RB Mark Walton - Cincinnati Bengals
|5-9, 205||Born: 3-29-1997||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 4, pick|
Week 15: vs Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Great matchup. The Bengals rushing offense has been efficient this season, ranking 9th-best with a 4.7 yard per carry average. However, the unit ranks just 26th in rushing yards per game (98.8) because they are 30th in rushes per game (21.2). There have been a couple blowouts, which forced a pass-heavy approach, but the team has also been way too quick to abandon the run in many games. The coaching staff may have realized the error of their ways because they finally showed a real commitment to establishing and sticking with the run last week. Despite quickly falling behind 14-3 against the Chargers, the Bengals fed Joe Mixon early and often. He set career highs in carries (26) and touches (31) and nearly carried the team to a come-from-behind win while rushing for 111 yards. Mixon has an elite skill set but hasn't put up big numbers this season due to the lack of carries and an awful offensive line. The Bengals have played the past two weeks without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, which has led to a shuffling of the lineup with left guard Clint Boling moving outside to tackle. Backups Christian Westerman and Trey Hopkins have split snaps at left guard in Boling's spot. Only their Week 15 opponent, Cincinnati, has allowed more rushing yards than the Raiders this season. Oakland is giving up 144.5 yards per game on the ground and 4.8 yards per carry. Teams have looked to attack Oakland on the ground with run-heavy game plans. 49.6% of opponents play against the Raiders have been runs, the highest percentage in the NFL. While the season-long numbers are ugly, the Raiders are coming off of their best defensive performance of the season. They held the Steelers to just 40 rushing yards on 19 carries. Big nose tackle Johnathan Hankins has been one of the few bright spots on this run defense and he will be a tough matchup for Bengals rookie center Billy Price. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead has started to play better after a rough start to the season but overall this unit lacks any blue chip players after trading away Khalil Mack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Mark Walton's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 8 vs TB (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Walton played just 10 snaps, many of them coming in the two-minute offense when he was tasked with pass protection. The rookie has earned some trust from the coaching staff as a blocker but is not getting many touches in the backup role. Walton picked up 10 yards on a 3rd-and-13 screen pass, to setup a manageable 4th down chance.
2018 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Walton continues to spell Mixon regularly with Giovani Bernard out. The rookie had a tough game. He missed a blitz pickup that led to a sack to end an early drive. He also looked hesitant as a runner and was slow to make a cut, which led directly to a holding penalty on a Bengals guard who was expecting him to hit the hole quicker on his only non-garbage time carry.
2018 Week 6 vs PIT (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Walton played 31% of the snaps filling in for Giovani Bernard but did little do impress. He looked hesitant on his two carries and was stacked up for a short loss both times.
2018 Week 5 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Walton was tackled almost immediately on two attempted screen passes. While he didn't get many touches, Walton did play 20% of the snaps after logging 38% of the snaps in Week 4. He has earned trust as a pass blocker and is coming on a bit after a rough preseason.
2018 Week 4 vs ATL (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
With only two running backs active and Giovani Bernard banged up, Walton saw his first extended action and proved reliable. He got off to a shaky start, as he looked uncomfortable on a screen pass and seemed to cut upfield too early. He wasn't able to catch the pass, which was big because it was set up well and may have gone for a 40-yard touchdown. But he quickly found his footing. He caught a swing pass for a 24-yard gain a couple drives later. He was also on the field for most of the final drive of the game and did well in his pass blocking assignments. It was a major step forward for a rookie who had struggled in camp and through the early part of the season.
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