Running Back Roundup: Week 8 (2019 Fantasy Football)
Week 7 saw a pair of backups each explode for 150 yards as Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds led their respective teams to victories. Leonard Fournette continued to put up big numbers as he rumbled for 131 yards on the ground, and Dalvin Cook went for 149 total yards in another spectacular effort. Each week, we’ll offer a look at the biggest performances, busts, timeshare situations, and storylines you need to be aware of to make the best fantasy lineup decisions possible. Let’s jump in to our Running Back Roundup for Week 8!
Week 7 Rushing Leaders:
Week 7 Scrimmage Yards Leaders
Week 7 Fantasy Leaders (PPR)
Week 7 Biggest Busts
Johnson was active, and much to the horror of his owners, he played only three snaps… totaling just two yards. Meanwhile, Edmonds racked up a monster 150-yard/three-touchdown effort to finish as the overall RB1 for Week 7. Edmonds is arguably the best running back handcuff in the game, and he needs to be added this week. With news that the Cardinals are working out running backs, DJ should be considered questionable for Week 8.
Ito Smith left the game with a stinger before Freeman was ejected for picking an ill-advised fight with Aaron Donald. That left Hill to handle the “bulk” of the work for the rest of the game. As long as Smith is out, Freeman will get an increased workload. Hill can be picked up in deeper leagues as a speculative handcuff.
The pair once again split work fairly evenly, though it was a huge letdown for fantasy owners against a porous Chiefs defense. Lindsay is still the back to own in this offense, but production from these guys is highly unpredictable from week to week. With Emmanuel Sanders traded to San Francisco, perhaps there will be more emphasis on the run moving forward, but fantasy owners can’t be too excited to deploy Lindsay or Freeman given the state of the offense.
Kerryon Johnson left Sunday’s contest early with a knee injury, and it’s likely that he misses a few weeks. In his absence in Week 7, Ty Johnson handled 14 touches to McKissic’s seven, showing that he’s the lead back in this offense while Kerryon is out. Ty should be picked up as a top waiver-wire add this week, and McKissic could offer some low-end flex value in PPR leagues because of his pass-catching abilities.
Darrel Williams: 2 carries, 1 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards
Damien Williams: 9 carries, 7 rushing yards, 2 receptions, -1 receiving yards
LeSean McCoy: 12 carries, 64 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards
Damien Williams and McCoy will be the top two options in the backfield as long as both are healthy. The Chiefs’ backfield will remain an RBBC, and both backs are flex-worthy in the right matchup. Darrel Williams is an excellent handcuff, but he has no standalone value as long as the aforementioned backs are on the field.
Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler has outplayed Gordon in the time that both have been on the field this season, and Ekeler remains a weekly RB2/flex. Gordon, on the other hand, has been a risky flex proposition thanks to his inefficient yards per attempt (2.3) totals in three games this season. It seems highly unlikely this timeshare will shift into a more substantial role for Gordon, and owners of the Wisconsin product need to be very concerned.
Los Angeles Rams
Malcolm Brown (ankle) sat out Week 7, leaving Henderson to split carries with Gurley. Gurley’s weekly usage is troubling, and it especially concerns me to see him share the workload with another back. Henderson is an elite handcuff, and he will carry some deep-league flex value while Brown is out of the lineup. Gurley is a tough sell as more than a volatile RB2/3 given his volume and production this season.
San Francisco 49ers
Coleman is the true workhorse in this backfield, leading Matt Breida comfortably in touches since he returned from injury. He’s an easy RB2 every week, while Breida’s big-play abilities make him an attractive flex option most weeks.