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Week 4 Rankings

Jonathan Taylor Note
Jonathan Taylor photo 1. Jonathan Taylor IND (vs . TEN)
The No. 1 pick in most drafts this season, Taylor has disappointed to date. He's the No. 10 fantasy running back with 14.3 points per game. That's not horrible, but that's not what Taylor investors were hoping for when they acquired him. Even so, he's still the No. 1 back this week in our expert rankings, because his usage has been great (61 carries, 13 targets) and his production has been good enough (329 yards, one touchdown). Taylor is actually tied for No. 1 in the league with 11 carries in the red zone. At some point, more touchdowns will come -- maybe this week: The Titans defense is No. 30 in rush EPA (0.085). Taylor remains a weekly no-doubt starter.
4 days ago
Nick Chubb Note
Nick Chubb photo 2. Nick Chubb CLE (at ATL)
Chubb remains a strong RB1, essentially a lock for 20 touches per game. He's averaged 22 touches and 123 total yards. He remains one of the league's most explosive rushers, ranking tenth in yards after contact per attempt and third in PFF's elusive rating (minimum ten carries). The Falcons' run defense has deteriorated as they now have the highest rush EPA and third-highest rush success rate allowed. Chubb is tied with Hunt with a 44.6% route run rate over the last two weeks. Even a few targets like he received in Week 2 (three targets, 26 receiving yards) raise his floor and ceiling.
4 days ago
Saquon Barkley Note
Saquon Barkley photo 3. Saquon Barkley NYG (vs . CHI)
Saquon Barkley played 91% of the snaps on Monday night, totaling 18 touches for 126 yards and a rushing TD. Barkley's 95% backfield opportunity share ranked second to only Leonard Fournette in Week 3. Top-3 fantasy RB ROS and a darkhorse to finish as the RB1 overall in Week 4. The Bears defense ranks second-to-last in rushing yards per game allowed this season (157.0).
4 days ago
Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 4. Derrick Henry TEN (at IND)
With just 3.6 yards per carry, Henry is not quite his former self, but he has had 20-plus carries in two of three games, and last week he saw surprising usage as a pass catcher, getting a career-high six targets, which he converted into 5-58-0 receiving. All totaled, he has 250 yards and two touchdowns through three games, which makes him the No. 12 fantasy running back with 13.2 points per game. He hasn't had a full-blown "King Henry" game yet, but it's hard to be huffy with a guy averaging 20.3 opportunities per game. Still, the Colts defense is No. 2 in rush DVOA (-40.9%) and might get back All-Pro LB Shaquille Leonard (back) this week. Henry is a low-end RB1.
4 days ago
Austin Ekeler Note
Austin Ekeler photo 5. Austin Ekeler LAC (at HOU)
Austin Ekeler's usage has not been great this season. His Week 3 snap rate (56%) matched his season-long average as he continues to lose snaps to a combination of Joshua Kelley and Sony Michel. He had just four carries for 5 yards in Week 3. And for the second straight week, he lost red-zone opportunities to one of his backups. Two of Kelley's three touches came inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. But like in Week 2, Ekeler racked up a ton of receptions - 8 catches for 48 yards - to salvage his fantasy day. Even so, the constant effort to get guys like Michel and Kelley involved might hurt Ekeler's fantasy value in the long term. His overall volume won't be the same as last season when he scored 20 TDs. But Week 4's matchup versus the Texans is juicy, as their defense cannot stop the run. No team has allowed more rushing yards per game (202.3) than Houston. And it's by a wide margin compared to the second-worst team (Chicago Bears, 157). So I'd be looking to sell high after this game if possible. But don't pass up a deal if you can get one done this week. Can't forget that Chargers stud tackle Ra'Shawn Slater is out for the season. And the Chargers are going to struggle in future matchups to create rushing lanes as they rank 31st in yards created before contact. Luckily the Texans are the exact cure, as their defensive line ranks 31st in yards allowed before contact. A true battle of two movable objects.
