Start’ Em Sit’ Em Running Backs – Week 4

You see more teams with running back by committee now than you do a single back working all three downs. So sometimes it is hard to predict which ones will do good, and which ones will not do good. However, I gotta feel some confidence here going into this week. The matchups seem good, and so does my luck. So let’s dive on in for week four.


Start of the Week;

Jonathan Taylor vs Miami Dolphins

I honestly thought I would never have to put Jonathan Taylor on this list because he always seemed like a running back you could start without worrying about bad production. Sadly, he has been losing so much work to Hines that his overall value has gone down significantly. However, I see that changing this weekend. The Dolphins give up the second most points to opposing running backs. I feel they will get up fast and then there will be no use for Hines in the passing game leaving Taylor run out Miami in this one.

Mile Sanders vs Kansas City Chiefs

If you are a Miles Sanders owner like myself, you will know how furious I am right now with the Eagles. How you can only run him two times in an entire game. I firmly despise this, but the plan should change for this week against the Chiefs. They can’t stop the run for the life of them, and I see Sanders being a great option in both the run and pass this week. Count on that!

Chase Edmonds vs Los Angeles Rams

Edmonds still managed to put up double digit points last weekend against the Jaguars despite James Conner getting two rushing touchdowns. One thing to always count on with Edmonds though is his ability to catch out of the backfield. Murray prefers to have a great passing attack with Edmonds than Conner. Something tells me that with all the coverage the Rams do that Edmonds will be able to slip under the radar. It’s a risky one, but I am willing to take the bet here with Edmonds this week.

Zack Moss vs Houston Texans

Moss has outpaced and outplayed Devin Singletary now in two straight contests. While he didn’t have a rushing touchdown last weekend against the Washington Football Team, he did catch one of Josh Allen’s many touchdowns. The Houston defense isn’t great at defending running backs especially ones that can catch passes. He’s a nice flex option if you are struggling to put someone there.

Chuba Hubbard vs Dallas Cowboys

Chuba did okay in the absence of McCaffrey when he went down with injury scoring double digit points. I see big things though this week for the rookie. While it is true that Dallas is decent against the run, Sam Darnold loves to check down at times to his running backs. He’s a big waiver wire pickup this week, so why would you not start him if you want to pick him up so bad. Get him in against the Cowboys this week as a great flex option.


Cordarrelle Patterson vs Washington Football Team

Trey Sermon vs Seattle Seahawks

Peyton Barber vs Los Angeles Chargers


Sit of the Week;

Myles Gaskin vs Indianapolis Colts

I told everyone to stay away from Gaskin in the draft, and people just wouldn’t listen. This guy has been a huge bust compared to his ADP, and I have to say people wanting a running back wasted a pick on him. The Dolphins do a big running back by committee, and it seems that Gaskin is just nowhere in the plan. I would keep him sidelined once again this week as he faces the Colts. I just don’t like what they are doing with him, and I can’t trust it going into this week against the Colts.

Mike Davis vs Washington Football Team

Mike Davis was supposed to be “the guy” for Atlanta, but his usage in games is utterly disgusting to watch. Patterson has in my mind stolen the role of the number one back which leaves Davis completely out in the cold with nowhere near the production level he had in Carolina. Based on this information, I have to say to sit him again as I believe Patterson will benefit more in this style of offense against the Washington Football Team.

Damien Harris vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The game script for this one is not gonna benefit Harris at all man. The Bucs are great at stopping the run. You might think he would benefit from James White going down, but now Brandon Bolden has come back into the fold as a receiving back. I imagine the Pats passing quite often in this one which leaves Harris in a troublesome situation. Personally, just leave the guy on the bench this week to avoid this ugly mess against the Bucs.

Ty’Son Williams vs Denver Broncos

Williams was originally a bright star week one against the Raiders, but slowly and surely his numbers have declined. Last week against the Lions was supposed to be his path back to the start column on the list. However, I can no longer put confidence in him as he barely put up decent points against Detroit. Now he is supposed to do that against a great run defense of the Broncos? No thank you. Sit the bench.

Javonte Williams vs Baltimore Ravens

This is a tough one because it seem like every single week Williams has been on my sleeper column in these articles, and he even scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against the Jets. However, he faces the Ravens this week. Despite some setbacks, the Ravens are decent at defending the run. He is also still in a timeshare situation with Melvin Gordon still there. I just don’t think he’s a sleeper this week which is why he’ll sit the bench for week four.


Ronald Jones vs New England Patriots

Mark Ingram vs Buffalo Bills

Michael Carter vs Tennessee Titans

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