Start of the Week –
Josh Jacobs vs Green Bay Packers
The last time I had Josh Jacobs on this list he was my sit of the week against the Chicago Bears and man did I have that wrong. This weekend should see nothing but success for Jacobs as he goes against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers give up about five yards per rush and about 26 points a game to enemy running backs. Despite how Kerryon Johnson did last week, he still scored a touchdown which should make Jacobs an obvious start this week.
Phillip Lindsay vs Kansas City Chiefs
Lindsay did decent last week against the Titans as he scored a touchdown and had about 70 yards on the ground. This week he faces a much less challenging defense with the Kansas City Chiefs as they have been awful against the run. The Chiefs like the Packers have given up about five yards per rush and about 26 points to running backs. Consider Lindsay a must start this week.
Derrick Henry vs Los Angeles Chargers
I am still a little salty after Henry’s bad performance last week after putting him as a start, but bias aside this matchup as incredible potential as the Titans now have Tannehill at quarterback so they will mostly look to rely on the run this game against the Chargers. The matchup is also nice because the Chargers have had four weeks where they have given away top ten running back scores. James Conner burned them last weekend so let’s see if Henry can do it this week.
Tevin Coleman/Matt Breida vs Washington Redskins
Overall, this was a tough one to decide on so you get two for the price of one here with me having both Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida as starts this week against Washington. Both of these guys have the potential to break out as the 49ers use them as a running back committee. Plus, the Redskins are god awful against the run with them giving away an average of 159 scrimmage yards and the fifth most points to running backs. Start either of them or both. Regardless, you will do fine.
Frank Gore vs Miami Dolphins
That’s right. Ol’ Reliable is in my starts this week. Frank Gore is coming off a bye week and he has one of the best matchups all weekend against the winless Miami Dolphins. Overall, the Dolphins defense is pure trash and should yield some serious yards and points to Gore even if Devin Singletary ends up playing. This is because Miami gives up an average of almost 176 rushing yards a game. Start the ageless wonder with confidence. Honestly, he might be available on your waiver wire to pick up as well.
Marlon Mack vs Houston Texans
Austin Ekeler vs Tennessee Titans
Jordan Howard vs Dallas Cowboys
Sit of the Week –
David Montgomery vs New Orleans Saints
I am not happy about putting Montgomery on here, but i think that the rookie’s big game will have to be put off for another time as he takes on the New Orleans Saints this week. The Saints defense has stepped up in recent weeks and have been alright against running backs. I just have a hunch with Mitch Trubisky looking to make his return that they might rely on the passing game more than the running game and Tarik Cohen is better suited for that and I think he will still have issues. If you have to start Montgomery this week, I’d flex him, but start him with extreme caution.
LeSean McCoy vs Denver Broncos
LeSean McCoy finds himself here on the sit list based on the return of Damien Williams. Williams has in my mind taken over the running back start over McCoy thanks to his recent success. It might be hard to argue against the Broncos who aren’t the greatest against the run but they have found recent success in stopping backs. I would flex Williams in this situation, but sit McCoy.
Melvin Gordon vs Tennessee Titans
Gordon was a sit last week against the Steelers and it paid off with Gordon doing very little on the ground. To be fair though, the Steelers were up 24-0 going into the fourth quarter so the run game was essentially abandoned and Austin Ekeler was used in the pass game. I am not saying they will find themselves in this situation again, but I trust Ekeler a lot more than Gordon at this point until he finds how to be a decent fantasy start again.
Carlos Hyde vs Indianapolis Colts
Carlos Hyde has been a stud running back this fantasy season, but you are probably wondering why I have him as a sit this week. Believe it or not the Colts give up the eighth fewest points to running backs. Now you can argue that Hyde has been on fire lately so if you have to start him this week, I would put him as a flex, but I am not confident on that as I see Watson passing more than the Texans running the ball this week.
Jamaal Williams vs Oakland Raiders
Jamaal Williams found a lot of success last week against the Detroit Lions with Aaron Jones underperforming. Do I believe they make the switch? No I do not. Sadly, the Packers really like Jones and his running ability as two weeks ago he had four touchdowns against the Cowboys. So I would not chase the points this week with Williams as I believe Jones will get the better of the two this week.