Fantasy owners have a tough task ahead of them in deciding who to start and who to sit in the running back department. This year seems to be as difficult as ever in these situations, and it is important to evaluate the match-ups each and every week. After analyzing the Week 2 contests, there are two running backs that seem destined to have underwhelming fantasy performances.
Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis and Lamar Miller should both be benched in standard fantasy formats during Week 2. Both of their counterparts are most likely better starts than they are and that trend should continue as the season progresses.
1. Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis, CIN:
Green-Ellis is currently splitting carries with rookie Giovani Bernard, but that should be expected to stop very soon. Bernard is certainly the more impressive of the two, and could gain sole possession of the starting job as soon as next week. Neither back had a stellar performance during Week 1, so the battle is still technically open to which player can rise to the occasion.
Bernard is the more versatile back and will continue to cut into the Green-Ellis playing time. If that’s not convincing enough, the Bengals are up against Pittsburgh’s stingy defense this week.
2. Lamar Miller, MIA:
Lamar Miller is in a situation very similar to that of the Cincinatti Bengals and is currently sharing the backfield with Daniel Thomas. Miller had a rough outing during Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns rushing 10 times for only 3 yards. Daniel Thomas struggled as well, had a touchdown to show for his trouble.
It’s still unclear as to who will win this battle for starting tailback, but Lamar Miller needs to prove his worth before being thrown into the starting lineup in most fantasy leagues. Miller and the Miami Dolphins will square off against the Indianapolis Colts, who basically shut down Raiders running back Darren McFadden limiting him to 48 yards on 17 carries.
It would be shocking if Miller were able to put up a more of an impressive performance than McFadden. Consider benching Miller until he proves that he is worth the start.