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 – David Montgomery (CHI) at Carolina
Montgomery isn’t normally viewed as a Top 10 running back, but against the Panthers it’s easy to slot him into that spot. The Panthers have allowed the most points per week to opposing running backs, including 563 rushing yards and 8 TD.
It would be nice if Montgomery had been producing in recent weeks, as he has 34 carries for 101 yards over the past three weeks combined. His work in the passing game helps, as well as the lack of alternatives, so there’s a good chance that he breaks out and enjoys a big day.
Sit – Phillip Lindsay (DEN) at New England
With Melvin Gordon potentially sidelined with an illness the knee jerk reaction will be to lock Lindsay in as a must start option. It’s fair and he’s not completely unusable, but it’s an extremely tough matchup against the Patriots (fifth fewest points per week to opposing running backs).
As for Lindsay himself, he did have a big day against the Jets but if you take that out he has taken 42 carries for 178 yards (4.1 YPC) and 1 TD. He’s averaged 3.7 YPC or worse in two of his four games, and he also hasn’t been a factor in the passing game.
It’s fair to consider him a risky RB2, but he’s a low-end option and shouldn’t be a player you are looking to depend on.
Start – Myles Gaskin (MIA) vs. New York Jets
We all know that the Jets have been a complete disaster this season, and that includes allowing the fifth most points per week to opposing running backs. They’ve been burned both on the ground (553 yards and 7 TD) and through the air (212 yards and 1 TD), and that creates opportunity for Gaskin who has gotten a chance to emerge as Miami’s top back. Just look at the touches over the past three weeks:
- Week 3 – 22 carries/5 receptions
- Week 4 – 10 carries/3 receptions
- Week 5 – 16 carries/5 receptions
So he’s had 21+ carries in two of the past three weeks. Given the matchup, that makes him an obvious RB2 option.
Sit – Mark Ingram (BAL) at Philadelphia
We all know the Ravens are a running team, yet you can’t trust any of their running backs. How does that work? Just look at the split of carries through five weeks:
- Mark Ingram – 45 carries for 205 yards and 2 TD
- Gus Edwards – 34 carries for 192 yards and 0 TD
- J.K. Dobbins – 16 carries for 126 yards and 2 TD
So Ingram has gotten the most work, but he’s averaging just 9 carries per game. Put that against a Philadelphia defense that’s allowed the ninth fewest points per week to opposing running backs and this is a complete hands off situation.
Start – Devin Singletary (BUF) vs. Kansas City
Could a matchup with Kansas City be a little bit of a “get right” situation for Singletary? Coming off a day where he took 11 carries for 25 yards, Singletary gets to face a Chiefs defense that’s allowed the third most rushing yards to opposing running backs (632).
There is the risk of Zack Moss taking some of his snaps, but even at 15 touches there’s a good chance that Singletary produces. Consider him a RB2, but one that should be used in all formats.
Sit – Darrell Henderson (LAR) at San Francisco
Let’s just look at Henderson’s carries over the past three weeks:
- Week 3 – 20 carries
- Week 4 – 8 carries
- Week 5 – 15 carries
Clearly it’s been an inconsistent workload, though he has rushed for a TD in three of the past four games (and he caught one in Week 5). With Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown also in the mix, the inconsistency isn’t going to change. Given that, as well as a matchup with the 49ers (who have allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing running backs), it’s impossible to trust him or any of the Rams’ running backs.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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