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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2019 Rest of Season Rankings
Christian McCaffrey Note
Christian McCaffrey photo 1. Christian McCaffrey CAR (vs . NO)
McCaffrey bounced back from his poor performance in Week 2 to have a dominant game against the Cardinals in Week 3. Regardless of who is under center for the Panthers, McCaffrey should be considered a top-three running back in all formats. He's one of the few players with legitimately zero concerns from a fantasy standpoint.
41 weeks ago
Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 2. Derrick Henry TEN (at HOU)
Henry has already scored four touchdowns in three games, and has pretty much shown that he's game-script proof, continuing to get work even when the Titans were well behind in Week 3 against the Jaguars. He doesn't offer much in the passing game, but with his volume, he's at least a strong RB2 going forward, even in half PPR leagues.
41 weeks ago
Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 3. Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs . WAS)
Elliott continues to do what he does - put up impressive numbers running behind a strong offensive line in a (newly) creative offense. Other than ceding work to Tony Pollard in garbage time, there should be no concerns with Elliott's production. He's a top-three running back in all formats.
41 weeks ago
Leonard Fournette Note
Leonard Fournette photo 4. Leonard Fournette JAC (vs . IND)
Fournette has been . . . fine in his first three games, but has yet to find the end zone or really get going. But he's seen 20 targets already in the first three games, and that volume should keep his floor high, even when his rushing ability is held in check. Continue to consider him a borderline RB1 ROS.
41 weeks ago
Alvin Kamara Note
Alvin Kamara photo 5. Alvin Kamara NO (at CAR)
Kamara looks likely to return in Week 10 after the Saints' bye. He should be fully recovered from his various injuries and take over the lead duty role for the team once again. Latavius Murray was effective in Kamara's stead, and may earn a bigger piece of the running back pie going forward. But Kamara should still be a top-five back, particular in half- and full-PPR formats going forward.
35 weeks ago
Aaron Jones Note
Aaron Jones photo 6. Aaron Jones GB (at DET)
While on the field, Jones was an elusive as any runner in the NFL. The issue, of course, was that Green Bay refused to use him like the three-down machine he can be. That may change with a new coach in town, but until we are certain he is a 300 touch guy, he will likely fall to the third round. Don't mistake that for meaning he doesn't have top 5 RB upside, however, because he most certainly does.
43 weeks ago
Nick Chubb Note
Nick Chubb photo 7. Nick Chubb CLE (at CIN)
While Carlos Hyde was the lead back in Cleveland, they made him a workhorse then Chubb took over and saw 18.6 carries per game over the next 9 contests. It seems clear that he will be a 20 touch per game weapon for fantasy owners this year and should find his way into the end zone more often in what will be a much improved offense.
43 weeks ago
Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 8. Dalvin Cook MIN (vs . CHI)
There's little that can stop Cook at this point. He's a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme, he plays on a team that just wants to run the ball, and he's scoring touchdowns at will. He has a legitimate shot to finish as the top running back in fantasy if he stays healthy and should be valued accordingly.
40 weeks ago
Saquon Barkley Note
Saquon Barkley photo 9. Saquon Barkley NYG (vs . PHI)
If you got through the first round of your fantasy playoffs, Barkley could very well be a league-winner. He'll play against the Dolphins and Redskins in the two games that matter most, two teams that have allowed plenty of production to the position. More importantly, they both rank in the top-three in regards to running back touches per game allowed. The Giants should also have all their playmakers on the field by this time, which will help detract some attention away from Barkley.
30 weeks ago
Melvin Gordon Note
Melvin Gordon photo 10. Melvin Gordon DEN (vs . LV)
Gordon finally showed signs of life in Week 9 against the Packers, though he still averaged just four yards per carry. With Los Angeles looking to perhaps rely on the run more, Gordon should at least hopefully see the 20-plus touches he saw last week. If he does, he should be at worst a strong RB2 going forward.
