Devin Singletary’s Week 1 game is one of the best performances I’ve seen all year. Sure, he only had nine touches, but in four carries he rushed for 70 yards and in five receptions he racked up 28. Sadly, he went down injured and didn’t come back until Week 7. In the meantime, Frank Gore made the most of his chances and looked like he had drunk from the fountain of youth—again. The problem for Gore, though, is that his game has deflated like a balloon as the season—and he—has grown older. Gore had his best games in the weeks without Singletary around (16 fantasy points in both Week 2 and 3) but then started flopping. These are Gore’s numbers in the last four games combined: 88 rushing yards on 36 attempts, no scores. That’s it.
Since Buffalo came back from its bye week with Singletary back in the lineup, the scenario has changed quite a bit in the Bills backfield. You already know Gore’s numbers. Well, add to that the fact that Singletary is playing two thirds (minimum) of the snaps on offense, and you get an idea of how things are going. Also in his last four games, Singletary has amassed 231 yards on 46 carries (57.8 per game) and scored one time, while he has been able to add 87 yards through the air on 11 receptions with another score. It was nice to see Gore come back to his good old days early in the season, but this is Singletary’s backfield now.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Buffalo Bills RBs Devin Singletary, Frank Gore
It looked like Singletary was going to be eased into the backfield as he had low touch numbers in his first few games back. In his last three, though, Singletary has logged 20, eight, and 15 rushes, and he has been targeted 11 times combined. Gore is losing appeal weekly and the real threat for Singletary’s upside and fantasy value is no other than QB Josh Allen. Allen has become one of the best rushing quarterbacks around and he’s averaging 33 yards on 7.4 carries per game himself.
The Broncos have an above-average unit when it comes to stopping the run. They rank 11th in points allowed to RBs and only the Jaguars—all the way back in Week 4—were able to run for more than 100 yards against them. They have stopped the likes of Aaron Jones, Dalvin Cook, or Nick Chubb among others to reach the 100-yard mark, and have allowed just two touchdowns on the ground in their last seven games combined. This game doesn’t look good for Buffalo’s rushers nor for Allen (Denver has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards to quarterbacks), so it’s better to stay away from this backfield at least for another week.