If I could, I would focus on Alvin Kamara in this space every week. Is it just me, or does he look more impressive every week? He never goes down, keeps his balance, and keeps moving forward. Really, really impressive. It seems like the Saints are finally taking note, too:
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) November 27, 2017
Anyway, welcome back from Thanksgiving break. I hope you remembered to set your lineups and didn’t end up sitting there eating turkey with that feeling that you forgot to do something, then lost your matchup and knocked yourself out of the playoffs. I know there’s at least one of you out there.
Week 12 was a bit of a handcuff special. Injuries led to Jamaal Williams getting the call in Green Bay, and he delivered with two touchdowns and over 130 total yards. A 54-yard reception and run for a touchdown made his numbers look a lot better than they would have otherwise been, but the points still count. Going forward, on the other hand, I wouldn’t count on getting similar production from Jam-Will (just made that up mid-sentence).
It is looking like Aaron Jones will be out for at least another week, but Ty Montgomery could be back this week. If Montgomery is back, he is going to be the starting back over Williams. At the very least, he will eat into enough of the touches to render Williams worthless. It probably isn’t safe to start Montgomery this week if you are in a must-win for the playoffs, but if you have to start a Green Bay back (a Green Bay Backer, one might say…), he should be the guy over Williams.
Elsewhere on the handcuff landscape, Tevin Coleman proved once again to be one of the more valuable handcuffs as he played for the injured Devontae Freeman for the second week in a row. He was a top-5 running back this week, piling up nearly 100 rushing yards and punching in two touchdowns for the Falcons. Freeman should be back this week, but the timeshare isn’t very clear. With Coleman’s success and Freeman coming back from a fairly serious concussion, the Falcons could turn to a more 50-50 share as opposed to the previous setup that featured Freeman more prominently. Heck, they could decide to roll with the hot hand and lean 60-40 or more on Coleman. They are, however, going up against a Vikings defense that won’t make things easy on them…
Mike Maher’s Week Thirteen NFL Handcuff Report
NOTE: In the tables below, I’ve removed running backs who have been placed on Injured Reserve. If the running back is injured but is not on IR, then he has a + next to his name.
- Let’s take a quick look at the Bengals:
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 26, 2017
Presumably motivated by Mortensen’s Tweet (being sarcastic before I get lit up in the comments), Joe Mixon went out and had a career day on Sunday. He rushed for over 100 yards, put up over 160 total yards, and punched in a touchdown. If only he could go up against the Browns every week…
- Two touchdowns for Rex Burkhead on Sunday because the Patriots hate you and everyone you care about. Dion Lewis rushed for over 100 yards, though, so all was not lost for fantasy owners who gambled with the rushing game in New England.
- Damien Williams is doubtful this week with a shoulder injury, so it is going to be the Kenyan Drake how in Miami. The matchup is not ideal since the Broncos are pretty good against the run, but that could set up Drake to have a bigger role in the passing game, which is more of his speciality anyway. I am definitely going to be rolling out Drake in some of my DFS lineups this week, and I will have to take a look at my 12 leagues to see if any are deep enough for me to need to start him.
- Doug Martin left last week’s game with a concussion and is questionable for next week’s game. This won’t be a huge loss for fantasy owners, however, as Martin has struggled all season. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 6 and doesn’t have a 100-yard rushing game all year. Some kind of combination of Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Peyton Barber will carry the load if he can’t go this week.
- Samaje Perine rushed for 100 yards on Sunday in his latest attempt at taking the starting job in Washington and running with it. He added three catches for 30 yards. Perine was my main focus last week, so let’s all bask in that warm knowledge.
- Latavius Murray ruined my Thanksgiving by finding the end zone again. I don’t have anything against him personally, but I do have a bunch of Jerick McKinnon stock. McKinnon has been quiet for the three weeks since the team’s bye week, but he remains a significant part of the timeshare with Murray. Murray’s stock is higher because of his red zone use, while McKinnon gets a boost in PPR.
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