34 weeks ago
Mark Ingram II Note
Mark Ingram II photo 11. Mark Ingram II BAL (vs . PIT)
Ingram has been great in the Saints offense over the last few seasons but that does not mean he will fit well in a different offense, especially as a 30-year-old. Sure, the Ravens brought in Ingram but let's not forget that Gus Edwards was terrific to close the season and the Ravens also drafted the electric Justice Hill. Ingram certainly has RB2 potential, but this is shaping up to be a three-headed monster splitting the workload.
43 weeks ago
Todd Gurley Note
Todd Gurley photo 12. Todd Gurley ATL (at TB)
Gurley has had a strange year, scoring a ton of touchdowns but lacking explosiveness and ceding significant work to the other running backs in the Rams offense. If you can capitalize on his touchdowns, then by all means, sell high. Otherwise, expect him to deliver RB2 value the rest of the way.
34 weeks ago
Le'Veon Bell Note
Le'Veon Bell photo 13. Le'Veon Bell NYJ (at BUF)
Bell offered plenty of yards in Week 9 against Miami, but fantasy owners holding him hoping to reap the rewards of this meaty part of his schedule may be disappointed. The Jets' offense is abysmal, and not even Bell can overcome it. That said, if he receives the roughly 25 touches that he did in Week 9 going forward, he should still find his way to plenty of value, just perhaps not as much as his fantasy owners had hoped for.
35 weeks ago
Joe Mixon Note
Joe Mixon photo 14. Joe Mixon CIN (vs . CLE)
Mixon's season has been a disaster, plain and simple. Between the Bengals' dreadful offensive line and the coaching staff's uninspired play-calling, he has essentially been relegated to only a borderline RB2. It's hard to drop someone with Mixon's talent, but you've probably got better options on your team at this point.
34 weeks ago
Phillip Lindsay Note
Phillip Lindsay photo 15. Phillip Lindsay DEN (vs . LV)
If there were a schedule you could draw up for a running back over the final two weeks, it's the one Lindsay has. He'll play against the Chiefs and Lions, two teams that have been a playground for opposing running backs. They've been two of the three worst teams in the league against fantasy running backs, which means there are enough fantasy points available to support a timeshare, though Lindsay has been the clear-cut workhorse for the Broncos over the last three weeks.
30 weeks ago
Josh Jacobs Note
Josh Jacobs photo 16. Josh Jacobs LV (at DEN)
With what seems to be no competition for the job, most anticipate Jacobs to have a huge workload. That may be the case, but we never saw him handle those type of touches or anything close in college, and Jalen Richard likely isn't going away in the passing game. While Jacobs is a safe bet for RB2 production, it might be wise to temper expectations in this offense.
43 weeks ago
Marlon Mack Note
Marlon Mack photo 17. Marlon Mack IND (at JAC)
Now that Andrew Luck is retired, most expect Mack to be on the wrong end of negative game scripts, but the Colts have insisted that he will be on the field on third downs like he was as a rookie. If that is the case, Mack still has RB1 potential to go with a safe floor thanks to an incredible offensive line ahead of him.
43 weeks ago
Austin Ekeler Note
Austin Ekeler photo 18. Austin Ekeler LAC (at KC)
Ekeler has still been useful despite Melvin Gordon coming back, though much of his value has come from his involvement in the passing game. No longer the RB1 he appeared to be at the start of the season, he still carries plenty of value in half- and full-PPR leagues as a reliable starting option.
34 weeks ago
Miles Sanders Note
Miles Sanders photo 19. Miles Sanders PHI (at NYG)
The Eagles re-signed Darren Sproles, acquired Jordan Howard and still have several other running backs of relevance on their depth chart. Peterson is known for splitting the workload among his running backs even when he had Jay Ajayi on the roster. If you think Sanders is going to be the exception to the rule, you will likely end up disappointed even though he is so talented.
43 weeks ago
Devin Singletary Note
Devin Singletary photo 20. Devin Singletary BUF (vs . NYJ)
Singletary finally had the huge breakout game his fantasy owners have been waiting for in Week 9, rumbling for a touchdown and tallying several explosive plays. With Frank Gore finally starting to look his age, expect Singletary to have a much bigger role going forward, one that should make him a borderline RB2 for the rest of the season.
