RB Lance Ball - Denver Broncos
|5-9, 220||Born: 6-19-1985||College: Maryland||Drafted: ---|
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Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season.
C.J. Anderson has emerged to star in the Denver rushing attack, with 148/679/4 rushing and 24/249/2 receiving to date, much of that since Week 10 when he became the lead back for the Broncos. Last week in San Diego he came within shouting distance of 100 yards combined, with 29/85/0 rushing and 2/11/0 receiving to his credit - he did not stuff in multiple TDs like he did two weeks ago against Buffalo (21/58/3 rushing), but he had a productive game with a heaping helping of carries. Juwan Thompson (4/63/0 rushing with 1/14/0 receiving vs. Buffalo; 4/14/0 rushing at San Diego) is used as a change-of-pace option but usually posts numbers that aren't fantasy relevant.
The Bengals' rush D crushed the Browns' backs last week, holding them to 17/53/0 and just 21:08 time of possession for Cleveland during the game. Two games ago, though, Le'Veon Bell hung 26/185/2 rushing around this unit's neck - they've swung wildly in performance in this phase of the game of late. To date, the Bengals average 124.8 rushing yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL) with the third-most rushing scores given up (15).
This is a good matchup for the visiting Broncos.
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