4 days ago
Joe Mixon Note
Joe Mixon photo 6. Joe Mixon CIN (vs . MIA)
Mixon left last week's game due to an ankle injury, but reports are he'll be good to go, so that's how we'll approach it. Mixon has been one of the most inefficient rushers in the NFL. The offensive line hasn't been great, ranking 26th or worst in adjusted line yards, second-level yards, and open field yards, but Mixon isn't creating any yards for himself. Out of 59 rushers with at least ten carries, he ranks 49th in PFF's elusive rating and has the third-lowest yards after contact per attempt. He's averaged 23.6 touches and 88.6 total yards through three games. Considering Mixon's struggles, the Dolphins are a scary rushing matchup. They have allowed the seventh-lowest rushing success rate while also ranking second and fifth in adjusted line yards and second-level yards. Mixon's best chance of walking away with a solid day could come in the passing game. While his route run rate is nauseating (41.3%), he's drawn a 15.9% target share (sixth-best). Sadly he hasn't been inefficient through the air either, ranking 23rd in yards per route run (minimum five targets), so the prospects aren't amazing here either. Miami ranks 27th in DVOA against receiving backs with the sixth-most receptions and receiving yards. Mixon is best viewed as a volume RB2.
4 days ago
Christian McCaffrey Note
Christian McCaffrey photo 7. Christian McCaffrey CAR (vs . ARI)
Leonard Fournette Note
Leonard Fournette photo 8. Leonard Fournette TB (vs . KC)
After scoring 10 touchdowns last year and getting six targets per game, Fournette has disappointed this year with zero touchdowns and an average of four targets. But the touchdowns will come, given that he has 19 carries per game (vs. 12.9 in 2021) and was literally the only Bucs back to touch the ball in Week 3 (per
4 days ago
Jamaal Williams Note
Jamaal Williams photo 9. Jamaal Williams DET (vs . SEA)
With D'Andre Swift due to miss time, Williams will be Detroit's horse, with Craig Reynolds factoring in some. Williams is coming off a week where he played 45% of the snaps, logging 22 touches and 107 total yards (two touchdowns) as the RB3 in fantasy. Williams has seen 78.6% of the team's carries inside the red zone and 88.9% of the work inside the ten, so there shouldn't be any debate on who is Detroit's goal line back with Swift out. It has been and will continue to be Williams. Williams is a top 12 running back this week against Seattle. The Seahawks are tenth in rushing success rate, fifth in explosive run rate, and sixth in fantasy points per game allowed to running backs. Williams should also load up on receptions against a team that's 26th in DVOA against receiving backs giving up the sixth-most receptions and fourth-most receiving yards. Works in his favor that a large chunk of the team's target share (31%) is up for grabs without St. Brown in the lineup. 
3 days ago
Khalil Herbert Note
Khalil Herbert photo 10. Khalil Herbert CHI (at NYG)
David Montgomery left Week 3 with an injury, opening the door for one of my favorite RBs, Khalil Herbert, to absolutely smash. The second-year RB rushed for 157 yards on 20 carries with two TDs. Also added two catches for 12 yards, while running a route on 56% of dropbacks. Including Week 3, Herbert has never rushed for fewer than 75 yards in a game he has played at least 50% of the snaps. His average output in those games is just over 100 rushing yards per game (5-game sample size). Montgomery has rushed for 75 yards-plus 5 times since the start of 2021. He's an auto start and a fantasy RB1 with Monty ruled out for Week 4. The Giants run defense ranks third in rushing yards allowed per game to RBs (126.3) at 5.6 yards per carry. LFG. 
3 days ago
Najee Harris Note
Najee Harris photo 11. Najee Harris PIT (vs . NYJ)
Najee Harris (80%, 47) dominated snaps over Jaylen Warren (20%, 12) in Week 3. He also out-touched him 18 to 5. Although Warren looked explosive in his limited touches compiling 30 rushing yards on just four carries. Harris rushed 15 times for 56 yards. Considering Harris' workload and injury entering the season, Warren needs to be stashed. He'd likely be an immediate plug-in play fantasy RB2 should Harris miss anytime...even in the Steelers' uninspiring offense. In Week 4 versus the Jets, Harris is a backend fantasy RB1 as he continues to get the necessary volume to score fantasy points. But be warned that his receiving usage - 48% route participation in Week 3 - has decreased tremendously from last season, making him more dependent on rushing production. Not ideal for a running back that ranks second-to-last in rushing yards over expectation per attempt (-1.14).
