RB Jacob Hester - Denver Broncos
|5-10, 226||Born: 5-8-1985||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 3|
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Week 15: at Indianapolis Colts
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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Broncos employ a loose committee of runners, with C.J. Anderson leading the way virtually every week and Devontae Booker running ahead of Jamaal Charles to spell him. But even in success - like last week's 23-0 win over the Jets - there's generally nothing to see here. Anderson's line was truly pitiful (22 rushes, 48 yards, long of 7), while Booker averaged just 2.44 yards in his own right and Charles didn't receive a carry. Anderson seems to have volume in his corner, but not much else; he's not nearly the same player he once flashed as in Peyton Manning's backfield. Running behind a deteriorating front line - and frequently smashing into stacked boxes at the line - there's little upside to speak of here for any of these participants.
The Colts run defense has been surprisingly stout for much of 2017; most of their opponents' fantasy points have come from touchdowns, not efficiency. Even with a revolving door of starting linebackers and frequently negative game script, they've only been gashed by four running games all year. In each of their other 9 games, they've allowed 111 yards or fewer - including dates with Todd Gurley, Carlos Hyde, LeVeon Bell, and the Titans' powerful duo. Of course, one of those gashings came just last week at the hands of the Bills, who had no choice but to turn to LeSean McCoy for 32 carries. In all, though, this is not a unit we want to expressly target in fantasy. They boast two strong interior linemen, Jonathan Hankins and Al Woods, who have tied up blockers and clogged run lanes all year; the Broncos front line will have its hands full clearing room for its mediocre runners.
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