Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 5

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 5


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Jacksonville at Houston

The Jaguars have taken a step forward on the ground here in 2020, swapping out the enigmatic, one-speed Leonard Fournette with hard-charging rookie James Robinson. He’s a grinder, but has shown off surprising athleticism and produced 4.8 yards per carry. As the Jaguars’ clear-cut bell cow, Robinson boasts a strong fantasy floor with decent volume-based upside. He’s been working behind a mediocre front line, but he could get back center Brandon Linder, one of the game’s better run-blockers, as soon as Sunday.

The Texans continue to stand as one fantasy’s most targetable matchups on the ground. Through four weeks they’ve allowed more raw yardage than anyone (182 per game), with three opposing backs topping 100 yards on their own. And in that fourth game, the Ravens’ trio of running backs combined for 176 yards at 8.4 a carry. Houston desperately misses nose tackle D.J. Reader, whom they developed into a run-stuffing specialist only to lose to the Bengals this offseason. Without his protection, linebackers Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney struggle to attack the ball, leaving wide lanes all over the box. Last week 11 of Dalvin Cook’s 27 attempts went for 5+ yards; he faced little trouble grinding out the Vikings’ win down the stretch. That’s been the norm for the Texans this season, so Robinson’s outlook is fantastic. If the Jaguars want to attack their opponent’s gravest weakness, he’ll be something like the offensive focal point Sunday.

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