4 days ago
Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 12. Dalvin Cook MIN (at NO)
Cook left last week's game with a dislocated shoulder. He has a long history of shoulder injuries, but early reports indicate he'll wear a harness in Week 4 and play. He's practiced in full Thurs-Fri. Cook has averaged 16.6 touches and 80 total yards this year. Before last week's abbreviated showing, he had seen a 14.5% target share with a 65.1% route run rate. Excluding his abysmal showing in Week 2, he's racked up 3.38 yards after contact per attempt and an 84.5 elusive rating. This season, those marks would rank 22nd and 16th among rushers with at least ten carries. New Orleans isn't the brick wall run defense of old. While they have allowed the ninth-lowest rushing success rate, they have also bled out the 11th-highest explosive run rate and are 15th in rushing yards per game. Cook will have to do most of his damage on the ground as the Saints are fourth in DVOA against receiving backs. If Cook plays, it's simple. You play him as a top-12 running back.
3 days ago
Javonte Williams Note
Javonte Williams photo 13. Javonte Williams DEN (at LV)
What if I were to tell you that there's a second-year running back with second-round draft capital, a three-down skill set and 19-20 opportunities in every game this year playing in an offense quarterbacked by a future Hall-of-Famer and facing a defense that ranks No. 3 in most fantasy points allowed to opposing backfields (25.4 per game). Is that something you might be interested in? Williams is a high-end RB2 this week.
4 days ago
Aaron Jones Note
Aaron Jones photo 14. Aaron Jones GB (vs . NE)
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 15. James Conner ARI (at CAR)
Conner totaled 16 touches for 57 yards in Week 3 (60% snap share). No TDs and 3 catches. He's still Arizona's clear-cut RB1, with Darrel Williams (17% snap share) and Eno Benjamin (27% snap share) combining for just 7 touches. If you need to make roster depth, I'm okay with cutting those Zona backups. No guarantee either is a bellcow if/and when Conner goes down. The Cardinals offense (aside from feeding their top-3 pass-catchers) is also not inspiring hope that they can support fantasy production for a lesser-talented RB based on just volume alone. As for Conner's expectations versus the Panthers he remains a volume-based RB2 option. I'd expect the Cards' lead back to see a higher share of the team's backfield touches another week removed from his Week 2 injury. The matchup on the ground isn't as great as the Panthers' run defense EPA (28th) would suggest as they have faced superior running games to the Cardinals thus far, but Conner should be able to muster enough yardage and potentially score to start in Week 4. The main concern is that Arizona's OL has the third-worst rushing disadvantage per PFF's OL/DL matchup chart. It's been a problem all year and attributed to Conner's lackluster 3.1 yards per carry. And Conner isn't a running back that is going to create much on his own, currently ranking 47th out of 54 qualifying RBs in yards after contact per attempt.
4 days ago
James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 16. James Robinson JAC (at PHI)
James Robinson put together another RB1 performance in Week 3: 20 touches for 116 yards and 1 TD (58% snap share, 53% route participation). He's strung together three straight top-8 finishes in half-point scoring with back-to-back 20-plus touch workloads. There's no denying he's the Jags featured back and he has excelled in his recovery from the Achilles injury in late December. Fantasy managers should expect the production for Robinson to continue on the ground versus the Philadelphia defense, who is more vulnerable versus the run than the pass. Their defense ranks 29th in run defense EPA. Admittedly, it is a slightly inflated number due to D'Andre Swift's massive Week 1, so the matchup is more neutral than a "smash spot" for JRob. Besides, fantasy points for RBs are driven by volume and that is what Robinson has been getting the last two weeks.
4 days ago
Dameon Pierce Note
Dameon Pierce photo 17. Dameon Pierce HOU (vs . LAC)
The defensive line that ranks 32nd in yards allowed before contact belongs to the Los Angeles Chargers. As a result, they allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. So prepare your body and mind for Pierce RB1 season to roll on. He out-carried Rex Burkhead 20-3 in Week 3 en route to a 73% opportunity share in the Texans' backfield. In games where Houston can be competitive or face weak run defenses, Pierce can be a big producer on early downs as a rusher. Just note that Burkhead still has the receiving role (5 targets, 45% route participation in Week 3) making Pierce game-flow dependent (2 targets, 27% route participation in Week 3).
4 days ago
Cordarrelle Patterson Note
Cordarrelle Patterson photo 18. Cordarrelle Patterson ATL (vs . CLE)
This is another awesome, low-key matchup for Patterson to go wild this week. The Browns have limited opposing running backs to the seventh-lowest open field yards and 12th-lowest explosive run rate, but outside of limiting home runs, they have been susceptible to chunk gains. Cleveland has granted the 11th-highest rushing success rate and sixth-highest rushing EPA. Outside of his Week 2 dud, Patterson has averaged 21.5 touches and 144.5 total yards as the RB6 in fantasy points per game. He's been efficient with his touches ranking 18th in yards created per touch, seventh in breakaway run rate, and 22nd in juke rate. He's a solid RB2 with RB1 upside.
