RB Julian Howsare - New York Jets
|6-3, 255||Born: 9-11-1992||College: Clarion||Drafted: ---|
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Week 3: vs Miami Dolphins
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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The rebuilding Jets are rotating running back snaps among Matt Forte (62), Bilal Powell (48), and rookie Elijah McGuire (11). No one is standing out, but standing out is a tall order behind such a weak front line and in such constantly-awful game script. The trio is slamming into a stacked box on nearly every carry, so it's been impressive to see efficiency from Forte (4.60 yards per rush), and McGuire's Week 2 debut (6 rushes, 29 yards) brought a sliver of hope to an otherwise ugly loss. But while their efficiency numbers were solid, they were inconsequential in the blowout, which should be a Jets trend all season. As a result, it will be difficult to project them to usable fantasy statistics in virtually any matchup. Unless a featured back emerges at some point - McGuire, who holds all of the backfield's youth, seems the most likely by pure logic - we can't expect any rushing numbers to covet.
The Dolphins effectively bottled up Melvin Gordon in Week 2 (9 rushes, 13 yards, 1 touchdown), but that probably doesn't tell us much about their run-stopping unit. Gordon's offensive line, rebuilding from one of the league's worst, is still understaffed and working to gel together; it was far from his first game of suboptimal efficiency. Miami's run defense remains a question mark at best following a rough 2016, in which only the 49ers allowed more yards per rush and 14 of 17 opponents topped 100 ground yards. The going got even tougher (and cloudier) prior to last week, when new strongside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, projected as the defense's run-stuffing anchor, went AWOL from the team due to mysterious personal matters. With former Saints flameout and new addition Stephone Anthony suddenly in the mix for heavy snaps, this looks like a unit to target on most weeks. Be advised, though, that they're adept at denying scoring opportunity on the goal line. Dating back to last year, they've allowed just 5 of their opponents' last 20 rushes from inside the 5-yard line to end in touchdowns.
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