Neither Devin Singletary nor Dameon Pierce were effective at running the ball in last week’s Houston Texans loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But now that they are facing the league’s worst rush defense in the Denver Broncos, should we expect one — or both — to step up in Week 13? Let’s look at the fantasy football outlook for each player.
Should You Start Devin Singletary or Dameon Pierce This Week?
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say Singletary is the player to start. His projected 10.6 points include 41 rushing yards, three receptions, and 19 receiving yards. That projected stat line outperforms Pierce’s projected 8.1 points.
My ranking for these two running backs aligns with the consensus. Singletary’s pass-catching ability gives him a slight edge over Pierce.
Fantasy Outlook for Singletary This Week
After 52 carries, 262 rushing yards, and two touchdown runs total in Weeks 10 and 11, Singletary had only 18 rushing yards on just six carries in last week’s loss to the Jaguars.
So why is he the better choice of the two Texans’ running backs to start this week?
Singletary also showed off his pass-catching skills with six receptions for 54 yards last week — both season-highs. In fact, the 54 yards were the second-most Singletary has had in a game in his career.
Another positive sign was that despite Pierce being healthy enough to play last week, Singletary was on the field for 80% of the Texans’ offensive snaps. That was the third straight game Singletary was on the field for at least 80% of Houston’s offensive snaps.
And now, after facing a tough defense in Jacksonville, the Texans face the Denver Broncos, the league’s worst defense. Even if Singletary and Pierce share the time on the field and split the carries, if Singletary’s receiving skills weren’t a mirage, that should put him ahead of Pierce for this week.
Singletary is averaging 6.0 yards per carry in two career games versus the Broncos. The last time he met them was back in 2020, so take whatever production he has had against Denver with a grain of salt.
Fantasy Outlook for Pierce This Week
Pierce returned last week after missing three games but only got on the field for 11 of the Texans’ offensive snaps — easily a season-low. He finished with just five carries for 14 yards and appears to have gone from the lead back to the backup in Houston.
He could have some more chances this week because of the weak defense of the Broncos. But even if he sees more time on the field, it’s hard to envision him getting more snaps than Singletary.
With that in mind, as long as Singletary is healthy, it’s difficult to justify selecting Pierce to be a starter in your fantasy lineup before Singletary.
The PFN Optimizer projects Pierce to finish with 40 rushing yards, two receptions, and 10 receiving yards.
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