4 days ago
Miles Sanders Note
Miles Sanders photo 19. Miles Sanders PHI (vs . JAC)
Sanders' ceiling is always going to be limited by his lack of work at the goal line and as a receiver. Sub-50% route participation with a mobile QB isn't going to cut it, even with his effectiveness and workload as a rusher. I'd be slightly concerned that this could be a disappointing day for the Eagles running back versus a Jaguars run defense that hasn't allowed more than 60 rushing yards to a running back this season. Back-end RB2 for Week 4.
4 days ago
Josh Jacobs Note
Josh Jacobs photo 20. Josh Jacobs LV (vs . DEN)
Jacobs is the No. 28 running back with 9.5 fantasy points per game. That's what happens when a guy has limited receiving work (eight targets) and scores zero touchdowns. While Jacobs is unlikely to light it up as a pass catcher this year, it is encouraging that he was 5-31-0 receiving on six targets in Week 3, and he's bound to find the end zone at some point: He has five of the team's six carries inside the 10-yard line. But that probably won't happen this week, as the Broncos are No. 30 in fantasy points allowed to running backs (10.6 per game). Jacobs is a usage-based RB3/flex this week.
4 days ago
Antonio Gibson Note
Antonio Gibson photo 21. Antonio Gibson WAS (at DAL)
After starting on fire in Week 1, Gibson has cooled off. Over the last two games, he's ceding more work to McKissick, averaging 49% of snaps with 14.5 touches and 40.5 total yards. He's seen his targets drop each week. He's been terribly inefficient with his volume ranking outside the top 40 running backs in juke rate, yards per touch, and yards created per touch. The Washington offensive line isn't doing him any favors as they rank 26th or lower in adjusted line yards, second-level yards, and open field yards. Dallas is a plus matchup ranking dead last in explosive run rate with the 14th highest EPA per rush, but it's fair to question whether Gibson can take advantage or if his line can open holes for him. Gibson could easily be scripted out of this game. He's a risky RB3.
4 days ago
Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 22. Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs . WAS)
Before shutting down Miles Sanders last week on the ground, the Commanders were also having issues defending the run. They still grade out as a plus matchup for this rushing attack. The Commanders are 24th and 29th in second-level and open field yards. They have the 14th-highest explosive run rate and rank 11th in rushing yards allowed per game (third-highest yards per carry). After RB49 and RB43 finishes to open the season, he was the RB16 last week in another good matchup after he got into the endzone. He is clearly on the back nine of his career. Out of 59 running backs with at least ten carries, he's 33rd in yards after contact per attempt and 42nd in PFF's elusive rating. Elliott has disintegrated into less explosive Damien Harris. Elliott is a touchdown-dependent RB3.
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Jeff Wilson Jr. Note
Jeff Wilson Jr. photo 23. Jeff Wilson Jr. SF (vs . LAR)
Rashaad Penny Note
Rashaad Penny photo 24. Rashaad Penny SEA (at DET)
This backfield is an utter mess. Over the last two games, Penny has averaged 10.5 touches and 42 total yards. He's played 69% of the snaps in two of three games, with at least 12 carries and 60 rushing yards in each of those contests. Penny sees the bulk of the work and nearly all of the red zone work. While he has the highest route run rate, he's mediocre at earning targets. He's been effective with his workload ranking 23rd in yards after contact per attempt and 24th in PFF's elusive rating, but not nearly as explosive as last year. The Lions are a nice matchup for him on the ground. Detroit allows the highest rushing success rate, seventh-highest rushing EPA, and eighth-highest explosive run rate. Penny is a decent RB3/flex play. If he gets 15 carries and can take one to the house, he may sneak into RB2 territory this week.
