• Backup running backs battling for the starting position: Both Devin Singletary and Kareem Hunt saw increased playing time this week.
• Starting running backs reclaim their roles: Rhamondre Stevenson and Alexander Mattison regained their previous workload in Week 6.
• Emerging sleeper tight ends: Two young tight ends experienced a significant increase in playing time.
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Devin Singletary emerges as the leading rusher for the Texans
Singletary dominated the playing time, particularly in early-down situations, marking a significant change for Houston.
- Dameon Pierce had struggled in the first five weeks, averaging only 2.9 yards per carry and a first down on 10.7% of his carries. The offensive line was considered a major factor, as Pierce was able to evade numerous tackles.
- Previously, Pierce played 42 offensive snaps on first and second downs during the first five weeks, compared to Singletary’s four. However, both players split snaps equally in those situations this week.
- Singletary was also utilized to close out the game, playing nine out of 13 snaps in the fourth quarter, while Pierce and Mike Boone each saw two snaps.
- Singletary proved to be the more effective runner, averaging 4.8 yards per carry compared to Pierce’s 2.6.
- Singletary should be a top waiver wire pickup this week, while Pierce is not recommended for fantasy starting lineups.
Kareem Hunt’s increased role affects Jerome Ford’s playing time
Hunt started for Cleveland and had a significant role in the running game.
- Pierre Strong Jr. and Hunt both played significant snaps on early downs, but Hunt took over the majority of Strong’s workload.
- Hunt also cut into Ford’s playing time on early downs.
- Hunt primarily handled short-yardage situations, while Ford served as the third-down back, which aligns with their previous game.
- Hunt had the second-highest receiving yards on the team (24) and led the team in rushing yards during the first three quarters.
- Ford made a significant impact in the fourth quarter, gaining 52 yards on five carries, which should secure his role in the offense for the near future.
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