RB Devin Singletary - Buffalo Bills

5-7, 203Born: 9-3-1997College: Florida AtlanticDrafted: Round 3, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Singletary looked like an everyweek start after Week 9, but the Bills didn't emphasize him in the game plan this week even though he was once again the most effective back. He'll be set up for success against the Dolphins this week, but there's a little more risk in his profile than there was last week.

Week 11: at Miami Dolphins

All RB vs MIA

FBG says: Good matchup. If the past three weeks have been any indication, the Buffalo ground game has shifted into a full-blown three-headed attack. Quarterback Josh Allen continues to play a huge role, with six rushes or more in seven of the Bills' nine games. But behind him, Devin Singletary continues to stake out a lead-back claim over 36-year-old Frank Gore. Over the past 3 games, the rookie has taken on 67% of the team's snaps and out-carried Gore 31-25. Unsurprisingly, he's been more than twice as productive, averaging 5.0 yards per rush to Gore's 2.4. Singletary continues to impress with his blend of elusiveness and hidden power, not unlike 2018 rookie breakout Phillip Lindsay did in Denver. For his part, Gore looks burned out as a volume runner. He's produced just 61 yards over this 3-game span, and he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3. Slowly but surely, this is becoming a Singletary-Allen backfield, which was glimpsed in an efficient Week 9. Against the bottom-tier Redskins, Singletary took on 20 carries; he and Allen combined to rack up 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Dolphins still field one of football's most beatable run defenses. Through 9 games, they've given up the league's ninth-most yards per rush and third-most per game. On the plus side, they are coming off a solid two-game stretch that's seen them keep Le'Veon Bell (66 yards) and Marlon Mack (74) in check. Still, this remains one of fantasy's most exploitable matchups, and the Buffalo ground game projects well here. In previous weeks, this unit allowed five 100-yard rushers and hasn't gotten appreciably better. There's not much talent in this unit, which is in full transition mode, although at least the breakout of middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan has been impressive. The rotation around him has not, and quick-footed runners are finding room all over this thin front seven.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs MIA 22 7 26 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2.6
8 vs PHI 42 3 19 0 6 4.0 30 1 0 10.9
9 vs WAS 41 20 95 1 4 3.0 45 0 0 20
10 at CLE 46 8 42 0 7 3.0 8 0 0 5
11 at MIA PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 2.9 * * * *
11 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 2.7 * * * *
11 at MIA PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 3.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Devin Singletary's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs CLE (8 / 42 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)

Devin Singletary again saw the lead work in the Buffalo backfield on Sunday in a loss at Cleveland. Singletary saw the first work in the running game ahead of Frank Gore but only saw eight carries in a game where Buffalo featured a pass centric game plan. Singletary was the primary receiving back and caught multiple passes on the final drive of the game as Buffalo attempted a comeback. Singletary projects to lead the backfield in touches each week, but this week, with a more pass centric offense, has been more common than last week's running heavy approach. That may change next week as Buffalo projects to have a positive game script against Miami.

2019 Week 9 vs WAS (20 / 95 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

For the first time this season, Devin Singletary saw the first carries of the game ahead of Frank Gore and consistently gauged the Washington defense. Buffalo used a lot of pre-snap motion by Isaiah McKenzie which kept the defense off balance and Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll did a good job of getting Singletary room to run on the edge and well-schemed screen plays in the passing game, including a 49-yard reception. Singletary was consistently elusive in the game, showing good speed to the edge and a slippery running style on the interior. He scored a touchdown on a carry near the goal line and Frank Gore failed three times on another drive an indication that Singletary has the potential to gain a bigger role in the offense. He had an opportunity for a massive game, but a deep target on a would be touchdown was broken up. Singletary has the potential for positive game script against Cleveland, Miami and Denver in the next three weeks and this week is a sign the keys to the backfield have officially been turned over to Singletary.

2019 Week 8 vs PHI (3 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)

Devin Singletary played behind Frank Gore against the Eagles on Sunday but grew into a larger role as the game progressed. Singletary was inconsistent during the game. On the positive side, he was able to turn a dump-off pass in the flat into a touchdown by making a defender miss and setting a block up on the perimeter. He also had a chunk play on the first offensive play in the second half that was called back by penalty. On the negative side, Singletary had two drops in the passing game. Singletary is a role player in the Buffalo offense that needs a score for fantasy viability while he is playing behind Frank Gore. He will get positive game script in week nine against Washington.

2019 Week 7 vs MIA (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Devin Singletary returned to the Buffalo offense after missing a month with a hamstring injury. Singletary returned to his role behind Gore and relegated T.J. Yeldon to an inactive status. Singletary was limited to only seven touches and was unable to break a big gain like he was consistently doing prior to his injury. He will face the Eagles next week at home.

2019 Week 2 vs NYG (6 / 57 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Devin Singletary had a strong performance for the second consecutive week. Singletary has had 2018 Phillip Lindsay-like efficiency, playing against 8-man boxes on only 10% of his carries, and has benefitted by creating big plays. He scored a red zone touchdown on a well-blocked misdirection play to the perimeter where he got into the end zone untouched. Singletary played behind Frank Gore and only saw 6 touches to Gore's 19, so he is far from an every-down player at this point in the season. Singletary gives the Buffalo an added dimension, but his numbers are likely to regress towards normal efficiency with more touches. In week three, he faces the Cincinnati Bengals who gave up three touchdowns to 49ers running backs in week two.

2019 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / 70 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

Devin Singletary struggled early against the New York Jets, dropping two passes, including one that was negated by an offensive penalty. Singletary worked behind Frank Gore, who led the running backs in carries, but Singletary was the far superior performer after he settled into the game. Singletary broke big gains on each of his four carries, including two that set up a Josh Allen rushing touchdown and his explosiveness sparked the Buffalo offense in the comeback attempt. He faces the Giants next week and his workload is a critical story to monitor in the coming weeks.


Latest News

Bills | Devin Singletary totals 50 scrimmage yards (Sun Nov 10, 04:50 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary rushed eight times for 42 yards in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns while adding three receptions for eight yards on seven targets.

Our View: Singletary came back to earth as the Bills didn't rely on him or the running game and didn't make a point of featuring him in the passing game. He'll still a must play RB2/Flex against Miami next week.
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Bills | Devin Singletary to lead the way? (Sat Nov 9, 10:17 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary will 'continue to operate as the lead back' against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10, according to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com.

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Bills | Devin Singletary plays well in Week 9 (Sun Nov 3, 05:04 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary rushed for 95 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries against the Washington Redskins in Week 9. He also caught three passes for 45 yards during the game.

Our View: Singletary got the ball in space and turned those opportunities into nice games. The team emphasized him in the game plan, a great sign for sustained value heading into a matchup with the Browns.
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