34 weeks ago
Devonta Freeman Note
Devonta Freeman photo 21. Devonta Freeman FA (BYE)
The Falcons have been banged up the last two years including Freeman himself but don't be surprised if this offensive line surges forward this year with all the talent they have. If that happens, Freeman could explode back into the top 10 fantasy running backs as we saw in 2015, 2016 and 2017 with his fantasy points per game.
43 weeks ago
David Montgomery Note
David Montgomery photo 22. David Montgomery CHI (at MIN)
Jordan Howard is now gone after producing for fantasy owners despite lackluster efficiency. Many will take this to mean that the much more talented Montgomery will become a stud from day one, but Mike Davis is in town now too and Tarik Cohen isn't going anywhere so it might not happen quite so quickly.
43 weeks ago
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 23. James Conner PIT (at BAL)
Conner injured his AC joint in Week 8 against the Dolphins and missed the game against the Colts. He's likely to miss another week recovering, which should leave Jaylen Samuels in the driver's seat for the Steelers. Conner has battled injuries on and off all season long, but when healthy, has delivered quality fantasy performances. There's not much to do as a Conner owner but hold him and wait for him to recover, which should be within two weeks.
34 weeks ago
Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 24. Sony Michel NE (vs . MIA)
Michel has looked better since the return of Isaiah Wynn to the offensive line and has two great matchups with the Bengals and Bills to close out the fantasy season. We also know the Patriots tend to ramp-up their run-game towards the end of the season in order to keep the pass-catchers healthy for the postseason.
30 weeks ago
Raheem Mostert Note
Raheem Mostert photo 25. Raheem Mostert SF (at SEA)
Like many of the other names on this list, there is some risk, but we are talking about what is essentially the #1 running back for one of the top running offenses in football. You may not like the matchup versus New Orleans, but last week's matchup against the Ravens wasn't so hot either and he still went for 154 yards and a score.
30 weeks ago
Kareem Hunt Note
Kareem Hunt photo 26. Kareem Hunt CLE (at CIN)
Yes, Hunt has a terrific season from a fantasy perspective last year, but that has always been the case with Andy Reid running backs. Hunt may be worth nothing outside of that, and even if he is, that doesn't mean he will unseat Nick Chubb when he comes back three months into the season. This should be a hard pass in the 10th round for fantasy owners.
43 weeks ago
Kenyan Drake Note
Kenyan Drake photo 27. Kenyan Drake ARI (at LAR)
Drake has been traded to the Cardinals, a surprising move given the Cardinals' place in the standings and the presence of David Johnson. Despite having only a few days to prepare, Drake will likely be the primary ball carrier in Week 9 on Thursday against the 49ers. His long-term value will depend entirely on David Johnson's health.
36 weeks ago
Carlos Hyde Note
Carlos Hyde photo 28. Carlos Hyde SEA (vs . SF)
Hyde continues to garner the bulk of the running back touches in Houston, and has looked far more effective than anyone could have expected. He's a zero in the passing game, making him far less valuable in half- and full-PPR leagues. But in standard formats, he's someone you can start weekly without much concern.
34 weeks ago
James White Note
James White photo 29. James White NE (vs . MIA)
White finished as an RB1 last season and now the offense has fewer weapons in the passing game and a banged up starting running back. It isn't crazy to think White could end up back in that territory in 2019 and if he doesn't, he is a safe bet to finish top 30 thanks to his receiving abilities.
43 weeks ago
Jamaal Williams Note
Jamaal Williams photo 30. Jamaal Williams GB (at DET)
Williams continues to eat into Aaron Jones' touches but, for the first time in a long time, that's not a negative. Jones continues to put up huge numbers, while Williams has scored four touchdowns in his last three games. Williams has earned a start now as an RB3/Flex play, and so long as the Packers continue to rely heavily on the run, he should see plenty of volume.
