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Ezekiel Elliott will miss the first game of his career due to injury, making Tony Pollard a clear Week 15 play against the 49ers in Dallas as a flex or even RB2 with upside.

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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Who's Out

The following players are being projected as out for Week 15:

Who's Out
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CAR Carolina • #22
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
MIA Miami • #37
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
TB Tampa Bay • #27
• Experience: 3 yrs.
DAL Dallas • #21
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
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Numbers to know
  • 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.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
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IND Indianapolis • #28
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU IND -7 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
14.1
RB RNK
10th
IND Indianapolis • #21
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU IND -7 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
13.3
RB RNK
18th
BAL Baltimore • #27
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC BAL -13.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
13.3
RB RNK
26th
KC Kansas City • #25
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO KC -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
9.1
RB RNK
25th
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 14 Adds
SF San Francisco • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL SF -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
26th
RB RNK
28th
ROSTERED
55%
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.
MIA Miami • #15
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE MIA -2.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS RB
15th
RB RNK
30th
ROSTERED
28%
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.
Stashes
ATL Atlanta • #25
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -5.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS RB
10th
RB RNK
38th
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.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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LAR L.A. Rams • #23
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ LAR -17 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
14.9
RB RNK
5th
FANDUEL
$6,700
DRAFTKINGS
$6,600
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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Heath's Projections

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