Arizona Cardinals

It seems there is always something to talk about when it comes to the Cardinals backfield. As you’re probably aware the Cards traded for Kenyan Drake this week. Injuries to Chase Edmonds and David Johnson may provide him with the chance at getting the majority of carries in Week 9, and maybe even for the next week or so. Edmonds could miss multiple weeks due to a hamstring injury and Johnson seems to be a weekly game time decision. That leaves the Cardinals with Drake, Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner . Zenner played 39 percent of the Cardinals’ offensive snaps last week but had just one carry for zero yards and one catch for 13 yards. The Cardinals ran the ball on just 22.45 percent of their offensive plays last week. That low rate could be attributed to the fact that they were getting blown out by the Saints, but at their core, they’re a pass first team. Drake and any other Cardinals RB is going to have a hard time running against the 49ers this week. They’ve given up the second fewest fantasy points per game to RBs this season and unfortunately the Cards get to face them again in Week 11. Week 10 against the Bucs won’t be easy either since they’ve given up the third fewest fantasy points per game to RBs.

Chicago Bears

It’s kind of weird that it happened in a game in which the Bears passed the ball 49.35-percent of the time, but David Montgomery enjoyed his first true break out game. He took his 27 carries and turned them into 135 rushing yards (5.00 ypc) and he caught four of his five targets for 12 yards. Bears RBs have a tough matchup against the Eagles this week, but with QB Mitch Trubisky struggling, look for Montgomery to continue to develop into the focal part of Chicago’s offense.

Detroit Lions

With Kerryon Johnson placed on the IR last week many speculated that Ty Johnson was likely to handle the majority of the Lions’ early down work out of their backfield. J.D. McKissic was expected to handle the pass catching downs. Who knew that Tra Carson would get the start, and record the most carries (12) for the Lions against the Giants in Week 8? Ty Johnson only had seven carries and caught just one of his four passing targets. McKissic had one carry for minus one yard and caught all three of his pass targets for… two yards. The Lions even tried to turn their Week 8 matchup versus the Giants into a Paul Perkins revenge game, but all he could do was carry the ball three times for four yards. In short, Lions head coach Matt Patricia seems to hate fantasy football players just as much as his old boss. Stay away from this backfield until we get a better sense of how Patricia wants to distribute the work among his RBs for the long term.  

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams had Todd Gurley (52% of offensive snaps) and Darrell Henderson (48% of offensive snaps) virtually playing in a 50/50 split this past week against the Bengals. This is a nightmare come to life for fantasy players who made an early round preseason investment in Todd Gurley

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins’ trade of Kenyan Drake has set Mark Walton free. Walton played 87% of Miami’s offensive snaps. He’s likely already owned in deeper leagues, but if you play in a shallow league (10 teams or less) he may still be on the waiver wire. Now don’t delude yourself into thinking that he’s going to win you a fantasy championship. He’s a nice back who not only can grind it out on the ground, but Walton can catch passes out of the backfield as well. However, you already know that the Dolphins are a bad team and they’ll likely continue to play from behind for the rest of the season. That means they probably won’t be running the ball a whole lot. Heading into Week 9, the Dolphins have run the ball just 33.5 percent of the time. That’s the third lowest rate in football. They’ve been a little more competitive over the past two weeks so maybe there’s a slight glimmer of hope that Miami might run the ball a bit more if that trend continues. You do have to love Walton’s Week 15 and 16 matchups against the Giants and Bengals respectively. Both have been very friendly to RBs and what better time to face them than during the fantasy football playoffs? Walton is definitely worth a roster spot but, whether or not you start him should be based on his weekly matchup and your individual fantasy team’s need.

New York Jets

So how are things going for Le’Veon Bell these days? He had joked that $60 million wasn’t enough money to come run with the Jets. He eventually had to swallow his pride and sign a four year $52.5 million deal with Gang Green. He later found out that head coach Adam Gase never wanted the Jets to sign him. Gase had enough clout within the organization to cause the GM who signed Bell to be fired. Gase has no use for Bell even to this day. The fact that Bell’s name came up in trade rumors this week proves that Gase still has a lot of influence within the Jets organization. To his credit, Bell has taken the high road and been a good citizen, urging Jets fans to be patient. It also helps that he’s making $14.5 million this season, but Bell has sadly been wasting his prime over the past two years. Look for him to take out his frustrations against the Dolphins this week. They’ve given up the third most fantasy points per game to RBs this season.

Team

Primary RB

Change of Pace

3rd Down Back

Handcuff

IR/PUP/Susp./Holdout/Injured

Arizona Cardinals

Kenyan Drake

   

Zach Zenner

Chase Edmonds ruled out for Week 9                            *Out Week 9 - ankle injury – expected back Week 10

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman

Brian Hill

 

Brian Hill

Ito Smith missed Week 8 due to concussion-watch his availability as game time approaches.

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram

Gus Edwards

 

Gus Edwards

 

Buffalo Bills

Frank Gore

Devin Singletary

T.J. Yeldon

Devin Singletary

 

Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey

Reggie Bonnafon  

 

Reggie Bonnafon

 

Chicago Bears

David Montgomery

 

Tarik Cohen

Mike Davis

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon

 

Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard

 

Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb

Dontrell Hilliard

 

Dontrell Hilliard

 Kareem Hunt

Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott

 

 

Tony Pollard

 

Denver Broncos

Phillip Lindsay

*Royce Freeman

 

*Royce Freeman

 *Shoulder injury–watch his progress as game time approaches

Detroit Lions

Tra Carson

Ty Johnson

J.D. McKissic

J.D. McKissic

 Kerryon Johnson

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones

 

 

Jamaal Williams

 

Houston Texans

Carlos Hyde

Duke Johnson

 

Duke Johnson

Lamar Miller

Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack

Jordan Wilkins

Nyheim Hines

Jordan Wilkins

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette

 

 

Ryquell Armstead

Alfred Blue

Kansas City Chiefs

LeSean McCoy

Damien Williams

 

Damien Williams

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler /Melvin Gordon

 

 

 

Justin Jackson -missed the past five games

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley /Darrell Henderson

   

 

Malcolm Brown has missed the last two games

Miami Dolphins

Mark Walton

Kalen Ballage

 

Kalen Ballage

 

Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook

Alexander Mattison

 

Alexander Mattison

 

New England Patriots

Sony Michel

Rex Burkhead

James White

 

James Develin

New Orleans Saints

*Alvin Kamara

 

 

Latavius Murray

*Missed Week 8-watch his progress for Week 10

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley

 

 

Wayne Gallman /Elijhaa Penny

 

New York Jets

Le’Veon Bell

   

Bilal Powell /Ty Montgomery

 

Oakland Raiders

Josh Jacobs

DeAndre Washington

Jalen Richard

DeAndre Washington /Jalen Richard

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Howard

Boston Scott

Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders

Darren Sproles

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaylen Samuels

Trey Edmunds

 

Trey Edmunds

James Conner - injured shoulder, listed as doubtful

Benny Snell out for 2-3 weeks (knee)

San Francisco 49ers

Matt Breida /Tevin Coleman

Raheem Mostert

Matt Breida

Raheem Mostert

Jerick McKinnon

Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson

Rashaad Penny

 

 Rashaad Penny

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones

Peyton Barber

Dare Ogunbowale

Peyton Barber

 

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry

 

 Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis

 

Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson

Wendell Smallwood

 

Wendell Smallwood

Derrius Guice , Chris Thompson (missed last two games)