Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Speaking of heavy workload backs, look for Jacobs to get a fat diet of carries against the Chargers’ weak run defense. They’ve been gashed as recently as Week 16 by the likes of Rex Burkhead. It’s a major weakness in the armor for the Chargers and they don’t hide it. They drop enough back in coverage that they don’t give up the big pass plays and have enough tacklers to take on the runner as he gets into the second line of defense. Since Week 12, Jacobs is finally seeing the kind of carries he should have been getting all season. He’s put up flex worthy numbers against some quality defenses and it’s time for him to break out against a weak one.
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals, vs. Seattle Seahawks
As of this moment, it’s unclear what James Conner’s situation is for Week 18. He might play but at a limited basis. The Cardinals shouldn’t need to press their best back before the playoffs. They have Edmonds who is healthy and is able to be a dual threat in a manageable matchup.
Michael Carter, New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
This is not an envious matchup for Carter. He draws one of the toughest matchups of the week, but for pure volume, owners might be forced to play him because there are few backs in Week 18 that you can trust. He is coming of a concussion and let’s not forget COVID in Week 16. He’s definitely snakebitten by a few factors late, but if he’s capable of suiting up, he’s a dark horse in Week 18.