Run with Foreman and Akers?

Our NFL Nation reporters answer fantasy football questions every Tuesday during the NFL season. Here’s what they had to say after week 16.

blankProjection Time: Tyler Allgeier ends his rookie season strong, running as hard as anyone in the league. What kind of stat line can we expect in the next season (let’s assume a full season for the sake of argument)?

Honestly, it’s way too early to tell because consider how different the 2021 offense looked compared to the 2022 offense. However, it’s reasonable to think that Allgeier could have a 1,000-yard season with eight-ten could have touchdowns. Don’t expect him to be a threat – it’s not his game – but as an early down rusher who’s also improved in pass protection, he can be the style back coach Arthur Smith would rely on . Feel good about where Allgeier will be in early 2023 (unless they design a running back high up). — Michael Rothstein

blankDo you think James Cook (108 yards and a touchdown against the Bears) could be a league winner this Monday night in Cincinnati?

He certainly can be, but relying on a rushing Bills remains a tricky proposition even as the team goes more into the ground game, especially against a better running defense in the Bengals (seventh-lowest rushing yards allowed per game). The Bills certainly want to keep their offense balanced, and they’ve shown how much that can do for the unit. Cook could certainly be worth the risk after his recent success. The Bills rushed for 254 yards against the Bears, their most in a game in exactly six years. It’s unrealistic to guarantee the same amount of production in these types of games, but Cook has seen an increase in production over the past few games. Cook will be involved, but the remaining gamble is to what extent for an offense that runs the ball more, but Josh Allen runs through. — Alain Getzenberg

blankThe Panthers ran over a Lions defense that had been elite for the past two months: Is D’Onta Foreman (165 yards and one touchdown) a locked-in starter this weekend in Tampa Bay?

He’s not a barrier to start with. It will depend on the selection of the opening game, as was the case against the Lions, whether Foreman or Chuba Hubbard gets the first carry or the first carry. But Foreman should continue to get the bulk of the carries. He’s averaged 19.6 carries in his last six games, including a team-high 21 against the Lions. Hubbard has an average of 9.3. This trend should continue, although if Hubbard gets the hot hand early, he could steal Carries from Foreman. — David Newton

blankBack-to-back games over 20 points for QB Dak Prescott, who previously doubled his season totals. Should fantasy managers count on him against a dodgy Titans secondary in week 17?

Why not? Offense is clicking in terms of points per game. He and CeeDee Lamb have a better connection than any receiver Prescott has had. There are also plays with tight ends and running backs. And he seems more willing to run the ball more. Protection needs to be better, but this week the Titans may not play any of their regulars with an injury issue as their final against Jacksonville will mean a playoff spot. So Prescott seems like a good bet. — death Archer

blankQB Jared Goff is progressing (over 21 points in three of his last four games) and returning home against the Bears this weekend: should fantasy execs trust him with a title down the line?

Absolutely. Goff has certainly been reliable this season and I don’t see that changing in these last two games. He has led a Lions offense that averages the sixth-highest points in the league (25.07) while averaging the NFL’s sixth-highest overall QBR (61.8). For context, that’s better than guys like Joe Burrow from Cincinnati, Lamar Jackson from Baltimore, Prescott from Dallas, and even Trevor Lawrence from Jacksonville, to name a few. Additionally, Goff hasn’t thrown an interception in seven straight games. So fantasy executives wouldn’t be far-fetched to trust him with a title on the line that’s starkly deviated from his all-season production and recent success, with Detroit winning six of their last eight games. — Eric Holzhof

blankHow should fantasy managers read WR Christian Watson’s Week 16: Emboldened by a season-high eight goals, or discouraged by a third straight game under 50 receiving yards?

The first problem is his hip injury. Coach Matt LaFleur said Watson will be seen as commonplace but there should be some concern considering he didn’t finish the game in Miami. If he’s healthy, the Packers will still call his number on a deep shot or two. Aaron Rodgers missed him on a Sunday. If he weren’t knocking over that ball, Watson’s numbers would have looked very different. — Rob Demovsky

blankRB Cam Akers dissed the Broncos on Christmas Day (147 total yards and three touchdowns) and has been on the uptrend for a month. In an advantageous place in Week 17 (at LAC) and transitioning into next season, what can fantasy managers expect?

There’s no reason to bet against Akers, who had six rushing touchdowns in December, which was the most in the NFL. Despite being away from the team for nearly a month while Los Angeles tried to get him a fresh start elsewhere, he’s impressed with his return. Akers has clearly shown he’s RB1 for the Rams all the way and it seems he played his way into the next season as well. — Sarah Barshop

blankGiven Tua Tagovailoa’s status, what can we make of the Dolphins’ quarterback situation ahead of this week’s game?

Tagovailoa entered concussion protocol Monday afternoon and his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots is unclear — it appears he would only get limited live replays during the week, even at best. His long-term personal health is of course more important than football at the moment and it’s possible he won’t play again this regular season. Teddy Bridgewater has proven effective this season and should be a decent option given a full week of live replays to prepare. — Marcel Louis Jacques

blankQB Gardner Minshew was certainly impressive on Saturday. Can fantasy managers stream him across the track? Should we bet on both receivers holding the top 20 if Minshew is back below center?

I think it’s fair to expect solid production from Minshew and his receivers. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles went a little more conservative with their offensive game plan against New Orleans. Turnovers spoiled their game against Dallas. With the Saints averaging just 20.3 points per game, there’s more incentive to play a clean, controlled offense to complement a Philly defense that should dominate. — Tim McManus

blankIt’s now three games in a row with a touchdown for WR Jahan Dotson. Given his history and proven ability to make big games, is he someone desperate fantasy managers should be counting on for the past two weeks? Or should they still proceed cautiously because of the fickle nature of his skill and inexperience?

I would definitely shoot him – what he’s doing is no coincidence. Dotson makes great contested catches on the field and knows how to open up. This will lead to more opportunities. Remember, if Carson Wentz returns to the starting lineup as expected, it bodes well for Dotson. The heavily armed Wentz clicked in the red zone with four touchdown passes in the first four games with Dotson earlier this year. They also had good chemistry in the training camp. — Johannes germ Run with Foreman and Akers?

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