With many teams heading towards a running back by committee, fantasy owners constantly need to be analyzing the situations and determining who has value and is worth utilizing. Let’s take a look at some of the key situations from yesterday and try to determine who should be used and who should be ignored:
Could Injury Bring A Buying Opportunity…
This is going to be an interesting situation to watch this week, given the workload after Devonta Freeman departed with a foot injury:
- Brian Hill – 20 carries for 61 yards
- Devonta Freeman – 10 carries for 38 yards
- Kenjon Barner – 1 carry for 12 yards
While Freeman was the top runner, once he departed it was the Brian Hill show. It’s not that Hill was dominant (he averaged 3.1 YPC and didn’t have a run of more than 15 yards), but he’s going to hold value if Freeman is forced to miss time. While things could be difficult starting in Week 12, next week against the Panthers (they entered Week 10 giving up the 6th most points/week to opposing running backs) is a favorable matchup and Hill would be squarely on the RB2 radar.
Action – Grab Hill as a potential Week 11 streamer
Is It Time To Give Up On David Johnson…
David Johnson owners have to be extremely frustrated at this point. Sure he returned to the lineup, but his touches were limited and very well could still be trying to recover from his ankle injury:
- Kenyan Drake – 10 carries for 35 yards
- David Johnson – 5 carries for 2 yards
Johnson had one reception, though he also lost a fumble. At this point until he shows us that he’s healthy and capable of producing, he needs to be a fixture on your bench. Each win is too precious to risk having him in the lineup.
Action – Johnson is virtually a must sit, even if he dresses, for now
How Does Kareem Hunt’s Return Change The Narrative…
It was Kareem Hunt’s 2019 debut, but there was no question who the go to running back was in this one:
- Nick Chubb – 20 carries for 116 yards; 2 catches for 5 yards
- Kareem Hunt – 4 carries for 30 yards; 7 catches for 44 yards
It would appear that Hunt was utilized more as a receiver, though he did produce 7.5 YPC. Would it be surprising to see Hunt start to siphon off a few more touches per week moving forward? This isn’t likely to be a 50/50 split, with Chubb remaining the leader (solid RB2) and Hunt being on radars as a FLEX in all formats (potential RB2 in PPR leagues).
Action – If Hunt remains available, don’t hesitate to grab him
With Ty Johnson Now Injured, Is There Any Buying Opportunities…
Ty Johnson’s injury is a convenient excuse for what was a poor performance from Detroit’s running backs against the Bears:
- J.D. McKissic – 10 carries for 36 yards (3.6 YPC)
- Paul Perkins – 7 carries for 9 yards (1.3 YPC)
- Ty Johnson – 5 carries for 16 yards (3.2 YPC)
Johnson was sidelined with a concussion and it’s very possible that he’s out for Week 11 (and potentially longer). Even if he wasn’t it’s clear Detroit needs to make a move to improve this group. Jay Ajayi perhaps? Watch the situation carefully, but an addition is highly likely early this week.
Action – Monitor the news and be prepared to scoop up whoever is signed
Kansas City Chiefs
It’s Officially The Damien Williams Show…
With LeSean McCoy a healthy scratch, we got clarity to the Chiefs running back situation:
- Damien Williams – 19 carries for 77 yards; 3 catches for 32 yards
- Darrel Williams – 2 carries for 6 yards, 1 catch for 9 yards
- Darwin Thompson – 1 carry for -1 yards, 1 catch for 8 yards
The fact that Kansas City was trailing may have been a factor and it’s possible the others see an expanded role some weeks, but it’s clear this is Damien Williams’ backfield. View him as a solid RB2, with the potential to rise into the RB1 spectrum some weeks.
Action – Damien Williams should be viewed as a must start moving forward
Is There Any Reason To Believe In This Backfield…
As expected Kalen Ballage operated as “the man” in Miami’s backfield, though he failed to produce in any aspect:
- Rushing – 20 carries for 43 yards (2.2 YPC)
- Receiving – 4 catches for 2 yards
Ballage had a chance to really emerge, with Mark Walton set to miss three more games. After this one, would it be surprising to see Miami start to work in Myles Gaskin (1 reception) or Patrick Laird (2 carries and 2 receptions) at least a little bit?
Action – Avoid this situation at all costs
Is There Anyone To Trust If Conner Remains Sidelined…
Another week without James Conner led to a lot of questions about Jaylen Samuels and whether or not he was worth utilizing. Unfortunately it was an ugly performance, both for Samuels and Trey Edmunds:
- Jaylen Samuels – 14 carries for 29 yards (2.1 YPC)
- Trey Edmunds – 4 carries for 1 yard
Last week Edmunds was given a heavier workload, though all that matters is Conner and his return. Until then these guys are nothing more than FLEX options.
Verdict – Avoid this situation if possible
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Has Either Back Emerged As A Trustworthy Option…
It was virtually an even split between Tampa Bay’s running backs, with Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber each getting 11 carries and scoring a TD. Neither was overly impressive running the football, though Jones thrived in the passing game:
- Ronald Jones – 8 receptions for 77 yards
- Peyton Barber – 1 reception for 4 yards
While neither back is a highly recommended option, Jones appears to be the better option (though more as a FLEX than a dependable option).
Action – Jones is the better start, though both should be owned
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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