35 weeks ago
Adrian Peterson Note
Adrian Peterson photo 31. Adrian Peterson WAS (at DAL)
Peterson is not going to be a recommended start against the Eagles in Week 15, but he will be against the Giants in Week 16. That's a game he should see 15-plus touches in, and though they've been better against the run as of late, you can't find those touches on the waiver wire.
30 weeks ago
Ronald Jones II Note
Ronald Jones II photo 32. Ronald Jones II TB (vs . ATL)
We've played this game before and it isn't fun. Jones looks phenomenal, gets a lot of touches and we expect he has finally secured the alpha dog role in the Bucs backfield only to find out it was another diabolical trick by Bruce Arians. While that may be the case, it is impossible to ignore an extremely talented back who just saw 20 touches. The upside alone for a player like that makes him well worth half of your FAAB budget or the #1 waiver priority.
34 weeks ago
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 33. Latavius Murray NO (at CAR)
Murray filled in brilliantly for the injured Alvin Kamara in Weeks 7 and 8, but Kamara should return after the bye in Week 10. Chances are, Murray's performance has earned him a larger role than he saw earlier in the season, and he should settle into the Mark Ingram complement to Kamara. That's a running back who you can start most weeks.
35 weeks ago
Bo Scarbrough Note
Bo Scarbrough photo 34. Bo Scarbrough DET (vs . GB)
If you're in a league where someone loves volume running backs and doesn't worry about matchups, maybe you can unload Scarbrough. They'll play the Bucs and Broncos over the final two weeks, which are matchups to avoid when you can, and even more so when you're dealing with a two-down back.
30 weeks ago
LeSean McCoy Note
LeSean McCoy photo 35. LeSean McCoy FA (BYE)
The Bills unsurprisingly moved on from McCoy's enormous contract so he is currently a free agent but don't expect that to last for long. He is still talented and can be a strong backup for a team like the Jets, or perhaps the Texans or Bucs turn to him as their starter. Don't cut him or stop drafting him yet.
43 weeks ago
Matt Breida Note
Matt Breida photo 36. Matt Breida MIA (at NE)
Like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, life finds a way with Breida, who is set to take back the lead role in the San Francisco backfield after Tevin Coleman's ankle injury. Raheem Mostert ran well against the Bucs after Coleman left the game, but Breida has shown before what he can do in this offense. He should be a reliable Flex play for as long as Coleman is out, even with sharing carries with Mostert.
43 weeks ago
Damien Williams Note
Damien Williams photo 37. Damien Williams KC (vs . LAC)
Williams' season has been disastrous, but it appears he might finally provide the most value right when fantasy owners need him. With a bad LeSean McCoy fumble opening the door for Williams, the veteran shined in Week 9 against the Dolphins, highlighted by a 91-yard touchdown run. He'll still split touches with McCoy and perhaps others, but overall, it's possible he can become a reliable RB2 once again.
34 weeks ago
Tevin Coleman Note
Tevin Coleman photo 38. Tevin Coleman SF (at SEA)
He's fallen down the depth chart over the last few weeks, while they are turning into a more balanced offense with their run/pass selection. Because of that, it's going to be even more difficult to find two 49ers running backs who see double-digit touches, let alone three of them.
30 weeks ago
Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 39. Alexander Mattison MIN (vs . CHI)
Mattison is not only the best pickup of the week; he is the best pickup all season long. He should have already been owned, but if he isn't, spend every dime of your FAAB on this future league-winner.
30 weeks ago
Royce Freeman Note
Royce Freeman photo 40. Royce Freeman DEN (vs . LV)
It may be tempting to drop Freeman knowing it's the Phillip Lindsay show, but with the remaining schedule the Broncos have, Freeman might be the most valuable handcuff. in fantasy football. In fact, it's possible he has standalone value against the Chiefs and Lions, who both rank in the bottom-three against fantasy running backs.
30 weeks ago
Jordan Howard Note
Jordan Howard photo 41. Jordan Howard MIA (at NE)
Howard had a monstrous day against the Packers in Week 4, scoring three touchdowns. He's earned himself a much bigger role, perhaps the stronger side of the split with Miles Sanders in the Philadelphia backfield. He'll take what is given to him, and doesn't have Sanders' upside. But for now, he remains playable in a pinch.
