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RB Derek Watt - Los Angeles Chargers

6-2, 236Born: 11-7-1992College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 6

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Week 7: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Tough matchup. He's the unquestioned lead back, soaking up 76% of running back carries thus far, so volume will never be a concern. Gordon simply doesn't find consistent efficiency behind the Chargers' poor front line; his career yards-per-carry now sits at an ugly 3.71. He's a talented runner with plenty of breakaway ability - since the start of 2016 he's sixth league-wide in runs of 15+ yards despite missing 4 games, and he frequently boasts strong missed-tackle numbers. But behind such a shaky blocking front, his weekly rushing upside will always be capped. That gives him a high-floor, solid-ceiling outlook that's consistent and very valuable. You have to feel bad for Melvin Gordon, who toils behind such a poor line and will face the league's most dominant run defense in Week 7. The Broncos have allowed the NFL's fewest yards per rush (3.03) and second-fewest per game (65.7). They were surprisingly gashed by Orleans Darkwa last Sunday, but have faced three top-level runners thus far - a sample we should be more willing to pay attention to - and absolutely dominated all three. Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, and LeSean McCoy combined to produce just 84 yards (2.05 per rush), and not one of the touchdown-happy trio found the end zone.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs KC 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs PHI 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 at NYG 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at OAK 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
7 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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2017 Week 2 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Watt won't see a lot of mention in this space, but he gets called out for this game because of his consecutive goal line rushing attempts in the first half. Following a pass interference flag in the end zone, Los Angeles found itself on the 1-yard line. With touchdown machine Melvin Gordon in the backfield, the Chargers instead elected to give it to Watt. He was stuffed at the goal line. On the ensuing play, most thought Gordon would now get the call. But again the Chargers went to Watt, who again was stopped short of the goal line. The Dolphins were called for encroachment, and finally on the next play the Chargers gave it to Gordon who plunged in for the score.


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