Start of the Week –
James Conner vs Cincinnati Bengals
With Pittsburgh starting out the way they have being 0-3 it really hurts me as a fan, but I still love my Steelers and I still believe they will do well and will win this game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The main reason; James Conner. For three weeks, Cincinnati has given up the most points to running backs. So if there was a time for Conner to climb back up the mountain for fantasy it would be this week.
Marlon Mack vs Oakland Raiders
Mack got back to his old ways last week by rushing for 74 yards and a rushing touchdown. I expect that momentum to continue as they go up against the Oakland Raiders who are struggling to mount any defensive threat after winning against the Broncos week one. The Colts will look to utilize Mack as the Raiders have given up about twenty seven points per running back since week three.
Josh Jacobs vs Indianapolis Colts
Speaking of the Raiders, I am bringing Josh Jacob’s name into discussion as well. The Colts haven’t been the greatest against running backs either as they let up about five and a half yards per carry to running backs as well as giving them almost 27 points per week. As long as the Raiders don’t fall too far behind to start, Josh Jacobs should do very well this week.
Chris Carson vs Arizona Cardinals
I get it. I get it. Carson has had a lot of issues with the ball control. However, this matchup is just too juicy to pass up so I am sticking with Carson as a start this week against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are not good against the run so even if you start him as a flex, but keep him in your lineup this week as the Cardinals are prime picking for Carson.
Kerryon Johnson vs Kansas City Chiefs
Johnson has been a bit of after thought when it comes to the run game amongst running backs. However, he has a chance to shine this week as he takes on the Chiefs defense who just gave up three rushing touchdowns, over 103 yards and thirty five points to Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram. Consider Johnson a big start this week against the Chiefs.
Wayne Gallman vs Washington Redskins
Phillip Lindsay vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Henry vs Atlanta Falcons
Sit of the Week –
Devonta Freeman vs Tennessee Titans
Freeman looked a little bit better last week against the Colts, but then again the Colts don’t do well against the run. The Titans on the other hand are good against the run holding Leonard Fournette to negative eight yards for most of the contest. I’d expect them to do the same here with Freeman who is managing less than four yards per carry.
Frank Gore vs New England Patriots
Gore did very well last week against the Bengals rushing for seventy six yards and a touchdown. However, he has a big task at hand going up against the New England Patriots who aren’t very nice against the run. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points to running backs so far this year. Not only that, but if Singletary is healthy to compete he may lose touches. He may also lose touches to Yeldon if the game starts to get out of the Bills’ hands.
Aaron Jones vs Philadelphia Eagles
Jones did well against the Broncos last week despite not leading in rushing yards. He did score two touchdowns which makes you think if the Packers are still riding with the hot hand approach with himself and Jamaal Williams. That being said, the Eagles aren’t too kind to running backs so we will see if Jones can do it, or if he is touchdown dependent. Overall, just sit him this week if you can. If not start with caution.
Kenyan Drake vs Los Angeles Chargers
The whole Miami team is in shambles, and it remains to be seen if Drake continues to stay on the roster or not with rumors of a trade spreading like wildfire. Overall, this isn’t a good matchup strictly because the Dolphins can’t get out of their own side of the field for most of the time. For the most part Drake should always remain on your bench unless he is traded somewhere that can appreciate his value.
Sony Michel vs Buffalo Bills
Michel has hit a wall with fantasy owners and they are fuming of course because if you drafted him you expected him to be the number one back. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case as the Patriots running back scene is harder to figure out than a rubix cube blindfolded. He has also just managed a miserable one point two yards per carry which doesn’t bold well against this Buffalo defense.