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Mostert has had two huge games over the past two weeks. He had 23.4 points in week 13 against Baltimore, and 24.9 points last week against the Saints. These are two huge performances against two pretty great defenses. Against the Saints he put up 69 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and 40 yards and a touchdown on 2 receptions. Over the past couple of weeks he’s become a big part of this offense, and has proven clutch in two huge games. The 49ers are playing the Falcons next, and they’ve been easier to run against than both the Saints and the Ravens this season, so if Mostert is given the chances he has been over the past two weeks I’m expecting him to have another bigger game against the Falcons.
Kalen Ballage, the Dolphins previous starting back after trading away Kenyan Drake, was placed on IR last week after a leg injury. Laird has taken his place as their starting back, had 15 carries for 48 yards (an average of only 3.2 yards per carry) and 4 receptions for 38 yards. This totals to 12.6 points in PPR leagues. The Dolphins aren’t the best team to pick a running back up off of, but he had two 4 reception games and one 6 reception game over the past four weeks. His position as a receiver makes him potentially valuable in PPR leagues and therefore he’s a pretty viable pickup toward the end of the season, especially given the Dolphins are going up against the Giants and then the Bengals in their next two games.
Mattison has been getting the ball more over the past couple of weeks due to Dalvin Cook’s injury. Cook played in their last game, but Mattison still had 14 carries for 46 yards (an average 3.3). I’m expecting him to have an increased workload for the rest of the season. The Vikings will want to keep Cook healthy for the playoffs especially with his injury, so I think Mattison will get more play. The Vikings throw a lot of screen passes, so Mattison is especially valuable in PPR leagues. The Vikings are up against the Chargers this week. The Chargers have been tough to throw against, but a little easier to run against, so I’m expecting Mattison to put up a good stat line in this matchup.
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Josh Jacobs, the Radiers’ starting back, was out on Sunday with a shoulder injury, making DeAndre Washington the Raiders’ starting back. He put up 53 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and had 43 yards on 6 receptions, good for 21.6 points in PPR leagues. It is questionable whether Jacobs will be in for week 15, but even if he is, I’m expecting the Raiders to split carries between him and Washington. After losing to the Titans, the Raiders playoff hopes are looking pretty dim. If they end up not making the playoffs with a couple of games to still play, there’s a possibility they keep Jacobs out just to make sure he stays healthy. Washington would be getting those carries. Regardless of what the future holds for Jacobs, the Raiders are up against the Jaguars in week 15, who have allowed an average 141.1 yards on the ground per game, tied with Miami for the second most in the league. I think Washington has the potential for another good game against Jacksonville.
Gus Edwards is more of a backup/investment player for your fantasy team. Mark Ingram is the Ravens’ leading back this season, and with Ingram and Jackson doing most of the running for the Ravens Edwards has only had two games above 8 carries this season. However, he’s a good investment for the very end of the season in case the Ravens start to give Ingram fewer carries or even sit him in an effort to keep him healthy for the playoffs. This would put Gus Edwards in the starting back position. The Ravens run the ball on 55.1% of their plays, so any back starting for them is going to have a lot of chances at the ball. They’re up against a tough Jets rush defense which allows the 2nd fewest rushing yards per game on average (78.8 yards) so Edwards might not be the best start this week, but I think he’s still a good investment if you have room on your roster.
Much like Edwards, Pollard is a safety pickup. If Ezekiel Elliot ever were to go out with an injury, Pollard could replace him and still rack up some good points for your fantasy team. He was out for the Cowboys’ last matchup with an ankle injury but should come back before the season is over. If Elliot ends up injured, or is sat one week to keep him healthy for the playoffs, Pollard will be a great replacement back for your roster. I’m not expecting him to get a ton of work in their next matchup against the Rams, but their defense is in the top half of the league against the run so if he does I would not expect huge numbers.
Le’Veon Bell was out yesterday against the Dolphins due to an illness. Bilal Powell started instead and had 19 carries for 74 yards and 2 receptions for 14 yards, a total 10.8 points in PPR leagues. While 10.8 isn’t a great fantasy performance, he still has potential with the amount of carries he got. Plus, the fact that the Jets are willing to throw the ball to him is a bonus in PPR leagues. If Le’Veon Bell is going to play in their next matchup it won’t be worth it to start Powell, but it is yet to be seen if Bell is over his illness. Considering the Jets playoff hopes are dashed, they might keep him out until he’s 100% healthy, so Powell could be starting again. He’d be up against a tough Baltimore defense, but he would be a starter regardless and get a fair amount of chances as he did last Sunday.
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