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49ers' Carlos Hyde finds the end zone twice on Thursday
San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde rushed 25 times for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Hyde was shutout in the first half but scored on a pair of one-yard runs as the Niners racked up 26 second-half points. The touchdowns were the running backs' first of 2017 and helped salvaged what was looking like a mediocre night for Hyde. He added 3 catches for 10 yards in the loss.
Our models projected Hyde for 13.8 FanDuel points, and the back exceeded expectations with 22.9 points on Thursday night.
Sammy Watkins scores twice for the Rams before leaving with injury
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins recorded 6 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns before exiting in the fourth quarter with a head injury on Thursday.
Watkins got off to a slow start as he brought in just 2 catches for 30 yards in the first half. The former Buffalo Bills wideout scored a one-yard touchdown in the third and followed it up with a 13-yard catch and score in the fourth quarter before leaving with a suspected concussion. Fortunately for Watkins, the Rams now have 10 days before they play again, allowing the receiver to clear the NFL's concussion protocol.
numberFire's algorithms projected Watkins for just 9.2 FanDuel points on Thursday, but the receiver came up big with 25.6 points against the San Francisco Rams.
Rams' Todd Gurley dominates in unexpected Thursday night shootout
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley racked up 149 total yards and 3 touchdowns in Thursday's 41-39 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Gurley not only had his best game of 2017 but perhaps his career as he totaled 113 yards on the ground with 2 scores while adding 5 catches for 36 yards and a score through the air. His 33 touches were a career high as he tied for the team lead with 7 targets on Thursday.
Gurley racked up 35.4 FanDuel points on Thursday, doubling his projection of 15.7 points by our models.
DeMarco Murray (hamstring) misses another Titans' practice
Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring) missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday.
Murray hurt his hamstring in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been limited to running a treadmill this week. The veteran back does not need to practice to be available to play but looks headed to a dreaded game-time decision on Sunday. Derrick Henry may be the lead back even if Murray can suit up versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Our models project Murray for 67.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns for 10.6 FanDuel points versus the Seahawks on Sunday.
Thomas Rawls could get more touches for Seattle moving forward
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls could be in line for more touches as head coach Pete Carroll told reporters there would be changes to the team's sluggish offense.
With the Seahawks scoring just 21 points in 2 games, changes are coming to Seattle. After missing Week 1 with an ankle injury and the Seahawks limiting him to just 16 snaps in Week 2, Rawls could be a bigger factor moving forward. Rawls does have his work cut out for him as rookie Chris Carson has emerged as the 'Hawks best back so far.
Our models project Rawls for 33.7 total yards and 0.1 touchdowns for 4.7 FanDuel points against the Tennessee Titans.
Joe Mixon still trying to get up to speed in Bengals' offense
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon along with fellow rookie, wide receiver John Ross, admitted they are still studying and learning the Bengals' playbook.
Mixon told reporters, "we’re actually taking that extra step of studying with more of our guys trying to break things down.” The rookie led the Bengals in touches (17) in Week 2, but with the team changing offensive coordinators this week, it is unclear how the backfield touches will shake out between Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and Mixon.
Our models project Mixon for 38.2 total yards and 0.2 touchdowns for 6.6 FanDuel points versus the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.
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