Week 12 Rushing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

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Due to the Wednesday/Thursday games this week, some of the matchups were written using preliminary statistics compiled before the Monday Night Football game - some small discrepancies between the preliminary statistics quoted in the matchups and the final, corrected statistics may be found due to our compressed writing/editing schedule.

Buffalo Bills Rushing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo run-blocking unit seem to have turned a major corner. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has imported his Arian Foster/Texans-style zone blocking scheme this season, and the early going was exceptionally rough – McCoy averaged just 3.21 yards per carry and 55.8 per game over the first 5 weeks. Since then, however, the unit has gelled significantly, and McCoy has posted marks of 5.18 and 86.0. With huge holes opening left and right – and McCoy running with the quickness and decisiveness of last year – this has become an explosive unit capable of either grinding games out successfully or overcoming game script with splash plays. We saw the former in Week 8 (27 rushes for 151 yards and 1 touchdown in a 34-14 win) and the latter last Sunday (13 for 114 and 1 in a 54-24 loss). In other words, McCoy appears back to a weekly RB1 outlook, and he’s doing so even when he’s not catching passes. As the explosive, unquestioned workhorse in a decidedly pass-first offense, McCoy’s Week 12 outlook is as bright as the sun – and that’s even before we consider Kansas City’s sieve-like run defense.

The Kansas City run defense has been utterly atrocious for most of 2017. It’s allowed the league’s fourth-most raw yards and yards per attempt, and it’s done so with consistency – 9 of 10 opponents have landed between 104 and 194 ground yards. That’s included some fairly toothless run games, and Kansas City has yielded big rushing days to the likes of LeVeon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott as well as Darren Sproles and Orleans Darkwa. The front seven is geared toward the pass rush and shaky at best in run support, and the loss of Eric Berry has left a relatively poor-tackling secondary. A volume-hogging feature back like LeSean McCoy always projects beautifully against this unit; we can all but pencil in an 80-yard floor.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense vs Los Angeles Chargers Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Before abandoning the run last week due to the Cowboys falling behind, Alfred Morris looked very solid behind this number one ranked offensive line. Morris is averaging 5.1 yards per carry since taking over the starting role from Ezekiel Elliott and went up against one of the best run defenses in football in the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Morris answered the question last week as far as who the number one running back is in this offense and should be the guy moving forward until Elliott’s return.

The Chargers are the third worst team in football against opposing running backs in terms of fantasy points allowed this season. The big issue for the Chargers is that while they are last in terms of rushing yards allowed at 138.9 per game, they also have really struggled against pass receiving running backs as they have allowed seven receptions per game for 54 yards per game. This could open up more opportunities for Rod Smith in this game as of the two active running back each week, Morris has had an inability to catch passes throughout his career and if this game stays close or if the Cowboys fall behind, you could see Rod Smith getting additional snaps to be a receiver as the team will abandon the run. This is what we saw last week where Smith out-snapped Morris. Both running backs are in good spots this week ad a vast majority of the success is going to be determined based on game script.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

What happened to Kareem Hunt? The rookie phenom opened his NFL career by averaging 6.28 yards per rush and 121.8 per game through his first 5, but has managed just 3.47 and 52.8 since. His line remains solid – in fact, it’s steadily improving in our Matt Bitonti’s rankings. It’s beginning to look as though Hunt is “merely” a quality NFL back rather than the world-beater he appeared to be at the onset. Perhaps he needs the electrifying prolificity of the Kansas City offense to be humming along as a whole to give them the off-tackle blocking he so needs. Hunt remains a fantasy RB1, but no longer with a bullet.

The Buffalo run defense seems to have plunged off a cliff. It was a dominant unit to open the year, allowing just 80.1 yards per game over its first 7. But ever since, it’s been a nightmare. The Jets (194 yards), Saints (298), and Chargers (146) have taken turns shredding this unit over the past 3 weeks. Those numbers weren’t script-influenced, either, despite all being big Buffalo losses – the lead backs in those games averaged a stunning rushing line of 19 carries and 128 yards. Clearly, the issue here is a personnel one, and it appears the Bills’ subpar linebacking corps is starting to bleed them dry. With tackle Marcell Dareus out of town and a starting linebacker group packed with athletically-devoid bodies, it would be an upset if Kareem Hunt didn’t break his slump this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Los Angeles Chargers Rushing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Chargers rushing attack on the season has been a roller coaster ride. Of the ten games that Melvin Gordon has played in, he has 54 yards rushing in five of those ten, and has scored a touchdown in five of those ten. While on the surface that seems ok, the real issue is that four of those five games overlap with each other, so if he does not go over 54 yards rushing, this rushing attack has a very difficult time getting anything going. Austin Ekeler has done a nice job as a change of pace running back to help this offense as well as a pass-catching option that Gordon was doing last year, but Gordon has struggled consistently catching passes this season as Gordon ranks fourth in the NFL in terms of drops this season.

