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RBs That Could Exceed Expectations Wk 14 – Zavier Gussett

by Zavier Gussett

BUF, Devin Singletary @ Ravens

After a slow start to his rookie season, Devin Singletary has finally become the Bills main back just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Although, with his matchup against the Ravens defense this week, Singletary owners could think twice about plugging him into lineups. Despite Baltimore being ranked 6th against the run overall in 2019, over the last three games they have given up 5.5 YPC (4th most) to opposing offenses. Over that span the Bills have also called 2nd most total rushing plays, and with only the Ravens keeping the ball on the ground more often, Singletary will see a lot of volume in what could finish as a big week for him. Devin Singletary is a must-start in a week that he should build on his recent impressive performances for Buffalo.

HOU, Duke Johnson @ Broncos

After the Texans dominating win over the Patriots in week 13 in which Duke Johnson scored more fantasy points than any Texan not named Deshaun Watson, the Texans back once again flashed his ability to lead the backfield. Johnson was given a season-high 68% of the offense’s snaps as he saw 38 total plays on the field compared to fellow back Carlos Hyde‘s 21. Even after averaging almost 11 PPR points through this season, Johnson is being overlooked in many leagues as he’s only rostered in 60% of leagues currently. This week’s game against the Broncos should look encouraging for him to continue his production. Denver’s below average offense has allowed teams to gain early leads against them this year, and as a result, teams have ran the ball against them the third most in the NFL. After averaging 5 yards per carry through his last three games, he could put up RB2 numbers as he continues to show his success in just his first season in Houston. Johnson should be starting this week if you have him on your roster, and picked up if he is still available on your waivers.

Players to consider in deeper leagues:

DEN, Royce Freeman @ Texans

Freeman has surprisingly led Denver’s backfield in snaps ahead of Phillip Lindsay the last 2 weeks, and with a great matchup against a Texans defense allowing 5.5 YPC (T4th most) and 35 Carries per game (1st most) the last 3 weeks, Freeman could be an underrated player to stream this week.

NE, Sony Michel @ Chiefs

After seeing a season-low 15 snaps last week, Michel could bounce back against the worst run defense in the NFL. Although his outlook is touchdown dependent, his rushing ability and usage in the passing game could give Michel a good game for owners.

SF, Matt Breida @ Saints

The Saints have been an elite run defense all season, but have still struggled against running backs in the passing game often. With Breida returning to the lineup this week for San Francisco, Raheem Mostert will be pushed back into his special teams role, leaving Breida room for a couple big plays and more use as a receiver.

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