With the way the Week 8 landscape for Fantasy football looks, I can understand if you won't have the luxury to avoid one particular backfield, let alone three. That being said, I'd really rather not start any running backs that play for the Chargers, 49ers, or Patriots.
Two weeks after Justin Jackson looked like a legitimate starter, the Chargers gave 17 touches to Joshua Kelley and he turned them into just 53 yards. Neither Jackson nor Kelley is talented enough to produce behind this offensive line if they're splitting touches nearly evenly. That's even more true against a Broncos defense that has allowed the second fewest touches to running backs this season.
The 49ers have a better matchup against the Seahawks, but not that much better. And they may have even more confusion with Jamycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon's roles completely unsettled. Oh, Tevin Coleman is back from injured reserve after recovering from his knee injury, adding another layer of uncertainty. The only positive is that this game figures to be one with a lot of points.
Then you get to the Patriots. I could totally understand getting behind James White with Julian Edelman ruled out. The problem is White was out-targeted four-to-one by Rex Burkhead in Week 7. The bigger problem is that the Patriots have one of the lowest implied point totals of the week and none of the running backs are as likely to score on the ground as their quarterback.
If I had to choose, I'd go with Jackson, Hasty and White. But I'd really rather start someone else.
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The following player is out for Week 8:
NYG N.Y. Giants • #31
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Wayne Gallman could be a solid flex.
Jeff Wilson RB
SF San Francisco • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Jamycal Hasty may lead this backfield in Week 8.
Chris Carson RB
SEA Seattle • #32
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Carlos Hyde would be a low-end No. 2 running back.
DEN Denver • #30
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Melvin Gordon should be locked in for 20 touches if Lindsay is out.
Numbers to know
- 56% -- Leonard Fournette played 56% of the snaps in Week 7. That's a season-high.
- 13 -- Antonio Gibson has broken 13 tackles this season That's good for third in the NFL.
- 86 -- Frank Gore has broken one tackle on 86 carries this season. That's the worst rate in the league.
- 4 -- James Robinson has at least four catches in five games in a row.
- 143 -- Derrick Henry has 21 more rush attempts than any other running back. And he's already had his bye.
- 3.0 -- The Buccaneers have been the best team in the league against the run, holding opposing teams to just 3.0 yards per carry.
- 24 -- David Montgomery has 24 targets over his past four games. That's keeping his PPR value afloat despite his inefficiency.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Hyde has a tight hamstring, according to Pete Carroll, but he played through it in Week 8 and Chris Carson is now "week-to-week" with a mid-foot sprain. I expect Hyde to lead the Seahawks backfield in what should be a high-scoring game against the 49ers. If you want to be against Hyde's health, DeeJay Dallas would be my second-choice in Seattle.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #22
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Gallman has been by far the Giants most efficient runner at 4.4 yards per carry. No other running back on the team has averaged even 3.5 yards per carry. He also caught all five of his targets last week after Freeman went down. But this is a terribly difficult matchup, so temper your expectations.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #22
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
There should be no doubt. Perine should be the clear lead back for the Jets, and he should be preparing for a good matchup against the Chiefs. He'd be at the top of this list if that was the case. But Adam Gase is still the head coach, and that means Frank Gore is still likely taking 10 touches from Perine, which makes it hard to trust anyone.
In non-PPR, Edwards may just be the best add. Assuming Ingram misses time I'd expect Edwards to lead the team in rushing, but Dobbins will likely get the passing work. This is a difficult matchup if you aren't going to catch any passes, especially since a third of the rush attempts may go to Lamar Jackson.
SF San Francisco • #26
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Whether Coleman gets back for Week 9 or not, he should definitely get back before Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. That means at some point in the not-so-distant future he may be the lead back for the 49ers again.
Alvin Kamara RB
NO New Orleans • #41
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Until Michael Thomas returns, we'll just keep playing Kamara in cash games. He has at least eight targets in every game but one and he has outscored every other running back by at least 30 Fantasy points this season. They cannot price him high enough to fade.
Myles Gaskin RB
MIA Miami • #37
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
I would imagine with a rookie quarterback against a very good Rams defense, Gaskin's roster rate will be too low. That fits with his price, which is already too low. He's on pace for 72 catches this season and is a top-20 PPR running back despite already having his bye and only scoring one touchdown. He's averaging nearly three times value despite the fact he only had 16 carries the first two weeks and didn't start getting short yardage work until Week 4.