RB Troymaine Pope - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-10, 207||Born: 11-29-1993||College: Jacksonville State||Drafted: ---|
Week 7: at Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chargers rushing offense was held to just 32 yards from 14 carries last week against the Steelers. This makes for two poor showings from Melvin Gordon since his return in Week 5. In two games playing around half the snaps, Gordon has rushed 20 times for just 49 yards--an average of around 2.5 yards per rush attempt. Austin Ekeler finally saw his snap count drop below 50 percent for the first time this season as he saw only 45 percent of the snaps compared to 60 percent for Gordon. Ekeler was also limited on the ground in each of the last two weeks, amassing just 21 yards from eight rushing attempts. Part of the struggle for these running backs is the below-average offensive line the Chargers are rolling out. Already without left tackle Russell Okung, the Chargers missed center Mike Pouncey last week as well (out for the season). They moved Dan Feeny from left guard to center while Forrest Lamp took over for Feeny, and it was not pretty at all as this group really struggled against the Steelers. This line dropped to 25th in Matt Bitonti's rankings leading into last week and may settle even lower before kickoff in this one as both Gordon and Ekeler will be in for another challenging week. Despite the forgettable play of their offense, this Titans defense continues to impress. Beyond a 30-yard run allowed to Phillip Lindsay in last week's game, this group did a decent job at limiting the Broncos rushing offense and has looked very impressive all season long. They are limiting opposing running backs to just the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game (non-PPR scoring). It continues to be chunk runs that have somewhat burned this group, but they have done well at limiting the production of lead running backs as opposing RB1's have scored just one touchdown while failing to exceed 75 rushing yards in a single game this season. Jurrell Casey continues to anchor their defensive line while linebacker Rashaan Evans is developing into their top run-stopper on the second level. With the Chargers offensive line in shambles, Ingram and Ekeler will likely struggle against this top-notch Titans defense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Troymaine Pope's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (10 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
With Justin Jackson injured and inactive for this game and Melvin Gordon being held back for an "emergency situation" only, Pope was in line for a lot more work than usual. Pope was listed as the starting tailback, but he was clearly the second option behind Austin Ekeler in this game. He saw 12 touches in the game, but those touches didn't result in very much effectiveness. His first carry on the opening drive went for 8 yards, but that was by far his longest run of the game. His other nine rushing attempts totaled just 12 yards. He just didn't show that same burst or strength as Ekeler in this game (or Jackson in previous weeks). Pope was the beneficiary of being in the right place in the right time late in the first quarter, however. Rivers was buying time by rolling out to his left. And with the defense all jumping up to defend Rivers, it left Pope wide open a few yards away. Rivers flipped him the ball, Pope turned upfield, and outran the handful of defenders to go into the end zone untouched for the score.
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|7||@ Tennessee Titans|
|8||@ Chicago Bears|
|9||vs Green Bay Packers|
|10||@ Oakland Raiders|
|11||vs Kansas City Chiefs|
|12||--- BYE WEEK ---|
|13||@ Denver Broncos|
|14||@ Jacksonville Jaguars|
|15||vs Minnesota Vikings|
|16||vs Oakland Raiders|
|17||@ Kansas City Chiefs|