Should you trust Kenneth Farrow hot off the wire?
It is Week 15 and and if you are still reading congrats on making it into the semifinals! Just as a reminder I will be treating Week 16 as championship week and will not be writing an article for Week 17. As you know, each week I will be here to help alleviate the fantasy decision making process. I offer 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 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 be able to 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 this Kenneth Farrow is a sneaky play in the fantasy playoffs. To check out some more advice on other positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Kenneth Farrow, San Diego Chargers vs OAK
It is looking doubtful that Melvin Gordon plays this weekend meaning that those that snagged Farrow off the waiver wire may be in for a pleasant surprise. You 100 percent should be plugging this dude into your lineup. After watching him work against the Panthers I was impressed and believe that in a week of practice in the lead back role he will be ready to go for Sunday. Oakland gives up a lot of fantasy points to opposing running backs and that should be no different for Farrow. As long as Hillman does not steal too many carries he will be in shape for a RB1 performance.
Projection: 19 carries, 70 yards, 2 TDS; 4 catches, 17 yards
Start: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons vs SF
There are very few running backs I love as much as Tevin Coleman. If he does anything close to what Powell did to San Fran last week than you are in good shape. His two scores against the Rams were promising of his fantasy value and even with Freeman in great shape he will see plenty of work against the 1-12 49ers. He has been out gaining Freeman while also contributing a great deal to the passing game. Many sites are listing him as an RB2 but in this match up I do not see any situation that I would be leaving him on my bench. He is going to be a top ten option this week and so will Freeman.
Projection: 7 carries, 38 yards, 1 TDS; 4 catches, 33 yards, 1 TDS
Start: Bilal Powell, New York Jets vs MIA
I hope you started Powell last week, I sure nailed it with that prediction. Too bad I was facing him in fantasy. This week Forte is looking a bit doubtful and if he is to sit then you have to start Powell. The good news is that this game is going to be played on Saturday so you will not need to stress too much about who will be starting at tailback. While Miami is not a threat on defense they are no pushovers either. In a game where two garbage quarterbacks will be battling the elements we are going to see a lot out of the ground game. Powell and Ajayi are both great plays on Saturday.
Projection: 20 carries, 78 yards, 1 TDS; 3 catches, 14 yards
Start: Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens vs PHI
Another Kenneth? Dixon has pretty much established himself as the top option in Baltimore and while he is not the best player in fantasy he should be good for a touchdown against this weak Eagles defense. I do not think he will have any issues finding pay dirt once if not twice. He has managed double digit carries in two of the past three weeks and I believe that continues here in Week 15. You may have better options but if not than do not hesitate to plug in Dixon this weekend.
Projection: 13 carries, 53 yards, 1 TDS; 6 catches, 31 yards
Start: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings vs IND
Indianapolis is a swell defense to target and McKinnon will try and bring this run game up from the cellar against them. He really has been efficient in the passing game and with such a tempting match up he is going to be difficult to pass on. While he is up and down he is somebody I am willing to take a chance on. If you lack any better option you should do fine with McKinnon. He does have quite a crowd in the backfield with him but no need to worry. Plenty of carries will be going around on Sunday.
Projection: 16 carries, 50 yards, 1 TDS; 4 catches, 21 yards
Sit of the Week: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ DAL
The Cowboys have a really solid run defense. The Giants suck at running the ball so last week didn’t really reinforce this much but regardless the team is great at stopping the run. They have only allowed two scores to running backs at home and thus it is easy to fade Martin in Week 15. You likely are going against a team that is projected triple digits and if you want any chance you are going to need some scores from your RB position. Unless you are projected to win big there is no way you should start Martin. The Cowboys have also prevented opposing running backs from getting to 100 yards all season.
Projection: 18 carries, 55 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 12 yards
Sit: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams @ SEA
Gurley is a bust this season. He managed to score against Atlanta but that game was a 42-14 loss for the Rams and the offense looked completely out of sync. Sure he is consistent but as I stated above you need scores out of your guys in the playoffs and no way Gurley punches one in on Thursday night. If this is another blowout then there is no way that Gurley gets enough carries to be of value. Jeff Fisher is gone and what looked like a promising young team is now in a very bad spot this late in the season. They just want 2016 to end and I’m not starting any player with that mindset! Sit Gurley.
Projection: 14 carries, 40 yards, 0 TDS; 4 catches, 14 yards
Sit: Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions @ NYG
Riddick is questionable and Zenner may be out with a concussion so Washington would be the lead running back against the lethal Giants defense. This is the last home game for New York and the Lions are going to need a serious performance through the air from Stafford if they want to win. The Lions have been hot and always keep it close so the game script is in favor of the running game. However, there is no way you should start any Lions running back this Sunday afternoon. I am sure there are better options.
Projection: 17 carries, 60 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 6 yards
Sit: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints @ ARI
Ingram is banged up. He also is inconsistent, turnover prone and facing an elite defense. Having the balls to play him really could win you your match up if he produces one of his 28+ fantasy point weeks but the odds of that happening are slim to none. I would not even consider him unless I was desperate at the running back position. Tim Hightower is always an option for the Saints and with such uncertainty both fall out of play this weekend. Both teams need a win to stay in the playoff hunt and I think the Cards defense will do just fine against the Saints at home.
Projection: 12 carries, 37 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 4 yards
Sit: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants vs DET
Jennings is easy to throw in this article every week. New York has a bad offensive line, mediocre QB play and a bottom of the barrel run game. If they want a chance at a playoff run these are all areas they will need to address. This game is going to be close but the Giants will pull out the win. Running out the clock is something the Giants often struggle with but that is how a majority of Shad’s points will come this week. He will not have a very impressive stat line and there is no way you should be starting him. If you are, I have no idea how you got this far.
Projection: 16 carries, 55 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 11 yards