Giovani Bernard will run wild on the Browns
The fantasy regular season has just about reached the halfway point in most leagues. As you know each week I will be here to help alleviate the fantasy decision making process. Here I am offering you five starts and five sits at the running back position. You will obviously be starting your studs every week so no need for me to tell you that LeSean McCoy 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 Giovani Bernard is going to run wild against the Browns. To check out more advice on other positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs CLE
Giovani Bernard got 15 carries in the Bengals loss to the Patriots in addition to getting five targets. Clearly establishing himself as the feature back in Cincinnati, at least for the time being means that he is in line for a huge game against the Browns. After two rough road games where he came up just short of ten points it will be good to return to the jungle and work in such an easy match-up. He has only rushed in two scores in a game twice in his career but this weekend will make it his third. With his contributions to the passing game and his new habit of getting more than ten touches a game, the sky’s the limit for Gio.
Projection: 14 carries, 73 yards, 2 TDS; 4 catches, 44 yards
Start: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears @ GB
Howard has been tearing it up for the Bears. Great play by Brian Hoyer and the incorporation of a strong run game is giving the Bears more fantasy relevance than anyone would’ve predicted. He has taken 63 carries for over 300 in the absence of Langford and draws a easy opponent in the division rival Packers. The rookie ran well against Green Bay however you could say that was a product of the elite offensive line play. The Chicago line gives their RBs an average 4.48 yards per carry so even if Zeke’s big day was due to his line then Howard can have himself a day too.
Projection: 16 carries, 88 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 17 yards
Start: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons vs SD
Unlike the two beasts listed above, Coleman had an awful start against Seattle. He could not get anything going which is understandable against such a formidable defensive front. Now the Falcons will face the Chargers and I have no doubt that Coleman will bounce back nicely. His work as a receiver will come into play and provide most of his scoring. In PPR leagues he was likely a start anyway but you should be confident firing him up everywhere on Sunday.
Projection: 7 carries, 30 yards; 6 catches, 57 yards, 1 TDS
Start: Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs vs NO
Charles is still being worked into his role as the feature back for the Chiefs. While both he and Ware can have big games it is more likely that Ware will produce against the lowly Saints. He has a bit more speed and is much more agile. His 24 rushes against Oakland were a season high and he carried them for an impressive 131 yards and a score. Seeing as how the Saints secondary is usually scrutinized it should be pointed out that hey have allowed 11 rushing scores this season. You better start Ware and Charles owners should give him a start too.
Projection: 18 carries, 71 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Start: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals vs CLE
All the stuff that I said about Gio being featured is true, but Hill will have value this week against Cleveland. In what is expected to be a blowout the team will not put too much work on their starter and we could see a lot of Hill after Bernard scores his second TD (Unless he gets three!!). The power that Hill has can really earn him a goal line carry or two which will boost his value drastically. While Hill may lose relevance in the coming weeks, he is still in play against the Browns. Backup QBs are in play against the Browns…
Projection: 12 carries, 35 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 7 yards
Sit of the Week: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins vs BUF
Ajayi is not a good play. He is going to be facing a Bill’s team that allows just over 100 yards a game on the ground. With so many guys in the backfield these yards will be spread out so unpredictably that there is no telling who can put up some points. All Dolphins RBs are touchdown dependent and there is not one I would consider a start. After the Bills, Miami will enjoy a week of rest and when they return Foster should be back to full health. Ajayi’s fantasy value will be a one week window in which he will not produce. Don’t let the experts trick you.
Projection: 16 carries, 40 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Sit: LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots @ PIT
Blount is seeing a lot of his touches sapped away by James White and Brady will not hesitate to spread the ball out against Pittsburgh. As Rotoworld states, “He is a touchdown-or-bust RB2 moving forward”. This week he may not even be that as even though the Steeler’s rushing defense is nothing too impressive they should have more trouble with White than bottling up the big guy. He has had 119 carries already this season and the Pats are clearly ready to cut down on his workload.
Projection: 12 carries, 39 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 3 yards
Sit: Matt Jones, Washington Redskins @ DET
16-135-1 looks good, but take away one run and you get a 15-88-1 day. That is still nothing to bad but that TD is a one yard carry and Jones’ work in the red zone is getting cut into by the likes of Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson. The Lions were also able to hold Gurley to less than ten points and Jones is not at all as talented the second year back in LA. I will be shocked if Jones can produce a top 25 finish at the running back position. Find other options for Sunday.
Projection: 13 carries, 50 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 8 yards
Sit: Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts @ TEN
Gore is continuing to get overworked but is producing with his hundred rushing attempts. The Colts need to be careful about his workload down the stretch and it may be time to sell high on the veteran back. But I’m not here to offer trade advice, I’m here to tell you to bench the guy in your fantasy league. Against Tennessee is a great opportunity to limit his work and it is unlikely that he carries the ball more than fifteen times. The passing options on the team remain scarce but there are still enough guys for Luck to work with through the air.
Projection: 14 carries, 49 yards, 0 TDS; 0 catches
Sit: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants @ LA
The Giants seem to be favoring the pass in recent weeks and that is evident by the lack of work that Jennings saw against the Ravens. Although he is coming back off of injury it is surprising that he did not get a few more touches. There are too many bodies in the backfield for Jennings to be trusted and against the Rams he should not have too much running room anyways. Be sure to leave him out of your lineups for at least one more week, and just a reminder that this game starts early from London so have your lineup set Saturday night.
Projection: 10 carries, 26 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards