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:
So Much For Kenyan Drake’s Emergence…
While he did contribute in the passing game (3 catches for 30 yards), Drake has now struggled running the football for four straight games:
- at TB – 10 carries for 35 yards (3.5 YPC)
- at SF – 16 carries for 67 yards (4.2 YPC)
- vs. LAR – 13 carries for 31 yards (2.4 YPC)
- vs. PIT – 11 carries for 34 yards (3.4 YPC)
Would it be shocking to see David Johnson (5 touches, 53 yards, 1 TD) and/or Chase Edmunds (1 carry for 9 yards) get more touches? Drake’s stock is plummeting after a big debut in Arizona and he’ll be difficult to trust moving forward.
Action – Consider Drake more of a depth stash
It’s Officially Devin Singletary’s Backfield…
It was fair to be concerned about Singletary’s upside this week, taking on a tough Baltimore defense. However he proved up to the task, delivering both running and catching the football:
- Rushing – 17 carries for 89 yards (5.2 YPC)
- Receiving – 6 receptions for 29 yards (8 targets)
Granted his rushing attack was buoyed by a 38 yard rumble, but that hardly is a deterrent. Considering Frank Gore was only given 4 carries for 6 yards it’s clear that Singletary is now the man. While the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t a much easier matchup, he’s entrenched himself as a viable RB2 in all formats.
Action – Consider Singletary a strong RB2; Gore is droppable in all formats
Bo Scarbrough Continues To Lead The Backfield…
Not that there was a question as to who the leader of this backfield was, though Scarbrough was not very impressive against the Vikings:
- Bo Scarbrough – 19 carries for 65 yards (3.4 YPC)
- Ty Johnson – 2 carries for 3 yards (1.5 YPC)
- J.D. McKissic – 1 carry for 2 yards (2.0 YPC)
Scarbrough has now gone three straight games without a touchdown, and he’s averaged 4.0 YPC or less in three of his four games. That said there is no reason to think that his role is going to change any time soon.
Action – Continue to view this as Scarbrough’s backfield
Patrick Laird Fails To Take Advantage Of His Opportunity…
With Kalen Ballage on the IR it was Laird who got the opportunity to lead the backfield. Unfortunately he didn’t take advantage, not that Myles Gaskin made much of an impact either:
- Patrick Laird – 15 carries for 48 yards
- Myles Gaskin – 4 carries for 5 yards
Action – Avoid this backfield at all costs
New England Patriots
A Messy Running Back Corps To Ignore…
We all know that it’s hard to trust anyone in New England’s backfield on a week-to-week basis, but weeks like this one make it impossible:
- James White – 6 carries for 33 yards
- Rex Burkhead – 7 carries for 15 yards
- Brandon Bolden – 1 carry for 10 yards & 1 TD
- Sony Michel – 5 carries for 8 yards
While any one of their backs could erupt on any given night, the touches can’t be depended on and you can get nights like this where no one makes an impact. With fantasy titles hanging in the balance, ignore them at all costs.
Action – Don’t trust any of them
New Orleans Saints
How Concerned Should We Be With Alvin Kamara…
It was a tough matchup against the 49ers, but that doesn’t justify this type of miserable performance:
- Rushing – 13 carries for 25 yards (1.9 YPC)
- Receiving – 4 catches for 18 yards
He hasn’t received more than 13 carries in a game since October 6 and hasn’t scored a TD since September 22 (he scored 2 TD in that game, the only one he’s scored in). This was by far his worst performance of the season, though the lack of TD is becoming a significant concern. His upside is too high to do anything dramatic, but it’s fair to downgrade him to the RB2 territory.
Action – Drop Kamara down the rankings, but he’s still startable
Benny Snell Falls Flat…
With James Conner sidelined again (as well as JuJu Smith-Schuster) there was an opportunity for Snell but he failed to take advantage for the second straight week:
- vs. Cleveland (12/01/19) – 16 carries for 63 yards & 1 TD
- at Arizona (12/08/19) – 16 carries for 41 yards
Of course the fact that the team won both games helps, though a lost fumble isn’t going to lock him into a role. He should continue to share the touches with Kerrith Whyte (5 carries for 41 yards) and Jaylen Samuels (7 carries for 16 yards) as long as Conner is sidelined, though he is a TD dependent option who could easily cede more opportunities.
Verdict – Consider Snell a TD dependent FLEX while Conner is sidelined
San Francisco 49ers
Do We Have A Leader Of The Convoluted Committee…
We know the San Francisco 49ers are going to use multiple running backs, but it appears that we have a new leader:
- Raheem Mostert – 10 carries for 69 yards & 1 TD
- Matt Breida – 6 carries for 54 yards
- Tevin Coleman – 3 carries for 6 yards
Mostert has now scored a TD in three straight games, going for 260 yards on 35 carries. Obviously we’d like to see more touches, and with Breida back in the mix he may be limited to 8-12 per game. Still, he’s proven to be at least a viable FLEX option while the others can be left on your bench.
Action – Move Mostert to the top of the SF depth chart, but he’s nothing more than a FLEX
Derrius Guice Gets Bitten By The Injury Bug Again…
It was an ill-timed injury for Guice, who hurt his knee and was subsequently ruled out for the second half. It’s a shame because he was having a strong game, though Adrian Peterson also played fairly well:
- Adrian Peterson – 20 carries for 76 yards and 1 TD
- Derrius Guice – 5 carries for 42 yards
Time will tell how serious Guice’s injury is, but if he’s forced to miss time Peterson could return to being a usable RB2.
Action – Be ready to grab Peterson if he’s available
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com