The Cowboys are hurting on the defensive side of the ball especially against the run with Sean Lee out as over their last two games with Lee out, the Cowboys have allowed 160 yards per game and two touchdowns in each of those two contests. It is no surprise that they have gotten better against the pass receiving running backs than what their season average is as Jaylon Smith is being asked to play a lot more with Lee out and while Smith is not great in run defense he is a very solid pass defender against the opposing running backs. Expect Melvin Gordon to have the potential for a very good game this week against this Cowboys team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Seahawks running backs struggled again this past week, as usual, but Russell Wilson was the story of this rushing offense as he posted a season-high 86 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. Wilson led the Seahawks in rushing yards for the second time in the last three games as he ranks second among quarterbacks in rushing yards. Mike Davis was promoted to the starting running back for the Seahawks this week, but he couldn’t get anything going with just six carries for 18 yards before injuring his groin in the third quarter. J.D. McKissick saw quite a few snaps on passing downs while carrying seven times for 30 yards with most of his usage coming after Davis left the game. Pending the injury status of Davis, expect him to start for this backfield again this week as the pair of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls are being phased out of this offense.

The 49ers rushing defense struggled again in their last outing as they allowed five yards per carry to the Giants backfield. Even with a rare pass-heavy game script, this 31st ranked rushing defense (133.5 rushing yards per game) gave up over 100 rushing yards to opposing running backs for the fourth straight game. A silver lining is that they did not allow a rushing touchdown to running backs for the second straight week, but the 49ers are still allowing the most fantasy points per game to the position. They have a couple big difference-makers in Deforest Buckner and Reuben Foster, but this defense is depleted outside of those two. If Mike Davis is healthy enough to play this week, he should have a good chance at some yards against this abysmal unit despite the Seahawks’ continued poor offensive line play.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Atlanta Falcons Rushing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Devonta Freeman looks likely to return for Week 12, and the Falcons will welcome him back happily. It’s not that Tevin Coleman is a bad runner, by any stretch – he’s fast and explosive and creates big plays at a strong clip. But he’s also not nearly the decisive gainer Freeman is, nor does he extend plays with power or elusiveness. With Freeman dominating the backfield, the Falcons boast one of the league’s most productive ground games: over the season’s first 10 weeks, they generated the fifth-most yards per rush, and the Freeman/Coleman pair produced 7 touchdowns over 219 rushes. Boasting a studly front line – our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it first in the league, with an A+ run-blocking rating – this is a unit that offers both consistency and ceiling. The Tampa Bay run defense has tightened massively of late, but this still looks like a thoroughly winnable matchup.

In back-to-back weeks, the Tampa Bay run defense, once exceptionally porous, has risen to the occasion. On the back of All-World tackle Gerald McCoy, who disrupts interior runs as well as just about anyone, they’ve smothered the last two running games they’ve faced. The Jets’ combination of Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire managed just 52 yards on 18 carries in Week 10, and aside from a flawlessly-blocked 69-yard run, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams of the Dolphins fared even worse last week (16 rushes, 13 yards). McCoy and the linebackers are now healthy, and defensive end Robert Ayers is enjoying a Pro Bowl-caliber season as an edge-setter, so this front seven may be turning a massive corner. Still, as expected, the strongest of running games they’ve faced have indeed given them massive problems. Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, and the Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara pair averaged 123.3 ground yards against them – though those indeed came much earlier in the year. It would be nice to see another week of sustained dominance, but it’s safe to say the Falcons’ powerful running game will face a much harder test than we’d have expected a month ago.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Cleveland Browns Rushing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Browns running attack offensively heading into last week was showing signs of improvement, but Isaiah Crowell as absolutely shut down this past week against Jacksonville. Crowell had 11 carries for just 18 yards against this Jacksonville defense that is one of the best that we have seen in recent seasons. Heading into that game, Crowell averaged 5.7 yards per carry over his previous two games as the interior of this offensive line was playing better. It’s easy to discount the game against the Jaguars this past week and still have hope for Crowell as this Jaguars defense has shut most offenses down this season.

The Bengals run defense is one that has been struggling mightily as of late as they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last four weeks. Making matters worse is that over their last four games they have faced some fairly poor running backs attacks in Denver, Tennessee, Jacksonville without Fournette, and Indianapolis. The issue for Cincinnati is that their defensive line is setup to rush the passer which the Bengals are fourth in the NFL, their defensive line is not a run stopping unit. The Bengals have given Andrew Billings more playing time over the last three weeks as they waived Pat Sims, but Billings if anything has only made this defense worse as he has really struggled so far this season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Jaguars own the league’s most potent rushing offense this season. Leonard Fournette has been key in leading the Jaguars to just over 160 rushing yards per game—top in the league. Last week, Fournette rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in his last four games as he logged a staggering 28 carries. This was a particularly impressive outing against a Browns defense that had allowed just 3.1 yards per rush attempt through Week 10. Fournette now has over 20 carries in five of his eight starts this year—an enormous workload for the rookie running back. There are definitely some injuries to consider on this Jaguars rushing offense, including Fournette himself who has been dealing with a banged-up ankle for most of the season. Left tackle Cam Robinson has also been playing with an ankle injury while right tackle Jeremy Parnell was sidelined with a knee injury last week and is questionable for this week’s game.

