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Aaron Jones (RB - GB)
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Player Note on Aaron Jones (RB - GB)
Aaron Jones is officially questionable for GB's Thursday night game vs. SF. Jones wants to play and feels up to the challenge, but the GB coaches and training staff are understandably hesitant about his return. With much of the backfield out this game due to COVID protocols, GB could really use Jones. If Jones does not play, then Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin will step up to bat and it could get ugly back there. I believe Williams would be the better producer between the 2 of them because of his size advantage and has the better odds of falling into the end zone. The San Francisco 49ers defense is the 12th best for RUSH ATT/G against (26.25), 9th best for RUSH YDS/ATT against (4.02), and 3rd best for RUSH TD/G against (0.53). This would be a tough matchup for any RB, but if Jones suits up, I still have him projected as RB #7 on for this week.
Christian McCaffrey (RB - CAR)
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Player Note on Christian McCaffrey (RB - CAR)
Cristian McCaffrey has been practicing this week and is hopeful in playing this week. If McCaffrey were to suit up, I believe that he will be the obvious starter and I have him as RB #3 for this week, but Mike Davis has proved himself as a decent backup and will steal some of the snaps from CMC. The Carolina Panthers are going to want to protect their $64M RB and that will play into Davis' advantage. The Kansas City Chiefs defense is currently the 8th worst for RUSH ATT/G against (25), 5th worst for RUSH YDS/ATT against (4.80), and 15th best for RUSH TD/G against (0.88). KC gives up a lot of rush attempts and rush yards, but the have been fairly good at stopping rush TDs from happening. You have been waiting so long for CMC to come back and he is a definite start if he suits up, but don't expect the production that you are used to for this game.
James Robinson (RB - JAC)
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Player Note on James Robinson (RB - JAC)
With Gardner Minshew II inactive for week 9, I expect James Robinson to be used a lot on the ground. With Mike Glennon or Jake Luton (R) filling in at QB, there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding how involved DJ Chark Jr and Keelan Cole will be. HOU D has given up the 3rd most OPP Rush ATT/G (31.86) and the 2nd most OPP Rush YDS/ATT (5.21) and Robinson is averaging 15.29 ATT/G with a team avg. of 21.43 ATT/G, Robinson should have a higher than average ATTs and Rush YDS in this game. I expect James Robinson to have the highest fantasy points on this team and possibly the highest in the game, besides Deshaun Watson.
Rex Burkhead (RB - NE)
Sat, Oct 31
Player Note on Rex Burkhead (RB - NE)
The sad reality of this offense is that besides Cam's 5 rush TDs, Rex has the 2nd most TDs on this offense with 2 rushing TDs and 1 receiving TD. The only other players with a TD are Sony Michel (1 rush TD), N'Keal Harry (1 receiving TD) and Jakob Johnson (1 receiving TD) and N'Keal and Michel are both currently out this week. The only good news is that the Bills D has given up the 10th most rushing TDs/game (1.3), 12th most rush yards/game against (126.9), and 7th most Red-Zone TDs/game (2.7) with a 65.5% RZ TD conversion. If there is going to be any production from the NE offense, it will be from Cam or Rex. There are probably much better options out there than having to count on a NE RB, but Rex has been the most productive RB and I would pick him as being the "best" NE RB for this matchup.
Julio Jones (WR - ATL)
Sat, Oct 31
Player Note on Julio Jones (WR - ATL)
Julio Jones ended with a spectacular 137 receiving yards (85 came in the first 10 minutes of the game!) from 7 receptions and 10 targets equaling 17.20 points. The discouraging thing about this is that Ryan and Jones failed to connect on 3 red-zone targets. Julio definitely benefitted from Ridley leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury and will benefit in week 9 against Denver, unless Ridley's recovers quick enough(I don't expect that to happen).
Aaron Jones (RB - GB)
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Player Note on Aaron Jones (RB - GB)
Aaron Jones is officially questionable for GB's Thursday night game vs. SF. Jones wants to play and feels up to the challenge, but the GB coaches and training staff are understandably hesitant about his return. With much of the backfield out this game due to COVID protocols, GB could really use Jones. If Jones does not play, then Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin will step up to bat and it could get ugly back there. I believe Williams would be the better producer between the 2 of them because of his size advantage and has the better odds of falling into the end zone. The San Francisco 49ers defense is the 12th best for RUSH ATT/G against (26.25), 9th best for RUSH YDS/ATT against (4.02), and 3rd best for RUSH TD/G against (0.53). This would be a tough matchup for any RB, but if Jones suits up, I still have him projected as RB #7 on for this week.
Christian McCaffrey (RB - CAR)
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Player Note on Christian McCaffrey (RB - CAR)
Cristian McCaffrey has been practicing this week and is hopeful in playing this week. If McCaffrey were to suit up, I believe that he will be the obvious starter and I have him as RB #3 for this week, but Mike Davis has proved himself as a decent backup and will steal some of the snaps from CMC. The Carolina Panthers are going to want to protect their $64M RB and that will play into Davis' advantage. The Kansas City Chiefs defense is currently the 8th worst for RUSH ATT/G against (25), 5th worst for RUSH YDS/ATT against (4.80), and 15th best for RUSH TD/G against (0.88). KC gives up a lot of rush attempts and rush yards, but the have been fairly good at stopping rush TDs from happening. You have been waiting so long for CMC to come back and he is a definite start if he suits up, but don't expect the production that you are used to for this game.
James Robinson (RB - JAC)
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Player Note on James Robinson (RB - JAC)
With Gardner Minshew II inactive for week 9, I expect James Robinson to be used a lot on the ground. With Mike Glennon or Jake Luton (R) filling in at QB, there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding how involved DJ Chark Jr and Keelan Cole will be. HOU D has given up the 3rd most OPP Rush ATT/G (31.86) and the 2nd most OPP Rush YDS/ATT (5.21) and Robinson is averaging 15.29 ATT/G with a team avg. of 21.43 ATT/G, Robinson should have a higher than average ATTs and Rush YDS in this game. I expect James Robinson to have the highest fantasy points on this team and possibly the highest in the game, besides Deshaun Watson.
Rex Burkhead (RB - NE)
Sat, Oct 31
Player Note on Rex Burkhead (RB - NE)
The sad reality of this offense is that besides Cam's 5 rush TDs, Rex has the 2nd most TDs on this offense with 2 rushing TDs and 1 receiving TD. The only other players with a TD are Sony Michel (1 rush TD), N'Keal Harry (1 receiving TD) and Jakob Johnson (1 receiving TD) and N'Keal and Michel are both currently out this week. The only good news is that the Bills D has given up the 10th most rushing TDs/game (1.3), 12th most rush yards/game against (126.9), and 7th most Red-Zone TDs/game (2.7) with a 65.5% RZ TD conversion. If there is going to be any production from the NE offense, it will be from Cam or Rex. There are probably much better options out there than having to count on a NE RB, but Rex has been the most productive RB and I would pick him as being the "best" NE RB for this matchup.
Julio Jones (WR - ATL)
Sat, Oct 31
Player Note on Julio Jones (WR - ATL)
Julio Jones ended with a spectacular 137 receiving yards (85 came in the first 10 minutes of the game!) from 7 receptions and 10 targets equaling 17.20 points. The discouraging thing about this is that Ryan and Jones failed to connect on 3 red-zone targets. Julio definitely benefitted from Ridley leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury and will benefit in week 9 against Denver, unless Ridley's recovers quick enough(I don't expect that to happen).
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