Week three has come and gone, and trends are starting to take shape. Here is the latest update on which RBs are getting the most touches, and a closer look at some of the most notable workloads of the week.
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Prior to week three, fantasy owners were wondering what happened to feeding Chris Carson the ball. He was not getting the touches many expected he would. Was Rashaad Penny set to make a push for the starting job? Carson only received a combined 16 touches in the first two games, being out touched by Penny 21-16. When Pete Carroll was asked about the little workload Carson was getting he responded, “I just wanted to give Rashaad a chance to go play.” But Penny had his chance and it resulted in 2.2 yards per carry. He also fumbled a handoff in the first half this past week leaving him in the dog house. This opened the door for Carson as he out touched Penny by a monstrous margin 34-3. 34 touches for a guy who was barely seeing work the first two weeks. That total led all RBs in week three. Carson only had 3.2 yards per carry but when you’re getting the ball 34 times, that’s really all you need since he turned it into 124 scrimmage yards and a TD. Carson isn’t anything special in the passing game but he’s the safest bet when the Seahawks can take a lead and lean on the run. Seattle likes to control the clock and they need an efficient run game to do so. This week they are against a disastrous Cardinals team and the game script should go in Carson’s favor. I don’t see any reason why he can’t receive another 25+ touches this week.
Sony Michel did not have the best game against the Lions in his second career game. However, the coaching staff obviously has a lot of faith in him. “He’s working hard,” Belichick said of Michel on Wednesday morning. “He’s getting better every day – got a long way to go, but he’s working hard and he’s improving.” He received 15 carries against Detroit, four more than he received in week two. Looking forward, Michel should see an increased workload now that Rex Burkhead is on the IR with a neck injury. The Patriots signed Kenjon Barner but I do not envision him having the kind of impact Burkhead had when healthy. An increase in Michel’s workload is likely and if he is consistently getting 15 carries a week in an offense like the Patriots, fire him up.
After only touching the ball 8 times in week one, it wasn’t looking like Collins would have the kind of success he had at the end of last season. Not much changed in week two as he had another pedestrian total with just 12 touches. But week three was a different story as Collins received a workload that will make fantasy owners very happy. He had 21 touches and parlayed them into 18 carries for 68 yards and a TD, adding 3 catches for 6 yards. The fear that Javorius Allen is going to slowly overshadow Alex Collins in fantasy needs to go away. Allen only has a total of 16 carries in the first three weeks combined. Allen is being looked at as a decent flex play going forward but keep in mind that he has scored a TD every week so far. Unless you think he’s going to finish the season with 16 TDs, Allen has to slow down at some point. Allen’s involvement at the goal line might be a thorn in the side of Collins owners the rest of the season, but the touches that Collins received in week three are a positive sign of things to come. He is a viable starter every week and will be a big factor in week four against a Steelers team that should make for a very physical matchup.