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AJ Dillon Note
AJ Dillon photo 25. AJ Dillon GB (vs . NE)
Breece Hall Note
Breece Hall photo 26. Breece Hall NYJ (at PIT)
The Jets rookie RB saw massive target volume over Michael Carter in Week 3. He out-snapped Carter for the 1st time all season 51% to 49% and out-targeted Carter 11 to 2 because he got snaps during the 2-minute drill. The Jets RBs' carries were still split 8 to 11 in favor of Carter, but both guys rushed for 39 yards Buy Hall now before his massive breakout game. It's coming. Especially as the Jets' schedule eases up during the second half of the year. 9-plus targets for a rookie RB in two of his first three NFL games should not be overlooked. Neither is a Week 3 14% air yards share or 23% target share from running back. As for what to do with Hall in Week 4, I don't mind him as an RB3 or FLEX-play. Pittsburgh has allowed the 6th-most fantasy points to RBs to open the season allowing five different RBs to surpass at least 47 rushing yards against them. Hall ranks sixth in yards after contact per attempt this season and has averaged 5.9 yards per carry. And like I mentioned earlier, Zach Wilson coming back as the team's starting quarterback calls for the Jets to run the ball more than they have at any point this season.
4 days ago
Damien Harris Note
Damien Harris photo 27. Damien Harris NE (at GB)
Kareem Hunt Note
Kareem Hunt photo 28. Kareem Hunt CLE (at ATL)
Hunt is a rock solid RB2 (RB15 in fantasy points per game). He's averaged 15 touches and 68.3 total yards. He's outpaced Chubb in target share, route run rate, and red zone usage. None of those should shock anyone that's been paying attention over the last few seasons. This week, the bulk of Hunt's value will have to come on the ground and in the red zone because Atlanta has been top-shelf against running backs in the passing game. They are 10th in DVOA with the eighth-fewest receptions, and fifth-fewest receiving yards surrendered to running backs.
4 days ago
Devin Singletary Note
Devin Singletary photo 29. Devin Singletary BUF (at BAL)
Devin Singletary tied Stefon Diggs with a team-leading...11 TARGETS in Week 3 (19% target share). Clearly, there is a much bigger emphasis on getting these Bills RBs involved as pass catchers with James Cook and Zack Moss combining for 6 more targets. Even with other seeing work, Singletary operated as the RB1 overall with 18 overall touches and 20 opportunities on a 59% opportunity share. Moss/Cook combined for just 10 opportunities, with each playing fewer than 20% of the snaps. Singletary is a low-end RB2 option with the Bills boasting the week's highest implied team total. High probability he finds the end zone after seeing three carries inside the 10-yard line in Week 3. Ravens have also shown a willingness to give up production through the air to RBs, facing the second-most targets to the position.
4 days ago
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Note
Clyde Edwards-Helaire photo 30. Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC (at TB)
Through three games, the main difference between Edwards-Helaire and the guys behind him has been efficiency. Of all running backs with 10-plus carries, he is No. 1 with 4.1 yards after contact per attempt (per our
4 days ago
Rhamondre Stevenson Note
Rhamondre Stevenson photo 31. Rhamondre Stevenson NE (at GB)
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 32. Tony Pollard DAL (vs . WAS)
Pollard is the RB26 in fantasy points per game and an upside RB3 this week. Excluding a disappointing Week 1, Pollard is ninth in yards after contact per attempt, 14th in breakaway rate, and 17th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum ten carries). Over the last two games, he has averaged 13 touches and 101.5 total yards. In those last two contests, he's out-touched Elliott inside the 20 while seeing a 13.3% target share. If Pollard doesn't get it done on the ground this week, he can through the air. Washington is 18th in DVOA against pass-catching backs with the most receiving touchdowns.
4 days ago
Cam Akers Note
Cam Akers photo 33. Cam Akers LAR (at SF)
Melvin Gordon III Note
Melvin Gordon III photo 34. Melvin Gordon III DEN (at LV)
Gordon is the No. 33 running back with 8.7 fantasy points per game. This year he has exhibited a reasonable floor with 11-18 opportunities in each game, but his efficiency has declined (3.9 yards per carry, 5.4 yards per target), and he has lost a significant share of the receiving work to Williams. He has a good matchup: The Raiders defense is No. 24 in rush success rate (44.3%) and No. 29 in pass DVOA against running backs (63.0%). But with his diminished usage and production, Gordon is hard to trust as anything more than a fantasy RB3/flex.
