RB Chester Taylor - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 213Born: 9-22-1979College: ToledoDrafted: Round 6, pick

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Week 15: vs Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Cardinals' backfield has been one of the more perplexing situations in the NFL this season, as David Johnson opened the season with sky-high expectations for his first season in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. The Cardinals' offense has run the ball sparingly this season, tallying the 25th-most rushing attempts of any team in the league, but their efficiency has been strong when they do establish the ground game. In recent weeks, Kenyan Drake has emerged as the team's number-one running back, leading the team's running backs in snaps and carries almost every week since he was acquired from Miami. At this point in the season, David Johnson is an afterthought, and Chase Edmonds' health is too uncertain to plug him into the lineup over Drake. While the presence of these two backs prevents Drake from absorbing a bell-cow role in the Cardinals' offense, he remains the most valuable running back in Arizona's backfield down the stretch this season, even if this role does not accompany significant volume. On the season, Cleveland's run defense grades as a below-average unit that has both faced high volume and allowed significant yardage totals on the ground. Leading up to last weekend, the unit was showing signs of improvement, holding four straight starting running backs to under 65 rushing yards. However, last weekend, Joe Mixon gashed this unit for 146 yards and 1 touchdown on 23 carries, reminding everyone what the true identity of this unit is. A soft schedule in recent weeks gave the illusion that Cleveland's run defense had made significant strides as a unit, but their poor performance against the Bengals has seemingly undone much of that work. The team's leading run-stoppers include defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, who has been a top-end interior lineman at most of his destinations throughout his career. Additionally, T.J. Carrie continues to be one of the league's strongest run-supporting cornerbacks. Overall, Arizona's low-volume and high-efficiency rushing attack may post an impressive yard-per-carry at the end of the day on Sunday. However, it is unlikely that the Cardinals provide any running back with the requisite volume to make for a top-tier fantasy option this weekend. In total, this grades as a neutral matchup, as Arizona's low-volume rushing attack should offset their expected advantage on the ground.

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