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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 12 Running Backs

By Steve Schwarz | 11/24/21
Bye Weeks: ARI, KC
QBs | RBs | WRs

Grab a Helmet

1) Rex Burkhead vs. New York Jets

The Jets run defense is the worst in football Ö by a lot. They allow 36.2 FPts/G to opposing RBs and thatís almost 20% more than the team ranked No.31. Burkhead has apparently grabbed the lead role from David Johnson and saw 18 rushing attempts last week to 13 for Johnson. The team even released running back Phillip Lindsay. If the oddsmakers are correct and the favored Texans play with the lead, Burkhead could be viable simply based on usage.

Antonio Gibson

2) Antonio Gibson vs. Seattle

Gibson hasnít been very good over the last five games with just one double-digit game, but heís as healthy as heís been all season and heís starting to get the touches needed to produce for you. Heís seen 45 touches the past two games and heíll face a team in Seattle which has been very generous to opposing backs allowing 30.5 FPts/G. This could be just his third 20-point game of the season.

3) David Montgomery @ Detroit (Thu)

Andy Dalton has been named as the starter for the first time since Week 2 and with the redhead under center, Montgomery is sure to see a full workload. He averaged 20 touches in each of the games Dalton started this season. Now recovered from his knee sprain he faces a Lions team which allows 28.6 FPts/G and 11 double-digit games to opposing RBs in 10 contests this season.

Grab some Pine

1) Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Matt Breida @ NO (Thu)

Despite what the Eagles did to New Orleans last Sunday, the Saints are still the No. 1 defense to opposing RBs allowing just 16.8 FPts/G. And if you check out Kevin Scottís Usage Rate fantasy piece you will see the Billsí backfield is now a three-way split between Singletary (38% of snaps), Breida (32%) and Moss (29%). None of the three is fantasy-worthy.

2) Myles Gaskin vs. Carolina

A major portion of Gaskinís value comes from his receiving work out of the backfield (41-209-4), but the Panther are the best at defending that strategy. They have allowed a league-low 33 receptions for a league-low 214 yards and have yet to allow a single touchdown reception. Take receiving away from Gaskin and heís just a mediocre back with a 3.5 ypc average.

3) Alex Collins @ Washington

Collins hasn’t gotten enough work to crack the 50-yard mark in eight of nine games this season and against a WFT that most teams love to throw against, he likely won’t do it on Monday night either. Washington is No. 32 against the pass and Russell Wilson & Co. will be getting healthy usage here leaving Collins with scraps. Collins has seen exactly 10 rushing attempts in each of the last three games.

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