Rookie Jordan Howard is a must-start in all formats
We were very successful in week three as nearly all of our starts and sits performed as I predicted. The only exception was Blount, if you left him on your bench you may of lost your match up. With that aside it is week four and 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 Le’Veon Bell 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 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 it is time to bear down and see why Jordan Howard is a top play this week. To see more advice on all positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs DET
Howard should be owned and started in every league this week. Langford is down and it is time for the former Hoosier to make his mark on the NFL field. Even before Langford went down we saw Jordan Howard getting a healthy number of carries. With such a lack of running backs in Chicago he is going to play a huge role in the Bears offense for as long as his teammate is in a walking boot. This week Jordan Howard will face a Lions defense that has already allowed 85 points this season. Start him up as a RB2 with high upside. Two touchdowns seem like a fair expectation.
Projection: 17 carries, 87 yards, 2 TDS; 5 catches, 33 yards
Start: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants @ MIN
If Jennings sits out this week I am going to be very shocked. When I saw he was scratched from the game against the Redskins it came as a surprise. Evidently Jennings has been battling a thumb injury and does not feel healthy enough to be a factor in the passing game. Regardless he can still run fine and deserves the start against the Vikings. Now that Andre Williams has been cut and Shane Vereen may be done for the year, Jennings is locked in as the top back on the Giants. Throw him in a flex spot and have an alternate option if he can’t go, but if Jennings suits up he is a must start this week.
Projection: 20 carries, 78 yards, 1 TDS; 3 catches, 11 yards
Start: Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs MIA
Jeremy Hill had a good line due to his big 50 yard run early in the game. Against the Dolphins on Thursday night will be a Bernard kind of game. While this is a committee I would not want to touch most days the Fins have been very bad at keeping opponents away from the red zone and Gio could see the two score game that Hill did. These too are so unpredictable that this may all be wrong but I personally am confident starting Bernard over Hill. The Bengal could not contain the Broncos and this can be yet another high scoring affair for them.
Projection: 14 carries, 66 yards, 1 TDS; 6 catches, 26 yards
Start: Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX (London)
Gore has been very consistent to start out this season and will be playing against the Jags just across the pond at Wembley Stadium. He is getting a healthy 4+ yards per carry and has 48 carries this year. This workload will prove to be too much for Gore by mid-season but until then he is an every week fantasy starter. Be sure to set your lineups the night before because this game kicks off bright and early. Those folks in London really adore the Jaguars, but after this game I think quite a few fans will be rushing to buy Gore jerseys.
Projection: 19 carries, 88 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 13 yards
Start: Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions @ CHI
The counterpart to Jordan Howard will also have a big game in the Windy City. Riddick is losing carries fast and Washington is the kind of back that can carry a team. He runs with power and incredible balance. Personally I believe he can handle almost all of the teams carries and don’t be surprised if Caldwell gives him the ball quite a bit this game. If he is able to score his opening drive then I have no doubt that he will be the bell cow back going forward. This Lions team needs a spark to pull their way out of the 1-2 start. The NFC North is cut throat and Washington should shine in this divisional rivalry.
Projection: 18 carries, 70 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 7 yards
Sit of the Week: Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs DEN
Sims had a huge role in the passing game and also ran in a score on Sunday. This game against the Broncos will be trouble though and I do not think he will see the end zone. I’m not even convinced this Bucs team will be able to score against such a balanced and talented defense. The young talent on Tampa Bay will help them stay in this game a bit but Sims could be faded out of the game plan entirely by the second half of the game. Doug Martin won’t be sidelined forever so it may be time to sell high on Sims. This week he will not addert the dominance he showed in week four.
Projection: 14 carries, 39 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 15 yards
Sit: Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs @ PIT
Simple as this, if Charles is back then Ware is a sit. The Steelers were demolished by the Philadelphia Eagles and they had absolutely no answer in stopping the rush. If Charles is going to play then Ware will obviously be giving up the majority of the carries. Without the 14 carries he has been seeing he will be a different running back. Charles can catch passes and run the ball down the throat of defenses. Ware and West will be back to battling for the RB2 spot. If Charles is starting then Ware has got to sit.
Projection: 6 carries, 25 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 3 yards
Sit: Joique Bell, Chicago Bears vs DET
Yeah the sits were thin this week. In all honestly this is a good signing for the Bears as they now have an experienced NFL player backing up Howard. However, the downside is that Bell is so much of a stretch this week he is not playable in any format. Even against the team he spent his past four years running for he will barely see a role. This move by the Bears also prevented the Lions from picking up Bell who did have a workout. He may provide some good information on defensive schemes but will not be a play on Sunday.
Projection: 4 carries, 18 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 14 yards
Sit: Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers @ ATL
So Cameron is the lead back for the Panthers while Stewart is likely to sit out at least one more week. This makes him a tempting play on one of the best offenses in the league but with so much other action going on in the backfield I do not want to touch him. 12-47-0 is a disappointing line for everybody that snagged CAP off of waivers and they should expect no different in week four. He is the head of the committee and is the preference out of the backfield but has no appeal even as a flex in deeper leagues. And even against Atlanta.
Projection: 0 carries, 0 yards, 0 TDS; 0 catches, 0 yards
Sit: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons vs CAR
Here is the crazy one. Why on earth would you sit Freeman? It is true he tore up the Saints defense posting over 200 yards on the box score. However, it was the Saints and although they reside in the same division the Saints and Panthers are very different. The other huge red flag to fantasy owners is Coleman who scored three times for the Falcons. Getting vultured once is understandable but three times in one night is unacceptable. As much as it may pain you to hear it these two guys are stuck in a tight committee and neither can be depended on against the Panthers.
Projection: 13 carries, 63 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 25 yards
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