39 weeks ago
David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 42. David Johnson HOU (vs . TEN)
Johnson will almost certainly miss Week 9 with his ankle injury, and the trade for Kenyan Drake puts his long-term availability in question. For now, there's not much you can do as a Johnson owner. You can't sell him low unless someone is wildly optimistic on his injury concerns. When healthy, he should continue to dominate the touches, even with Kenyan Drake in fold.
36 weeks ago
Tarik Cohen Note
Tarik Cohen photo 43. Tarik Cohen CHI (at MIN)
Cohen got nary a carry in Week 1 against the Packers, instead running routes out of the slot almost exclusively. He'll likely see some more work in the backfield but with Mike Davis also cutting into David Montgomery's role, there isn't that much room for Cohen at this point. He's certainly worth owning in PPR formats, but be wary about starting him for the foreseeable future.
42 weeks ago
Duke Johnson Note
Duke Johnson photo 44. Duke Johnson HOU (vs . TEN)
With Lamar Miller out for the season, Duke is the favorite to lead this team in touches. They brought in Carlos Hyde via trade and while you may think he is a lock to be the early-down back, Duke can handle a three-down workload as we saw in college when he touched the ball 22 times per game. He comes with both risk and upside, making him a worthwhile mid-round pick.
43 weeks ago
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 45. Tony Pollard DAL (vs . WAS)
Some will want to drop Pollard knowing they aren't going to be starting him with Ezekiel Elliott on the field, but he's the ideal player to have on your bench. Should Elliott be forced to miss any games, Pollard would be a league-winner. These are the types of players to have on your bench heading into the fantasy playoffs.
31 weeks ago
Frank Gore Note
Frank Gore photo 46. Frank Gore NYJ (at BUF)
The biggest mistake fantasy owners can make this time of year is to keep dead-weight players on their bench. There is no situation or injury that would push Gore into top-15 territory. Instead of rostering him, add someone like Tony Pollard or Alexander Mattison.
30 weeks ago
Peyton Barber Note
Peyton Barber photo 47. Peyton Barber WAS (at DAL)
Ronald Jones is apparently the starter, but if you desperate at running back, you can play it safe with someone like Nyheim Hines or Chris Thompson, but it might be in your best interest to take a stab in the dark at the Bucs' backfield. There is a chance, as always, that Barber ends up with 15 touches which would go a long way against a lousy Lions' defense.
29 weeks ago
Gus Edwards Note
Gus Edwards photo 48. Gus Edwards BAL (vs . PIT)
Gus Edwards will go off from time to time thanks to the game scripts Baltimore has been in and will likely see again, but you can't trust him week to week. With that said, if Mark Ingram were to suffer an injury, Edwards would be a weekly RB2 so he may be worth stashing.
32 weeks ago
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 49. Benny Snell Jr. PIT (at BAL)
Much like last week, there is a chance James Conner comes back and gobbles up all the touches for himself. The upside far outweighs that risk, however. Snell now has 39 touches in the past two weeks and just so happens to be coming into matchups against the Cardinals lousy defense and the Bills' struggling run defense over the next two weeks. You can bet he'll be ranked among the top 24 options in both contests if Conner is out once again.
30 weeks ago
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 50. Jaylen Samuels PIT (at BAL)
Samuels missed Week 8 and may not even be ready to go for Week 9, but when he does return, we are almost certainly looking at the best handcuff for James Conner.
35 weeks ago
Malcolm Brown Note
Malcolm Brown photo 51. Malcolm Brown LAR (vs . ARI)
Coach Sean McVay has made it clear that both Henderson and Brown will be plenty involved this season which makes sense considering they used a tender to ensure Brown remained on their roster. He may not quite be the second option, but absolutely has some upside in this high-powered offense.
