RB Zach Line - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 232||Born: 5-26-1990||College: Southern Methodist||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: at Carolina Panthers
FBG says: Good matchup. The Saints run game continues to produce, even while split almost down the middle between Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Neither has topped 16 carries of his own since Week 9, though the duo has combined to reach 100 yards in 6 of the last 8 games. As a result, there's plenty of rushing value at play here, no matter how hard it is to pin down and project. Game flow hasn't really hindered either back, and both are running efficiently, each averaging 4.6 yards per rush behind one of football's best lines. Center Max Unger continues to excel, and the right side of the line, in particular, has been borderline dominant throughout the year. Both runners are flashing the ability to break into the second level, and both carry strong week-to-week touchdown upside in the Saints' powerful offense. The Panthers are used to leaning on their run defense as a strength, but here in 2018, it's been an inconsistent group at best. Generally speaking, they've shown well against the weaker run games on their schedule but struggled when actually challenged. Last week, Browns rookie Nick Chubb didn't have his best day as a pro, but still became the eighth lead back over 13 games to comfortably average more than 4.0 yards per rush. Replacing Star Lotulelei with Dontari Poe up front has proven a solid move for the Panthers, but there are still issues on the second level, where poor angles and tackling crop up from time to time. Shaq Thompson is making strides but remains a bit inconsistent, and even All-Pro Luke Kuechly hasn't quite looked himself. This isn't a unit to explicitly attack in fantasy - there's still plenty of talent up front. But it's certainly not the prohibitive matchup it's been in recent years.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Zach Line's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs TB (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Line is not normally mentioned in many circles, but he added an important touchdown this week. He caught the play action 1-yard touchdown pass from Brees to start the comeback for the Saints. It was the same play they have run all season long where after the play action he leaks out into the flat and continues to be uncovered. The Saints have established a run game to the point that they bite almost every time on this play. Line does not get many carries or looks in the passing game but has been good for a couple touchdowns each season.
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
There were several spots where the Saints could have used a power run by their fullback, but instead it was Brees taking the ball up the gut for the game winning touchdown. Line did however get his chance on a 4th and 1 play from the 1-yard line. Line leaked out into the flat after the play action to Kamara and it was an easy pitch and catch for the touchdown from there. The Saints spread the ball all over the offensive depth chart and while Line may not have racked up the yards, he did cash in for a touchdown.
Latest NewsSaints | Week 14 injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 05:31 PM) - New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (pectoral) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and has been ruled out for Week 14. FB Zach Line (concussion), DT David Onyemata (hip) and OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. Our View: The Bucs pass rush doesn't really present any edge threats that can take advantage of Armstead's absence with Jason Pierre-Paul banged up.
link to story Saints | Thursday practice report for Saints (Thu Dec 6, 05:08 PM) - New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (pectoral) and OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) were limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6. FB Zach Line (concussion) and DT David Onyemata (hip) fully participated in practice. link to story Saints | Wednesday injury report for Saints (Wed Dec 5, 05:01 PM) - New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (pectoral), DT David Onyemata (hip) and OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) were limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. FB Zach Line (concussion) practiced in full. link to story
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