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Start or sit Devin Singletary in Week 2?

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary appears ready to take the starting role in Buffalo. We break down his opportunity in Week 2 against the New York Giants.

Devin Singletary of the Buffalo Bills in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It remains to be seen how game-script dependent Devin Singletary’s touches are going to be. Though it’s a positive revelation that T.J. Yeldon barely stepped foot on the field for Buffalo in Week 1, the undying specter that is Frank Gore continues to loom over Singletary’s ceiling. The rookie running back out-snapped the 36-year-old 48-to-19 in Sunday’s win over the Jets; however, that was a contest in which the Bills trailed for a majority of the game. This week, despite being on the road in New York, Buffalo heads in as the favorite against an underwhelming Giants squad — a matchup far more aligned to Gore’s sensibilities. To wit, Gore received 11 carries in his 19 snaps, while Singletary rushed the ball only four times.

Yet, history has shown that New York can be susceptible to opposing RBs. Though I wouldn’t classify the Giants as one of the best matchups on the slate, their rushing defense has suffered since the trade of defensive tackle Damon Harrison after Week 7 of 2018. At the time of the transaction, New York had surrendered just a single 80-yard rusher through the first seven games of the season. However, the first three contests following the trade saw the likes of Adrian Peterson, Matt Breida, and Peyton Barber run for over 100 yards. This was also a nine-game span that saw the Giants allowing nine rushing touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: I think it’s important to keep your expectations grounded when it comes to Singletary. Yes, the unbridled upside of a first-year RB is a tantalizing prospect, especially after one compiles 98 scrimmage yards on nine touches, but there are two things you have to keep in mind. First, the Bills are not a good offense, a fact evidenced by their implied team total barely cresting 22 points this weekend. Second, Josh Allen, for all intents and purposes, is the goal line back. He scored on Buffalo’s lone carry inside the five-yard line versus the Jets and he led the squad in red zone attempts last season. Singletary is nothing more than a FLEX consideration.

Recommendation: Sit