4 days ago
J.K. Dobbins Note
J.K. Dobbins photo 35. J.K. Dobbins BAL (vs . BUF)
J.K. Dobbins played fewer snaps than Justice Hill (48% versus 43%) in his season debut totaling seven carries for 23 yards with 2 catches for 17 yards. Hill looked the part of the more explosive back (six carries for 60 yards) suggesting we have an RB committee at hand till the team turns the backfield over to Dobbins. Exercise patience. The Ravens have shown zero willingness to feature any RB at any point this season, and the Bills defense has been stingy against the run. Second-fewest rushing yards allowed per game and under 2.8 yards per carry to opposing RBs. What does work in Dobbins' favor as fantasy RB3 is that he did earn both red-zone carries for the Ravens in Week 3, including a carry from the 6-yard line.
3 days ago
Michael Carter Note
Michael Carter photo 36. Michael Carter NYJ (at PIT)
Mark Ingram II Note
Mark Ingram II photo 37. Mark Ingram II NO (vs . MIN)
Ingram returned to his strict backup role in Week 3. With only five touches and 33% of the snaps played, he isn't startable despite the touchdown. Ingram split the red zone work with Kamara in Week 3, which isn't something to gravitate to as each player only received one carry inside the 20. In the two games they've played together, Kamara leads Ingram in red zone work (three touches vs. one).
4 days ago
Chase Edmonds Note
Chase Edmonds photo 38. Chase Edmonds MIA (at CIN)
When it seems like Miami has decided on a backfield leader, we get hoodwinked. Miami has alternated the 1A role in this backfield through three weeks which means that Edmonds and Mostert will be frustrating dice rolls all year long. Despite Edmonds's slight lead in route run rate, he's seen his targets dwindle each week (4, 3, 1). He's averaging a pitiful 9.7 touches and 44.3 total yards. The Bengals are a terrible matchup this week. Cincinnati allows the fifth-lowest rush success rate, 11th-lowest explosive run rate, and eighth-fewest rushing yards per game. They have also shut down receiving backs ranking ninth in DVOA. Edmonds is a dart throw RB3.
4 days ago
Travis Etienne Jr. Note
Travis Etienne Jr. photo 39. Travis Etienne Jr. JAC (at PHI)
Don't overlook the usage by second-year RB Travis Etienne Jr. who saw steady work with 16 touches for 75 yards on a 43% snap share in Week 3. Simply put, you want to acquire pieces of this ascending Jags offense and ETN's perception as the No.2 back makes him attainable. As for Week 4, you'd like to see Etienne further progress as part of the team's passing game, assuming they find themselves in a negative game script. But because the route participation continues to favor Robinson over Etienne (56% to 35%), it's tough to start Etienne as an RB2 until he
4 days ago
Raheem Mostert Note
Raheem Mostert photo 40. Raheem Mostert MIA (at CIN)
Mostert's weekly volume is a mirror image of Edmonds. He's averaging 9.3 touches and 40.7 total yards. Unlike Edmonds (50th), Mostert has shown some juice, ranking 15th out of 58 running backs with at least ten carries in PFF's elusive rating. Still, with the uneven usage and crapshoot red zone work in a tough matchup, Mostert falls in the same risky RB3 bucket this week.
4 days ago
Darrell Henderson Jr. Note
Darrell Henderson Jr. photo 41. Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR (at SF)
Craig Reynolds Note
Craig Reynolds photo 42. Craig Reynolds DET (vs . SEA)
Reynolds likely sees a handful of touches in relief of Williams this week, but he can't be projected for a similar role as Williams played previously. He's only a stash candidate at this juncture. Last year he flashed big-time talent. Among all running backs with at least 50 rushing attempts, he ranked third in yards after contact per attempt behind only Rashaad Penny and Nick Chubb.
4 days ago
Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 43. Alexander Mattison MIN (at NO)
If Cook is active, Mattison is not playable. Through three games as his backup, he's averaged seven touches, 31.3 total yards, and 31% of the snaps played. Cook practiced in full on Thursday, making it likely he plays. 
3 days ago
Ken Walker III Note
Ken Walker III photo 44. Ken Walker III SEA (at DET)
Walker hasn't seen more than six touches in any game or played more than 25% of the snaps. He's a high-end stash but unplayable unless he gets more playing time or injury strikes.
4 days ago
Rex Burkhead Note
Rex Burkhead photo 45. Rex Burkhead HOU (vs . LAC)
Nyheim Hines Note
Nyheim Hines photo 46. Nyheim Hines IND (vs . TEN)
I remember Colts HC Frank Reich saying this summer that if he were in a fantasy league he'd draft Hines. Hopefully Reich actually is in a league -- your league. And hopefully he did draft Hines, so that you didn't. In no game this year has Hines had even 10 opportunities, and he's yet to find the end zone. He has the semblance of a floor with 15 receptions, but he has no sense of ceiling with only 121 scoreless yards. He's the No. 42 running back with 6.5 fantasy points per game and an uninspiring flex option this week.