The Cardinals have been tough on opposing running backs for most of this season, allowing the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to the position with just 101 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per rush attempt. They did allow Texans running backs to rack up 126 rushing yards and a couple touchdowns last week, but this was without elite defensive lineman Corey Peters who was out with an ankle injury. If not for a 34-yard run by D’Onta Foreman, this would have been another impressive day against the run as the Cardinals held lead back Lamar Miller to just 61 yards on 22 attempts. While their linebacker play leaves much to be desired, rookie safety Budda Baker has made a big impact in run defense—particularly last week as he led the team with 11 solo tackles, one sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss, coming up big on a number of occasions against the run. If Corey Peters returns this week, the Cardinals will pose a tough test for Leonard Fournette and this banged up Jaguars defensive line. Without Peters though, this run defense is only average.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Miami Dolphins Rushing Offense at New England Patriots Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

It was mildly embarrassing just how ineffective the Dolphins were on the ground in Week 11. Facing the Buccaneers, who have been blown apart by numerous mediocre-to-good run games throughout the year, Miami running backs managed just 82 yards – and 69 came on one fluky Damien Williams run. It’s hard to get excited about that run: Williams “boasts” a career 3.51 per-rush average, and he managed just 9 yards across his other 9 carries. And youngster Kenyan Drake, after bursting onto the scene with two dynamic games, tallied just four yards across his seven attempts. There will be better days ahead, just unpredictable ones. The Dolphins front line remains a deeply flawed unit, especially with emerging stud tackle JuWuan James on IR, and it struggles especially on the inside. They had no answers whatsoever for stud Tampa Bay tackle Gerald McCoy, who blew up interior run after interior run. This unit will typically depend on long outside runs for its productivity, making them a dicey play week after week – especially in a clear, even timeshare.

The Patriots’ shoddy run defense didn’t look any better than usual in Week 11; game flow rescued them from allowing a massive day to the Raiders’ ho-hum running game. Marshawn Lynch looked reborn, averaging 6.09 yards per carry and breaking off a season-long 25-yard run. Had he been afforded 20 carries, he almost certainly would’ve posted his first 100-yard game as a Raider. In fact, the Patriots’ last 4 opposing lead backs (Devonta Freeman, Melvin Gordon, C.J. Anderson, and Lynch) have averaged an eye-popping 6.91 yards per attempt. The problem, of course, is that early New England leads (which are quite common) tend to force opponents to move away from the run before they’d like, and the counting stats tend to suffer. Those four backs have combined for a less-than-optimal 81.3 yards per game, with just 1 touchdown – an 87-yard Gordon jaunt – among them. Still, this unit is so porous, with a light front line and poor tackling on the second and third levels, that any time we can project an opposing back to 15+ carries, we can safely pencil in 70+ yards.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Minnesota Vikings Rushing Offense at Detroit Lions Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Vikings looked very sharp on the ground last week against a tough Rams run defense as they averaged nearly five yards per carry for 171 total rushing yards. Latavius Murray has been up and down this year, but he has kicked it into another gear for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. Over his last four games, Murray has scored four touchdowns while averaging just under 80 yards and 17 rush attempts per game. Over this four-game span, Murray ranks as the sixth highest scoring running back in standard formats. He is not providing much upside on the passing attack, but he has been a solid contributor with great volume from a pure rushing perspective. Jerick McKinnon has been much less reliable rushing the ball. Despite out-snapping Murray in every game this season, McKinnon is still consistently seeing fewer rush attempts in each game. He has not averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry in the last four games despite receiving 10 or more carries in each outing.

The Lions were gashed on the ground for the second straight week as the Bears running backs racked up 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 24 carries last week. Running backs have definitely found success against this defense, amassing the fourth-most fantasy points per game while racking up nearly 100 rushing yards and one touchdown per game on average. This defensive front has really played poorly in recent weeks. Jarrad Davis got off to a hot start this season, but his play has really fallen off a cliff recently. The Lions have also notably allowed opposing quarterbacks to rush for over 50 yards in back to back weeks, with Brett Hundley rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown three weeks ago. Case Keenum is not known for his legs, but he can certainly tuck it and run when needed. Latavius Murray should also be looking to take advantage of the reeling Lions front seven as he should lead the Vikings backfield this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

New England Patriots Rushing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Dion Lewis impressed again in Week 11, tallying 60 yards on 10 carries. With Mike Gillislee out of the team’s plans, he’s now the clear lead back and on a fairly hot stretch, averaging 4.86 and 56.7 per game over the Patriots’ last 6. We can never be totally sure about Josh McDaniels’ backfield rotation, but at the moment, Lewis appears to be the only cemented part of it; Rex Burkhead and James White are little more than complementary runners. The issue comes with Lewis’ usage in this Tom Brady-centered offense: he doesn’t see much volume nor many goal line carries, so he relies on massive per-touch efficiency for his fantasy value. It’s not shrewd to project him beyond 60-65 ground yards, even in the tastiest of matchups, and he’s rarely more than a flex play in fantasy. Still, any prominent player in this Patriots offense is a weekly threat to chew up garbage time and find the end zone, so that value appears locked-in.

The Dolphins run defense returned to its suffocating early-season ways last week, but it’s hard to read much into it. They faced the Buccaneers rushing “attack,” headlined by the wildly ineffective Doug Martin and easily one of the league’s weakest units. And over the previous few weeks, Miami had been simply atrocious in terms of addressing the run, allowing 174 yards to the Ravens in Week 8 and 294 to the Panthers in Week 10. The team released wheezing, aging linebacker Rey Maualuga this week after an arrest, and the rest of the front seven remains exceptionally hit-or-miss against the run. The team boasts fine tackling safeties, but their impact typically isn’t felt until the ball is already downfield. This unit isn’t a dumpster fire, but it’s growing more and more targetable as the season wears on.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

New Orleans Saints Rushing Offense at Los Angeles Rams Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

This Saints backfield is statistically one of the best in football as they lead the league with 4.8 yards per rush attempt and 15 rushing touchdowns. Mark Ingram has just gone absolutely nuts since the departure of Adrian Peterson after their Week 5 bye. Ingram has yet to have a game below 75 rushing yards over this six-game span, with four of those games over 100 rushing yards and his last two games over 130 rushing yards. Ingram did not have a single touchdown through the first four weeks of the season, but he now leads the league in rushing touchdowns with eight, all coming in the last six weeks. Alvin Kamara has been a very solid piece of this backfield as well, averaging 6.6 yards per rush attempt in the last six weeks with three rushing touchdowns himself while contributing in a big way in the passing game simultaneously.

