Charcandrick West a top play if Ware sits
Week 9 is here and time to check out some running back match ups. It looks like Charcandrick a.k.a Charmander is on his way to starting this Sunday with Ware looking more and more doubtful.
Apologies for the late article once again this week but was busy watching some history last night. As you know each week I will be here to help alleviate the fantasy decision making process. I offer you five starts and five sits at the running back position.
Now you will obviously be starting your studs every week so no need for me to tell you that Ezekiel Elliott or guys of similar talent are ones that you want in your lineup every week. Instead I will be focusing on the RB2 and Flex positions where you probably aren’t too sure who will produce. Additionally, I will provide some projected stat lines but please take those with a grain of salt.
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Must Start: Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs vs JAX
With it looking like Spencer Ware is going to sit out on Sunday, Charcandrick is a top play for Week 9. The backfield situation has been a gold mine in Kansas City and if Charcandrick can play to the talent level of West it will be a very easy match up as he gobbles up all of the team’s carries. The Jags are the Jags, meaning that this game is going to be a tight contest even against a practice squad Chiefs team. Alex Smith’s injury is probably the biggest hit to the offense and they will lean heavily on Charcandrick. Who knows if this is the only week he will start, he is most certainly worth the start in fantasy. Two scores if Ware sits. Charcandrick is chalk.
Projection: 19 carries, 89 yards, 1 TDS; 6 catches, 44 yards, 1 TDS
Start: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions @ MIN
After watching the game on Monday night I can confidently say that Theo Riddick is going to destroy the Vikings defense. Jordan Howard took 26 carries for 153 yards on the ground and was involved in the passing game all night. Riddick is a much more natural pass catcher than Howard and thus may see around ten targets against Minnesota. While it is a safe assumption the Purple People Eaters will live up to their name a bit more at home it will still be no surprise if Detroit is able to run on them all game long.
Projection: 12 carries, 40 yards; 9 catches, 70 yards, 1 TDS
Start: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants vs PHI
The Eagles are average. Jennings is average. But if the Giants want to continue to win football games they are going to need to start running the ball. If Jennings can’t prove himself this week than the starting job could be changing ownership. However, I think as he returns from bye after nursing injury for a few weeks he will be able to produce. The Eagles secondary has improved and we should see some good outside match ups but the winner of this game will be decided by turnovers and ground game.
Projection: 16 carries, 77 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 11 yards
Start: Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys @ CLE
Zeke is going to eat this game but I think Morris will score and put up a decent fantasy day. For those of you in a bye week pinch he can be a good short term solution with an incredibly high ceiling rest of season. If anything were to happen to Elliott in regards to his domestic abuse allegations than Alf would slide into the starting role for what appears to be an easy schedule down the stretch. Today will not be a breakout game but he should see ten carries at the least.
Projection: 11 carries, 49 yards, 1 TDS; 1 catch, 4 yards
Start: Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints @ SF
Ingram got benched due to fumble troubles last week and we saw what Hightower had to offer fantasy owners. Last year he was a fantasy darling in the final few weeks of the season and if Ingram fumbles again he has a good chance to take over the starting role completed. For now though Hightower will be a score dependent player until his role is clearly defined. This game is too good pass up on however and San Fran will have no answer for the Saints offense. Sorry.
Projection: 14 carries, 66 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 0 yards
Sit of the Week: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins vs NYJ
Is Jay Ajayi the next O.J. Simpson? That would’ve been a good name for the article but I decided to spotlight West instead. So Gase says that the Dolphins are going to limit the workload of Ajayi and while you can’t always trust hearing that I believe that he wants to keep the rest of his backfield in the game. Foster retiring was the best thing to ever happen to Ajayi’s fantasy stock. Now he clearly deserves 20+ carries but could see a few less against Gang Green. The Jets allowed the fewest yards on the ground so far this season and I do not think Ajayi is going to be averaging his usual ten yards per carry. Sit.
Projection: 19 carries, 58 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 3 yards
Sit: Bilal Powell, New York Jets @ MIA
I don’t think we are in Cleveland any more. While Powell has been deserving of a big role on the Jets he has not been awarded with it and won’t as long as Forte is performing at his current level. This game is going to be close and Powell will almost only function as a third-down back. He is a vital part of the passing game but has only had over ten fantasy points once all year and thus cannot be trusted in any format. Forte is an RB1 for the rest of the year.
Projection: 4 carries, 19 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 17 yards
Sit: C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks vs BUF
C-Mike is going to demolish the Bills. While I do like the hype around Prosise a bit more than I do Michael there is no way he will reach value in fantasy. He is promised more playing time and is coming off of a great game but I really doubt that he is able to come through on Monday night. He is a decent pickup in all leagues but really does not have a crazy high ceiling with a backfield that soon will be reunited with Thomas Rawls. It is a sketchy situation, and I am sure you have better options.
Projection: 5 carries, 18 yards, 0 TDS; 5 catches, 29 yards
Sit: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings vs DET
McKinnon is now on track to play against Detroit in what seems like a favorable match up but he has not done anything since Week 5. In addition to this you have Matt Asiata who I think has a higher floor but is still a last resort kind of play. Detroit may have a mediocre defense but with so many bodies in the backfield it is too tough to predict who will produce. McKinnon has really been struggling and that is why I am labeling him with a big fat “sit” tag.
Projection: 0 carries, 0 yards, 0 TDS; 0 catches, 0 yards
Sit: Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles @ NYG
Sproles is moving into position to secure the role as lead back in Philadelphia but against the tough pass defense of Big Blue I do not trust Sproles anywhere Sunday. His contribution to the passing game is one of the most significant in the league and he usually can be relied on for a few catches in PPR but depending on how Pederson approaches the backfield situation, owners could see some abysmal numbers this weekend. Tread lightly.
Projection: 12 carries, 39 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 16 yards