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Faraz's Week 14 QB/RB Preview



RB Kyren Williams, LAR


I have Kyren Williams as my overall RB3 despite the Rams going into Baltimore… and I know this might seem crazy, but Kyren is just getting some of the most elite usage we’re seeing out of any RB this season. The great thing is that we’re also seeing really awesome production alongside that usage, which we can’t say for a lot of RBs right now.


He played on 94% of the Rams’ offensive snaps last week, and he got all the work. According to FantasyLife.com’s utilization report, he’s had 6 Top-10 finishes in eight games played this year, 4 of which were Top-5 finishes, to boot. He’s performed in some tough matchups this year; just look at last week when he did his thing against the Browns, and also in Week 2 against San Francisco he was the overall RB1. He’s as must-start of a RB as you can get right right now even in a tough matchup.


RB De’Von Achane, MIA


I have De’Von Achane at 7… he was back last week and he took over in the 2nd half. Sure, the game was out of hand, but what stood out to me was that he left the game unscathed and now we can trust him more moving forward. Last week was a trust thing for me, so I tempered expectations, but he came through against the Commanders and now he’s officially back to 100%. He’s already had four Top-5 finishes this year, and if you only count the games he’s been healthy for, that’s four starts and four Top-5 finishes. Start him.


I’m also starting Raheem Mostert… I think this is a game where the points can pile up once again for Miami. I expect Mostert to get his touches too – it won’t be the Devon Achane show and that’s it because he was very involved in the first half last week, and I expect him to be just as involved again. And with this high-powered offense, Mostert’s just really tough to bench right now… I have him as a high-end RB2 this week.


RB Zack Moss, IND & RB Joe Mixon, CIN


Zack Moss had a modest game last week - only 7.7 fantasy points en route to a finish outside the top-24, but he’s an RB1 play for me this week. Make no mistake, the utilization was there - he was on the field for 94% of the Colts’ offensive snaps. He was THE guy in that backfield last week, and this is a much better matchup against Cincinnati, who are allowing 4.54 yards per carry to RBs this year - the 6th most in the NFL. Cincinnati is also top-10 in most TDs allowed per game to RBs… Moss has a great role and is walking into a great matchup - don’t get too discouraged from him not performing last week against a Titans defense giving up the 6th-fewest yards per carry to RBs this year.


And in that same matchup… I brought Joe Mixon back up to RB17 this week, a huge delta from where I had him going into last week. There could be a lot of volume for Mixon this week - the Colts are giving up the 3rd most carries/game to running backs, the 5th most rushing yards/game, and the 2nd most rushing TDs/game. Would it surprise you then after hearing those stats that the Colts are giving up the 5th most fantasy points to RBs over the last 4 weeks and the 4th most over the course of the season? A lot of us wrote Mixon off once Burrow went down, but he hasn’t written back these past three weeks.

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