RB Zach Line - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 232Born: 5-26-1990College: Southern MethodistDrafted: ---

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General News (Fri Dec 13): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Dec 12): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 15: vs Indianapolis Colts

All RB vs IND

FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Saints ground game struggled to get going in what was a pass-happy shootout last week against the 49ers. This struggle to get going on the ground is nothing new for the Saints backfield though, as Alvin Kamara has not scored since Week 3 and has seen 13 or fewer carries in five straight games since suffering the ankle injury in Week 6. That lower volume on the ground has led to Kamara failing to exceed 25 rushing yards in two of his last five games while not going over the 75 rushing yard mark in any of those outings. Part of the explanation for this lower volume from Kamara has been the increased usage of Latavius Murray, who looked spectacular in his two games filling in as the lead back while Kamara was injured. Murray's usage has been somewhat erratic since Kamara's return though, as he rushed for 64 and 69 yards in two games, but finished with 12, 27, and 2 rushing yards in the other three since their Week 9 bye. This rushing offense does sport one of the top offensive lines in football, and both Kamara and Murray have the talent to put up big numbers on the ground. The Colts run defense got back on track last week as they shut down Tampa Bay's ground game by giving up just 70 rushing yards and no touchdowns to Buccaneers running backs. Last week marked the seventh time this defense has limited a team's lead running back to fewer than 60 rushing yards and the ninth time they have held all running backs out of the end zone, further solidifying how the 149-yard outburst from Derrick Henry in Week 13 was more of an outlier rather than a sign of this run defense weakening. Darius Leonard continues to anchor this defense with his spectacular play at middle linebacker while Justin Houston is locking down his side of the defensive line despite his reputation as more of a pass-rushing specialist. With as well as this front seven has played, however, they still yield the advantage to the top-notch Saints offensive line--particularly as Pro Bowl candidate right tackle Ryan Ramczyk should by all accounts be able to hold his own against Houston. This Saints offensive line is helping to generate the third-most yards before contact (1.99) in the league and should have minimal issues winning in the trenches here.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at TB 23 1 5 0 1 1.0 5 0 0 1
12 vs CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
13 at ATL 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
14 vs SF 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
15 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Zach Line's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Saints | New Orleans' Friday practice report (Fri Dec 13, 04:55 PM) - New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (quad), OT Andrus Peat (forearm), S Vonn Bell (knee) and CB Patrick Robinson (calf) did not take part in practice for a second straight day Friday, Dec. 13. OT Terron Armstead (ankle), DE Cameron Jordan (abdomen), C Will Clapp (elbow), LB A.J. Klein (knee) and FB Zach Line (knee) were limited. TE Jared Cook (concussion) was upgraded to a full practice Friday, while QB Drew Brees (elbow) also participated in full.

Our View: Cook is on track to return for Monday night's matchup and hopefully we will get some clarity on his status before games kick off on Sunday afternoon.
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Saints | Thursday injuries from New Orleans (Thu Dec 12, 06:13 PM) - New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (quad), G Andrus Peat (forearm), OT Terron Armstead (ankle), DE Cameron Jordan (abdomen) S Vonn Bell (knee) and CB Patrick Robinson (calf) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. OL Will Clapp (elbow), LB A.J. Klein (knee) and FB Zach Line (knee) were limited.

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Saints | Week 14 New Orleans Saints inactives (Sun Dec 8, 11:43 AM) - The New Orleans Saints have declared LB A.J. Klein, OT Andrus Peat, LB Kiko Alonso, CB Patrick Robinson, S Saquan Hampton, C Will Clapp and FB Zach Line inactive for Week 14.

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Saints | Week 14 injury report for New Orleans (Fri Dec 6, 05:24 PM) - New Orleans Saints OT Andrus Peat (forearm), LB Kiko Alonso (thigh), LB A.J. Klein (knee), FB Zach Line (knee) and TE Jason Vander Laan (head) did not practice Friday, Dec. 6, and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the San Francisco 49ers. C Will Clapp (elbow) and CB Patrick Robinson (also did not practice Friday but are listed as questionable. OT Terron Armstead (ankle) was limited Friday and is also listed as questionable.

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Saints | Thursday's injuries from New Orleans (Thu Dec 5, 05:08 PM) - New Orleans Saints G Andrus Peat (forearm), LB Kiko Alonso (thigh) and LB A.J. Klein (knee) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. FB Zach Line (knee), OT Terron Armstead (ankle), TE Jason Vander Laan (head) and G Will Clapp (elbow) were limited in practice.

Our View: Craig Robertson could get another start and provide some punch in IDP leagues this week with Alonso hurt. Armstead could be back to help slow down the 49ers ferocious defensive line play.
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