brain trust (and I feel I can say that without air quotes this year) wisely gave him more run against an overmatched Washington team. 23 touches, 140 yards, one rushing TD, and 20 fantasy points later, the short but stout FAU product had officially seized his opportunity. Frank Gore isnít going anywhere and Buffalo doesnít play the team from our nationís capital every week, but heís a smart RB2 play with RB1 upside moving forward. Move forward with him.

Derrick Henry v. KC

Talk about seizing opportunities. Ryan Tannehill was given a second chance in the Music City and he is absolutely running with it. OK, not literally most of the time as thatís primarily his backfield mateís job, but you know what I mean. Itís tempting to look at this pending matchup with the Chiefs, who get Patrick Mahomes back, and think the Titans will need a whole lot more Tanny than Henry to keep it close. Iím not so sure. Indy suffocated that juggernaut KC attack back in Week 5 by essentially playing keepaway (14:30 time of possession advantage) and if Iím Mike Vrabel et al., I try to replicate that feat. Predicting game script can be tricky, no more so than when the explosive Chiefs are involved, but I think Henry will be a huge part of the Tennessee game plan. Start him on Sunday.

David Montgomery v. DET

Remember when Matt Nagy came over from KC and freshened up a moribund Bears offense with Andy Reid concepts? I doubt Nagy even remembers that freshness now. The personnel is largely the same as last year, but Chicago is averaging almost 80 fewer yards/game in 2019 and nearly a full yard per play. That may not seem like a lot on a per-play basis, but all those lost yards add up over a game and season, which explains why the Bears are this close to already being out of playoff contention. Donít blame Montgomery, though, one of the few new pieces in the offense. Heís notched 20.7 and 19.6 points in back-to-back weeks and now draws a Lions D yielding 4.7 rushing yards/carry. Thatís Miami Dolphins bad so expect Coach Nagy to keep it in Montgomeryís hands and out of Mitch Trubiskyís.

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Kenyan Drake @ TB

Iím sure we can all agree there wasnít a more surprising Week 9 performance than Drakeís MNF showcase. Just three days after being liberated from the Dolphins, he was lining up next to Kyler Murray in Arizonaís backfield and squaring off against one of the leagueís elite stopper units. Result? He straight gashed the Niners to the tune of 162 total yards on 19 touches and a score. Tampaís defense isnít as stingy overall, but wonít take the Bama product lightly and is still oddly efficient v. the run. The Bucs have surrendered only 12.4 FPts/G to opposing rock toters this season, good for third overall behind New England and New Orleans. Oh, and did I mention David Johnson says heís ďdefinitely playingĒ this weekend? Drake wonít go away but this is likely a timeshare so expecting an encore performance wouldnít be wise. Sit him.

Kalen Ballage @ IND

Ballage appears to be the last man standing in Miami now that his former teammate Drake plays for the Cardinals and Mark Walton has been handed a four-game suspension. Donít mistake opportunity for fantasy viability in this case, however. Thereís a reason the former Sun Devil wasnít even tagged as the starter after Drake had been shipped off to the desert prior to Week 9. Thereís also a reason heís never been trusted with even 10 carries in a game this season. Heís averaging TWO yards per carry on 35 totes, which would rank dead last amongst RBs (by a full yard per carry) if he qualified. Guess itís a good thing he doesnít have that many, yeah? Ballage said earlier this week, ďI donít have nothing to prove.Ē Truer words were never spoken. Keep an eye on two other Pac-12 alums, Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird.

Kareem Hunt v. BUF

Itís anybodyís guess how the Browns will incorporate 2017ís top rusher into an already inefficient offense, though Freddie Kitchens says heíll ďdefinitely have a role.Ē Coaches can be so helpful sometimes, canít they? Itís no surprise Iíve been getting trade offers including Nick Chubb all week, as owners now have to consider whether Clevelandís only reliable position player is about to take a usage hit. My guess? He will, though that doesnít necessarily mean Huntís a worthy starter. Not yet, at least. Heís going to help spell Chubb as the season grinds on and is definitely a more dynamic pass-catchter. Plus, donít the Browns pretty much need all the help they can get at this point? Iím cautiously bullish on Hunt the rest of the way, but until we see how Coach Kitchens intends to utilize him, itís best to hang back. Wait on Mr. Hunt.

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