Well ladies and gentlemen, this is about all there is to it. Everything that needs to be said has been aired out. Go out there and kick some butt this week and take home your trophy. Don’t overthink it, trust your guys, but look to the waiver wire if you need some last minute fixes.
Malcolm Brown, LAR
Well…. It was fun while it lasted Cam Akers. For those competing for a fantasy championship this week, Monday’s news of Akers’ not playing in the divisional showdown against the Seahawks dashed the excitement of finding a diamond in the rough late in the season for fantasy managers like myself. While he’s still an incredibly dynasty asset, Malcolm Brown is the back to own this week. He is the Rams’ leading rusher in terms of snap count, although he has split work quite evenly with Darrell Henderson since week 5. I expect these backs to cede snaps to each other, but if you want a bet for a touchdown plunge, I’m rolling with Brown.
Zack Moss, BUF
Beyond having nobody else to really get excited about including, Moss finds himself on this list as he seems to be on the better half of another timeshare. Josh Allen continues to be the Bill’s greatest rushing threat, but Moss has outsnapped Devin Singletary in 5 out of the past 7 games and I might argue that the only reason Singletary saw more action than him against Denver was the blowout nature of the game. Moss was incredibly efficient, logging 6.2 yards per carry last week and notching 13 carries for the second straight week. He’ll look to continue that against the Patriots’ tough front seven.
Tony Pollard, DAL
If you’re like me, Tony Pollard’s emergence couldn’t come quick enough. Banking off the news of an Ezekiel Elliott inactive listing around gametime, Pollard exploded against the 49ers and may have been the reason you advanced this week. I’ve been banging the drum for Pollard to have an expanded role all season and hope he gets his chance with the Cowboys or another team next year. That aside, his rushing performance was unimpressive (2.7 YPC) until he took a 40-yard dash to the house. Additionally, his usage in the passing game was promising and another huge boost to his game. With the Cowboys still mathematically in the hunt, they may try to get Ezekiel Elliott back in the fold; if he’s limited in any way, Pollard has proven he can at least provide flex value.
Frank Gore, NYJ
I sincerely hope that you don’t need Frank Gore to win your championship this week, but if you’re trying to avoid a loser’s punishment or anything of the like, there’s not much about 23 carries that you can argue with. Sure, he touted a weak 2.3 YPC, but will that sway Adam Gase to use Ty Johnson more? Surely not. Gore will continue to plod plod plod away against the Browns and may find the end zone for the third time this year.
Gus Edwards, BAL
If you missed out on the J.K. Dobbins sweepstakes, you may be able to come home with a consolation prize of Gus Edwards. This pick is more about the Ravens’ rushing attack returning to form, resembling the 2019 MVP Season of Lamar Jackson. With them averaging over 6.5 yards per carry over the past three games and Mark Ingram effectively phased out, Edwards is another lottery ticket running back that you can risk your week on.