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Experts' Pick
 
  Malcolm BrownM. Brown
RB - LAR
Malcolm Brown
at BUF, Sun 1pm EDT
Dion LewisD. Lewis
RB - NYG
Dion Lewis
vs. SF, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Recommendation

Updated: Sep 26th, 2020
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153 of 162 experts
6%
Recommended by
9 of 162 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 31# 43-
Best Rank# 22# 33-
Worst Rank# 38# 72-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at BUF vs. SF-
Matchup RatingThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform close to their average vs BUFThis is a 2 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs SF-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att12.321.7
Rush Yds50.394.7
Rush TD0.70.7
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total27.711.7-
Avg Game13.95.9-
Avg Projection7.86.5-
Week 24.711.6-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather81 F, Clear77 F, Mostly Cloudy-
    
Expert Ranks 
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Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
25 m
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Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
31 m
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Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
42 m
#35#43-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
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43 m
#35#30-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
50 m
#31#51-
    
Sean KoernerS. Koerner
The Action Network
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#31#42-
    
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FantasySharks
1 h
#33#43-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
2 h
#28#44-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
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#34#43-
    
Mundo Fantasy MXM. Fant...
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Kevin ScottK. Scott
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Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
3 h
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4 h
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Fantasy Hot Read
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17 h
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22 h
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22 h
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23 h
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1 d
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Mike WrightM. Wright
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2 d
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Jason MooreJ. Moore
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2 d
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Gridiron Experts
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Pro Football Focus
2 d
#30#41-
    
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theScore
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The Action Network
2 d
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Seth KleinS. Klein
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2 d
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2 d
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2 d
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2 d
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Dale DeMottD. DeMott
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#31#41-
    
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2 d
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#31#49-
    
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2 d
#32#41-
    
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Sports Illustrated
2 d
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2 d
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The Action Network
2 d
#30#46-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
2 d
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Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
Draftwize
2 d
#29#43-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#34#57-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#30#41-
    
Jake CielyJ. Ciely
The Athletic
2 d
#34#37-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#31#43-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
2 d
#35#49-
    
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The Fantasy Footballers
2 d
#36#41-
    
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QB List
2 d
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Sports Illustrated
2 d
#30#48-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
2 d
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Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
2 d
#28#44-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
2 d
#29#74-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
2 d
#35#43-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Roto Ranks
2 d
#23#72-
    
Matt De LimaM. De Lima
FullTime Fantasy
2 d
#37#45-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
2 d
#32#50-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#24#52-
    
Husein ShabazzH. Shabazz
SleeperWire
2 d
#32#57-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
2 d
#34#49-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
2 d
#32#51-
    
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
2 d
#31#44-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
2 d
#34#44-
    
Kyle AugustK. August
FF Fellas
2 d
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Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
2 d
#34#41-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
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2 d
#33#44-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
2 d
#34#50-
    
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The Hateful 8
2 d
#35#43-
    
Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
FantasyPros
2 d
#31#60-
    
Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
2 d
#24#39-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
2 d
#30#44-
    
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
2 d
#26#74-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
2 d
#31#50-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Important Nonsense
2 d
#29#52-
    
Nick HumphreysN. Hump...
Fantasy Victors
2 d
#34#50-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
2 d
#31#49-
    
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
2 d
#30#44-
    
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
2 d
#34#47-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
2 d
#28#50-
    
Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
2 d
#30#44-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#28#51-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#27#50-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
2 d
#31#44-
    
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
2 d
#30#44-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
2 d
#36#42-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
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2 d
#33#44-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
2 d
#34#50-
    
Ryan Hodge R. Hodge
FantasyLabs
2 d
#34#47-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
2 d
#47-
    
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
2 d
#34#50-
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
2 d
#35#49-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
2 d
#31#49-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
2 d
#28#36-
    
Dan YanotchkoD. Yano...
EDSFootball
2 d
#30#44-
    
Muntradamus M.
Beast Dome
2 d
#30#44-
    
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#31#49-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
2 d
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2 d
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BallBlast
2 d
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Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
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2 d
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Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
3 d
#33#30-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
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#31#49-
    
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Malcolm BrownM. Brown
RB - LAR
Malcolm Brown
Dion LewisD. Lewis
RB - NYG
Dion Lewis
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. DAL
18 rush, 79 yds, 2 td
4 tar, 3 rec, 31 yds, 0 td
vs. PIT
1 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at PHI
11 rush, 47 yds, 0 td
at CHI
10 rush, 20 yds, 1 td
5 tar, 4 rec, 36 yds, 0 td
Week 3 at BUF vs. SF
Week 4 vs. NYG at LAR
Week 5 at WAS at DAL
Week 6 at SF vs. WAS
Week 7 vs. CHI at PHI
Week 8 at MIA vs. TB
Week 9BYE WEEK at WAS
Week 10 vs. SEA vs. PHI
Week 11 at TBBYE WEEK
Week 12 vs. SF at CIN
Week 13 at ARI at SEA
Week 14 vs. NE vs. ARI
Week 15 vs. NYJ vs. CLE
Week 16 at SEA at BAL
Week 17 vs. ARI vs. DAL
Player Projections Comparison
  Malcolm BrownM. Brown
RB - LAR
Malcolm Brown
at BUF, Sun 1pm EDT
Dion LewisD. Lewis
RB - NYG
Dion Lewis
vs. SF, Sun 1pm EDT
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts9.28.4
Rush Yards44.034.6
Rush TDs0.30.1
   
