FBG says: Great matchup. Leonard Fournette's Week 6 rushing line (72 yards on 20 carries) disappointed some folks, but it shouldn't have. He did well to grind that out against the Saints' stout run defense; it was the first time since Week 1 they'd allowed a runner to top 65 yards. Fournette didn't break one of his signature long runs, but picked up what he was given by the Jaguars' line. At least he looked spry and powerful on a 16-yard cutback run, stiff-arming Marshon Lattimore for extra yardage. He's still on a tear, averaging 5.1 yards per rush on the young season. And even if that number has been inflated by a handful of huge runs, they weren't fluky plays for the explosive Fournette. He's been able to find big holes in strong defensive fronts, giving him both a high volume-based floor and a top-notch fantasy ceiling. If the Jaguars' interior blocking improves - it's led by a talented duo in Brandon Linder and Andrew Norwell - Fournette will bring even more RB1 consistency to the table.
The Bengals run defense remains football's weakest, sitting dead last league-wide on both a per-carry and per-game basis. They've already allowed 6 different runners to top 65 yards, though none have been egregious as last week's embarrassing display against Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Bengals consistently bit on option fakes and seemed unprepared to face Jackson's speed and shiftiness; he wound up producing 152 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Jackson wasn't alone, either, with running backs Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill all chiming in with chunk runs of their own. Simply put, the Bengals sorely lack playmakers on the second and third levels. The line is generally solid, led by run-stuffing nose tackle Andrew Billings on early downs. But while linebackers Nick Vigil and Preston Brown are dependable tacklers, both are slow-footed in pursuit and often find themselves well out of the play. It hasn't helped that free safety Jessie Bates has taken a big step back after a dominant rookie year. He and the other safeties are making very few plays in the box, leaving the ho-hum front seven on its own. Altogether, it's been a formula for one of fantasy's best matchups, and Leonard Fournette is in prime position to capitalize.