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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: JORDAN HOWARD BACK IN RUNNING DRIVER'S SEAT IN CHICAGO

Since this is the 2016 fantasy football season, nothing can ever be assumed when it comes to the running back setup on any given team.  Such as when rookie back Jordan Howard reeled off back-to-back 100-yard games in replacing an injured and ineffective Jeremy Langford at the start of October, only to see him lose a bunch of work to Kadeem Carey the subsequent two weeks.  With John Fox saying he would ride the hot hand, it was crucial for Howard to stop his spiraling season from sinking even further Monday night versus the Minnesota Vikings.  Well Howard was up to the task as the explosiveness he showed in early October was back as he rushed for 153 yards on 26 carries (5.9 per pop) and a score, while also catching 4 balls for another 49 yards.  All of this despite the fact Langford was activated for the game and Carey remains involved.  With Fox giving Howard 26 carries in a bellcow outing, the stock is now pointing firmly backup for the rookie.  This is a big development for Howard's owners (which includes yours truly) as he could be a major difference-maker the rest of the way and into the playoff weeks.  The combination of size and speed make Howard clearly the most talented back on the team and so his standing should just to continue to grow from here.


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