Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 14

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 14


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Tennessee at Jacksonville

The Titans continue to batter their opponents relentlessly with the run game, and it’s not hard to see why. Whenever game flow allows - and even sometimes when it doesn’t - Derrick Henry remains capable of rolling through defenses and producing. He’s topped 100 yards in 7 of 12 games thus far, and he’s always a primary threat whenever the Titans are near the goal line. More than a mere bulldozer, Henry still boasts impressive burst and second gear for his bulk, and he’s a nightmare of a matchup for any defense. Henry works behind a solid run-blocking line - our Matt Bitonti wrote last week of the boost that group has enjoyed of late, which can only help Henry’s cause. And that’s help he doesn’t particularly need in such a generous matchup.

The Jaguars defense remains one of fantasy’s weaker units. They showed well for a stretch against a few short-handed backfields, but have been thrashed over their past three, with running backs averaging 5.1 yards per rush and 147 a game. The schedule hasn’t been kind, but it doesn’t get any kinder Sunday, and this unit still looks like one of fantasy’s better targets. They’re decent across the line, with a rotation of competent gap-shooters, but definitely lack a dominant nose presence. The linebackers are inconsistent in pursuit and would benefit greatly from that kind of space-eater. Joe Schobert, for example, is the unit’s new $53 million man, but he’s struggled badly all year and remains a liability. Strong, north-south runners Dalvin Cook (120 yards), Nick Chubb (144 and 1 touchdown), and James Conner (13 for 89) have found ample room here over the past 3 weeks, hinting at big things for Henry. The Titans will be looking to exploit this matchup, and it’s hard to argue against them pulling it off.

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