43 weeks ago
Brian Hill Note
Brian Hill photo 52. Brian Hill ATL (at TB)
Devonta Freeman could be back for Week 11 or miss the rest of the season. With Ito Smith already on IR, that would mean 15 to 20 touches every game for Hill in a strong offense. Don't sleep on the fact that Hill is an explosive athlete and could break out in this role to become a weekly RB2. If Freeman is out, Hill is well worth your entire FAAB budget.
33 weeks ago
Darwin Thompson Note
Darwin Thompson photo 53. Darwin Thompson KC (vs . LAC)
Both of the Williams backs for Kansas City were out and LeSean McCoy hasn't been a lead back all season, no matter who was hurt, but it was't Thompson who led the Chiefs in snaps. Instead, it was Spencer Ware. You can't rely on Thompson this week versus Denver.
29 weeks ago
Patrick Laird Note
Patrick Laird photo 54. Patrick Laird MIA (at NE)
The Dolphins offensive line certainly won't afford Laird many holes, and we all know he is a limited athlete, but there is no substitute for volume and he is a near-lock for 15 touches against a lousy Giants defense so you could potentially use him in the flex this week.
29 weeks ago
Rex Burkhead Note
Rex Burkhead photo 55. Rex Burkhead NE (vs . MIA)
Burkhead was so useful last week because James White was out for personal reasons. Prior to that, the Patriots were up by four touchdowns so unless you are planning on either of those happening again, you can't plan on putting Rex into your lineup. He does have upside if Sony or White gets injured though.
40 weeks ago
Nyheim Hines Note
Nyheim Hines photo 56. Nyheim Hines IND (at JAC)
Hines has minimal upside but if you are desperate for a running back this week, he isn't the worst play in what should be a high-scoring game. Plus, Tampa shuts down the run so it might benefit Indy to have their pass-catching back on the field more often.
30 weeks ago
J.D. McKissic Note
J.D. McKissic photo 57. J.D. McKissic WAS (at DAL)
It is possible that the Lions go sign a veteran in the next 24 hours like Mike Davis or Jay Ajayi, but if that doesn't happen, we've got the clear number one running back that plays all three downs. He didn't do much with 16 touches last week, but you can't replace volume.
33 weeks ago
DeAndre Washington Note
DeAndre Washington photo 58. DeAndre Washington KC (vs . LAC)
Considering Josh Jacobs wasn't ruled out early, and was a true game-time decision, it is clearly quite possible that he plays in Week 15. If that were to happen, Washington would be entirely unstartable. With that said, the upside for him this week if Jacobs is out, makes Washington the top pickup of the week. With another 20 touches this week versus the Jags' horrendous defense, we'd legitimately be talking about a fringe-RB1.
29 weeks ago
Chase Edmonds Note
Chase Edmonds photo 59. Chase Edmonds ARI (at LAR)
With Kenyan Drake filling a big role for the Cardinals, the only way Edmonds sees playing time is if the Cardinals were to shut down David Johnson. That doesn't seem likely as of now, which makes Edmonds nothing more than a third-string running back.
33 weeks ago
Jordan Wilkins Note
Jordan Wilkins photo 60. Jordan Wilkins IND (at JAC)
Wilkins may have led the Colts in backfield touches last week, but even if we knew he would again in either of the next two weeks, the matchups are so bad that he is virtually unstartable, and by the time all of that ends, Marlon Mack should be back.
30 weeks ago
Darrell Henderson Note
Darrell Henderson photo 61. Darrell Henderson LAR (vs . ARI)
Not only does it appear like a timeshare behind Todd Gurley, but the offense isn't good enough to warrant the backfield as a must-own situation like it was the first two years in Sean McVay's offense. Henderson's best-case scenario is likely 8-12 touches per game with an injury to Gurley, and even then, he wouldn't get the goal-line work.
32 weeks ago
Jeff Wilson Note
Jeff Wilson photo 62. Jeff Wilson SF (at SEA)
Wilson may be piling up rushing touchdowns quickly, but he is still the clear #3 running back for the 49ers and when Tevin Coleman returns, Wilson is likely headed back to inactive.
