Darren Sproles will stay hot in Atlanta
It is Week 10 already and there are just a few weeks until the fantasy playoffs. Time to check some running back match ups. As you know each week I will be here to help alleviate the fantasy decision making process. I am offering 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 David Johnson 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 really sure who will produce. Additionally, I will provide some projected stat lines but please take those with a grain of salt. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, share this page and comment down below! Now time to find out why Darren Sproles is a top start this week. To check out some more advice on other positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles @ ATL
Sproles plays 80 percent of the snaps in Philly and his high usage results in his phenomenal fantasy value week in and week out. Last week he had nine receiving targets but had a difficult time producing against the stingy pass defense of New York. Now he will face a mediocre defense and should produce big numbers in a game that really means a lot for the Eagles post season chances. I project him scoring twice but three TDs is not out of question. The versatility of Sproles means that he can score on the ground, through the air or returning punts. He is a must start in fantasy and a good play in DFS.
Projection: 14 carries, 64 yards, 1 TDS; 7 catches, 55 yards, 1 TDS
Start: Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs @ CAR
Ware was stuck dealing with a concussion last week but that time to rest means he is going to be on the field with fresh legs and a golden opportunity to take over the lead role for good now that Charles is on the IR for the remainder of the season. The Chiefs play close games for the most part, finishing seven of nine with a margin of two scores or less. The Panthers clearly haven’t been performing too well and I predict that Ware is going to have another one of his signature big games. He has proven to be a great late round pick.
Projection: 19 carries, 88 yards, 1 TDS; 5 catches, 19 yards
Start: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams @ NYJ
Gurley has not been a big name fantasy star but he has been producing some solid numbers every week and against the Jets he really has a chance to produce like he did last season. The only games that he has surpassed ten points are games in which he scores and this week he seems like a safe bet to find pay dirt. As long as the decrease in carries does not continue too drastically he will be able to prove that he isn’t as big of a draft day bust as he is being made out to be. Don’t think of sitting him against the Jets.
Projection: 19 carries, 66 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Start: Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos @ NO
Booker is not all we were hoping for but against the Saints he is a lock for sure. Since C.J. Anderson was removed from the backfield situation Booker has seen at least ten carries. However he is averaging 2.5 yards per carry which really does not sustain fantasy value nowadays. He is playing the Saints so all stats really go out the window in a match up as easy as this. While playing in the dome is a bit interesting for this game the Broncos defense will still show up and the Saints will have no answer for the Denver offense.
Projection: 18 carries, 75 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 11 yards
Start: Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings @ WAS
Washington has given up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs. That is the big narrative here since the Redskins are struggling and if one Minnesota back were to get hot they would be able to take advantage of this match up. The backfield situation is less than ideal but if you are the owner of Asiata I would roll the dice this week. He gets the most touches and looks most productive when watching the games, even if the numbers don’t agree. Hillman is no longer a factor for stealing touches and Vikings need a spark to break this losing streak. Asiata also makes for a sneaky DFS play.
Projection: 15 carries, 56 yards, 1 TDS; 3 catches, 19 yards
Sit of the Week: Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers @ TEN
The Packers are getting a lot of their weapons back this week and that is one reason I dislike Montgomery. Another reason is his position eligibility, sure he is listed as an WR/RB but he down not get touches on the ground and will not get many looks at all through the air this week. Additionally, this Titans defense is in the middle of the road but with the unpredictability of this Packers team there is no telling if they will put up three points or fifty. If I was a Ty owner I would be looking for other options, at least for this week.
Projection: 6 carries, 27 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 32 yards
Sit: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears @ TB
Howard was on fire going into the bye week but will not have all that momentum in his Week 10 date with Da Bears. Against the Vikings he was able to post a 26-153-1 line in addition to catching a few passes too. While it may be tough to replace Howard he is going to see a significant decrease in touches which can be concerning. In a pinch he could put up a decent day but it is crunch time in most leagues. Don’t forget about the return of Jeremy Langford.
Projection: 15 carries, 44 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Sit: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints vs DEN
After a lot of questions around Ingram he nearly made it 30 fantasy points last week. Now he is coming back down to earth and has a date with the Denver Broncos. There is no way that he can replicate his game from Week 9 and I do not think he comes remotely close. 15-158-1 on the ground is impressive, don’t get me wrong. It is the ability of Ingram that I am questioning against such an elite defense like Denver. Plus, Drew Brees is never afraid to air it out.
Projection: 18 carries, 55 yards, 0 TDS, Fumble; 2 catches, 7 yards
Sit: Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens vs CLE
West is up and down and has a fairly appealing game against Cleveland on Thursday night. Slowly he is fading away from fantasy relevance but he gets a game against one of the league’s worst front sevens, defenses, teams, etc. Basically the Browns suck and many may be tempted to start West against them but I highly advise against it. There have got to be better options in your league, the floor is just way to low for me to ever consider him.
Projection: 12 carries, 30 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 4 yards
Sit: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals @ NYG
It is the Hill-Gio predicament once again. Owners were probably happy that he was on a bye since they didn’t need to consider whether to start him or not. The Giants have had a really good rush defense all season and their red zone stinginess makes me really scared about Hill. Goal line backs cannot produce against New York, especially when they are splitting carries to begin with. Good luck sweating out this Monday Night game if you start him.
Projection: 8 carries, 48 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 4 yards