Start’ Em Sit’ Em Running Backs – Week 5



Start of the Week –

Austin Ekeler vs Denver Broncos


I know it is a risky move to start Ekeler this week with Melvin Gordon coming back, but this matchup is just too enticing to pass up. The Broncos are horrible against the run and just gave up over 200 yards on the ground to Leonard Fournette. Rumor has it that Gordon will also be limited in his actions with Ekeler taking the helm by the ground yet again. It is a risky move, but one I am willing to back on. Start him this week!




Mark Ingram vs Pittsburgh Steelers


Mark Ingram had a less than decent performance against Cleveland, but I hate to say it, but I think he will rebound against the Steelers this week. Unlike the Bengals, the Ravens have a decent series of weapons to get them down the field for Ingram to do his damage. Also, he is better at running than Mixon was last week while dealing with an lower body injury. If you got him in your league start him this week.




David Montgomery vs Oakland Raiders


Look I get it. The matchup isn’t the most favorable one, but I’ll take my chances on a big potential game with the Oakland Raiders this week. Montgomery’s snap count is growing bigger each week and somehow I feel like the Bears will use Montgomery in the running and quite possibly the passing game as well to help out Chase Daniels while Trubisky is out with a shoulder injury. He has a high flex potential with a possible RB2 status.




LeSean McCoy vs Indianapolis Colts

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions

LeSean McCoy had a good game last week against the Lions. I predict that both he and Darrel Williams have a good performance against the Colts as their rushing defense is pure garbage. They let Josh Jacobs have their way with them running for seventy yards and couldn’t stop him when they needed to. Start him if you got him this week.






Devonta Freeman vs Houston Texans

Derrick Henry vs Buffalo Bills

Chris Carson vs Los Angeles Rams






Sit of the Week –

Josh Jacobs vs Chicago Bears


Josh Jacobs has been a really good running back in fantasy, but this matchup is hardly a praise for him as he gets the Chicago Bears. Their defense has made a nightmare for running backs and I hate to put Jacobs as the sit of the week, but this match just isn’t favorable. Carr is less than 100% and will look to get the ball out quickly to avoid getting hit. The run game won’t be efficient either if the Raiders get down early forcing more passes from Carr.




Phillip Lindsay vs Los Angeles Chargers


Lindsay saw the best of a bad situation against Jacksonville last week and now he has another tough task against the Chargers this week. The Chargers haven’t been the greatest against running backs, but I don’t trust the situation at running back even though it seems like Lindsay has restablished himself as the number one running back in Denver. Start with caution if you have to start him.




Miles Sanders vs New York Jets


Mile Sanders has done a decent job being a runner and catcher for the Eagles as of late. However, Jordan Howard flourished last week rushing for two touchdowns and catching one from Wentz. The Eagles running system is a hard one to predict so who knows what could happen, but the Jets running defense is fresh coming off a bye week and they might be good against the pass, but their rushing defense isn’t the worst.




Peyton Barber vs New Orleans Saints


After doing a decent job against the Giants Barber once again took a back seat Ronald Jones in the running game. The fluctuation at the Buccaneers running back position is becoming a problem as to which one to start. Honestly, Jones is making a stronger case for the number one spot, but even if that is the case they get a matchup against the Saints who held Ezekiel Elliot to thirty five yards last week. Keep Barber sidelined this week.





Sony Michel vs Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson vs New England Patriots

Carlos Hyde vs Atlanta Falcons




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