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RB Nikita Whitlock - New York Giants

5-10, 252Born: 5-16-1991College: Wake ForestDrafted: ---

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Week 12: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Giants rushing offense has looked much better with Orleans Darkwa at the helm. In their last five games, Darkwa is averaging 16 carries and 74 rushing yards per game. He has a very consistent 70-74 rushing yards in each of his last three games as Darkwa has been fed a solid workload. Wayne Gallman has mixed in for a quarter of the snaps at times, but he is clearly the secondary back to Darkwa now. The Giants offensive line remains banged up as right tackle Justin Pugh and right guard D.J. Fluker are both expected to miss this week's game. The Redskins have given up some big games to good running backs this season, and it happened again last week as they allowed Mark Ingram to run all over them for 134 yards and a touchdown. This marks the third time in the last four weeks that they have allowed an opposing backfield to rush for more than 100 yards, and the second time a backfield has crossed the 150-yard mark. On the season, the Redskins are allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to running backs as the core of this defense has been decimated by injuries throughout the season. They lost linebackers Trent Murphy and Mason Foster earlier this season, then lost Will Compton to a foot injury a week ago. Tack four injuries to their starting defensive lineman, and it is surprising to see that the Redskins have had any level of success against the run. This week, they get some relief by facing a lower tier Giants offensive line that shouldn't be too big of a challenge. Orleans Darkwa has looked good in recent weeks though, so he should have a chance at some success here. The Redskins have also allowed opposing quarterbacks to run wild on them, but that shouldn't be a concern against Eli Manning this week.

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12@ Washington Redskins
13@ Oakland Raiders
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs Philadelphia Eagles
16@ Arizona Cardinals
17vs Washington Redskins