40 weeks ago
Ryquell Armstead Note
Ryquell Armstead photo 63. Ryquell Armstead JAC (vs . IND)
Armstead looked like a promising handcuff in his touches Sunday and should be considered among the top available handcuffs considering Fournette's injury history.
39 weeks ago
Ty Johnson Note
Ty Johnson photo 64. Ty Johnson DET (vs . GB)
Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury in Week 7 and ended up on IR. Ty is a rare combination of both side and speed and is a must-start this week against the Giants and every other week assuming he remains the starter.
36 weeks ago
Chris Thompson Note
Chris Thompson photo 65. Chris Thompson JAC (vs . IND)
Although Thompson isn't going to get any carries with both Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice rolling, he did see 8 targets last game. With a useful game script likely coming up against Philly, he'll be on the RB4/RB3 fringe as a potential flex start.
29 weeks ago
Jay Ajayi Note
Jay Ajayi photo 66. Jay Ajayi FA (BYE)
Ajayi is working out for the Cardinals which likely means David Johnson's injury is worse than they were letting on. He would merely be a middle-range handcuff for Chase Edmonds, however, if he did sign.
36 weeks ago
Jonathan Williams Note
Jonathan Williams photo 67. Jonathan Williams FA (BYE)
With Marlon Mack already ruled out for Thursday and likely several more weeks, Williams is the clear-cut top pickup this week. He piled up 147 yards on just 14 touches against the Jags last week and while Jordan Wilkins may come back, chances are that this is now Williams' job.
32 weeks ago
Giovani Bernard Note
Giovani Bernard photo 68. Giovani Bernard CIN (vs . CLE)
Reggie Bonnafon Note
Reggie Bonnafon photo 69. Reggie Bonnafon CAR (vs . NO)
Wayne Gallman Note
Wayne Gallman photo 70. Wayne Gallman NYG (vs . PHI)
Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 and is due to get his MRI results any hour. It seems likely that he will miss 4 to 6 weeks, and while Gallman doesn't have anywhere close to RB1 upside, that would still be 4-6 startable fantasy weeks which is enough to make him the top pickup of the week. Because of his limited upside, though, I'd only spend 10 to 12 FAAB to acquire him unless you are desperate at running back.
41 weeks ago
Dion Lewis Note
Dion Lewis photo 71. Dion Lewis NYG (vs . PHI)
With the display Derrick Henry put on at the end of the season, there is no chance Lewis leads the Titans' backfield this year unless Henry's injury is a bigger deal that it currently appears. That isn't to say Lewis won't have games where he splashes but predicting which week it will be is a difficult task so he should merely be thought of as a handcuff.
43 weeks ago
Trey Edmunds Note
Trey Edmunds photo 72. Trey Edmunds PIT (at BAL)
Dare Ogunbowale Note
Dare Ogunbowale photo 73. Dare Ogunbowale TB (vs . ATL)
Jalen Richard Note
Jalen Richard photo 74. Jalen Richard LV (at DEN)
The Raiders certainly have a nice matchup this week which bodes well for Richard if Josh Jacobs is out again, but with Jacobs out, Richard still just had 9 touches so there isn't enough upside to make him worth rostering.
29 weeks ago
Justice Hill Note
Justice Hill photo 75. Justice Hill BAL (vs . PIT)
We know New Orleans multiplies a running back's value, so why wouldn't the reverse effect take place when a running back leaves? No one is arguing that Mark Ingram is awful, but I'll contend that he isn't good enough outside of that Saints' system to lock down the starting running back job in Baltimore. If anyone is going to sneak in and win the job, it would be Justice Hill. Mike Tagliere, likens Hill to Reggie Bush, but you could also call him a bigger and more athletic version of Phillip Lindsay with excellent instincts and top-level speed. Pair that with a run-heavy offense and we might just have this year's biggest surprise breakout running back.