4 days ago
Tyler Allgeier Note
Tyler Allgeier photo 47. Tyler Allgeier ATL (vs . CLE)
Allgeier didn't see his role grow in Week 3, with 37% of snaps played and seven touches for 30 total yards. With 2.00 yards after contact per attempt and zero pass game role, he's a low-end handcuff at best right now and not playable in fantasy.
4 days ago
J.D. McKissic Note
J.D. McKissic photo 48. J.D. McKissic WAS (at DAL)
McKissic's volume over the last two weeks has been similar to Gibson's, as he's averaged 9.5 touches and 51.5 total yards. He out-snapped his counterpart with 53% of the snaps played in Week 3 (Gibson, 44%). With his 19.1% target share over the last two games, this week setups up well for McKissic against a Cowboys defense ranked 25th in DVOA against pass-catching backs. McKissic is an RB4 with a boost in PPR formats (RB3 with upside). The biggest worry in rolling out McKissic in your flex is that he has zero red zone role over the last two weeks, but with the workload shifting in his favor, that could easily change this week.
4 days ago
Jerick McKinnon Note
Jerick McKinnon photo 49. Jerick McKinnon KC (at TB)
Kenneth Gainwell Note
Kenneth Gainwell photo 50. Kenneth Gainwell PHI (vs . JAC)
Samaje Perine Note
Samaje Perine photo 51. Samaje Perine CIN (vs . MIA)
Zack Moss Note
Zack Moss photo 52. Zack Moss BUF (at BAL)
Eno Benjamin Note
Eno Benjamin photo 53. Eno Benjamin ARI (at CAR)
Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 54. Sony Michel LAC (at HOU)
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 55. Dontrell Hilliard TEN (at IND)
If not for two receiving touchdowns scored in Week 1, Hilliard wouldn't warrant a blurb. He missed Week 2, so the numbers are skewed a little, but he has just four carries, five targets and 26 snaps in two games. Your team is in trouble if Hilliard is anywhere near your starting lineup.
4 days ago
Jaylen Warren Note
Jaylen Warren photo 56. Jaylen Warren PIT (vs . NYJ)
James Cook Note
James Cook photo 57. James Cook BUF (at BAL)
Joshua Kelley Note
Joshua Kelley photo 58. Joshua Kelley LAC (at HOU)
Justice Hill Note
Justice Hill photo 59. Justice Hill BAL (vs . BUF)
Rachaad White Note
Rachaad White photo 60. Rachaad White TB (vs . KC)
White played six snaps and had zero opportunities in Week 3. He should be rostered everywhere as a high-upside handcuff, but he has no standalone value.
4 days ago
Brandon Bolden Note
Brandon Bolden photo 61. Brandon Bolden LV (vs . DEN)
Bolden missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury, but he returned in Week 3 to steal 25 snaps, three carries and two targets from Jacobs. As the team's preferred change-of-pace option, Bolden is rather inoffensive to the lead back but also totally useless to any would-be fantasy investors.