The Rams defensive front underperformed yet again last week as they let the Vikings rush for 171 yards on 35 attempts against them last week, including 95 yards and two rushing touchdowns to lead back Latavius Murray. Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald are really the only two players that are making any difference against the run for this defense. The Rams linebackers have struggled to bottle up running backs that slip past these two interior defenders. Mark Barron had a very rough game last week as he missed a few tackles at the second level that allowed big runs to ensue. Big plays have been a problem all season for the Rams as they are allowing 4.5 rushing yards per attempt and have now given up a handful of 50+ yard rushes on the year. The Saints have been one of the best rushing offenses in football, so look for them to excel against this Rams defense allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Washington Redskins Rushing Offense vs New York Giants Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Redskins rushing attack has been severely hindered by injuries as they lost Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley in consecutive weeks leaving only Samaje Perine as their only running back who has seen significant carries this season. Perine was a volume workhorse last week as he had 23 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins did make a move to sign Byron Marshall who is a pass receiving back to fill the Thompson departure. Coach Jay Gruden said that Marshall is going to not have much of a choice when it comes to handling the role and even though he only saw three offensive snaps last week it sounds like this could be a spot where that will grow significantly this upcoming week.

The Giants run defense is one in which they are incredibly strong up the middle with Damon “Snacks” Harrison and rookie Dalvin Tomlinson leading the way. Outside of this, the rest of the defense has struggled as the linebacking group has been one of the worst in the NFL. B.J. Goodson is expected to be back in the lineup after newly signed Kelvin Sheppard injured himself in the first game he played this season due to a groin issue. This is a defense that is averaging 107 yards per game to opposing running backs on the season, but over the last four weeks is averaging 120 yards per game allowed. This could setup well for Byron Marshall to run outside or Jamison Crowder as the Redskins have been handing the ball off to him about two times per game on sweep plays. Up the middle could cause some issues for Perine who is a very physical runner.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense at New York Jets Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This running game is finally taking flight. The Panthers’ committee of explosive runners offers differing flavors, but has produced 495 yards over the past 2 weeks after an exceptionally up-and-down start. They’re getting production from Cam Newton (90.5 yards per game over that span) and Jonathan Stewart (110 in Week 11), but also from reserve Cameron Artis-Payne (68 and 1 touchdown against the Dolphins), who spells Stewart on running downs. The one least often invited to the ground game party has Christian McCaffrey, but that could be about to change. McCaffrey has averaged 4.45 yards per rush over this 2-week span, up a mile from his early-season mark of 2.39. He would’ve gathered more than five rushes last week had the game not blown wide open, and he could be woven in further going forward; there’s been nowhere to go but up, at least in terms of rushing.

The Jets field a generally weak run defense. They’ve posted 4 strong performances on the year, holding LeSean McCoy, Doug Martin, and Jay Ajayi (2 games) to averages of 2.17 yards per carry. But they’ve also been shredded by McCoy and a handful of other backs, highlighting their extreme inconsistency. The talented front line has underachieved at times, and linebackers Darron Lee and Demario Davis seem to alternate strong games with particularly bad ones. This isn’t among the league’s most targetable units, but it’s one we can generally expect solid efficiency against – as well as the positive script that often comes from Jets games.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Denver Broncos Rushing Offense at Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Broncos rushing attack is one that the collective unit has been serviceable, the individual parts have all struggled this season. The challenge from a fantasy perspective is that the Broncos are a true running back by committee rushing attack that John Elway has gone as far to label the team soft and the lack of running identity is a big part of this. The running game is led by C.J. Anderson who has only gone over 13 carries once in his last six games and has only scored one touchdown over his last eight games. Devonta Booker appears to be gaining traction in this offense, but he has shown much like he did last week that whenever he gets a high number of touches his yards per carry falls below league average and perhaps he is best utilized as a change of pace type runner.

The Raiders rush defense has been in the middle of the road this season as they have allowed 113.8 yards per game which ranks as the 17th run defense in football. This is a defense that while their defensive line has been average, their linebacker group has been atrocious. This is a team that if you get to their second level, can be exploited as Navorro Bowman is on his last legs of his NFL career and while he can still make plays when he is unblocked if this Broncos offensive line can put a body on Bowman he is no longer the block shedding linebacker that he once was.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Los Angeles Rams Rushing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Rams have had one of the best offenses in football this season as Todd Gurley has been playing at a very high level. Last week, however, they ran into a brick wall against the Vikings. This rushing offense amassed just 45 yards as Todd Gurley rushed 15 times for 37 of those yards. This was the second rough game in Gurley’s last three outings, as he also struggled to find room to run against the Giants despite amassing a couple rushing touchdowns. After a stretch of over 100 rushing yards in four of five games, Gurley has now gone three straight games without at least 70 rushing yards. He still leads the league in rushing touchdowns and is a significant threat in the passing attack, and with Malcolm Brown injured, Gurley has absolutely no threat to his workload.

