Ronald Jones will miss Week 15 after having surgery to have a pin inserted into his pinky earlier in the week, plus he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said Leonard Fournette would start for the Buccaneers withJones out. If he's on your bench, or on your waiver wire, the solution is pretty simple: I project Fournette as a top-30 back without Jones. His team is implied to scored four touchdowns by Vegas, so he has decent touchdown odds.
If you need to go to the waiver wire and Fournette isn't there, things gets complicated. Jeff Wilson, Benny Snell and Lynn Bowden could all be legitimate starters but they're all dependent on the status of the starter on their team. Wilson is a good flex even with Raheem Mostert active, so that makes him the top priority.
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Week 15 RB Preview
The following players are being projected as out for Week 15:
Numbers to know
- 4 -- Miles Sanders had four catches in Jalen Hurts' first start to tie his season high.
- 10 -- Alvin Kamara saw 10 targets in Week 14, more than he saw in Taysom Hill's first three starts combined.
- 7.1 -- David Montgomery has broken a tackle once every 7.1 rush attempts, the best mark in the league.
- 34 -- Austin Ekeler is tied for the league lead with 34 targets since he returned in Week 12.
- 19 -- Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 19 rush attempts inside the 5-yard line. He has gained 2 yards on those carries.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Jeff Wilson RB
SF San Francisco • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Wilson has double-digit touches in three of the 49ers past four games and he has the Cowboys on the schedule. He and Raheem Mostert could both be good starts.
Lynn Bowden WR
MIA Miami • #15
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Bowden is behind Wilson in non-PPR and half-PPR, but in full PPR he could be the top add regardless of position. Make sure you look to see where he's eligible in your league. In standard CBS leagues he's both a running back and a wide receiver. In non-PPR, DeAndre Washington is a decent flex play as well if Ahmed remains out.
Ito Smith RB
ATL Atlanta • #25
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Ito Smith is the only Falcons back showing any burst at all. That probably doesn't matter in Week 15 against arguably the best run defense in the NFL but the Falcons get the Chiefs in Week 16. There's at least some chance Gurley goes the way of Mark Ingram and Smith is a top-24 running back for championship week.
Cam Akers RB
LAR L.A. Rams • #23
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
This is a classic case of the price not catching up to the performance fast enough. I fully expect Akers to be chalk this week, and I could not care less.
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