1. Craig Reynolds, Detroit Lions
Reynolds stepped in as the Lions' lead back after Montgomery left the game against the Buccaneers, with a notable workload (10 carries) even if he didn't get much going on the ground (15 yards). He also had two receptions, highlighted by a 28-yard play. He also delivered a crushing block on Amon-Ra St. Brown's touchdown, to further adhere himself to his teammates and the coaching staff.
On Monday, Dan Campbell sounded optimistic about Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) returning this week after missing the last two games. Gibbs had 17 carries in the game Montgomery missed early this season, to Reynolds' four, but broadly it's hard to know what the carry split would be in Gibbs' first game back from a soft tissue injury. And in a narrow sense, Reynolds could take over the goal line work Montgomery had. If Gibbs is out again, Reynolds would be the unquestioned lead back against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. It's not a great matchup, but even the prospect of double-digit touches would make Reynolds playable in a tough bye week.
It was the 2021 season, so take that for what you will now. But Reynolds had games with 99, 117 and 51 total yards from Week 14-16 when he was called upon for a larger role. He finished, in 0.5-point PPR scoring, as RB20, RB16 and RB37 in those weeks respectively.
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