Week 13: NFL Starts/Sits – RB’s

By: Alex Michael (@dynastyguruNFL)

Starts

Nyheim Hines (IND vs Houston Texans)

Hines is going straight from the Week 12 Sits column, to the Starts in Week 13! In a performance that wasn’t electric in the running game, Hines turned it up a notch as a receiver, as he caught 8 passes (10 receptions) for 66 yards.

With Jonathan Taylor activated from the covid-19 list, this will bring the Colts running back corps an added edge but, as a result the Texans defense may be focused on Taylor, leaving Hines with open opportunities.

The Texans rushing-defense have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns this season and on top of that, have also allowed the most yards-per-carry to opposing rushing players this season (4.9 yards).

Chris Carson (SEA vs New York Giants)

Chris Carson came back onto the scene in Week 12 after a four-week absence and continued exactly how he left off. The Seahawks have definitely missed his physicality in recent weeks as “the Hawks” even hit a losing streak!

The Giants rush-defense is actually pretty good, all things considering but they allowed 10 rushing touchdowns which shows that they can be penetrated. Not to mention that the Giants defense have allowed three rushing TDs in as many games.

With McCoy in the frame as a relative unknown in this offense, it could mean that the Seahawks offense have a lot more time on the field in Week 13, which if happens, will work out great for Chris Carson.

Jamaal Williams (GB vs Philadelphia Eagles)

Jamaal Williams came up with a fine performance in Week 12 against a tough-to-beat Chicago Bears defense, rushing 17 times for 73 yards and a score. For the first time this season, Williams shared carries with Aaron Jones and if this happens against the Eagles in Week 13, it could be a fun week for fantasy owners.

The Eagles have allowed the joint-third most rushing touchdowns this season (16) and so a team with two solid running-backs is sure to cause them some problems. The Eagles have allowed 4 rushing touchdowns in their last three games since the bye week, A gamble on Williams could pay off this week.

Sits

Melvin Gordon (DEN vs Kansas City Chiefs)

The Broncos looked like a shell of themselves in Week 12 without a quarterback at the helm. It was all-in-all a dire affair for everyone concerned against what was already a tough opponent in the New Orleans. Gordon managed 12 rushes for 31 yards but, it wasn’t an easy watch.

When the Broncos played the Chiefs in Week 7, Gordon had a stable performance but since then, Gordon has only managed scoring a touchdown in one game, Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins, where he scored twice. Gordon also only has 1 reception in the last four games. With Lock back in action for the Broncos, it could go either way for Melvin Gordon’s input.

Todd Gurley (ATL vs New Orleans Saints)

Todd Gurley still has a question mark over his head on whether he will return in Week 13 after picking up an injury in Week 11 when the two teams last met. If he does come back into the frame, it’s not going to be easy. The Saints have the best rush-defense in the league and have only allowed 5 touchdowns all season.

On top of this, the Saints have also allowed the least rushing yards in the league this season (843 yards). If Gurley isn’t declared fit enough to play, the same can be expected of understudies Brian Hill and Ito Smith.

Chase Edmonds (AZ vs Los Angeles Rams)

It’s a safe bet to assume anyone that is a running-back and is up against the Rams is not going to have a good day. The Rams have still only allowed 1 rush for more than 20 yards this season and with goal-line duty attributed to Kenyan Drake, Edmonds might lose out on a points-haul in Week 13.

Edmonds has been fairly quiet since the Week 9 breakout but, Edmonds did come up with a receiving touchdown in Week 11 against the Seahawks but has only has 16 carries in the past three weeks, so is a risky play in this match-up.

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