Is Theo Riddick a must-start?
Week five of the NFL has come to a close and your fantasy team should be settled in by now. Hopefully you’ve gotten off to a good start. 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 DeMarco Murray 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 aren’t really sure who will produce. Additionally, I will provide some projected stat lines but 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 see why you’ll be starting Theo Riddick this weekend. To check out more advice on all positions be sure to check out the Fantasy Football Start Sit hub.
Must Start: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions vs LA
Riddick is coming off of a huge game. He was able to score twice against the Eagles and yet he still could not make it a 100 yard day. While the Lions backfield is getting thinner and thinner there is a lot of questions about who the workhorse really is. While Riddick is nursing an injury he will be fine for the game and although the match up is tough we can expect him to produce nicely through the air. His touches will continue to go up and this offense will surprise a lot of people against the Rams. Start Riddick and enjoy a two score day, one on the ground and one through the air.
Projection: 13 carries, 55 yards, 1 TDS; 6 catches, 19 yards, 1 TDS
Start: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons @ SEA
I thought Coleman would see a lack of work due to his sickle cell trait and the stout Denver defense but he really came through with a huge game. His contribution to the passing game makes him a safe start every week and he has one of the highest ceilings of the position. He is already a top ten fantasy back this season and will continue to dominate even in Seattle. While Freeman is also a great start week in and week out you can always rely on Coleman to get some easy points through the air.
Projection: 8 carries, 21 yards; 6 catches, 71 yards 1 TDS
Start: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs CLE
Murray is tearing it up for the Titans. He has multiple touchdown upside against the Browns and this game is shaping up to be quite a blowout. Henry should get plenty of carries in garbage time and if he can find the end zone just once he will have a productive day. The Browns cannot be trusted to slow down the power running game and the Titans are ranked as the third best run blocking offensive line. Murray will be getting the receptions out of the backfield but 10+ carries for Henry will be enough to make hi ma strong start.
Projection: 11 carries, 60 yards, 1 TDS; 0 catches
Start: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs @ OAK
Now Charles is not going to be coming back to a complete workhorse role but he will see a healthy number of carries which he should be able to turn into some good production against the Raiders. While Oakland has been much improved on offense their defense still struggles. They have not won a game by more than one possession this season and thus it will remain close until the end. This means that the Chiefs will use their running backs for a full 60 minutes and as a result both Charles and Ware will be viable fantasy options.
Projection: 14 carries, 68 yards, 1 TDS; 2 catches, 14 yards
Start: Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers vs DAL
Lacy and Starks are both a bit banged up going into the game against Dallas. However, it seems that Lacy is healing up a bit better than his counterpart. The interior rush blockers for the Packers are doing well so far this season and with Lacy’s big body and downhill running style he should excel against the Cowboys, who struggle against the power rush. If Starks is a no go than Lacy will function as a RB1 but even if not he will function as a high end RB2.
Projection: 13 carries, 66 yards, 1 TDS; 1 catch, 7 yards
Sit of the Week: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals @ NE
Hill is nursing an arm injury and while it looks like he could be able to play it is not a wise start. The Bengals are going against one of the best teams in football and unless their offense is running on all cylinders they will be playing from behind most of the game. Additionally, Giovani Bernard is coming off of a great game and if the Bengals decide to ride the hot hand then Hill could see a serious decrease in his usual number of carries. If you have any other options they are probably much safer, at least for this weekend.
Projection: 6 carries, 24 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 3 yards
Sit: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers @ NO
While J-Stew should be good to go coming back from an injury I do not think that Rivera is going to push him into a starting role right away. The committee approach is never a good sign for fantasy owners and unless Stewart is 100 percent than he can not be relied on. It is a shame to see such a good match up wasted but the Panthers have a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch. I do not think he is going to get as many carries as most sites are projecting and he likely won’t have too many opportunities.
Projection: 12 carries, 40 yards, 0 TDS; 3 catches, 7 yards
Sit: Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens @ NYG
West has a tough match up against one of the best rush defenses in the league this season. The Ravens are a bit strange even as a winning team they are still having a lot of unsolved troubles. With the firing of their offensive coordinator it is a bit of a question on how the team will function come this Sunday afternoon. Although West has been consistent I would not trust him in fantasy this week and would search for some alternative options.
Projection: 12 carries, 50 yards, 0 TDS; 1 catch, 4 yards
Sit: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns @ TEN
Crowell has been off to a good start this season but the Patriots were able to neutralize the Browns rushing attack last week. While it may be a lot to suggest he belongs on the bench this week no matter the league. It doesn’t matter the team or the day but any running back that can only get 22 yards on 13 carries is one that can certainly not be trusted. The Titans are no defense to overlook either. They are productive on all downs and make good tackles. Crowell is a sit this week but continue to hold in season long.
Projection: 14 carries, 54 yards, 0 TDS; 2 catches, 8 yards
Sit: Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles @ WAS
Mathews is a good start most weeks but as the backfield grows in Philadelphia the touches are being distributed amongst more and more bodies. Additionally, Wentz has fully settled into the role as quarterback and is no longer afraid to air out the football. Washington has a much better defense than the Lions and thus it is doubtful that Mathews will come close to his total last week. He still could function as a flex in PPR but I would advise against it.
Projection: 8 carries, 30 yards, 0 TDS; 6 catches, 31 yards