Fantasy Alarm Hot Route: Mattison: Handcuff The Musical
Jen Piacenti sings and talks about the importance of handcuffing your top running backs in fantasy football in time for the playoffs.
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Gus Edwards rushed 10 times for 42 yards in the Ravens' Division Round loss to the Bills.
Edwards was the Ravens' No. 2 back for the entire 2020 season. He earned the "power back" role over Mark Ingram in the second half of the season and could be brought back for a similar roster spot in 2021 as a restricted free agent. Despite the power back label, Edwards has impressive elusiveness for a 238-pounder. He averaged 5.0 yards on his 144 carries. Edwards will max out as a fantasy RB4 if the Baltimore backfield is Edwards and J.K. Dobbins in 2021 because he's not a receiving threat (9 receptions). Dobbins, who averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a rookie, is obviously the future of Baltimore's running back group.
Added 12:12 am (EST)
T. Huntley - QB
Tyler Huntley completed 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards in the Ravens' Division Round loss to the Bills.
Huntley entered the game in the fourth quarter after Lamar Jackson was ruled out with a concussion. They were his first NFL reps, and he obviously looked like a rookie. Huntley missed a wide-open deep target that would've made things interesting late. The undrafted free agent could be the Ravens' answer at backup quarterback moving forward given Robert Griffin's injury history. The Utah grad was somewhat of an analytics sleeper in NFL Draft circles.
Added 12:08 am (EST)
J.K. Dobbins rushed 10 times for 42 yards in the Ravens' Division Round loss to the Bills.
Dobbins was never able to break out of the Ravens' running back by committee despite averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He reached 100 rushing yards just twice and only averaged 12.1 carries in the nine games after the bye. The Ravens are likely to part ways with Mark Ingram this offseason, so Dobbins' 2021 box scores should be improved even if Gus Edwards hangs around as a restricted free agent. Lamar Jackson's lack of history targeting running backs and Dobbins' questionable hands (18 receptions) leave his fantasy ceiling tied to rushing production (805-9 on 134 carries). That's fine in standard scoring. Less than ideal in PPR. Dobbins will project for 1,000 or more yards in 2021 as the Ravens' 1A in a potential two-back committee.
Added Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
T. Yeldon - RB
T.J. Yeldon rushed two times for four yards in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.
Yeldon is the No. 2 running back with Zack Moss, but the coaching staff clearly doesn't want him on the field. Devin Singletary dominated snaps, leaving Yeldon with just two meaningless carries in garbage time. He's not a DFS option unless you're trying to galaxy brain a contrarian lineup in single-game tournaments.
Added Yesterday 11:42 pm (EST)
Devin Singletary rushed seven times for 25 yards in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.
The Bills completely abandoned the run until the fourth quarter when the game was essentially wrapped up. Buffalo called a designed run just once going into halftime, and it's hard to hate the play-calling. The Bills offense has been far better passing than rushing, and Singletary hasn't done enough between the tackles to justify taking the ball out of Allen's hands. Singletary will be involved as a check-down option in the AFC Championship against the Chiefs or Browns, but he's unlikely to see more than 10 carries even with Zack Moss out.
Added Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Dawson Knox caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.
At best the No. 4 or No. 5 target, Dawson was a part-time route runner with the Bills utilizing four-receiver sets at league-high rates. His production are tied to random touchdowns. The Bills will travel to Kansas City for the AFC Championship if the Chiefs beat the Browns on Sunday. Knox will project for two or three receptions then.
Added Yesterday 11:35 pm (EST)
Gabriel Davis failed to catch any of his four targets in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.
Davis had a drop in a contested-catch situation in the red zone. On that play, Davis' leg was landed on and he ended up limping away. He seemed to be effected by the minor injury for the rest of the contest, which partially explains his goose egg stat line. The Bills are likely to use four-receiver sets again in the AFC Conference game against the Chiefs or Browns. Davis will be big-play dependent then.
Added Yesterday 11:32 pm (EST)
Cole Beasley didn't catch either of his two targets in the Bills' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.
Beasley was matched up with Marlon Humphrey for a chunk of the night and didn't look as shifty as normal. He was limited in practice all week and appears to be at less than full health. Another week away from his late-season injury should improve his odds of producing in the AFC Championship. The Bills will face the Chiefs or Browns next week.
Added Yesterday 11:30 pm (EST)