It's been a while since Tony Pollard's most recent official start (12/20/2020), but the 18 touches and 132 scrimmage yards he accrued would be a nice fantasy boost here in Week 8, 2022. He is currently ranked as a top-ten option against a Bears defense that ranks 26th in aFPA to the running back position.
Patterson played only 15 offensive snaps and five special teams snaps Sunday against the Cowboys. Patterson, 30, has been one of the Falcons’ top weapons with 116 touches for 776 yards and seven touchdowns this season. With Patterson missing time, any of Davis, Gallman or Ollison could eat up those touches. It may take some time to figure out the Falcons backfield with Patterson out of the lineup.
In his Friday column, Orlando Ledbetter took a look at the Atlanta Falcons roster and predicted its 53-man roster. In it, he has Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Keith Smith as running back locks ahead of Qadree Ollison. “Those guys are competing, and they all ran pretty hard,” Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said. “Certainly, all of them, Q (Ollison), Caleb (Huntley) … and (D'Onta) Foreman ... there’s good competition there.”
In the words of Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friends!" Majority of the offseason has been spent figuring out who amongst Ollison and recently cut Javian Hawkins would back up Davis, but Ledbetter, a trusted Falcons reporter, is here to pour cold water on the Ollison back-up hype train. Ollison's value was already only tied to a Davis injury, so rostering him at all at the moment seems unwise.
Knight pointed out the Falcons already cut his biggest competition in Tony Brooks-James. Ollison will also be involved in the offense but as of now it looks like Davis is going to be the team's main back coming off a pretty good 2020 filling in for Christian McCaffrey. As we point out though, Davis has just a 3.7 YPC average for his career, so the guys behind him could end up getting chances.