43 weeks ago
Brandon Bolden Note
Brandon Bolden photo 76. Brandon Bolden NE (vs . MIA)
Justin Jackson Note
Justin Jackson photo 77. Justin Jackson LAC (at KC)
Jackson has run well in the first three games, but has been overshadowed by Austin Ekeler's dominance, particularly in the passing game. With Melvin Godon returning, Jackson's minimal value should nearly evaporate by Week 6. But for Week 4 against the Dolphins, when Gordon will be out, and Week 5 against the Broncos, when Gordon's role may be minimal, Jackson is someone who fantasy owners can likely play in a pinch.
40 weeks ago
Boston Scott Note
Boston Scott photo 78. Boston Scott PHI (at NYG)
You may have seen Miles Sanders pulled from Monday night's game, but there doesn't appear to have been any lasting injury. Rather, it was supposedly cramping so don't plan on Scott helping you this week.
29 weeks ago
Bilal Powell Note
Bilal Powell photo 79. Bilal Powell FA (BYE)
Damien Harris Note
Damien Harris photo 80. Damien Harris NE (vs . MIA)
It was odd that the Patriots drafted yet another running back, and because he is seemingly their number four on the depth chart, you may think he has no fantasy appeal, but rather, he is the direct replacement for Sony Michel. James White wouldn't move into that role nor would Rex Burkhead so instead, Harris is an injury away from top 20 RB value and perhaps much more.
43 weeks ago
Myles Gaskin Note
Myles Gaskin photo 81. Myles Gaskin MIA (at NE)
Kerryon Johnson Note
Kerryon Johnson photo 82. Kerryon Johnson DET (vs . GB)
Kerryon is a popular early-round pick this year for many and while he may be talented, this offense is unlikely to produce enough points to give him much of a ceiling. What's more, is that Kerryon himself has said he isn't a three-down back and the Lions haven't used him on third downs this preseason so make of that what you will.
43 weeks ago
Qadree Ollison Note
Qadree Ollison photo 83. Qadree Ollison ATL (at TB)
Ty Montgomery Note
Ty Montgomery photo 84. Ty Montgomery NO (at CAR)
Le'Veon Bell hasn't exactly been the most durable starting running back and while it is rumored that the Jets are looking for additional help at the position, it is Montgomery now who is the clear backup if anything were to happen, and believe it or not, he has looked terrific this preseason.
43 weeks ago
Kerrith Whyte Jr. Note
Kerrith Whyte Jr. photo 85. Kerrith Whyte Jr. PIT (at BAL)
Wendell Smallwood Note
Wendell Smallwood photo 86. Wendell Smallwood FA (BYE)
Mike Davis Note
Mike Davis photo 87. Mike Davis CAR (vs . NO)
Until the Bears drafted David Montgomery, it looked like Davis would be the steal of the century in fantasy drafts. He has plenty of upside if Mongtomery were to go down with an injury and let's not discount the possibility that the Bears ease Montgomery in and let the veteran pass-catcher lead this Chicago backfield in touches for the first month or two.
43 weeks ago
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 88. Dontrell Hilliard CLE (at CIN)
Ameer Abdullah Note
Ameer Abdullah photo 89. Ameer Abdullah MIN (vs . CHI)
Mike Boone Note
Mike Boone photo 90. Mike Boone MIN (vs . CHI)
Dwayne Washington Note
Dwayne Washington photo 91. Dwayne Washington NO (at CAR)
T.J. Yeldon Note
T.J. Yeldon photo 92. T.J. Yeldon BUF (vs . NYJ)
LeSean McCoy is the biggest name in this Buffalo backfield and Devin Singletary the hot new rookie, but it was Yeldon last year who's tape stood out. Don't be surprised if he grabs hold of the starting job for Buffalo this August and produces like a strong RB3 this season.
43 weeks ago
Damarea Crockett Note
Damarea Crockett photo 93. Damarea Crockett GB (at DET)
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 94. D'Ernest Johnson CLE (at CIN)
Dexter Williams Note
Dexter Williams photo 95. Dexter Williams GB (at DET)
Theo Riddick Note
Theo Riddick photo 96. Theo Riddick FA (BYE)
Devontae Booker Note
Devontae Booker photo 97. Devontae Booker LV (at DEN)