Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2020): Running Back Edition: Week 4: Darrell Henderson, James Robinson, Myles Gaskin & More

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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – Devin Singletary (BUF) at Las Vegas

The potential return of Zack Moss could cost Singletary some touches, but against a Raiders’ defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing RB there should be enough to go around. The Raiders have been burned both on the ground (400 yards, 6 TD) and through the air (a league high 249 yards, 1 TD) this season. That plays right into Singletary’s game, as he’s been targeted 15 times over the first three weeks.

In fact his total yardage has improved each week, including 121 total yards in Week 3, and with or without Moss he should continue to thrive. Whether or not he finds the end zone could be key, but in this matchup he’s well worth using.

Sit – Myles Gaskin (MIA) vs. Seattle

Gaskin is coming off a 22 carry performance, so why would we sit a running back in a lead role? There are many reasons, though you could argue for Gaskin as nothing more than a FLEX option:

  • Despite 22 carries, Gaskin managed just 66 yards in Week 3
  • He is going to lose goal line touches to Jordan Howard
  • Seattle has allowed just 126 rushing yards over the first three weeks

The potential loss of touches and the matchup create a high risk, low reward option. It all depends on your alternatives, but if possible he’s worth leaving on your bench.

Start – James Robinson (JAX) at Cincinnati

Robinson has taken advantage of the opportunity given to him when Leonard Fournette was jettisoned, as he’s had at least 17 touches in each of the first three games with great results:

  • Week 1 – 90 yards
  • Week 2 – 120 yards, 1 TD
  • Week 3 – 129 yards, 2 TD

He’s proven capable of producing both running and catching the football, and the Bengals have allowed the second most rushing yards in the league (466, behind only the Houston Texans) and 5 TD to opposing RB.

Sit – Antonio Gibson (WAS) vs. Baltimore

When Adrian Peterson was cut loose, all eyes fell on Gibson as the potential leader of the Washington backfield. He hasn’t done poorly in the role, including TD in back-to-back games while coming off averaging 5.4 YPC against the Browns. Of course he also hasn’t been getting unlimited touches, getting more than 9 carries just once in three games and not being a significant factor in the passing game.

Game flow could cost him, as Washington could get down quickly… Baltimore has yet to allow a rushing TD this season… There’s just far too low of a floor, given the matchup, to trust.

Start – Darrell Henderson (LAR) vs. New York Giants

Entering the season the focus was on whether Cam Akers or Malcolm Brown would seize the job left behind by Todd Gurley… Instead it’s been Henderson, who has put up back-to-back impressive performances:

  • Week 2 – 81 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards and 1 TD
  • Week 3 – 114 rushing yards, 6 receiving yards and 1 TD

There’s no reason to think he’ll be stripped of the lead role and the Giants haven’t been overly impressive (460 total yards, 4 TD allowed to opposing RB). Keep him active in all formats.

Sit – Adrian Peterson (DET) vs. New Orleans

The Lions appear to be focused on keeping Peterson as the lead back, despite the presence of D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson, but how long will that last? A non-factor in the passing game, Peterson was given 22 carries against Arizona in Week 3 and mustered just 75 yards (3.4 YPC). Against a solid rushing defense and with the potential for a change in philosophy, as Swift should ultimately emerge, and would you want to trust him?

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

16 COMMENTS

  1. PPR flex Robby Anderson or Jeff Wilson
    PPR Gurley or Jeff Wilson
    PPR Robby Anderson or DJ Chark
    PPR Mike Evans or Tyler Boyd
    PPR Mike Davis, James Robinson or Josh Jacobs
    PPR Flex Metcalf, CeeDee Lamb or Cooper Kupp

    • PPR flex Robby Anderson or Jeff Wilson — Anderson
      PPR Gurley or Jeff Wilson — Gurley
      PPR Robby Anderson or DJ Chark — Anderson is the “safer” option
      PPR Mike Evans or Tyler Boyd — Evans
      PPR Mike Davis, James Robinson or Josh Jacobs — Robinson/Jacobs is a coinflip
      PPR Flex Metcalf, CeeDee Lamb or Cooper Kupp — Kupp

  2. Hey Professor… With Pitt out this week would stream the Bills, Saints,Charger, Eagles, Cowboys, Packers,Texans, Jags or Bengals? Thank you

  3. Hey Prof,

    Full PPR:

    Pick 2: Jacobs, David Johnson, D. Montgomery, Mike Davis

    Pick 1: Who has the higher upside, Gallup or Odell Beckham or MVS (with Lazard out)?

  4. Morning Prof.
    Got Gurley and M. Ingram. Do I pick up Brian Hill on waivers and drop Ingram or do I hold Ingram? Nobody likes trades in my league.

  5. PPR Clyde Edwards-Helai, Mike Davis or James Robinson

    PPR Cole Beasley or Hunter Renfrow

    PPR Todd Gurley, Jeff Wilson or Miles Gaskin

    PPR Dalton Schultz, Logan Thomas or Evan Engram

    PPR Russell Gage, Robby Anderson or Marvin Jones

    PPR flex Mark Davis, James Robinson or Cooper Kupp

    PPR Metcalf, Allen Robinson or Kupp

    • PPR Clyde Edwards-Helai, Mike Davis or James Robinson — I’m not risking KC playing, so I’d go Robinson

      PPR Cole Beasley or Hunter Renfrow — Renfrow

      PPR Todd Gurley, Jeff Wilson or Miles Gaskin — Gurley

      PPR Dalton Schultz, Logan Thomas or Evan Engram — Schultz

      PPR Russell Gage, Robby Anderson or Marvin Jones — Gage

      PPR flex Mark Davis, James Robinson or Cooper Kupp — Robinson

      PPR Metcalf, Allen Robinson or Kupp — Metcalf

  6. Wish I had a choice starting Peterson this week- between the COVID games and bye week my 12 person non PPR league is stretched THIN

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