Run 'N' Shoot: Pats Lose Lewis, Now What?
Run 'N' Shoot: Pats Lose Lewis, Now What?

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

Yet again, the Steelers dominate headlines as we recap an NFL week.

DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown shattered the single-game record for all-purpose yards by a duo, but that was with Ben Roethlisberger playing. Ben's foot sprain (and expected multi-week absence) throws the Pittsburgh offense back into chaos once more. With the Browns' anemic run defense on tap this week, DeAngelo shouldn't suffer too badly in Week 10. But he, Antonio and their fantasy owners have to hope Ben returns after the Steelers Week 11 bye.

I'm fascinated to see how the Patriots' offense adapts to Dion Lewis' torn ACL, so much so that I wound up arguing with Yahoo's Scott Pianowski about this on Twitter. He thinks Lewis is merely the Patriots third option on offense and that he'll be replaced with scheme and coaching. I'm not so sure. Yes, they're still a juggernaut, but I suspect the Patriots will fall closer to 30 points per game than the 34.5 they've averaged this season. I doubt any other backs can replace what Lewis has done for the offense, and if LeGarrette Blount gets more carries, that's a win for the defense. In Lewis, we're talking about a guy who was putting up yards similar to Gronk, was PFF's No. 1 rated back in elusiveness and had his contract extended by the Patriots mid-year. The Patriots are still the favorites, but I think their loss of Lewis was more damaging to their Super Bowl chances than the Broncos'

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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