RB by committee a stat killer

Who has the most yards per carry of the following 10 running backs? Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon, James Conner, Joe Mixon, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, or Phillip Lindsay?

If you answered Phillip Lindsay, you’re right. But Lindsay is only No. 11 in total yards through the first seven weeks of the 2018 NFL season. Why? The reason is because he doesn’t get enough opportunities to carry the ball.

Lindsay has a total of 75 carries. Compare that to Gurley with 144, or Elliott with 132, and you can understand why he’s only averaging 12.6 fantasy points per game. But that could change, which is why I’m starting Lindsay again this week.

Nearly 40 percent of Lindsay’s rushing yardage has come from explosive rushes of at least 15 yards, which is why he excelled despite a small workload in a three-back committee. He is averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

With Royce Freeman in danger of missing this week’s game after suffering a high-ankle sprain, Lindsay might get 15 or more carries this week. If he was the beneficiary of six passes like he was two weeks ago, he could top 20 points.

The running back by committee has been a killer for talented running backs like Lindsay. While the Rams and the Cowboys each have their bell cow running back, the Broncos and other teams like the Green Bay Packers do not.

The running back committee in Green Bay is a real enigma. The Packers have Aaron Jones, averaging 5.9 yards per carry, with only 32 carries in four games. Eleven of those came in one game – his only double-digit game of the year.

 

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