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START/BENCH: Week 4

RUNNING BACKS

STUDS

Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco (vs. Arizona)

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Las Vegas) [INJURED]

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (vs. Seattle) [INJURED]

Bijan Robinson, Atlanta (at Jacksonville)

Derrick Henry, Tennessee (vs. Cincinnati)

Tony Pollard, Dallas (vs. New England)

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas (at Los Angeles Chargers)

ROLL THEM OUT

Derrick Henry, Tennessee (vs. Cincinnati): That Henry needs mentioning at all after 20 yards on 11 carries last week is rather depressing. But Cincinnati has been soft against the run, giving up 151.7 rushing yards per contest.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota (at Carolina): After a slow start to the season, Mattison finally got going last week with 125 total yards against the Los Angeles Chargers. This week he faces a Carolina defense that has surrendered the third-most fantasy points to running backs.

Dameon Pierce, Houston (vs. Pittsburgh): Pierce has been a significant disappointment to date this season, but Sunday’s matchup with a Pittsburgh team allowing over 150 yards per game on the ground could be just what it takes to get the second-year back going.

Javonte Williams, Denver (at Chicago): Williams hasn’t been especially productive this year, but he has been Denver’s clear lead back. That could mean good things against a woeful Chicago defense surrendering the most fantasy points in the NFC to running backs.

SIT THEM DOWN

Gus Edwards, Cleveland (vs. Baltimore): Edwards is in the concussion protocol, but even if he clears it, he belongs on fantasy benches in Week 4. Cleveland just completely shut down Derrick Henry and have allowed just 52 yards a game on the ground.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati (at Tennessee): The entire Cincinnati offense has struggled to get going this season, and now Cincinnati faces a Tennessee run defense that ranks fourth in rushing yards per game allowed and 29th in points per reception (PPR) league points given up to running backs.

Brian Robinson, Washington (at Philadelphia): Robinson has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers this year — he’s seventh in PPR points among running backs. But Philadelphia is the only team in the National Football League that has allowed less than 50 rushing yards per game this year.

Rachaad White, Tampa Bay (at New Orleans): White was shut down by Philadelphia in Week 3, including being stuffed in the end zone for a safety. Now he draws a New Orleans defense that has given up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to running backs so far this year.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an nine-time FSWA Award finalist and three-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award four times. He won the honor in 2017 and 2019. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.