After a couple of very impressive performances against the run, the Saints defense took a step back last week, allowing over 160 yards on the ground to Washington with Samaje Perine rushing for 117 and a touchdown. The Saints have been decent against the run for most of this season, allowing just the 11th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. However, they are allowing the third most rushing yards per attempt at 4.7. The Saints will now be down an important piece of their run defense as edge defender Alex Okafor suffered a torn Achilles last week and will miss the rest of the season. Okafor had a monster game last week and was ranked near the top of the league among edge defenders in run defense this year. His replacement Trey Hendrickson is more of a pass rushing specialist. While the left side of this Saints defensive line is still very solid with Cameron Jordan holding it down, the right side will be a bit weaker against the run for the rest of the season. The Rams offensive line is playing well right now, but this will be a difficult spot to expect Todd Gurley to have a major bounce back from his recent mediocre showings on the ground.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Offense vs Chicago Bears Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Eagles backfield continues to be as much of a rotation as we have seen in the NFL this season. Last week, LeGarrette Blount led the team in both snaps and carries with 50% of the snaps and 13 carries, while Corey Clement played 30% with six carries and Jay Ajayi played 22% with seven carries in his second game with the team. Ajayi has yet to exceed 25% of the snaps since joining the Eagles, and this came as a huge surprise last week as Ajayi busted off a 71-yard run midway through the third quarter last week but just saw one more carry in the game after that play. LeGarrette Blount was relatively ineffective outside of one 30-yard run last week as he continues to be the Eagles’ top bruising back used in goal-line situations. This situation should continue to be tough to predict as the Eagles legitimately have five running backs who are worked in on a regular basis in this scheme.

The Bears defense has been up and down against the run this season. After giving up 160 rushing yards against the Packers in Week 10, the Bears stifled the Lions last week, allowing just 2.7 yards per attempt for a total of 65 rushing yards on the day. Interior defender Mitch Unrein has been the Bears best run defender this season, and actually one of the better run defending linemen in the league this year as he ranks near the top of the league in run-stop percentage. The Bears lost linebacker Leonard Floyd late in last week’s game as he suffered a knee injury trying to defend a run. Floyd is week to week and will definitely miss this week’s game, leaving a weakness on the left side of that defensive front. The strength of the Eagles offensive line is definitely their right side with Brandon Brooks playing very well at right guard this season, so that bodes well for their chances to make some plays against the Bears up and down run defense.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.

Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

LeVeon Bell seems to have lost a lot of his 2014-16 form. Finally healthy and deployed for a full season, Bell has underwhelmed despite leading the league in rushing, averaging just 3.82 yards per carry – his lowest since his 2013 rookie year. He’s reached 80 ground yards just 5 times in 10 games – only once over his last 3 – and topped a 4.00-yard average just 3 times all year. (Consider that, from 2014-16, he hit 80 yards in 22 of his 36 games, playoffs included, averaging 4.87 over that span.) It’s hard to blame the front line, which remains stout and draws the No. 6 spot in our Matt Bitonti’s rankings. And it’s hard to fault the passing game, which has slowed but remains effective enough to open up the field. Bell has seen wide openings into the second and third levels; he’s just not making defenders miss nearly as often as we’re used to seeing. Bell remains the absolute bell cow of this backfield and often the centerpiece of the Pittsburgh offense, and that won’t change anytime soon. But it’s probably time to stop merely assuming he’ll turn 25 attempts into 125 yards. Bell is still a no-brainer fantasy RB1 regardless of situation or matchup, but he’s now blended in with a handful of similar producers rather than soaring above the pack.

The Packers run defense has been surprisingly stout in 2017. They’ve allowed the league’s eighth-fewest yards per rush and just 105.7 per game, a feat made even more impressive when we note how negative their game scripts have been. The interior of the front seven, namely defensive tackle Mike Daniels, have been truly stout, and rookie safety Josh Jones has been a revelation as an in-the-box roverback type. Over the past 3 weeks, they’ve corralled all comers, with Ameer Abdullah, Jordan Howard, and Alex Collins averaging an anemic 50.3 yards (just 2.70 per rush). Of course, failing so hard on offense tends to open up plenty of touchdown opportunity, and only seven teams have allowed more rushing touchdowns. This looks to be one of those sad cases in which a dominant unit is crushed by game flow; they look poised to limit LeVeon Bell’s per-touch impact but are prime candidates to allow him into the end zone, perhaps more than once.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

It’s looking more and more as though Doug Martin’s potential is nearly kaput. Martin, the former first-round pick who dazzled us as a 2012 rookie, has hit wall after wall ever since. Since his second NFL season, he’s averaged just 3.87 yards per carry and 64.9 per game – including a pitiful 2.98 and 50.9 dating back to last year. That’s even more amazing considering Martin’s stranglehold on the team’s backfield – passing down back Charles Sims and the team’s reserves account for very few opportunities each week. Considering his inability to create yardage and consistently poor showing in the pass game, it’s fair to wonder just how much longer hot-seat coach Dirk Koetter sticks with Martin. For the time being, however, he’s the face of the Buccaneers’ pitiful ground game, and he’s safe to consistently pencil him in between 30 and 75 ground yards a week. Just note that, whatever his total, it will be hard-fought and not supplemented with notable goal line or receiving work. Martin looks settled in as a one-gear, low-impact fantasy back, and it’s hard to like his chances in any matchup.

