Start’ Em Sit’ Em Running Backs – Week 16


Start of the Week –

Joe Mixon vs Miami Dolphins


Mixon was the only piece of the offense that worked against the Patriots as he rushed for 136 yards. Although he didn’t get a touchdown last week and is dealing with a calf injury according to Thursday’s report, Mixon should be in your lineups for your team. The Dolphins have given up more than 27 points a game to running backs since Week 12.

Miles Sanders vs Dallas Cowboys


Sanders exploded on the scene against Washington last weekend rushing for over 100 yards, having a rushing touchdown and having a receiving touchdown. He should be a huge part of the offense once again going against the Dallas Cowboys who have had their fair share of struggles against running backs in recent weeks.

Devonta Freeman vs Jacksonville Jaguars


Freeman busted hard last weekend against the 49ers which I predicted he would, but he has a much better matchup to work with here against the Jaguars. Their defense has surrendered seven total touchdowns and the most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last four weeks.

Austin Ekeler vs Oakland Raiders


Ekeler did what he could against the Vikings defense last weekend which wasn’t much considering how lopsided the score was. However, he gets a much more comfortable matchup against the Oakland Raiders. He scored against them in their last matchup and I bet he scores in this one as well.

Marlon Mack vs Carolina Panthers


Mack along with the rest of the Colts couldn’t get anything going against the Saints as they had to abandon the run early after getting down so many points. However, he gets the Panthers this weekend and their defense has allowed the most touchdowns and fantasy points to opposing running backs. Consider Mack a valuable RB2 in this matchup.


Adrian Peterson vs New York Giants

DeAndre Washington vs Los Angeles Chargers

Mike Boone vs Green Bay Packers


Sit of the Week –

Sony Michel vs Buffalo Bills

NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams

While Michel scored about 11 fantasy points last weekend against the Bengals, it was still his only productive stat line since week seven. A matchup with the Bills this Saturday is not one to try to get you anything here as the back continues to share workloads with Burkhead and White. Their run defense is pretty decent as well which makes him a solid sit this week.

David Montgomery vs Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints v Chicago Bears

At the beginning of the season, I said that Montgomery was going to be the rookie of the year for the offense. Sadly, that is more of Josh Jacobs, but sadly Montgomery has scored less than seven fantasy points in all but one of his last six games. With Tarik Cohen looking like the better option, I’d fade hard on Montgomery this week even if the matchup looks good on paper.

Devin Singletary vs New England Patriots


Singletary has clearly put his name in stone as the number one back in Buffalo, and while his stats and touches have exceeded Frank Gore’s in recent weeks I’d put him as a a high risk flex start or sit against the Patriots. Their defense has allowed the fewest total touchdowns and fantasy points to running backs this season.

Carlos Hyde vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

Hyde had a terrific game against the Titans posting a rushing score and over 100 yards on the ground. However, the Buccaneers defense has allowed on average just about three yards a carry and the third fewest fantasy points to running backs. This information allows me to suspect that Hyde should remain on the bench this weekend.

Ronald Jones vs Houston Texans

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars

Jones was once a fantasy uprising star, but since has not totaled double digit fantasy points in three straight contests. A committee between him and Barber is continuing to seem more reasonable and knowing that he should be benched going against the Texans who are pretty good at defending the run game.


LeSean McCoy vs Chicago Bears

Duke Johnson vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tevin Coleman vs Los Angeles Rams

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