Will Isaiah Crowell remain Top Dog in Week 3?
Last week was rough all around but running back performance was certainly a low point. A poor game by your RBs may of even cost you your match up, but it is a new week! As you know each week I will be here to help alleviate the decision making process by 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 Matt Forte or guys of similar talent are ones that you want in your lineup week after 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 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 lets dive in an see why Isaiah Crowell is going to rock the Dolphins. To see more advice check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns @ MIA
18-133-1 is a great line but the issue is Crowell broke off one run for 85 yards and his touchdown. Without that score he would’ve had 48 yards on 17 carries which is nothing special. However, the Browns are going to have no choice but to run against the Dolphins due to the health issues at the quarterback position. Even though Miami has a front seven that play at an above average level Crowell has the speed and agility to build off his big week two game. I expect him to get more involved in the pass game and get good looks in the red zone as he is the primary target and pretty much a lone back. He will score at least once.
Projection: 19 carries, 68 yards, 2 TDS; 2 catches, 14 yards
Start: Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers @ IND
Danny Woodhead going down is one of the worst things for this Chargers team that already lost Keenan Allen for the season. Now Melvin Gordon will be the guy in San Diego and should have a big game against the hot mess that is the Colts’ D. The first two weeks of the season he has really proven himself and this may be the last week he is even eligible for this article as he is gaining RB1 value fast. He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and will now have to catch some more passes with his teammate no longer in the backfield with him. Gordon has just as good a shot at two scores as Crowell does.
Projection: 21 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD; 5 catches, 31 yards
Start: Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs LA
Another key injury came to Doug Martin who will now cede his starting role to Sims for the time being. While it has been a while since Sims saw too much hype he is loaded with talent and can thrive in a now pass heavy Bucs offense. The Rams are a tough defense to crack but with upwards of 20 touches in the picture there is no way Sims should be on your bench. He already has a score this year and as long as Tampa Bay isn’t completely shut out of the red zone he is in line for another. Start Sims with confidence this week, you’re lucky that you own him.
Projection: 16 carries, 59 yards, 1 TD; 5 catches, 22 yards
Start: Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks vs SF
C-Mike is one of the most hyped backs in fantasy. This season he has looked great when he saw time on the field. Averaging about six yards per carry is good and all but until he sees some playing time he will be a tough start. Well, Rawls had bruised his leg and although it looks like he is fine we still could see Seattle playing it safe against the 49ers. Michael could be in line for a huge game depending on what the snap count looks like. He has already won over the coaching staff and now all he needs to win is the starting job. This week could cement him as a viable fantasy option in 2016.
Projection: 14 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 11 yards
Start: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions @ GB
There were not too many guys I felt deserving of this last spot so it fell to Riddick, who like many others is getting a huge boost because of an injury. This time it is Ameer Abdullah who was placed on the IR with a foot injury. Now Riddick will have huge value all season and if he can establish himself may become an every week back. I say “if” because Riddick has not been running well and a lot of talk has gone on about Dwayne Washington getting the red zone looks with his powerful running style. But this week Riddick will put all of the suspicions to rest.
Projection: 14 carries, 70 yards; 6 catches, 22 yards, 1 TD
Sit of the Week: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings @ CAR
Oh boy oh boy you got McKinnon off the waiver wire? It is a shame you can’t plug him in right away though. Carolina is relieved to be avoiding Peterson and should be able to shut down the runner, whoever it may be, for the Vikings. He is phenomenal at pass blocking and thus will always see plenty of field time, but I do not want to play a guy from this backfield until we are completely sure we know the starter. Your best option is to unload him onto the Peterson or Asiata owner or to sit him until next week when the Vikings get the Giants at home. A committee is just one thing you need to keep in mind.
Projection: 13 carries, 41 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 13 yards
Sit: LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots vs HOU
Garoppolo is a big question for the Thursday night game and if he sits it will actually hurt Blount quite a bit. Brissett knows the playbook well by now and won’t be afraid to spread the ball out rather than blindly handing it off to Blount. Another reason this is a guy you should be avoiding is because of his production. 29 carries in week two is huge but most NFL running backs would be able to convert that into much more than 123 yards. This week his touchdown streak will end against one of the top defensive lines in football. He is overworked now but even with 40 carries I am doubtful he could produce high end RB2 numbers against the Texans. Lets see if he can prove me wrong.
Projection: 23 carries, 69 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Sit: Matt Jones, Washington Redskins @ NYG
Matt Jones is always hit or miss but this week there is no reason anybody should be starting him. The Skins are really a pass first team and against the Giants they are going to love and challenge the secondary. The defensive line on the Giants is a thing of beauty. In games against QBs that can’t run the big factor is Vernon who can stop the run up the middle and really pressure the quarterback. I don’t think the Redskins will really be in the game this week and they will be tossing quite a bit in the second half. Until their second meeting, leave Jones on the bench for sure.
Projection: 15 carries, 55 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Sit: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins vs CLE
Adam Gase still isn’t sure what the Fins are going to run in the backfield against the Browns but I can tell you what they won’t be doing. In no world will we see Ajayi as a lead back during Foster’s absence. Drake has looked good and a running back committee is almost inevitable. The Browns can plug up the middle but in passing situations the running backs can really burn them. I feel like while Ajayi gets most of the carries there will be a different scorer, and I don’t think anybody could tell you who. Foster was a ray of hope and now this backfield is one I want no part of.
Projection: 9 carries, 31 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 7 yards
Sit: Giovani Bernard, Cincinatti Bengals vs DEN
Bernard out-snapped Jeremy Hill 47-29 this week and really shined by making huge passing game contributions, see the 9-100-1 line. Playing Denver will be a different story for Gio however and neither him nor Hill will do much. Denver is a team I had little faith in but their defense is absolutely dominating. Even if the ridiculous snap split carries over to this game it is not going to help out Bernard’s case. A Superbowl defense versus a back like him is a match up that I want no part of. Sit him.
Projection: 6 carries, 14 yards, 0 TDS; 7 catches, 39 yards