NFL Week 4 Running Back Sit/Start Report


Ameer Abdullah has fallen off the charts since his stunning Week 1 debut

SIT – Ameer Abdullah:  Since his breakout debut during Week 1, which featured a touchdown on his first career carry, Ameer Abdullah has fallen silent. Managing just 32 yards over the past two weeks, Abdullah has fallen from the weekly starter discussion. This is especially true for Week 4, where the Lions will travel to Seattle for Monday Night Football, Abdullah may not live up to the bright lights. Seattle has yet to yield a rushing touchdown this season. If you can, sit Abdullah in this daunting matchup.

SIT – Rashad Jennings:  Circulating throughout a running back committee is no fun for anyone. Currently entrenched within a three-pronged backfield, Jennings does not warrant enough touches to be effective. On the year, Jennings has 96 yards and a TD on 33 carries. Outside of the top 30 fantasy tailbacks, Jennings is not a factor on the road against a stingy Buffalo defense.

SIT – Justin Forsett:  Ten yards on 13 carries: that’s all Forsett could amount to in the Ravens week 3 loss to the Bengals. After a breakout year in 2014 where Forsett averaged over five yards a carry, things haven’t been the same in 2015 where the scat back is averaging only 3.2 YPC. To add salt to injury, Forsett and the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh on a short week to face the best run stopping defense so far in the NFL. The Steelers weakness lies in the secondary. Therefore, look for Joe Flacco to air the ball out more than handoff to the struggling Forsett.

START – Karlos Williams:  I told you to run to the waivers to go pick up this guy and I really hoped you listen. As the week rolls on, it’s looking more and more like McCoy won’t play and Williams will get all the touches against a soft Giants defense. Williams recorded at least one rushing touchdown in three straight weeks. Come Sunday, it will be four.

START – Latavius Murray:  It seems as if every player on the Raiders’ roster has elevated their level of play in 2015. Allotted more carries in each progressing week, Murray has made the most of his touches averaging 4.8 yards per tote. Murray just got done slashing up Cleveland’s patchwork defense. Now Murray and the Raiders hit the road to take on a Chicago defense that has let up over 110 yards rushing in the past two weeks. Start Murray and enjoy the show.

START – Eddie Lacy:  After waiting all week to find out if Lacy would play in Monday Night’s contest, the third-year back shrugged off an ankle injury to accumulate 87 all purpose yards against the Chiefs. It appears Lacy is back to full health, just in time for a tantalizing matchup with the 49ers. San Francisco currently has the third worst run defense in the NFL. Withholding week one, the 49ers have given up 229 yards and five touchdowns, including three to the perennial DeAngelo Williams. The younger, more talented Lacy should have a field day as the Packers milk the clock on the way to their fourth win of the season.


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