Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2020): Running Back Edition: Week 5: Kenyan Drake, Jonathan Taylor, Mark Ingram & More


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 – Kenyan Drake (ARI) at New York Jets

There were high hopes for Drake entering the season, but thus far the results haven’t been there. While he scored a TD in Week 1, he’s been held out of the end zone in the three subsequent games while the yardage has trended in the wrong direction:

  • Week 2 – 86 yards (4.3 YPC)
  • Week 3 – 73 yards (4.1 YPC)
  • Week 4 – 35 yards (2.7 YPC)

Of course a matchup with the Jets has a way of getting you right. New York has allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing running backs this season, including 113+ yards in each of the past three weeks. It’s easy to be frustrated, but don’t give up on him yet.

Sit – Mark Ingram (BAL) vs. Cincinnati

It’s become obvious that the Ravens aren’t going to go with a lead back, as Ingram has taken 10 carries or fewer in all four games this season. In fact Lamar Jackson leads to the team in carries (39), while a trio of running backs have all been in the mix:

  • Mark Ingram – 34 carries
  • Gus Edwards – 27 carries
  • J.K. Dobbins – 15 carries

That makes Ingram a TD dependent option, and that’s tough to count on as anything more than a FLEX.

Start – James Robinson (JAX) at HOU

This one should be obvious at this point, shouldn’t it? Robinson has 285 yards and 3 TD through the air, while adding 14 catches for 161 yards through the air. A pleasant surprise, the fact that Houston has yielded the fourth most points per week (651 rushing yards, 106 receiving yards and 7 total TD) only hammers home the point. In fact the fewest yards they’ve allowed to opposing RB in a week was 149 in Week 4…

Sit – Myles Gaskin (MIA) at SF

Gaskin has emerged as “the man” for the Dolphins, but that doesn’t mean that he’s a must start option. Taking on a San Francisco defense that’s allowed the fewest points per week to opposing running backs makes him a relatively tough sell. The fact that his workload went from 22 carries in Week 3 to 10 carries in Week 4, while he also has yet to find the end zone, only further limits the upside.

Start – Jonathan Taylor (IND) at CLE

While Taylor isn’t getting the workload that he did in Week 2 each week, he has been given ample opportunities:

  • Week 2 – 26 carries for 101 yards and 1 TD
  • Week 3 – 13 carries for 59 yards and 1 TD
  • Week 4 – 17 carries for 68 yards

Cleveland has allowed 4 rushing TD to opposing RB, and they’ve also been susceptible through the air (206 receiving yards). While Taylor isn’t the primary pass catcher, he does have 10 receptions and he should see the short yardage opportunities. That makes him a solid RB2.

Sit – Darrell Henderson (LAR) vs. WAS

This sit note applies to Henderson, Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers (assuming he returns this week). The fact is that this backfield is becoming unpredictable as to who is going to get the opportunities in any given week. That makes it impossible to trust any of the options, unfortunately.

Sources – ESPN,

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. What’s up Professor? Got 2 for you both PPR… If on Sun morning the Tenn/Buff game is still scheduled for Tues do you cross your fingers and go with Jonu Smith or go safe with Hunter Henry?
    I’m kind of hesitant on Miles Sanders and Dj Moore. Please choose 1RB 2WR and FLEX from Sanders, Gibson, Josh Kelley, Damien Harris, Robert Woods, DJ Moore and CeeDee Lamb. Thanks for your time


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