It was Mason's second straight game with 13 carries after he averaged 19.8 carries over the previous four games. He has five total touchdowns entering Week 17 at Seattle.
In two games since blowing up for 164 total yards and three touchdowns,
So why would you consider using him in your championship game with the Rams hosting the Giants in Week 16? For one thing, the matchup is a night-and-day difference. You had to expect Mason to struggle against the Cardinals, who rank sixth against the run, allowing 90.4 yards per game, but would have guessed the Redskins, his Week 14 opponent, rank seventh? It's not a matter of teams choosing to beat them through the air either. They're one of 10 teams that have allowed less than 4 yards per carry.
The Giants, meanwhile, rank 30th against the run, allowing 135.1 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. It doesn't mean Mason is a lock for big numbers. The Redskins' Alfred Morris, who most would consider a superior running back, had just 49 yards on 14 carries against the Giants last week. But after splitting carries early on, Mason has become the clear workhorse of the Rams backfield. You don't sit a running back with that role when he has a favorable matchup, especially when he's performed as Mason has this season.
Jamey Eisenberg agrees, naming Mason the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for Week 16.
Mason ran the ball 13 times, picking up just 33 yards. Things started horribly for the rookie. On his third carry of the game, Mason lost a fumble. It was Mason's second fumble this season. The Rams offensive line couldn't get much push against Arizona. Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per rush. His longest run went for 10 yards. Mason received one target in the passing game, but failed to come up with the reception.
Mason will look for more Week 16 against the Giants.
Although Mason failed to go over 100 yards for the third time in four games, he continues to be featured. The 20 carries were his second-highest total this year.
He'll play the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Mason rushed for his second 100-yard game in three weeks Sunday, and he did it on just 14 carries. He could have seen more work, but the Rams went up and put the game away quickly, in large part thanks to Mason's work. He scored three times Sunday, including once on a 35-yard pass in the first quarter and again on a career-long 89-yard run in the second quarter.
Mason has been the undisputed No. 1 running back in St. Louis in the second half of the season, and is finally starting to show his Fantasy upside. The rookie has two 100-yard performances in his last three games, and showed off his big-play abilities Sunday.
At this point, Mason is clearly a Fantasy starter, even in the face of a tough matchup against the Redskins in Week 14.
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