The Falcons run defense remains an up-and-down unit, one adept at preventing touchdowns but sometimes soft at stopping running games on the whole. They’ve allowed just six rushing touchdowns on the year, seventh-fewest in the league, yet the 11th-most yards on the whole. It’s worth noting, however, that a disproportionate chunk of their allowed yardage has gone to running quarterbacks. Over the past 3 weeks, Cam Newton (86 yards), Dak Prescott (42), and Russell Wilson (86) have run wild, yet their running backs have been held relatively in check (57 rushes for 207, a 3.63 average). That said, a further caveat is that they’ve faced three underwhelming running games over that span, and that a better attack could mow down their shaky front seven. The Falcons are breathing a sigh of relief that it’s only Doug Martin, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Buccaneers’ underwater “attack” coming to town for Week 12.

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Tennessee Titans Rushing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Titans own one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league with both Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry manning the backfield for most of this season. Murray has been battling through injuries but still continues to see nearly twice as many snaps as Derrick Henry has this season, with over twice as many snaps in their last three games since the bye week. Demarco Murray has yet to average above 3.0 yards per rush attempt in a game since coming off the bye week in Week 8 and has not crossed the 4.0 mark since Week 5. Murray has just one game with more than 60 rushing yards as his inefficiency combined with the workload split has really put a damper on Murray’s fantasy ceiling. Derick Henry simply is not yet on the field enough to make an impact, and he is not used in the passing attack nearly as heavily as Murray. Marcus Mariota has played a big role in the Titans rushing offense when healthy as well. While he had a quiet week last week with just five yards, Mariota ran for his fourth touchdown of the season and has rushed for more than 20 yards in five of nine games started.

The Colts roll out a rather talented defensive line anchored by Jonathan Hankins and Al Woods on the interior, but their results have been mediocre as they are around league-average in rushing defense categories. In terms of overall fantasy points allowed to running backs, this defense ranks fifth-worst, allowing over 25 points per game to the position in standard scoring formats. The eight rushing touchdowns allowed to running backs certainly doesn’t help this lower-tier ranking. The Titans sport a run-heavy offensive approach, and they should be running often here between both Henry and Murray. While the Titans offensive line has struggled, they should still have a solid shot at winning this matchup in the trenches.

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Green Bay Packers Rushing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

In what’s shaping up to be a lost, injury-ravaged season for the Packers, the backfield hasn’t escaped the taint. Ty Montgomery has been banged up all season, and impressive rookie Aaron Jones is out for the foreseeable future, which likely leaves the Week 12 running game in the hands of fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams. Williams looks like a marginal NFL back, capable as an interior runner and in pass protection but lacking drastically in dynamism. A plodding prospect with ho-hum measurables, Williams has turned his recent volume opportunity (38 rushes over the past 2 weeks) into just 124 yards (3.26 per carry). He registered a goal line touchdown in Week 9, but in this drowning Packers offense, scoring opportunity comes rarely if at all. For the time being, Williams is a volume-dependent fantasy option who gives us few reasons to be optimistic. Pitting him against a smothering run defense like Pittsburgh’s seems almost unfair.

And still, virtually no one can run against this Steelers defense. They’ve hiccupped twice this year, being gashed in Weeks 3 and 5, but have been thoroughly impenetrable otherwise. Aside from those 2 games, opponents have averaged an anemic 3.19 yards per carry and an implausibly low 65.4 per game. Granted, those numbers are padded by a relatively soft slate of opposing run games – they’ve only faced 3 top-10 rushing offenses, and 2 of them (Chicago and Jacksonville) had massive success against them. But it’s encouraging to note that they’ve shut down Kareem Hunt (9 for 21) and the DeMarco Murray/Derrick Henry duo (15 for 42) in recent weeks, and that Leonard Fournette’s Week 5 eruption was largely buoyed by a 90-yard fourth-quarter run (he averaged just 3.37 yards otherwise). This unit is squarely among the league’s hardest to face – and easiest to fantasy-bench running backs against.

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Houston Texans Rushing Offense at Baltimore Ravens Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Since Deshaun Watson’s injury, the Houston run game has predictably fallen a peg or two. And its only source of dynamism, impressive rookie runner Donta Foreman, was just lost for the year to an Achilles’ tear. Tom Savage’s quarterbacking scares absolutely no one, and his mobility is even less of a threat, so defenses have been able to key relentlessly on Lamar Miller. Miller’s “who cares?” season is now even harder, and he’s never a safe projection behind his ho-hum 2017 average of 60.4 ground yards. With only Miller and trudging backup Alfred Blue running behind this shaky offensive line (our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it 26th in football), this looks to remain a low-impact unit, one that will have to rely on volume for real fantasy value. Frankly, it’s a hands-off unit apart from the rare instances in which Savage is able to keep the Texans competitive enough to afford Miller 20+ attempts – and even then, “who cares?” is generally the proper response. There’s a decent floor in place here for Miller, but a rock-hard weekly ceiling.

The Ravens run defense remains inconsistent, but has trended toward the smothering of late. After a truly brutal stretch from Weeks 3-7, in which opponents averaged a stunning 169.4 yards per game, things have settled to just 63.7 over the last 3. That includes an impressive Week 9 in which Baltimore neutralized Tennessee’s powerful running game, to the tune of just 45 combined yards for DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. It seems clear now that the key to this unit is nose tackle Brandon Williams; his return to the field has allowed the Ravens’ mediocre linebackers to attack the ball at the line, rather than pursue runners onto the second level. All told, this looks like a unit set to give the Texans’ trudging run game fits.

