Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 8

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 8

Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 8

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NY Giants vs Tampa Bay

The Giants’ hopes for a viable ground game cratered in Week 2, when Saquon Barkley was lost to an ACL tear. Unsurprisingly, there’s been virtually no sign of life in this razor-thin unit since. Devonta Freeman has added nothing of note (just 172 yards through 4.5 games), and he’s unlikely to suit up through last week’s ankle injury. Most likely, the plodding Wayne Gallman will lead the pack Monday night, with Dion Lewis offering change-of-pace relief. But neither inspires much hope for productivity. Gallman is a one-speed runner with a career 4.0 average, while Lewis is slotted strictly into his part-time role. And both will run through a shaky front line, one with real talent at a few spots but still finding its footing. Footballguys’ Matt Bitonti ranks it 27th currently, with a C+ mark in run-blocking.

The Buccaneers continue to smother opposing run games like few in recent memory. They haven’t allowed a 60-yard rusher all season - in fact, you’d have to go back to Week 11 of last year for the last instance. Over that span, they’ve held running backs to just 2.6 yards per rush - including the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and a handful of other elite runners. They’ve weathered the loss of their backbone, rising star tackle Vita Vea, who’s on injured reserve with a fractured leg. In the 2 games since Vea’s injury, Aaron Jones and Josh Jacobs were held to a combined 32 yards on the ground. The Week 7 addition of Steve McLendon, a dependable, run-stuffing nose tackle, should pay off well next to playmakers Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul. Together they do a fine job keeping blockers off the second level, allowing linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White to roam and strike. David has been particularly stout against the run; he’s enjoying the best stretch of his career. Simply put, no one likes facing this unit in fantasy, and that goes for far better offenses than the Giants. With or without Freeman, it’s hard to project even a 35-yard rusher here.

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