RB Wendell Smallwood - Washington Redskins

5-10, 208Born: 1-20-1994College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 5, pick 2016

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Week 2: vs Dallas Cowboys

All RB vs DAL

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Washington Redskins will once again be forced to field an offense without running back Derrius Guice following another knee injury (not the same knee he tore his ACL in last year) in week one. Following the injury, Adrian Peterson will be called upon to man the backfield on 1st and 2nd down. Peterson was a healthy scratch in week one because head coach Jay Gruden believes Guice can do everything Peterson can, and then more. Gruden's hand was forced, however, following Guice's injury, and Peterson will be re-inserted into Washington's offense. In 2018, Peterson managed an unimpressive 4.2 yards-per-carry, and without his 90-yard rushing touchdown from week 13, that mark would have been a meager 3.81 yards-per-carry. Washington's average offensive line is still missing left tackle Trent Williams who many thought there was a chance he would report this week. Chris Thompson will come onto the field in third-down situations, but these are typically passing-downs, and his contributions on the ground will be few and far between. In week one, Dallas faced off with one of the NFL's most talented running backs in Saquon Barkley. Barkley ran for 120 yards on 11 carries, including a 59-yard carry on the first drive of the game. The productive day on the ground can be blamed, in part, on weak performances from two critical Cowboys defenders: Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Both players have established themselves in the NFL as strong run-stopping linebackers, which means these poor showings were likely outlier performances in the grand scheme of things. Aside from Smith and Vander Esch, the Cowboys' run defense met all preseason expectation set for them. The defensive line was impressive across the board, and it showcased of the depth that has many believing they have what it takes to be one of the league's best defensive-fronts. Demarcus Lawrence, the team's top defensive lineman, will see increased playing time in week two after the team eased him into action in week one. Similarly, Byron Jones, one of the league's best cornerbacks in run-support, will play more in week two following a 27-snap limit in week one as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. A bounce-back performance from the linebacking corps, coupled with consistency in the trenches and in the secondary will make the Dallas run defense one of the league's toughest to beat once again in week two following a flukey week one performance.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2 vs DAL 0 1 4 0 2 2.0 9 0 0 1.3
2 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 1.0 * * * *
2 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 1.1 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

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6@ Miami Dolphins
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