RB Richard Murphy - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 215||Born: 9-18-1986||College: LSU||Drafted: ---|
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Week 4: vs Indianapolis Colts
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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The first week back in action for Chris Ivory didn't go very well vs. the tough Baltimore defense - 12/14/0 rushing with one target for 1/9/0 receiving was not what his fantasy owners were looking for from Ivory. T.J. Yeldon did little better, posting 6/17/0 rushing with three targets for 2/11/0 receiving. Quarterback Blake Bortles had the best average of the bunch, with 3/17/0 helping the team to 21/48/0 rushing. Yeldon has done basically nothing in the absence of Ivory (34/84/1 rushing with 18 targets for 14/51/0 receiving for Yeldon) so the door is open for Ivory to earn more playing time - if he can. We'll see if the trans-Atlantic flight to London helps perk up the backs...
The Colts' rush defense is among the mediocre units in the NFL right now, averaging 95.7 rushing yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL), with four rushing scores given away over three games. The Chargers managed just 17/37/1 rushing at Indianapolis last week - over the first three games, though, Indianapolis averages 28.1 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (third-most in the NFL) - backs like the Chargers' Melvin Gordon rack up receiving yards on their porous pass defense (seven targets for 4/43/0 receiving for Gordon last weekend).
Ivory is a good dual-threat back, so this looks like a good matchup for him (and perhaps Yeldon, too).
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