Receiving
   
Receptions1.92.9
Rec Yards14.020.0
Rec TDs0.10.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points7.86.5
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Malcolm BrownM. Brown
RB - LAR
Malcolm Brown
Dion LewisD. Lewis
RB - NYG
Dion Lewis
2020 Points 
Week 123.00.1
Week 24.711.6
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total27.711.7
Average13.95.9
Player Targets Comparison
  Malcolm BrownM. Brown
RB - LAR
Malcolm Brown
Dion LewisD. Lewis
RB - NYG
Dion Lewis
2020 Targets 
Week 141
Week 205
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
  Malcolm BrownM. Brown
RB - LAR
Malcolm Brown
at BUF, Sun 1pm EDT
Dion LewisD. Lewis
RB - NYG
Dion Lewis
vs. SF, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
We were told by Sean McVay himself that this would be a timeshare in 2020 and he wasn't lying. Through two games, the touch count is: Brown 32, Akers 18, Henderson 17. We may have lost one part of that timeshare in Week 2 as Akers had to leave with a rib injury. That would certainly help clear things up and make us feel better about both Brown and Henderson, as the Rams running backs have combined to average 33.5 touches per game, which is enough for two running backs to be productive. The Bills run defense isn't anything too intimidating and they were without two starting linebackers last week, though you wouldn't know it by the stat sheet. They have yet to play a running back who's totaled more than seven carries. This is what happens when you play the Jets and Dolphins over the first two weeks. If you look at them last year, they allowed a healthy 4.37 yards per carry, though the 25.6 touches per game they allowed to running backs was the eighth-lowest mark in football. I've brought this stat up before and I think it makes sense to do it again given the Rams willingness to run the ball in the red zone. Under Sean McDermott, the Bills have now allowed 46 rushing touchdowns to running backs over 50 regular season games. That averages out to 14.7 per season. By comparison, there were just five teams who allowed more than that in 2019. If Akers is ruled out, Henderson is my favorite play as a high-end RB3, though Brown is right there in a tier below (low-end RB3). They come with risk, sure, but given the number of touches going around combined with touchdown upside, it's a risk you should be willing to take. Akers is currently questionable for the game, but don't be surprised if he misses at least one week with his rib cartilage injury.The Giants are going to move forward with some sort of combination of Freeman, Gallman, and Lewis after Saquon Barkley suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Some will think Gallman was inactive due to being behind Lewis on the depth chart, but it was more to do with the type of players they are. Lewis complimented Barkley, while Gallman is more of a backup. Freeman didn't look good with the Falcons last year, so many want to leave him for dead. There are others who say, "If Barkley couldn't produce behind the Giants offensive line, why do you want any of these guys?" It's not an apples-to-apples comparison. Teams gameplan differently when Barkley is in there versus when Dion Lewis is in there. Remember last year when Gallman filled in for Barkley against Washington and totaled 27.8 PPR points? That doesn't make him better. The 49ers run defense isn't as scary as it was just one week ago, as they've lost a lot of firepower on their defensive line, as both Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas are both out for the season. To this point, they've allowed just 0.67 PPR points per opportunity to running backs, which ranks as the eighth-lowest mark in the league, though we must remember that one of those games was against the Jets and their incompetent offense. We can't pretend the Giants offense has been much better, as they've totaled just 55 yards on 30 carries this season and have scored just 29 points as a team through two games. If you wanted to play one, Freeman would be my choice, though trusting him as anything more than an RB4 could lead to disappointment as he's learning a new offense on the fly. Lewis is nothing more than a change of pace running back at this stage, though he'll get some work in the passing game with the void left by Barkley. Lewis is a low-upside RB4/5-type option. As for Gallman, he's the dark horse to be the best option on the team. If for whatever reason Freeman is inactive due to just a few days with the team, Gallman would take his place.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
While Henderson is going to be a popular play for fantasy managers, and rightfully so, there's a possibility that Brown can also be rolled out as a low-end RB3 option. Both of these RBs are going to see enough work to be useful for fantasy football and people shouldn't be moving off of Brown just yet.Lewis was a hot waiver wire add before the news of Freeman signing with the Giants, but it might be best to avoid Lewis for fantasy purposes if you can. He hasn't been productive for several years now and he seems to have lost a step comparative to what we saw from his New England days. He's going to assume the backup role here in New York again, which means that he should be off the redraft radar.
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
Brown rushed 11 times for 47 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Eagles. Brown fractured his left pinky against the Eagles and underwent surgery on Monday to repair it. Even so, he's expected to suit up. Akers (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday.