Start’ Em Sit’ Em Running Backs – Week 3


Start of the Week –

Aaron Jones vs Denver Broncos

It took a long week for the Packers to realize that Jones was worth something again to us in fantasy when they finally took their heads out of their well you know… Anyway Jones had a massive performance last week against the Minnesota Vikings and he should have one again here against the Broncos who gave up big points to rookies Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery in the first two weeks.

Marlon Mack vs Atlanta Falcons

While Mack might have taken a back seat to Jordan Wilkins’s production level last week he still saw most of the touches and will get a chance at redemption against the Falcons this week. The Falcons are the best team in football against the pass so naturally they are awful against the run. Just ask Dalvin Cook who burned them for 111 yards and two touchdowns in week one.

Chris Carson vs New Orleans Saints

Carson didn’t have the best of weeks last week against the Steelers as he coughed up two fumbles which rarely happens to running backs like him. I am waiving this and will say his matchup against the Saints is to spicy to pass off on. Over the last two weeks the Saints have given up 240 rushing yards. Not to mention that they give up about an average of six yards per pass attempt to running backs. He is a valuable option for week three.

David Montgomery vs Washington Redskins

I wasn’t too worried after Montgomery’s week one performance because I knew Chicago would get it right and roll with the better back which is what they did against the Denver Broncos last week as he had his first rushing touchdown and sixty some yards on the ground. He gets a Washington Redskins defense that I believe will fall behind against the Bears causing Chicago to run the ball and have Montgomery continue his rookie year on the good side.

Sony Michel vs New York Jets

Michel rebounded from a crappy start in week one when he slashed through the Dolphins on the ground last week. This week he gets another vulnerable defense in the Jets that gave up on the run defense against Nick Chubb so expect Michel to hit the endzone once in this game with some yards tackled on as well. He’s worth a start this week.


Frank Gore vs Cincinnati Bengals

Matt Breida vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Carlos Hyde vs Los Angeles Chargers


Sit of the Week –

Devonta Freeman vs Indianapolis Colts

I told you guys from the very beginning to not trust Devonta Freeman this season. He has disappointed fantasy owners yet again with a bad performance against the Eagles Sunday night and against the Vikings week one. This week he gets a favorable match up in a Colts defense that has been lack luster against the run. Even with that I do not trust Freeman. Probably Ito Smith sees more yards than him again this week.

Philip Lindsay vs Green Bay Packers

The running game in Denver is quickly shifting from Lindsay to Freeman and Lindsay’s luck shouldn’t fair any better against a Packers defense that is playing at home which is very dangerous for Lindsay. I don’t see him being the starter for long with Freeman coming up on the latter. The two split touches equally last week and I see maybe Freeman getting a better roll out this game. Either way Lindsay is a must sit this week don’t start him unless you have to and then start with caution.

Joe Mixon vs Buffalo Bills

Wow Joe Mixon has been a very disappointing running back for fantasy purposes this year. It doesn’t hurt that he has an ankle injury that he sustained week one against the Seahawks, but overall he hasn’t been great and neither is his matchup. The Buffalo Bills have let Saquon Barkley and Le’Veon Bell get their way with the run defense. Do not expect Mixon to join that duo. Sit him if you can, but if you are starting him start with extreme caution and low expectations.

Adrian Peterson vs Chicago Bears

Now if Peterson didn’t score a touchdown last week my credibility would have been shot as he only rushed for twenty five yards on ten carries. This week is a sour one for him as he faces a Chicago defense that is very good against the run. Put Peterson on the bench this week and save him for another day. Chris Thompson should see increased productivity though in this game.

LeSean McCoy vs Baltimore Ravens

The Chiefs are in trouble at the running back position. Damien Williams has a knee contusion and McCoy got banged up as well. However, Williams will most likely be out leaving a chance for McCoy to get the starting job. Don’t expect much of him this week. One, he is clearly not 100%. Two, he has a horrible matchup against the Ravens who are basically the number one defense against the run. Keep McCoy on the bench this week.


Tarik Cohen vs Washington Redskins

Duke Johnson Jr. vs Los Angeles Chargers

Kenyan Drake vs Dallas Cowboys

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