Start of the Week –
Austin Ekeler vs Detroit Lions
Eekler was a monster in fantasy last week demolishing the Indianapolis Colts with three touchdowns on the day with one rushing and two receiving. The Chargers proved that they do not need Melvin Gordon after all. I see the trend going upwards as Ekeler gets a nice matchup against a Detroit Lions defense that surrendered twenty five points to David Johnson in their week one matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Chris Carson vs Pittsburgh Steelers
If there is one thing the Steelers proved last week it is the fact they still have a hard time covering dual threat backs. Carson should thrive in this one as last week he scored a rushing and receiving touchdown against the Bengals. Expect Wilson to target Carson quite a bit in this one although I am secretly hoping this one doesn’t come true for the Steelers’ sake.
Derrick Henry vs Indianapolis Colts
I was so far off on Henry last week listing him as a sit’em against the Browns and for that all I can say is we are all right until we are wrong. This week I am playing him as a lock in start against a Colts team that made Austin Ekeler look like a star with his three touchdown performance last week. Expect Henry to be heavily involved in the running and even receiving game this week against the Colts.
Mark Ingram vs Arizona Cardinals
Ingram proved he was worth the pick up from the Ravens as he destroyed an already dominated Miami Dolphins defense last week. This week he gets another chance to shine bright as he takes on the Cardinals who allowed the third most points to running backs last year. With the ball being moved around a lot Ingram could get one or probably even two touchdowns in this game which bolds well for his usage.
Kerryon Johnson vs Los Angeles Chargers
Many were disappointed last week in Johnson’s performance (myself included) as he was my start of the week and he managed a mere forty nine yards on the ground against the league’s worst rushing defense last year. The committee also drew some groans as Anderson, Ty Johnson and McKissic also got some touches in the game. I see this as a minor setback though as Johnson will be facing a Chargers defense that just gave up 174 yards to Colts running back Marlon Mack. Hopefully this one pays off.
Josh Jacobs vs Kansas City Chiefs
Devin Singletary vs New York Giants
Matt Breida vs Cincinnati Bengals
Sit of the Week –
Phillip Lindsay vs Chicago Bears
The fears I had about Lindsay came crashing down hard as it seems that this year it will be a more running back committee based approach with Royce Freeman. Not only is Lindsay up against a Bears defense that had Aaron Jones in check last week forcing Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball. Not only did Freeman have more rushing yards than him last week, but i also don’t see the entire offense doing much work here either against the Bears defense.
Aaron Jones vs Minnesota Vikings
Speaking of Aaron Jones he winds up on my sit list this week and it mainly contributes to two things; his usage and the Vikings defense. The Bears did a great job of holding him in check and the Vikings should do the same thing virtually allowing Freeman little room to run in week one’s encounter. He is a tough one to sit so if you are going to start Jones this week I guess start him with caution.
Kenyan Drake vs New England Patriots
I had Drake listed as my sit of the week last week with my prediction coming true. The Ravens defense proved too much and didn’t hurt that Lamar Jackson put the hurt on them early forcing Fitzpatrick to pass more instead of run the ball. I see this matchup with the Patriots being no different as I believe the Pats will score heavy early wiping Drake’s usage off the map. It should also be noted that Ballage got a lot of work in this game and the Pats held James Conner to only twenty one rushing yards last week.
Devonta Freeman vs Philadelphia Eagles
Freeman was a huge disappointment last week only carrying the ball for nineteen yards on eight carries. The Eagles also provided great run defense against the Redskins last week forcing Case Keenum to pass more often. This week’s matchup features a more passing attack then rushing attack so expect the Falcons to come out swinging the throws leaving Freeman’s usage in question with Ito Smith chasing the starting position once again.
Damien Williams vs Oakland Raiders
This one really isn’t about the matchup, but rather William’s usage in the backfield. While he did score a touchdown last week against Jacksonville it appears that Andy Reid’s bond with LeSean McCoy is growing stronger by the day. I honestly see McCoy getting more playing time than Williams who is desperately trying to hold onto the starting gig in Kansas City.