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Updated 9/18 at 1:15 am ET. Removed Alvin Kamara. Moved Mark Ingram up.
Week 2 Running Backs
RB Notes: Jonathan Taylor rushed for the fifth-most yards of his career in Week 1. Even with Matt Ryan tied for 50 carries, the Colts’ commitment to Taylor remained as clear as ever. … The song remains the same for Christian McCaffrey, including being a bad team. That doesn’t matter, as the Panthers seem to have zero desire to change their CMC usage on nearly every snap. … Austin Ekeler played just 49 percent of the Chargers’ snaps in Week 1 … and handled the ball 18 times. It’s possible coach Brandon Staley already had an eye on Thursday night. While the Chargers would understandably want to lighten Ekeler’s load, the required high-value touches are going nowhere. … Brian Daboll’s Saquon Barkley debut featured 24 total touches, the coveted big plays, the projected receptions and the coveted red zone work (five catches inside 20). An aggressive surge through the ranks was the only defensive course of action. … Kevin O’Connell knew what to do with Dalvin Cook in Week 1, putting him on the field for 77 percent of the snaps and shoveling 23 touches. With an over/under of 50.5 for Monday Night Football, Cook’s Week 2 results should match O’Connell’s process.
Dodrell Hilliard got the glory with the game-changing handles, but the Titans made it clear in Week 1 that they won’t change Derrick Henry’s approach. The Week 2 concern is potentially awful game flow against the Bills. Vegas has the Titans pegged as 10-point shock dogs. Different teams, yes, but the Titans got the Bills a year ago. … Even with Jamaal Williams’ Vulture Jobs, D’Andre Swift’s 175 yards from scrimmage against the Eagles was a new career high of 26. The Commanders’ surprisingly strong offensive attack in Week 1 looks like another good environment for Swift. He said his ankle “injury” is not an issue. … Coming off a 34 touch opener, Joe Mixon is sitting pretty with the Bengals and the touchdown favorites and the depleted Cowboys. … Not even Jacoby Brissett’s slow pace of play could hinder Nick Chubb in Week 1. Kevin Stefanski has perhaps the best pure rusher in football and knows what to do with him. Cleveland is a 6.5-point favorite at home against the typically ridiculous Jets. … Leonard Fournette tweaked his hamstring near the end of Sunday’s dominant performance in Dallas. The 27-year-old running back is increasingly concerned about soft tissue issues, while he now has to deal with the Saints’ stout defence.
I honestly thought the Week 1 call-up usage of Alvin Kamara was good. We know he didn’t hold up well under last year’s heavy workload. As for his lack of scoring in Atlanta, it’s tough for the quarterback to check down when you’re trailing 16-7 and 26-10 at halftime. Kamara’s biggest concern in Week 2 is the Bucks’ elite defensive front. … Najee Harris is ready to play with his foot problem. Efficiently; This is a different story. It was only one game, but this offense had the look of one of the worst in the league against the Bengals. … We needed something, anything to separate Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon in Week 1, and Williams targeting his old friend in the 12-2 backfield hopefully was it. It’s not just the objectives, but the game scenario in which they were taken. With everything on the line, it was Williams not only in the contest, but also as the focal point for his new quarterback. We have to be careful not to over interpret a game, but what a game it was. … AJ Dillon swept Aaron Jones in every Week 1 stat that mattered, including red zone usage. Maybe that’s an overreaction. It is also the continuation of a trend, as Hayden Winks points out. I had to change ranks.
Dig deeper into Antonio Gibson’s data, as Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke did, and you’ll find that the Commanders’ JD McKissic was still pretty strong, particularly on third down and rushing. Week 1 might have been Gibson’s best game of the season. The problem/good news is that Lions are a great spot to hunt. … Were CEH’s Week 1 numbers lucky in a blowout? It’s possible. His workload would also be greater if the game was more competitive. High-value touches should be on the way for Thursday afternoon’s potential exchange with the Chargers. … I’m not sure what mind games Sean McVay is playing with Cam Akers, but I do know we have to concede immediate defeat and install Darrell Henderson as the ranked winner until further notice. The Falcons are a positive jumping off point for everyone involved. … There is no way 25 strokes was the Cordarrelle Patterson plan. Also unlikely to repeat against the Rams even if Damien Williams (rib) sits. Williams was absent from Wednesday’s practice. If he can’t go away, Tyler Allgeier/Avery Williams will step up and take some of the less forgiving strikes off C-Patt’s plate. … James Robinson dominated Travis Etienne on first downs in Week 1, especially after Etienne’s fumble. Etienne wasn’t completely clouded, but this seems like a situation where we’ll want to collect more data.
JK Dobbins (knee) is on track to debut in 2022. Treat him as a low-floor FLEX as he proves his health. … With Ken Walker (hernia) poised to make his NFL debut, Rashaad Penny is relegated to the FLEX bucket after his disappointing Week 1 workload. … Jeff Wilson is a born role player. Get your hopes up if you were expecting an RB2 from the clearance wire. Wilson is a FLEX with an unpredictable workload. Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price could both be in the mix. As speculated elsewhere, it’s possible TDP was inactive for Week 1 simply because he doesn’t play on special teams. … I didn’t find much to call Josh Jacobs’ Week 1 usage. He had 11 touches in one contest. It was undeniably very competitive. With the Raiders 5.5-point favorites at home against the alarmingly-bad-in-Week-1 Cardinals, Jacobs gets a little benefit of the doubt. … The Patriots Week 1 backfield was one of the true fantasy disasters. Instead of giving Rhamondre Stevenson increased opportunities to make plays, the Pats gave Ty Montgomery the third job. Now Ty Mont is injured and Stevenson takes another shot. Stevenson is still on probation, but I think he has more ways to help fantasy managers than Damien Harris. … Words are words, but Texans coach Lovie Smith was about as harsh as she could get on Dameon Pierce’s lack of Week 1 work. Give the impressive rookie another week.