Week 5 had some big time performances from running backs who are finally starting to come around and get more touches. Doug Martin has three total touchdowns last week and DeMarco Murray finally had a game with more than 100 total yards. Will any of those names make this week’s list? Let’s find out on Week 6 choose or lose.
DEMARCO MURRAY VS. NEW YORK GIANTS
DeMarco Murray finally stepped up for fantasy owners with a solid fantasy day against the New Orleans Saints. Now the Eagles take on the Giants in an NFC East grudge match.
With the amount of success that both Murray and Ryan Matthews had running the ball last week, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when Murray and Mathews get a ball a lot this week.
Chip Kelly and his offense should look to establish the run against a Giants team that is 21st against opposing running backs. Have a little bit more confidence in DeMarco Murray this week.
T.J. YELDON VS. HOUSTON TEXANS
T.J. Yeldon has been a solid rookie running back this season, the former Alabama star continues to be the featured back in Jacksonville.
This week Yeldon looks for his first NFL rushing touchdown against the Texans who are 18th against opposing running backs.
The Texans just allowed Frank Gore and the Colts run all over them, hopefully Yeldon does the same and scores a touchdown. He’s been racking up yards but a touchdown would sweeten the deal.
DANNY WOODHEAD VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Danny Woodhead is a running back who has always been overlooked but it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. Woodhead is happy to quietly produce while catching passes out of the backfield and being the next Darren Sproles.
Melvin Gordon has had every opportunity to keep the starting job but Woodhead has been productive with limited touches. Woodhead has scored more than 10 fantasy points in four out of five weeks and is a good bet to do some damage against the Green Bay Packers, especially if they fall behind early.
LAMAR MILLER VS. TENNESSEE TITANS
Joe Philbin is out in Miami and new head coach Dan Campbell is probably going to change the offense up a little bit. Lamar Miller has been talking a big game and telling the fans to expect big things but this might not be the best time to do it.
The Titans are 2nd best in the league against opposing running backs and they are at home. Lamar Miller hasn’t even rushed for more than 53 yards in a game this season and the chances of it improving against a stout Titans front seven isn’t high. You can start him if you want but don’t get mad if Lamar Miller doesn’t live up to his word.
CHRIS IVORY VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Chris Ivory is a beast of a running back who has been getting the majority of the carries in New York. The Jets firm commitment to the running back would normally make Ivory a solid play for almost any week.
However, this week features a tough Redskins defense that is 3rd in the league in points allowed to opposing running backs. Ivory will get his touches and probably rack up 50 yards or so but I believe it’ll be tough for him to get into the endzone unless he breaks a huge run.
ALFRED MORRIS VS. NEW YORK JETS
Alfred Morris needs to be on your bench this week and it’s a no-brainer. Jay Gruden has decided to go with a complete running back committee in Matt Jones and Chris Thompson.
Thompson catches passes out of the backfield and Matt Jones has managed to take multiple touchdowns away from Morris. The Jets are 4th against opposing running backs, do yourself a favor and don’t start Morris this week.
ON THE BUBBLE
GIOVANI BERNARD VS. BUFFALO BILLS
Much like last season Giovani Bernard is sharing time with Jeremy Hill. While Bernard isn’t getting the number of touches that fantasy owners would like, he’s been supremely productive. Bernard is an explosive back who plays well regardless of the Bengals opponent is and that’s why he has plenty of potential this week.
However, if there’s a time for him to have an off day, it’s against the Buffalo Bills at home. The Bills are 7th against opposing running backs and might not allow for Bernard to have any openings. On top of that, Hill has been getting the goal line carries which decreases Bernard’s value even more.
CHARCANDRICK WEST VS. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
The heir apparent to Jamaal Charles at running back is Charcandrick West. The 2nd year back out of Abilene Christian has supplanted Knile Davis and is expected to get the majority of the carries. West had 31 yards on seven carries which is decent through almost a quarter and a half of play.
West has potential based on the fact that he should get the ball a lot but the Vikings are 14th against opposing running backs. This could either be a breakout game for Charcandrick West or Knile David may end up taking over before the game ends.