RB: Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons
It feels strange having Bijan Robinson in this type of column given the fact that he was a consensus first-round fantasy pick during draft season and has been regarded as a generational talent who the Falcons selected with the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but here we are. The issue with Robinson hasn’t been his efficiency, it has been his lack of usage and inconsistent role within head coach Arthur Smith’s offense.
Smith went on a five-minute tangent during a press conference this week to explain why Robinson, who has just nine red zone carries this season, can benefit the offense in the red zone by not touching the football and/or being involved in the play. What? He is the Falcons' best player on offense and the Falcons have one of the more talented offensive line groups in the NFL.
Sometimes it is as simple as giving your playmakers the ball and letting them go to work, and that’s what Smith will realize this Sunday when the Falcons face the Cardinals in Week 10, who rank 26th in opponent rushing yards per game (128.7) and 29th in opponent rushing touchdowns allowed per game (1.3).
Robinson went to high school in Arizona, so this is a bit of a homecoming for the rookie phenom. Expect Robinson to see around 20 touches this week, which should lead to 100+ yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown, with room for more.