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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
 
Kalen Ballage
RB - LAC
vs. NYJ, Sun 4pm EST
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
Keith Smith
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
at NO, Sun 1pm EST
 
 
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Updated: Nov 22nd, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 11# 91-
Best Rank# 7# 83-
Worst Rank# 20# 97-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. NYJ at NO-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs NYJThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs NO-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att24.418.5
Rush Yds93.161.9
Rush TD10.4
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total39.71.9-
Avg Game6.60.2-
Avg Projection9.20.6-
Week 1010.2-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather59 F, Mostly CloudyIndoor-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Kalen Ballage
RB - LAC
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
Keith Smith
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at CIN
vs. SEA
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. KC
1 rush, 5 yds, 0 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 12 yds, 0 td
at DAL
1 rush, 2 yds, 0 td
2 tar, 1 rec, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. CAR
2 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
5 tar, 5 rec, 44 yds, 0 td
vs. CHI
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at TB
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 11 yds, 0 td
at GB
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 4 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at NO
vs. CAR
1 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 6BYE WEEK at MIN
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
Week 7 vs. JAC
vs. DET
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at DEN
at CAR
0 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 9 vs. LV
15 rush, 69 yds, 1 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 15 yds, 0 td
vs. DEN
1 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 10 at MIA
18 rush, 68 yds, 0 td
6 tar, 5 rec, 34 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 11 vs. NYJ at NO
Week 12 at BUF vs. LV
Week 13 vs. NE vs. NO
Week 14 vs. ATL at LAC
Week 15 at LV vs. TB
Week 16 vs. DEN at KC
Week 17 at KC at TB
Player Projections Comparison
 
Kalen Ballage
RB - LAC
vs. NYJ, Sun 4pm EST
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
Keith Smith
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
at NO, Sun 1pm EST
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts12.61.2
Rush Yards49.82.4
Rush TDs0.40.0
   
Receiving
   
Receptions2.00.6
Rec Yards16.73.0
Rec TDs0.10.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points9.20.6
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Kalen Ballage
RB - LAC
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
Keith Smith
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
2020 Points 
Week 10.0
Week 21.70.3
Week 35.20.3
Week 41.10.4
Week 50.1
Week 60.3
Week 70.0
Week 80.0
Week 914.40.1
Week 1010.2
Week 117.10.4
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total39.71.9
Average6.60.2
Player Targets Comparison
 
Kalen Ballage
RB - LAC
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
Keith Smith
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
2020 Targets 
Week 10
Week 222
Week 351
Week 431
Week 50
Week 61
Week 70
Week 81
Week 930
Week 106
Week 1191
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
 
Kalen Ballage
RB - LAC
vs. NYJ, Sun 4pm EST
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
Keith Smith
Keith Smith
RB - ATL
at NO, Sun 1pm EST
Expert 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
I expected the Chargers to pivot back to Troymaine Pope once he returned, but alas, that was not to be. No worries -- it's clear that this is Kalen Ballage's backfield until Austin Ekeler gets back, and the ex-Dolphin/ex-Jet is a smart play at RB2. It's a second-consecutive revenge game for him, and if this one goes anything like the first, he's in for a high-upside showing. Behind Ballage, Kelley touched the ball just seven times last week, while Pope didn't touch it once. If Kelley can't post fantasy-relevant numbers with both Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler sidelined, he's droppable, as he probably will do even less when both of them return. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Jets are 25th against fantasy backs, Ballage looks like a good flex option at home against the Jets D. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Over the last two weeks, we've seen Ballage make his mark on this backfield, racking up 137 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while chipping in seven catches for 49 yards through the air. Did I think it was possible that Ballage would be a top-12 running back over a two-week stretch in 2020? Nope, but he ranks as the No. 12 over the last two weeks. Don't expect Kelley to make a resurgence any time soon either, as he's averaging 0.66 fewer yards per carry than he's been expected to according to NFL's NextGenStats, which is the second-worst number in the league. Ballage gets his "revenge game" against the Jets this week, a run defense that's underrated by many. They've allowed just one 100-yard running back this season, and it was Melvin Gordon when he saw 23 carries on Thursday night football. In the same scheme last year, they allowed just one 100-yard rusher. To be fair, they've lost quite a few players, but it's not an easy matchup. According to Football Outsiders' DVOA metric that factors in level of competition, the Jets are the 10th-best run defense in football. It's no coincidence that they've allowed the 12th-fewest PPR points per weighted opportunity to running backs. Running backs have averaged a rock-solid 29.2 touches per game against them, so we should be expecting another 15-plus touch game out of Ballage. Even if efficiency isn't great, he's in the low-end RB2 conversation this week. Kelley saw a season-low seven touches last week, moving him well into the RB4 territory as someone who's finished with more than 3.1 yards per carry just twice through nine games.