Watch Now: Week 4 Starts and Sits: Running Backs (9:07)

There's nothing good about the postponement of the Titans and Steelers Week 4 game, but running back may be the position where it causes the most trouble. Derrick Henry and James Conner are must-start running backs and this position isn't exactly deep right now. Complicating things even more is the fact that some of our top waiver wire adds from earlier in the week don't look nearly as appealing as they did on Tuesday.

Rex Burkhead will likely have to contend with James White, who returned to practice for the first time since the tragic car accident that took his father's life. Burkhead and any Patriots back would only be options if the Patriots and Chiefs play as now expected Monday night. However, any additional positive COVID cases could postpone that game. Stay as flexible as possible.

Likewise, Jeff Wilson saw Jerick McKinnon practice in full on Wednesday. McKinnon was dominating touches before he got hurt in Week 3. Carlos Hyde looked like the most likely starter on the waiver wire, but now Chris Carson is expected to play Sunday in Miami.

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Who's Out

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CHI Chicago • #29
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND IND -2.5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
0
RB RNK
35th
David Montgomery could get just enough extra work in the passing game to propel him into the top 15 running backs.
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Numbers to know
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Matchups that matter

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Matchups that Matter
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BUF Buffalo • #26
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV BUF -3 O/U 52
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
13.4
RB RNK
19th
CIN Cincinnati • #28
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC CIN -3 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
16.1
RB RNK
15th
LAR L.A. Rams • #27
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG LAR -13 O/U 47
OPP VS RB
26th
PROJ PTS
11.9
RB RNK
26th
WAS Washington • #24
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -13.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
7.5
RB RNK
32nd
LAC L.A. Chargers • #27
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -7.5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
4.6
RB RNK
24th
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Week 4 Adds
SF San Francisco • #30
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI SF -7 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
11th
RB RNK
28th
ROSTERED
61%
Assuming McKinnon is active, that still makes Wilson a nice flex. But he'll be touchdown-dependent just like he was last week. Thankfully he plays for the 49ers, whose running backs have scored more Fantasy points this season than any other team.
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NE New England • #37
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -6.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS RB
5th
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
32%
I'm not totally convinced Harris will ascend to relevance as soon as he's healthy, but this offense is good enough to roster him just in case.
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Top Play
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NO New Orleans • #41
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET NO -4 O/U 54
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
23.2
RB RNK
1st
FANDUEL
$8,800
DRAFTKINGS
$8,000
This could change if Michael Thomas is able to return, but Kamara without Thomas is basically Christian McCaffrey, only better. He's averaged nine catches per game and more than 10 yards per catch. He's averaging two touchdowns per game. If Thomas misses Week 4 against Detroit I'm not sure any of those averages are going down.
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BUF Buffalo • #26
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV BUF -3 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
13.4
RB RNK
19th
FANDUEL
$6,000
DRAFTKINGS
$5,900
It was a gut punch for Singletary managers when he got stuffed at the goal line but it may have been a blessing to those who want to use him in DFS this week because it hid how good he was without Zack Moss. He had 17 touches for 121 total yards including four catches. Even if Moss returns, the Raiders have been so bad against running backs that I'll still start Singletary. Better yet, fewer people will play him.
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Heath's Projections

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