Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Week 12 Studs: Marlon Mack, Josh Adams
Marlon Mack vs. MIA
After massive games in Week 7 and 8, Mack has come back to earth in his last two contests. The Jaguars held him to just 29 rushing yards in Week 10 and the Titans to 61 yards in Week 11. They are both top-10 defenses in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs on a per game basis though. This week, Mack gets the benefit of the Dolphins coming to town. Miami gives up the 5th most fantasy points per game to running backs on the season and have been particularly bad as of late. Over their last 4 games, they are allowing an average of 177.8 rushing yards per game and have surrendered four rushing touchdowns. Kerryon Johnson, Lamar Miller, and Aaron Jones all ran for over 100 yards against the Fins in that span (158, 133, and 149, respectively). The Colts are playing at home in this one and their offensive line has been tremendous this season. Mack is sitting on another RB1 performance this week.
Josh Adams vs. NYG
Adams is an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame and has been an unlikely contributor to the Eagles backfield this season. Injuries and poor performance, however, has opened the door for him to get an opportunity and he’s making the most of it. Adams is averaging 6.1 yards per carry this season, which is a full 2 yards more than any other Eagles running back. He hasn’t gotten double-digit carries in a game yet but I think that is about to change this week. Philly is getting a great matchup at home against the Giants in Week 12. Since trading Damon Harrison, the Giants have allowed three straight 100 yard rushers (Adrian Peterson – 149, Matt Breida – 101, and Peyton Barber – 106). The Eagles are currently 25th in rushing offense on the season and part of the reason is they haven’t been going with the right guy. I think Doug Pederson gives Adams a lot more work this week and he enters the RB2 conversation when it’s all said and done.
Gus Edwards at OAK
Gus Edwards gave us the surprise performance of Week 11. He carried the ball 17 times for 117 yards, a touchdown, and tacked on a two-point conversion as well. He did have one week with ten carries earlier in the season but no one could’ve seen this coming. It feels like John Harbaugh is dying to move on from Alex Collins so I’m going to go ahead and take this as a sign that is exactly what they’re going to do. Harbaugh went out of his way to say the team didn’t have a running back like Edwards on the team until now, even though Collins is basically just a big bruising downhill runner himself. At any rate, the team likes Gus and perhaps it’s the contrast he gives the offense with Jackson running the show (literally). The Ravens ran the ball 54 times against the Bengals and it wasn’t all that surprising that their 32nd ranked rush defense couldn’t stop it all game. Baltimore is heading to Oakland for a bout with the 31st ranked rush defense this week. With Lamar Jackson likely to draw another start, I think the Ravens will succeed once again with their new offensive gameplan. That makes Gus Edwards a flex play with RB2 upside.
Anthony Miller at DET
The rookie wide receiver had high expectations coming into the season and he’s starting to live up to them. He hasn’t become a high volume target quite yet, but he’s made some big plays and has also been a favorite red zone target of Mitch Trubisky. He’s seen eight targets inside the 20-yard line this year and has caught five of them, three of which were for touchdowns. He’s also tied with Trey Burton for the team lead in receiving touchdowns at five. Miller had his biggest game of the season two weeks ago against the Lions when he posted a 5/122/1 stat line. They get the Lions once again on Thanksgiving day and that is a prime spot for the Bears wide receivers. Allen Robinson should be tangled up with Darius Slay all day, leaving Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller to run free against Nevin Lawson, Teez Tabor, and Quandre Diggs. I think they’re both decent plays on Thursday, but I’m rolling with the young gun to have a repeat performance against the Motor City Kitty’s.