by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The running back committee is among the most frustration thing for fantasy owners, as things could change on a weekly basis (and could be dependent on game flow). It’s a common trend in the NFL and it’s something we’ve all grown accustomed to maneuvering around, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Let’s take a look at a few of the situations and try to determine who is on the rise and who can be discarded:
It shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that LeGarrette Blount appears likely to have his role reduced significantly going forward. He simply hasn’t produced at the level of Kerryon Johnson over the first three weeks:
- Kerryon Johnson – 29 carries for 161 yards and 1 TD
- LeGarrette Blount – 28 carries for 83 yards
Blount received a season high 16 carries in Week 3, as the team controlled the clock, but he averaged just 3.0 yards/carry. At the same time Johnson was highly impressive, ripping off 101 yards as he consistently ripped off chunks (his longest run was 15 yards).
While Blount isn’t going to disappear, he also isn’t likely to be the go to running back. This appears primed to be Johnson’s job, meaning outside of those in the deepest of formats Blount can be cut.
Must Own – Kerryon Johnson
Ready to Ditch – LeGarrette Blount (outside of 14+ team formats)
Just when we were ready to give up on Chris Carson, despite the preseason hype, he “explodes” for a big week… After getting just 13 carries for 75 yards over the first two games Carson posted 102 yards and 1 TD on 32 carries. Of course he averaged just 3.2 yards/carry and it’s easy to argue that the production was buoyed solely due to usage, and how often is he going to get that many carries in a given week?
It’s not like Rashaad Penny has done anything over the first three weeks to make us think he’s going to push Carson for carries (20 carries for 43 yards), so Carson could easily be in line for heavy workloads in the short-term. Eventually we’d expect things to change, but for now expect the status quo.
Must Own – Chris Carson
Must Stash – Rashaad Penny
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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