According to ESPN’s Matthew Berry:
“Averaging just 13.3 touches per game the past three games, Crowell is in a legit, full-on time-share and this is a terrible matchup. The Jets are allowing just 3.2 yards per carry (second best in the NFL) and David Johnson is the only RB to score a rushing TD against the Jets since Week 1.”
Crowell has had some big weeks in 2016, but he’s also had some major duds. Given the matchup and the presence of Duke Johnson, it is going to be hard to trust him this week.
Of course the injuries and bye weeks make it impossible to ignore him completely, but he’s more of a low-end RB2/FLEX play as opposed to anything else (and even that could be a stretch). Look at your alternatives before sticking him in your lineup.
It’s been an amazing two week run for Jay Ajayi, though that should go without saying. How legitimate is his emergence, though? Even his biggest supporters (which you could argue Rotoprofessor has been among since being selected prior to 2015) couldn’t have seen this coming. That said, here are a few interesting stats that help to support his future outlook:
According to Yahoo!’s Jeff Ratcliffe:
“He forced 10 missed tackles on the day, making him just the second player this season to top double-digits.”
According to Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post:
“Ajayi now has five runs of 15 yards or more and leads the league in yards per carry after contact (4.11) with 20 missed tackles on the year.”
by Ray Kuhn
Although I didn’t rank him as such this week, that is also attributable to his match-up in Seattle, Andre Ellington is for all intents and purposes an RB1. However, he has not performed as such in the past two weeks.
But, has Ellington really been worthy of RB1 status at all this season?
Ellington has not rushed for more than 100 yards in a game this season and has five receptions on the season; three rushing, two receiving. In fact, Ellington is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, which includes an average of just 1.75 ypc over the last weeks.
by Ray Kuhn
Kenny Britt has been an enigma his entire career. Britt has talent, that much we know. But the production has never consistently been there enough to count on as an every week contributor. At times in 2009 and 2010, yes that was the case, but after that he pretty much fell off fantasy radars.
The Rams’ offense isn’t exactly an incubator for fantasy football success, but it looks like Britt is experiencing a renaissance. With Shaun Hill back under center, Britt had his best game this season.
Earlier today it was revealed that Shaun Hill has been named the Rams’ starting QB, replacing Austin Davis. Before we all go rushing to the waiver wire to grab him (something that obviously isn’t recommended), here are a couple of interesting numbers:
- 3 – The most TD he’s thrown in a game (which he’s done twice)
- 6 – The number of games he’s appeared in since 2010
- 8 – The number of times he’s thrown for at least 250 yards in a game
- 36 – The number of games he has played over a 13 year career
Are any of these numbers exciting you? Don’t expect his time as the starter to last for very long.
In what has become a surprisingly common theme this season, LeSean McCoy had a miserable game last night totaling 17 yards (despite the big performance from the Eagles overall. So, just how bad has McCoy been this season?
In 60 games from 2010-2013 (including playoffs) he had two games where he posted 50 total yards or fewer:
- 12/24/11 at Dallas – 45 total yards on 14 touches
- 10/14/12 vs. Detroit – 48 total yards on 21 touches
In 9 games in 2014 he now has three games of 22 total yards or fewer:
- 09/21/14 vs. Washington – 22 total yards on 19 touches
- 09/28/14 at San Francisco – 17 total yards on 10 touches
- 11/10/14 vs. Carolina – 17 total yards on 13 touches
So, after going 60 games of at least 45 yards over a four year stretch, he has now been below 25 times three times in his past seven games?!?!
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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
While it’s hard to call it a “down” performance, Ben Roethlisberger’s line yesterday certainly wasn’t what we’d have expected. Sure he threw for 343 yards, but he managed just 1 TD and 2 INT against a terrible Jets’ secondary.
Should it really have been a surprise, though? Despite how good he’s been of late (and he had been ridiculous), that stretch came at home. He’s thrown for more than 1 TD on the road just once all season, as there has actually been a stark contrast in his numbers:
With another game on the road this week, what are we going to expect? Feel free to share your predictions for his line against the Titans here!
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Obviously, we use the term “struggle” loosely here, but here’s an interesting statistic courtesy of Ben Goessling of ESPN.com (click here for the post):
“Peterson averaged 6.9 yards per carry with Felton on the field and 4.6 yards per carry with him off the field last year, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He ran from a two-back set on 235 of his 348 carries, and Felton was the other man in the backfield for 201 of those carries.”
Jerome Felton, who was a Pro Bowl fullback in 2012, is set to miss the first three games of the season due to suspension. Obviously his absence will have an impact on Peterson’s production, but time will tell if the difference is as big as it was a year ago.