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RB Derek Watt - Los Angeles Chargers

6-2, 236Born: 11-7-1992College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 6, pick 2016

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Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Chargers own one of the best rushing offenses in football as they are averaging over five yards per rush attempt with 137.3 rushing yards per game through six games. Melvin Gordon is having a tremendous season as he has been one of the most consistent running backs in the game, rushing at least 15 times in five of six games while averaging just over 77 rushing yards per game with six rushing touchdowns. Gordon has even risen his 2018 yards per rush to over 5.0 now, compared to his career mark of below 3.8 yards per attempt. Austin Ekeler continues to remain a threat for this backfield as well despite the success of Gordon. While Ekeler hasn't found the end zone on the ground with Gordon getting all carries near the goal one, he still has posted some decent yardage totals this season with three games of over 45 rushing yards while averaging over six yards per attempt. Even Keenan Allen got in on the fun with 41 rushing yards on four attempts last week--marking the second straight week Allen has received a carry. It was clear last week that a healthy offensive line along with Melvin Gordon firing on all cylinders can pay big dividends for this Chargers rushing offense going forward. The Titans rushing defense finally gave up their first touchdown of the season last week--two to be precise--to Alex Collins of the Ravens. This unit had been tough opposing running backs from a fantasy perspective leading into their Week 6 matchup, and they actually played well to allow just 3.5 rushing yards per attempt despite the run-heavy game script against the Ravens. The Titans allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs after six games, but they have given up Overall though, the Titans have given up the ninth-most rushing yards per game to the position. The avoidance of rushing touchdowns is what has carried this defense thus far. Jurrell Casey continues to play very well up front, but running backs have been able to find room against the Titans linebackers on a relatively consistent basis despite the lack of any big games by a single rusher. While limiting touchdowns certainly is a big deal, it is not sustainable--especially against an improving Chargers offensive line with a hot ground game right now. The Chargers own the best backfield the Titans will have faced this season, so they will be a true test for this suspect rushing defense.

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3 at LAR 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs SF 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs OAK 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at CLE 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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7vs Tennessee Titans
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