4 days ago
Trestan Ebner Note
Trestan Ebner photo 62. Trestan Ebner CHI (at NYG)
D'Onta Foreman Note
D'Onta Foreman photo 63. D'Onta Foreman CAR (vs . ARI)
Darrel Williams Note
Darrel Williams photo 64. Darrel Williams ARI (at CAR)
Isiah Pacheco Note
Isiah Pacheco photo 65. Isiah Pacheco KC (at TB)
Chuba Hubbard Note
Chuba Hubbard photo 66. Chuba Hubbard CAR (vs . ARI)
Matt Breida Note
Matt Breida photo 67. Matt Breida NYG (vs . CHI)
Jordan Mason Note
Jordan Mason photo 68. Jordan Mason SF (vs . LAR)
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 69. Kyle Juszczyk SF (vs . LAR)
DeeJay Dallas Note
DeeJay Dallas photo 70. DeeJay Dallas SEA (at DET)
Zander Horvath Note
Zander Horvath photo 71. Zander Horvath LAC (at HOU)
Hassan Haskins Note
Hassan Haskins photo 72. Hassan Haskins TEN (at IND)
Mike Boone Note
Mike Boone photo 73. Mike Boone DEN (at LV)
Mike Davis Note
Mike Davis photo 74. Mike Davis BAL (vs . BUF)
Ameer Abdullah Note
Ameer Abdullah photo 75. Ameer Abdullah LV (vs . DEN)
Justin Jackson Note
Justin Jackson photo 76. Justin Jackson DET (vs . SEA)
Avery Williams Note
Avery Williams photo 77. Avery Williams ATL (vs . CLE)
Zamir White Note
Zamir White photo 78. Zamir White LV (vs . DEN)
Dwayne Washington Note
Dwayne Washington photo 79. Dwayne Washington NO (vs . MIN)
Marlon Mack Note
Marlon Mack photo 80. Marlon Mack SF (vs . LAR)
Ty Johnson Note
Ty Johnson photo 81. Ty Johnson NYJ (at PIT)
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 82. Latavius Murray NO (vs . MIN)
Jonathan Williams Note
Jonathan Williams photo 83. Jonathan Williams WAS (at DAL)
Alec Ingold Note
Alec Ingold photo 84. Alec Ingold MIA (at CIN)
C.J. Ham Note
C.J. Ham photo 85. C.J. Ham MIN (at NO)
Chris Evans Note
Chris Evans photo 86. Chris Evans CIN (vs . MIA)
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 87. Benny Snell Jr. PIT (vs . NYJ)
Patrick Ricard Note
Patrick Ricard photo 88. Patrick Ricard BAL (vs . BUF)
Gary Brightwell Note
Gary Brightwell photo 89. Gary Brightwell NYG (vs . CHI)
Reggie Gilliam Note
Reggie Gilliam photo 90. Reggie Gilliam BUF (at BAL)
Deon Jackson Note
Deon Jackson photo 91. Deon Jackson IND (vs . TEN)
Darrynton Evans Note
Darrynton Evans photo 92. Darrynton Evans CHI (at NYG)
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 93. D'Ernest Johnson CLE (at ATL)
Trey Sermon Note
Trey Sermon photo 94. Trey Sermon PHI (vs . JAC)
Jerome Ford Note
Jerome Ford photo 95. Jerome Ford CLE (at ATL)
Pierre Strong Jr. Note
Pierre Strong Jr. photo 96. Pierre Strong Jr. NE (at GB)
Michael Burton Note
Michael Burton photo 97. Michael Burton KC (at TB)
Rico Dowdle Note
Rico Dowdle photo 98. Rico Dowdle DAL (vs . WAS)
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Note
Ke'Shawn Vaughn photo 99. Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB (vs . KC)
Dare Ogunbowale Note
Dare Ogunbowale photo 100. Dare Ogunbowale HOU (vs . LAC)
Keith Smith Note
Keith Smith photo 101. Keith Smith ATL (vs . CLE)
Khari Blasingame Note
Khari Blasingame photo 102. Khari Blasingame CHI (at NYG)
Kene Nwangwu Note
Kene Nwangwu photo 103. Kene Nwangwu MIN (at NO)
Caleb Huntley Note
Caleb Huntley photo 104. Caleb Huntley ATL (vs . CLE)
Jakob Johnson Note
Jakob Johnson photo 105. Jakob Johnson LV (vs . DEN)
Demetric Felton Jr. Note
Demetric Felton Jr. photo 106. Demetric Felton Jr. CLE (at ATL)
Tevin Coleman Note
Tevin Coleman photo 107. Tevin Coleman SF (vs . LAR)
JaMycal Hasty Note
JaMycal Hasty photo 108. JaMycal Hasty JAC (at PHI)
Salvon Ahmed Note
Salvon Ahmed photo 109. Salvon Ahmed MIA (at CIN)
Jake Funk Note
Jake Funk photo 110. Jake Funk LAR (at SF)
Tory Carter Note
Tory Carter photo 111. Tory Carter TEN (at IND)
Derek Watt Note
Derek Watt photo 112. Derek Watt PIT (vs . NYJ)
Jonathan Ward Note
Jonathan Ward photo 113. Jonathan Ward ARI (at CAR)
Patrick Taylor Jr. Note
Patrick Taylor Jr. photo 114. Patrick Taylor Jr. GB (vs . NE)
Adam Prentice Note
Adam Prentice photo 115. Adam Prentice FA (BYE)