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Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Colts own one of the league’s worst rushing offenses on paper this season, ranking 24th in rushing yards per game (95.9) and 29th in rushing yards per attempt (3.5). Colts running backs are actually averaging less than 3.5 yards per attempt combined, as quarterback Jacoby Brissett alone is averaging over four yards per carry with three rushing touchdowns on the year. The veteran Frank Gore has always been known as a grinder, and he has notably out-touched the hot rookie Marlon Mack in recent weeks despite a fairly similar amount of snaps. Mack has really struggled in recent weeks as he has only managed 63 rushing yards on 27 carries over his last three games. While Mack may be the future of this Colts backfield, it appears they will be riding Frank Gore for the present time with Mack sprinkled in for single-digit carries in each game. Either way, this is not a backfield to target often for fantasy purposes as they run behind an offensive line that has struggled to block all season.

The Titans defense has been tough on the run all season, allowing just under 90 rushing yards per game and 3.6 yards per rush attempt. An opposing running back hasn’t gained more than 50 yards against them in the last five games, including LeVeon Bell, as he was held to just 3.8 yards per attempt for 46 rushing yards last week. Jurrell Casey is the anchor of this rushing defense, and he continues to play at a high level. Both linebacker Wesley Woodyard and safety Kevin Byard have made great contributions in defending the run this season as well. With as poor as the Colts offensive line has played, this is not a matchup that they should win by any means.

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New York Giants Rushing Offense at Washington Redskins Rushing Defense (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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Arizona Cardinals Rushing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Cardinals ground game struggled for the second straight week as Adrian Peterson only managed 26 rushing yards on 14 attempts against the Texans last week. Peterson continues to see the majority of carries, but he has been completely ineffective in the last two weeks since his 159-yard explosion in Week 9 against the 49ers. Over his last two games, Peterson has just 55 rushing yards on 35 carries—good for less than two yards per attempt. The Cardinals did lose their left tackle D.J. Humphries around the time that Peterson’s ineffectiveness began against Seattle in Week 10. Humphries was a big part of that offensive line, but they are healthy outside of him and should be playing better than this.

Things will not get better for the Cardinals this week as they face the league’s top defense—the Jaguars. Jacksonville has been extremely impressive in all facets of the game this season. While they got off to a slow start against the run, this run defense is definitely trending in the right direction in recent weeks. Since the signing of Marcel Dareus in Week 9, who is not yet even starting for the Jaguars, they have allowed only 42 rushing yards per game and one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs over that three-game span. Linebacker Telvin Smith has been elite in run defense, and this entire secondary has stepped up to help out when needed most. The Cardinals offense should be in for a very tough week.

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Baltimore Ravens Rushing Offense vs Houston Texans Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Ravens rushing attack has been a semi-productive attack all season, though nailing down opportunity has been tricky. And the unit was simply smothered in Week 11’s win, “boasting” just 59 yards across 24 running back carries and a long run of just 9. Javorius Allen and Danny Woodhead are set as passing down backs who offer little ground impact, while early-season darling Alex Collins has hit a wall as lead runner, averaging just 3.85 yards per rush over his last 4 games. Generally speaking, game flow will determine the rushing outlook for this backfield each week, but the overall lack of talent caps the upside in even the sexiest of matchups. Collins remains worthy of a week-by-week look – he did average 6.44 yards per carry as a part-timer early in the year – but with bye weeks over, there’s little reason to look at this unit for anything but receiving production.

The Houston run defense remains the only real saving-grace unit on this decimated roster. Even with J.J. Watt sidelined, the Texans are exceptionally hard to run against: they’re allowing just 3.67 yards per carry (3.46 to running backs) and have surrendered a league-low 3 ground touchdowns all season. They boast a strong, space-eating nose tackle in the emerging D.J. Reader, and appear to have found a second-round gem in linebacker Zach Cunningham, who’s graded fantastically across the board in place of the suspended (and overrated) Brian Cushing. Not even script-granted volume has allowed Houston’s opponents to produce solidly on the ground, and that’s a trend that looks likely to continue against the Ravens’ banged-up line and mediocre runners.

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Chicago Bears Rushing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Bears dominated on the ground last week as Jordan Howard rushed 15 times for 125 yards and a touchdown while Tarik Cohen chipped in nine rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown of his own. This was a nice bounce back for both running backs from what was a tough outing against Green Bay the week prior. Howard and Cohen actually split snaps evenly last week, but Howard was still the clear lead back. He has been a boom or bust play this season, but Howard has an extreme amount of volume in this offense that will continue to rely heavily on its ground game running behind a top tier offensive line.

The Eagles had been on a very impressive roll against running backs until last week, allowing no single running back to exceed 40 rushing yards since Week 2 against Kareem Hunt with only three rushing touchdowns allowed to the position this season. The Eagles faltered last week against Dalles by allowing Alfred Morris to rush for 91 yards—the most that any running back has gained against them this season. The Cowboys, however, are a tough matchup for any defensive line as they have a top-tier offensive line, so do not discredit the Eagles too much for what they did last week. This defense is anchored by one of the league’s top defensive lines that should be no match for the Bears offensive line this week.

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Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Bengals running game is an absolute mess. They are on pace to be one of the worst units in recent memory as they are only averaging 68 yards per game this season and the worst in Bengals history. The issue is a combination of Joe Mixon not performing to the level that many had hoped when the Bengals took him in the second round of last season’s NFL Draft, the offensive line has been a mess as Matt Bitonti has them graded as the 27th best offensive line in football and the game script has not helped as the Bengals have fallen behind early in games this season.

