RB Ralph Webb - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-10, 202||Born: 11-21-1994||College: Vanderbilt||Drafted: ---|
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Week 2: vs Seattle Seahawks
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FBG says: Tough matchup. In their blowout Week 1 loss, the Steelers never had the opportunity to get their running game going. Even while the game was competitive, their runners showed little in the face of a swarming Patriots defense. James Conner and Jaylen Samuels combined for just 25 yards over their 12 carries, and both were swept out of the game plan by late-second quarter. Conner took the clear lead role, though, and he looks likely to bounce back once game script comes back the Steelers' way. He looked outstanding in the preseason, racking up 6.3 yards per rush, and he still runs behind one of football's best lines. Center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro spring big holes, both inside and out, for the relatively slow-footed Conner. Samuels serves as the change-of-pace back, and his weekly usage will always be hard to project. But he's shown, with a 4.5 average over his young career, an explosiveness that nicely complements Conner's decisive power.
The Seattle run defense certainly fired out of the gates in Week 1. The Bengals' makeshift line wasn't much of a challenge, but the Seahawks impressed by holding their quick-footed backs to just 31 yards on 13 carries. With Jarran Reed suspended, the team is using a four-man rotation at tackle to keep blocks off their playmakers. It was effective Sunday, with the entire front seven swarming Joe Mixon and making big stops (seven tackles for loss as a team). Linebacker Bobby Wagner was his typical active self but may have been upstaged by a breakout game from end Quinton Jefferson (six tackles, two for loss). And, as he acclimates to his new digs, Jadeveon Clowney should add even more playmaking punch to this unit. Clowney has long been a dynamic force against the run, and he made his presence known over 48 Week 1 snap. Altogether, the team has retooled nicely after its 2018 letdown. One game isn't much of sample size, but this unit looks poised to return to its status as one of fantasy's tougher matchups.
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