RB Ryquell Armstead - Jacksonville Jaguars
|5-11, 220||Born:||College: Temple||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2019|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Leonard Fournette has been healthy all year unlike his first two seasons, but if he goes down in Decemeber, Armstead should be an everydown back.
Week 14: vs Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Jaguars offense has notably focused on their ground game with Leonard Fournette receiving a high volume of carries for most of the season. However, that workload has been put in question in recent weeks with Fournette seeing more than 14 carries in just one of his last four games after starting the season with more than 14 carries in seven of eight contests. While some tough recent matchups (Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis) certainly play a part in Fournette's lack of productivity, his increases usage through the air also plays a part in Fournette's lack of reliability rushing the ball--as he has been targeted 23 times in the past two games along and is on pace to more than double his career highs for receiving. Fournette should remain the focal point for this offense, but it just may be tough to predict whether the touches come on the ground or through the air. The Chargers run defense is a league-average unit that has actually done a great job at limiting rushing yards from running backs over their last four games, holding the position to just 64 rushing yards per game (third-fewest) since Week 9. That span included games against decent rushing offenses like the Broncos, Raiders, and Packers. Most fantasy points scored by running backs against this team have come through the air, but that is not to say rushing touchdowns are not to be found as they gave up a pair of touchdowns Chiefs running backs in Week 11. This recent success at limiting productivity has to be partly attributed to the defense getting healthier though, as the return of Justin Jones and Brandon Mebane to the interior of this defensive line has been huge. Having Derwin James back on the field starting last week was a big upgrade also, as he has shown the ability to make big plays against the run and should continue doing so this week against the Jaguars.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Ryquell Armstead's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs IND (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Ryquell Armstead had one early carry for six yards but did not receive another carry for the rest of the game. He caught each of his two targets for a total of 13 yards and was used by Jacksonville more as a pass blocker on third downs than he has in past games, so that is really the lone noticeable development for the rookie running back.
2019 Week 9 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
He didn't get much work in the run game. He did however get some usage as a pass catcher. He converted the first first down of the game for the Jaguars, catching a dumpoff from Minshew, leaking out after pass protecting. It was the biggest play for the Jaguar offense for most of the game, until Keelan Cole's deep 30-yarder down the right sideline in garbage time.
2019 Week 8 vs NYJ (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rookie running back Ryquell Armstead played the most snaps he has played all season but he had the same tough sledding that Leonard Fournette had, carrying it six times for only seven yards. Like Fournette, Armstead simply had zero running room. He did get a few red-zone carries and was the primary running back every time Fournette was not on the field, so the hope is he can still poach a touchdown here and there.
2019 Week 7 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rookie running back Ryquell Armstead only played seven snaps on Sunday in relief of Fournette. He had three carries for three yards, though one of his carries went for six yards. Inconsistent blocking and no real pattern of usage hindered him this game.
2019 Week 6 vs NO (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Armstead had only one touch in Sunday's game, a one-yard goal line run. Outside of the team's Week 4 victory over the Denver Broncos, Armstead has simply not been given nearly any opportunities at all.
2019 Week 5 vs CAR (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Despite playing a large role in Week 4's game against Denver, Armstead only touched the ball twice against Carolina. One was a negative yards carry that was blown up by Carolina's front seven, while the other was a checkdown pass on a short curl route. He is a talented player but his usage remains inconsistent from game to game.
2019 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
After three games and one carry, the Jaguars started easing Armstead into the offense against Denver and he performed very well for them. He first checked into the game on the second drive in the first quarter. He scored his first touchdown of the season on a redzone catch, where he converted a flat pass upfield while Garnder Minshew evaded the rush. He showed good power and acceleration on his carries when subbing for Fournette in the second half as well. They compliment each other well, as Armstead is basically a slightly lighter, more agile version of Fournette.
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