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Alfred Morris at Atlanta Falcons
It’s actually a testament to Alfred Morris’ ability that he has topped 1,000 yards this year with the dumpster fire that sometimes passes for an offense around him.
The last three weeks have been brutal and have come at the worst time for most fantasy owners. Hopefully, if you started him last week, you overcame his paltry 31 yards.
If you did, you can start him this weekend and be confident that the outcome will be different.
Aside from the fact that your sainted Aunt Beatrice can run on the Falcons (No. 30 in the NFL against the run), Washington has decided to plunk quarterback Kirk Cousins under center and bench—I mean protect—Robert Griffin III for the rest of the year.
That means a much more traditional offense and a lot of leaning on Morris.
Good news for your playoff matchups.
Eddie Lacy at Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are ranked No 28 against the run, and that might be giving them too much credit.
Last week, they let Matt Forte run for 102 yards, though they kept him out of the end zone.
He’s virtually the only one, as the Cowboys have allowed 14 rushing touchdowns this season, tied for the sixth most by a defense in the league.
Eddie Lacy bounced back against a poor Atlanta defense after a bad Week 10 against Detroit, and the only concern about him is his ankle. He battled through the injury after it happened on Sunday, but it definitely bothered him.
Lacy didn’t practice Wednesday, but the hope is he’ll practice on Friday after rehabbing Wednesday and Thursday.
If he plays, he has to be in your lineup as a solid No. 2 running back. He’ll get plenty of yards and a few receptions to boot.
If he doesn’t play, James Starks is a solid start. Starks has a lower ceiling—in other words, his best game is unlikely to be as good as Lacy’s—but has shown he can still tote the rock effectively when the Packers have needed him to this season.
Montee Ball vs. San Diego Chargers
After a lot of time on people’s fantasy benches (as well as the Denver Broncos' actual bench), rookie running back Montee Ball is actually becoming a viable member of your starting lineup.
The Broncos are looking to keep Knowshon Moreno healthy and rested for the playoffs, so as long as Ball avoids coughing up the ball, he’ll be continuing to get about half the carries in the offense.
Last week, he had 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, while the week before, he had his first 100-yard game on 13 carries.
The San Diego Chargers feature a solid run defense, but they will have to focus on containing the passing attack, not the ground game.
Ball should see plenty of carries and have success against a defense which will be otherwise occupied most of the time.
If the game gets out of hand, you can expect Ball to get a few extra carries to kill the clock while Moreno rests.
Play him as a solid No. 3, good flex or low-end No. 2 running back and you should be on your way to the championship.