The Browns rushing attack the last few weeks have shown cracks in the framework as they have allowed 111 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry to opposing teams over the last two weeks. This is a situation where you should still trust the overall season stats over the last couple of weeks and not overreact as it was inevitable that the Browns at some point throughout the season would not continue the pace that they were on, but they are still a very talented unit led by Danny Shelton, Christian Kirksey, and Joe Schobert. This is a defense that is designed to stop the run and still ranks first in opponents yard per carry at just 3.1 yards per carry this season.

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Detroit Lions Rushing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Lions running backs were stifled against the Bears last week, amassing just 57 yards on 20 carries with no touchdowns. This was a relatively pass-heavy game as Detroit was playing from behind in the first quarter, which led to Theo Riddick actually slightly out-snapping Ameer Abdullah for the first time since Week 5. Abdullah has not been spectacular by any means this season, but he actually has a touchdown in each of his last three games (the last one being a receiving score). Abdullah has a decent workload, but as we saw last week, he can quickly become underutilized as the Lions tend to operate one of the more pass-heavy offenses in the league. Theo Riddick matched his season high in carries last week, but he is their passing-down back and not to be treated as a threat rushing the ball.

The Vikings run defense is putting together a very impressive season, allowing just over 80 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per attempt. They shut down one of the best running backs in the league, Todd Gurley, last week—limiting him to just 37 yards on 15 carries. This marks the fourth time in their last five games that the Vikings have not allowed a running back to rush for over 50 yards against them. They are giving up the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs and face a Lions team averaging just 80 rushing yards per game with only four rushing touchdowns on the season. This is a big mismatch in favor of the Vikings.

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New York Jets Rushing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Jets simply can’t string together consecutive weeks of solid production. In fact, on the whole, this has been a relatively weak statistical unit for much of 2017. Bilai Powell and Elijah McGuire erupted back in Week 4, and Powell and Matt Forte eviscerated the Bills 2 weeks ago, but things have been quiet otherwise. As a team they’ve topped 100 yards just 2 other times, and not once since Week 3. They’ve been decently efficient, with the trio averaging 4.20 yards per attempt on the year, but game flow tends to snuff out their better days. With Forte out indefinitely, Powell and McGuire split the load fairly evenly, and both are difficult to trust in fantasy.

The Panthers continue to field one of the NFL’s elite run defenses. They shut down the point of attack with their stout interior line, led by All-Pro tackle Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, and they pursue as well as anyone with stud linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Through 10 games, only 1 opponent – New Orleans in a Week 3 blowout – has topped 101 yards against them, and on the whole they’re allowing the league’s third-fewest yards and second-fewest touchdowns per game. It’s hard to project any running game to much success against them, and the Jets’ muddied, limited attack doesn’t inspire much fear.

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Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense vs Denver Broncos Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Marshawn Lynch on a yards per carry basis has been good this year as he is averaging 4.0 yards per carry, the question remains for the Raiders is why are you not giving him the ball more than what he is seeing the ball. Since week one where they came out and gave Lynch the ball 18 times, he has just seen the ball an average of 9.9 times per game. This is a big reason why the Raiders are 27th in terms of rushing yards this season as they have only run the ball 214 times which is the worst in the league while the next closest team has run it 222 times. To put this into context New England who rates as the 16th team in terms of rush attempts has run the ball 270 times, so the Raiders just are not running the ball this season. Matt Bitonti still has this offensive line as a top five offensive line this season, so they have the talent the play calling just is not there.

The Broncos have been very good against the run this season as they have allowed the second-fewest yards per attempt this season at just 3.3 yards per carry and have also held opponents to the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the year. This is a team that when they have had faults throughout the year it has been to pass-catching running backs as New England had two receiving touchdowns two weeks ago one to Rex Burkhead the other to James White. On the season, the Broncos have only allowed one running back to go over 55 yards rushing and that was Orleans Darkwa.

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San Francisco 49ers Rushing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Carlos Hyde got going for the 49ers in their last game as he rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries, his second-highest rushing yard total of the season. The 17 carries were the most Hyde had received since Week 3 as he finally had a favorable game script for the run. Matt Breida saw 17 snaps for the second week in a row, but he received nine carries for 55 yards and a touchdown this week—with his touchdown coming on a nice 33-yard run. Hyde remains the number one back here though as Breida would need another favorable game script to cut into Hyde’s workload now that he appears healthy again after the lingering hip issue.

The Seahawks front seven had an outstanding performance in Week 10 as they smothered the Cardinals ground game, allowing just 34 yards on 24 rush attempts. Last week, while they allowed quite a few more yards, the Seahawks still did a very good job in limiting the Falcons run game as Tevin Coleman managed just 43 yards on 20 carries with one rushing touchdown. This 2.2 yards per attempt allowed to Coleman helps explain why the Seahawks run defense has allowed just the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this year. Led by Bobby Wagner as their best run defending linebacker and a solid front four on the defensive line, the Seahawks run defense has played progressively better as this year has evolved. Carlos Hyde may be looking forward to this week though as he had his best game of the season in Week 2 against the Seahawks. This game also happened to be the Seahawks worst game against the run, as they have only had one other running back amass over 55 yards against them since then. Don’t fall into the trap of Hyde’s great Week 2 performance—this run defense is playing much better now than they were earlier in the season.

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