RB Chris Gronkowski - San Diego Chargers
|6-2, 235||Born: 12-26-1986||College: Arizona||Drafted: ---|
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Week 13: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Melvin Gordon looked like a world-beater during weeks eight and nine (55/307/1 rushing with 8/109/0 receiving over two games), but he has since tapered off with 24/70/0 rushing and 5/62/0 receiving against Miami and then 17/70/0 rushing with 4/19/0 receiving at Houston last week. We'll see if he can catch a 'second wind' here in December.
The Buccaneers surprised the Seahawks (and virtually everyone else) with a 14-5 win last week, holding Thomas Rawls, Russell Wilson and company to 22/127/0 rushing. Tampa allowed 21/82/1 to the Chiefs two games ago - they've averaged just 12.9 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs over the past four weeks, third-least in the NFL during that time span. Tampa has tightened up the defensive front significantly during November - to date, the Buccaneers average 115.8 rushing yards allowed per game (22nd in the NFL) with nine rushing scores given out over 11 games.
This looks like a neutral matchup for Gordon although he benefits in a big way garnering the lion's share of carries.
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