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Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8:58am
The Giants have been coy about the plan for the other running backs, declining to discuss even the possibility of roles such as third-down back or short-yardage back. If Barkley is going to join the ranks of workhorses LeVeon Bell, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and LeSean McCoy, it won't leave much opportunity for anyone else.
But Jonathan Stewart has been the clear No. 2 running back all training camp, not just filling in for short-yardage but spelling Barkley as needed. Shurmur didn't care much about resumes last year, when he played rookie Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon over Latavius Murray with the Vikings.
Related players: Wayne Gallman, Jalen Simmons, Robert Martin
A few weeks ago, a beat reporter noted that Stewart hasn't looked great in the offseason, while Gallman has improved and seems like the better choice for the team's No. 2 RB. Looks like Simmons could also be battling for playing time, as the story said. However, this beat writer feels like Stewart may be able to negate some of Barkley's negative runs, a knock on the rookie to this point, especially around the end zone. Obviously, taking the ball out of Barkley's hands near the goal line will hurt his fantasy value if things do pan out that way.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 10:06am
Todd Gurley flourished under new head coach Sean McVay in 2017. After rushing for only 885 yards with six touchdowns in his final year under Jeff Fisher, Gurley produced 1,305 yards with 13 scores under McVay a year ago. He was also a huge part of the Rams' passing game, catching 64 passes on 87 targets for 788 yards and six touchdowns. Armed with a new contract he received this offseason, Gurley returns as the focal point of McVay's explosive offense.
The Rams' future opponents will certainly look at what the Falcons did to them in the Wild Card round last year as a blueprint to stop McVay's offense. Atlanta set out to stop Gurley in the passing game, especially on early downs, and wound up holding the running back to just 10 receiving yards on four receptions. Still, Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in that game so it's not as if the Falcons wiped him out of McVay's game plan. Plus, opponents game planned to stop Gurley weekly last year and he still finished as fantasy's RB1. The only downside with Gurley is an injury, but isn't that the case with any player?
2018 Bottom Line
One of the smartest things McVay did a year ago was turn Gurley loose in the passing game. He thrived as a pass-catcher, especially on early downs, where McVay knows he has an advantage against opponents planning to stop the run. Gurley is a complete back and our No. 1 ranked RB heading into the season. He should be the first player selected off your board and will be worth the investment.
2018 Strength of Schedule - LAR
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||18.60||87.00||0.87||0.13||4.68||4.27||52.53||0.40||5.80||12.31||21.29||25.55||53.07/65.07||82.22% |