NFL Week 7 Running Back Sit/Start Report

It took 5 weeks, but Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is finally a must start

It took 5 weeks, but Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is finally a must start

Some things are just better when you wait for them. For instance, when you turn the legal age of 21. Edwin and Anthony (not their real names) are the youngest of my friend group and while everyone heads out to the bars on a Saturday evening, their night is abruptly cut short because of late birthdates. The anticipation is almost unbearable waiting for the day. It’s as if the age of 20 is useless because you’re no longer a teenager but you’re still not old enough to be considered an “adult”.

Well the 21st birthday is always memorable (or not) and well worth the wait. Cheers to my two long-time friends who just turned 21 and cheers to you fantasy owners who’ve waited on a few players to get their butt in gear! Patience is a virtue and the payoff is high. Now heading into the second half of the season, the real fun can finally begin.

Start – Lamar Miller:  Well would you look at that, it only took a few people to lose their jobs in order for Lamar Miller to finally be effective. Miller managed 18 total fantasy points in weeks one through four before finally busting loose for 113 yards and a score on 19 carries during Week 6. With a sub 4.4 40, Miller can actually do some damage when the ball is consistently handed to him. Look for new head coach, Dan Campbell to feed the ball to Miller against the Texans 10th worst rush defense in the league.

Start – DeMarco Murray:  Remember when DeMarco Murray had only gained 11 yards on 21 carries two weeks into the 2015 season? Well after the past two weeks, I sure don’t! In the last fortnight, Murray notched 41 carries for 195 yards and two TDs. A complete turn around from his start in early September. Look for the good times to keep rolling heading into Week 7. The Eagles travel to Carolina to take on a Panthers team that surprisingly struggles against the run. Lock Murray in for another 20 carries and a score. I mean, it’s not like Chip is gonna let Bradford throw the ball…right?

Start – Frank Gore:  After two abysmal weeks to start the season, I wouldn’t be surprised if many fantasy owners sold out on Gore. However, keep in mind if Gore had not fumbled twice inside the red zone, he’d be a top 10 RB this season. During the past four weeks, Gore is averaging 17 carries per game. Consistent touches will keep Gore in the RB2 discussion and this week against New Orleans, he is flashing RB1 upside. Lastly, keep in mind Ahmad Bradshaw re-signed with the team a week ago and is lurking to poach touches away from Gore.

Sit – Melvin Gordon:  Talks of Rookie of the Year have certainly quelled in favor of Gordon. The freshman running back hasn’t lived up to the hype fumbling three times in two weeks and five times on the year. Benched in the second half of week six, veteran Danny Woodhead is in line to take a significant amount of touches. The Oakland Raiders can be beaten through the air and Rivers will be looking for blood after throwing for over 500 yards last week. Woodhead is the back that favors the passing game and Gordon is simply a struggling flex.

Sit – Chris Johnson:  CJ2K returned back to Earth last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers accumulating a mere 40 yards on 14 carries. This week presents another tough matchup as the Baltimore Ravens come to town for primetime television. The Ravens are allowing on average just 80 rush yards per game, ninth best in the league. Furthermore, the Ravens have allowed nine passing touchdowns this season and are the second worst at stopping the pass. Carson Palmer just might have a field day at home, leaving little for Johnson to feast on.

Sit – Charcandrick West:  West was worth a speculative add after Jamaal Charles went down with an injury but could not do anything as a starter versus the Vikings. West mustered 33 yards on nine carries and also had a fumble in the game. Truth of the matter, the 2015 season for the Chiefs is in free fall and it’s too risky to play any skill player at the moment. Specifically, West is in a timeshare with Knile Davis and should not be a starter in any fantasy format until the carries are sorted out between the two of them.

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