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Two RBs Getting Back On Track – Shaun Witriol

by Shaun Witriol

Last week’s performance at the running back position have you in shambles? Check out these guys that will likely get back on track heading into week 2. Here are some hot takes based on last week’s performance.

Let’s start with the obvious team – the Washington Redskins who wrote Adrian Peterson off as a healthy scratch last week, and now face a weak Dallas Cowboy’s rush defense without their starter, Derrius Guice. Last week Chris Thompson finished with 3 carries, 10 yards, and 7 receptions for 68 yards. He ranked 28th last week in fantasy running backs, but with the absence of Guice we can see his utilization rise. The real running back to play here is the effervescent Adrian Peterson. We can expect him to have around 15 carries against a weak rush defense that allowed 151 yards on the ground to the Giants, and 120 yards on 11 carries to Saquon Barkley. Now, I don’t expect 120 yards for Peterson, but I can see 75 yards and a TD. Peterson has the advantage in this matchup, so feel comfortable playing him in this matchup.

Now let’s take a look at a running back that finished ranked #34 last week and will have a “get-right” game this week. Kerryon Johnson is going to get back on track against the weak rush defense of the Chargers. Here is an example of what the Colts did to the Chargers last week – Marlon Mack carried the ball 25 times for 174 yards and 1 TD. The Chargers also have the 2nd worst rush defense going into week 2, only beating out the Miami Flounders…..Dolphins. Kerryon ran the ball 16 times last week for 49 yards against one of the fastest defenses in the NFL. This week Johnson will have holes open all over the field, and with the emergence of TE Hockenson, we can expect more opportunities for Johnson. Look for Kerryon to have 16 – 18 carries for 75 yards and 1 TD.

Key notable – Leonard Fournette, who finished #30 last week is going to have more opportunities with Nick Foles out this season. Gardner Minshew is going to rely on him to keep the offense going, and we could see an increase in carries and receptions this week for Fournette. The Jaguars are going against the 7th worst rush defense after Week 1, so expect them to rely on him throughout the game. Also – spoiler alert – expect for him to leave with an injury…because that’s what Fournette does!

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