by Ray Kuhn
Another week, more questions and four more teams on bye… At this point in the season who would have thought that being without Todd Gurley wouldn’t be all that different than having to replace Ezekiel Elliot? Things are never easy, and in 2020 that’s something that’s par for the course.
With that said let’s jump into how our options rank for the upcoming week:
- Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. Jacksonville
- Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Green Bay
- Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
- Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Denver
- Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – at LA Rams
- James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
- Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – at NY Giants
- Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
- Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Buffalo
- Antonio Gibson – Washington Football Team – at Detroit
- D’Andre Swift – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
- Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
- Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
- Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos – at Las Vegas
- David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Justin Jackson – Los Angeles Chargers – at Miami
- Damien Harris – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
- David Johnson – Houston Texans – at Cleveland
- Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills – at Arizona
- Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Darrell Henderson – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Tevin Coleman – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
- J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team – at Detroit
- Wayne Gallman – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Chase Edmonds – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Buffalo
- Jordan Wilkins – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- Malcolm Brown – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – at Las Vegas
- Jordan Howard – Miami Dolphins – vs. LA Chargers
- J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
- Kalen Ballage – Los Angeles Chargers – at Miami
- Duke Johnson – Houston Texans – at Cleveland
- Cordarrelle Patterson – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- With David Johnson exiting last week’s game with a concussion and his status for this week uncertain (I am proceeding as if he will be sidelined but ranking him in case it changes), that brings us to Duke Johnson. Is there any value to be found? To this point the best thing we can say about David Johnson is the fact that he has a steady role in Houston’s offense with 103 carries, but with 408 yards and 3 TD his performance hasn’t exactly stood out. The problem is that Duke Johnson didn’t exactly make an impact last week with 16 carries for 41 yards and 1 TD while catching four passes for another 32 yards. For better or worse the volume will be there but with a combined 204 yards on the season, our expectations should be limited.
- Don’t give up on JK Dobbins, at least on your rosters. At this point there are a lot of questions surrounding the rookie and I just can’t stomach sending him to the waiver wire, but he also isn’t showing enough to be in your starting lineups. While he should get somewhat of a pass for last week against a stingy Colts defense as he gained just 30 yards on 12 carries, it is a crowded backfield. Lamar Jackson finishing with double digit carries each week doesn’t help Dobbins’ case while Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram also play a role. With Ingram sidelined no one was able to take advantage and that has been the case all season with no one emerging.
- One or the other… It’s still too early in the week to determine whether or not Kenyan Drake will take the field, but if not Chase Edmonds can handle things just fine. With 512 yards and 5 TD it’s hard to argue with Drake’s performance, but the fact that he has just 29 receiving yards is a bit curious. Assuming that he is not available it will be the second straight week for Edmonds to carry the load. While no one is going to argue with their running back getting 25 carries, it didn’t exactly suit Edmonds in the best manner as he gained just 70 yards. There is the track record, in small bursts, but Drake is the better option while both deserve a spot in your starting lineup without the other one with Edmonds having FLEX appeal regardless.
- With Washington falling behind early, the running game was phased out pretty quickly with Antonio Gibson carrying the ball just six times for 20 yards. The rookie did find the end zone while also catching three passes for 35 yards so overall it was a solid performance. This was on the heels of the best game of hiss young career prior to Washington’s bye week as he carried the ball 20 times for 128 yards and 1 TD. Prior to that, Gibson’s career best performance was 13 carries for 55 yards so it was nice to see what he is capable of at his best. The fact that he has five rushing touchdowns is a good sign as he shows the ability to find the end zone while also catching 22 passes. Gibson gets the benefit of facing the Lions and their league worse run defense this week.
- Another running back whose status is currently in question as he is in the concussion protocol is David Montgomery. With 472 rushing yards and 1 TD things certainly could have gone better for him but you can’t argue with the role. Without him then we ask who is next? Ryan Nall has yet to carry the ball this season but that will likely change as he caught four passes for 35 yards and 1 TD last week after Montgomery’s injury after catching two passes for four yards previously. Things will likely be done unconventionally and Cordarrelle Patterson (17 carries for 105 yards) and Artavis Pierce (zero touches) are names to keep on your radar.
- At this point Devin Singletary is really just left for the deepest of leagues when we are talking about your starting lineups. Last week he had just two carries (for one yard) while catching three passes for 33 yards. The problem is that wasn’t too much of an outlier as he has just 386 yards and 1 TD on the season. With 18 rushing yards Zack Moss didn’t have the best of games either but he did carry the ball nine times as the tides are changing in Buffalo’s backfield. Moss did score his third touchdown of the season though and it was a good sign to see him catch two passes for 30 yards. That came after Moss carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and 2 TD against New England the week prior as he is clearly the running back to target.
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