Devontae Booker in for Top Ten finish at RB
It is Week 8 and time to check out some running back match ups. My apologies for the late article this week but here we are. 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 Devontae Booker is a must start this week. To check out more advice on other positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos vs SD
With C.J. Anderson going under the knife and it is likely he will be out for quite a while which boosts Booker to RB1 in all leagues. He is running with finesse and power and by now he should be owned in all formats. This week he draws one of the best match ups imaginable as he is getting set to face the abysmal Chargers at home. This game is not going to be close and I can almost guarantee 20 carries for the rookie. I think he is going to get beaten by guys like DeMarco and Elliott but we may just see a top five finish by Devontae Booker. And as an Anderson owner, I am very sad to say it.
Projection: 22 carries, 82 yards, 2 TDS; 3 catches, 9 yards
Start: Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs @ IND
Charles is more than likely to get some more time on the bench this week and that is good news for Ware owners as he has a dream match up against the Colts. Even once Charles is back in for the Chiefs it is going to be surprising to see Ware lose his job in the backfield. He adds a lot to the passing game such as his 46 yard score coming through the air from Alex Smith. While it seems like the tailback can be considered an every week RB1 no matter what, when he draws opponents like this he is a must start week in and week out.
Projection: 16 carries, 70 yards, 1 TDS; 3 catches, 20 yards
Start: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers vs ARI
J-Stew is trending up fast and after his 20 point fantasy performance prior to the Panther’s bye he is locked in as a high end RB2. Even though the Cardinals have a very formidable defense that kept Seattle from scoring any touchdowns I still think Stewart can run on them. With so many questions circulating the now 1-5 Panthers they will finally have a reliable workhorse in the backfield coming off of a full week of rest. Wherever he is owned he should be started, yet Stewart can also function as a very sneaky DFS play.
Projection: 13 carries, 50 yards, 1 TDS; 1 catch, 6 yards
Start: Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers @ DEN
Why of course you start Melvin, right? Coming off of a huge week is the sophomore Gordon who has become a reliable option in fantasy yet he will be playing against one of the best defenses in football. Additionally he functions as an extremely TD dependent running back and the team is expected to lighten his workload. Yet you should still fire up Gordon as he is just too hot to ignore right now. Rushing in eight scores already this season and landing in double digits in all but one week make him an automatic play. Yes, even against Denver.
Projection: 16 carries, 61 yards, 1 TDS; 4 catches, 16 yards
Start: Bilal Powell, New York Jets @ CLE
Matt Forte is one of the guys that can challenge Booker for the overall RB1 position this week. He has an easy game against the Browns where no matter who the Jets play at QB, they should walk away with a win. This bodes well for Powell as he hopefully will see work due to the nature of the game. I expect him to be utilized for about ten carries at most but he has been efficent and anyone can put up good numbers with ten touches against the Browns. Come on now.
Projection: 8 carries, 28 yards, 1 TDS; 5 catches, 30 yards
Sit of the Week: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs MIN
Easy sit. Howard is coming off of an awful week and is going to face one of the leagues better defenses on the road. Not only that but there is a chance he will see Langford returning to an already very populated backfield. If he is unable to produce this week than his job could be in serious danger. Minnesota is quite stingy to opposing running backs so don’t expect any easy points. Keep Howard on your bench no matter what. I am sure there are more viable options.
Projection: 8 carries, 29 yards, 0 TDS; 0 catches
Sit: Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs OAK
56 rushes in two games is a bit aggressive yet Rodgers has kept on trucking this season. Doug Martin is going to be returning soon so for now the Bucs are happy to run Rodgers until his legs fall off. This is good for the short term but definitely concerning to fantasy owners. This week he will not top 100 yards on the ground and should surprise some owners by under performing against the Raiders. While the Oakland defense isn’t anything too spectacular it is still going to have the stuff to stop Jacquizz and the Bucs run game.
Projection: 20 carries, 62 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 2 yards
Sit: James White, New England Patriots @ BUF
Another good running back with a difficult opponent. The Bills and Rex Ryan seem do be getting their defense figured out and I do not think White will be able to attack them this weekend. The Pats success has mostly come from the power run with Blount and against an opponent like Buffalo that seems like their best option. If it weren’t for his 19-yard touchdown then White would’ve had a disappointing fantasy day against the Steelers. This week he is in for another against the Bills.
Projection: 2 carries, 6 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 19 yards
Sit: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons vs GB
Tevin Coleman is more than likely going to be out for the Falcons as they host Green Bay this weekend. Yet that does not mean to start Freeman who is also dealing with a hip injury limited in practice. His usage is going to be high but the big question is whether or not he will be able to capitalize on his opportunity. My guess is no due his injury and the fact that Matty Ice will likely be targeting the weak Packer’s secondary more often than he will be handing off the ball.
Projection: 18 carries, 59 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 8 yards
Sit: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns vs NYJ
The QB situation in Cleveland is awful. All the fans care about is their basketball and baseball. The Jets have been decent in stopping the run. Hogan had more rushing yards than Crowell. These are all great reasons to leave this dude on your bench this week. He has functioned as a good asset in seasonal leagues but come on now. Very low floor for Crowell and a mediocre ceiling. Leave him on your bench.
Projection: 11 carries, 50 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 11 yards