Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 13

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 13


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Indianapolis at Houston

The Indianapolis running back situation remains fluid as Jonathan Taylor was placed on the injured reserve COVID-19 list prior to last week’s game. Taylor has yet to test positive as of early in the week, so he does have a chance to suit up for this game--but he would surely be ruled out again if he were to test positive at any point in time this week. Taylor was just beginning to possibly take control of this backfield after a dominant 22-carry performance for 90 yards in Week 11. Prior to that game, however, this backfield was in flux with Taylor seeing most of the work but Nyhiem Hines and Jordan Wilkins mixing in heavily at times. Last week it was Hines who saw most snaps and carries, as can be expected again this week if Taylor were to sit. The Colts offensive line has been the cream of the crop unit for most of the season, but they will now likely be without starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who suffered a knee injury that has his Week 13 status in doubt. This is a very strong overall unit, but the loss of Castonzo certainly ticks them down a few notches.

The Texans defense has consistently struggled against the run in 2020, giving up the most rushing yards and second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs both for the season and over the past four weeks. There has been only one game in which an opposing running back has not scored when facing Houston--another big reason why they are allowing fantasy points in bunches to opposing running backs. The front seven for Houston is not a strong group, with really just J.J. Watt as their only impact player amongst that group. Play from their interior defenders has yet to improve. Poor health and poor play also plague this linebacker position group as neither Tyrell Adams nor Zach Cunningham can get in a groove against the run. The Colts offensive linemen, even without Castonzo, should have a clear advantage in this one--the big question and key to this matchup for the Colts will be whether or not Jonathan Taylor is cleared to play.

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