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RB Roosevelt Nix - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-11, 260Born: 3-30-1992College: Kent StateDrafted: ---

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Week 15: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. With James Conner sidelined in Week 14, the Steelers utilized somewhat of a committee in their backfield, giving work to both Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley. Neither answered the bell, however, and this unit appears to be in limbo until Conner is cleared to return. A converted tight end/h-back, Samuels has been far more effective as a receiver than a runner, managing just 87 yards over 34 rookie carries (2.6 apiece). He's built well at 6'0" and 225 pounds but doesn't hit the hole with much explosiveness. Still, he'll likely continue to pace this attack while Conner is sidelined. Just a month from his 30th birthday, Ridley brings little to the table himself, plodding to just 2.3 yards per rush of his own. Neither back looks capable of utilizing the Steelers' powerful run blocking, at least not on Conner's level. The Patriots tend to control the flow of their games, often jumping to big leads and putting the brakes on opposing run attacks. That keeps the fantasy damage down but often hides the massive struggles this group continues to have against the run. Thus far in 2018 they sit 15th in rush yards allowed and second in touchdowns but are giving up the league's sixth-most yards per attempt. In other words, whenever opponents are able to run in this matchup, they often dominate it. Over 13 games, the Patriots have allowed 12 running backs to average 4.5 yards or more per carry when taking 6+ attempts. Last week, the Dolphins blew hole after hole in this unit, with plodders Frank Gore and Brandon Bolden combining for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 attempts. With an inconsistent line - particularly on the edges - this is a front seven that's often pushed aside, leaving wide lanes off the end and through the tackle gaps. On the second level, Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are miscast as run-pluggers and can be run on with success. Game flow will always determine the final numbers, but in general, runners can produce solid efficiency against the Patriots.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at JAX 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 at DEN 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 vs LAC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 at OAK 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Latest News

Steelers | Pittsburgh's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 7, 03:25 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) and OT Marcus Gilbert (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and have been ruled out for Week 14. LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and FS Morgan Burnett (back) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. WR Ryan Switzer (concussion), FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and LS Kameron Canaday (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Steelers | Pittsburgh's injury report for Thursday (Thu Dec 6, 04:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), OG Ramon Foster (rest) and OT Marcus Gilbert (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6. WR Ryan Switzer (concussion), FS Morgan Burnett (bacK0, FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and LS Kameron Canaday (knee) participated fully.

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Steelers | Wednesday's practice report for Pittsburgh (Wed Dec 5, 04:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), RB James Conner (ankle), OT Marcus Gilbert (knee), CB Joe Haden (not injury related) and C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. S Morgan Burnett (back), LS Kameron Canaday (knee), FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) practiced in full.

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