Fantasy football provides us with tricks and treats on a weekly basis. Here are five running backs sure to treat or trick you if in your lineup.
START – Chris Johnson: Chris Johnson appeared on the Sit Report last week and of course, gashed the Baltimore’s defense to the tune of 18 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. It was the most fantasy points given up by the Ravens’ defense all season long. Turning back the sands of time, Johnson is once again the lead back in a fast paced offense. This week Johnson gets an enticing matchup with the Cleveland Browns’ 2nd worst rush defense in the NFL. No trick here, in week 8, Johnson should treat owners once again as top-5 fantasy running back in 2015.
START – Jonathan Stewart: Stewart sure has been a surprise treat these past two weeks. After tallying 78 yards and two touchdowns against a stout Seahawks defense, Stewart carried the ball 24 times for 125 yards against a ferocious Philly unit. Now the Colts sixth worst run defense marches down to Bank of America Stadium. Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert will always be at large to poach touchdowns away but Stewart shall get a healthy dose of yardage to make him a viable RB1 in week 8.
SIT – Carlos Hyde: Carlos Hyde has certainly played a Jekyll & Hyde so far this season. After exploding for 168 yards and two scores in week one, Hyde found pay dirt only once more and is yet to top 100 yards. Hobbled by nagging injuries, Hyde consistently manages to put up mediocre numbers. Don’t be tricked into believing Hyde will produce against a middling Rams defense. Leave the second-year back on the bench in week 8.
SIT – Duke Johnson Jr: Duke Johnson Jr. may be pushing for the starting role in the Browns backfield but that doesn’t mean you should start him in your lineup. Duke continues to show off his receiving prowess, which he’ll need against a stingy Cardinals front. The Cardinals are a very opportunistic defense and I envision the birds going up big and early on against a limp Josh McCown. The matchup is not in the Duke’s favor and you should leave him on the bench if possible.
SIT – Rashad Jennings: Oh you thought there were only three tailbacks in the Giants backfield? GOT HEEEM! Tom Coughlin rolled out Orleans Darkwa to also compete for touches last week against the Cowboys. Darkwa led the Giants in carries while Jennings could only muster up 19 yards on five carries. If two is a crowd and three is company, then four is a surefire trick and you should not trust a Giants running back in any format.