RB Mewelde Moore - Indianapolis Colts
|5-11, 209||Born: 7-24-1982||College: Tulane||Drafted: Round 4|
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Week 15: vs Denver Broncos
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FBG says: Tough matchup. After a season of near-invisibility, we've finally seen back-to-back weeks of productivity from the Colts run game. Frank Gore, who still holds a vice grip on the lead job, has posted 191 yards on 49 attempts over the last 2 weeks. He's not setting the world afire with his season-long 3.63-yard average, but he's at least proving fantasy-viable as the team muddles along in the passing game. Where Gore is at a real fantasy disadvantage is in the touchdown column. With no Andrew Luck and a near-toothless offense around him, Gore carries a minuscule 1.4% touchdown rate, which makes sense - he's only taken 2 carries from inside the 5-yard-line, fewer than the likes Jamaal Charles and Theo Riddick. (Consider that Robert Turbin, whom the Colts put on IR eight weeks ago, still has more than that.) Gore doesn't bring any dynamism to the table, but his recent stretch has at least been encouraging. Rookie Marlon Mack has hit a productivity wall, with no more than 7 rushes in any of the last 4 games; he's only reached 30+ yards once since Week 6.
The Denver run defense, long considered impenetrable, has definitely shown some cracks of late. Over the past 5 weeks they've allowed uncharacteristically strong rushing performances to Dion Lewis (55 yards and 1 touchdown), Marshawn Lynch (67 and 1), and Kenyan Drake (120 and 1). The personnel remains generally strong, though losing end Derek Wolfe was an underrated blow. It appears that this unit is merely buckling under the pressure of a team-wide collapse. It's still a stout group, allowing the league's second-lowest yardage per carry and third-fewest touchdowns. But when forced to bear the weight of a turnover-prone offense, they're just as susceptible as any run defense. This is no longer a unit we should run from in setting our fantasy lineups.
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