Thursday - Feb 22, 2024

Home / Commentary / START/BENCH: Week 6

START/BENCH: Week 6

RUNNING BACKS

STUDS

Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco (at Cleveland)

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

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (at Buffalo) [INJURED]

Bijan Robinson, Atlanta (vs. Washington)

Derrick Henry, Tennessee (vs. Baltimore)

Tony Pollard, Dallas (at Los Angeles Chargers)

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas (vs. New England)

Kenneth Walker, Seattle (at Cincinnati)

ROLL THEM OUT

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota (at Chicago): Mattison started slow but has built up some steam since — he’s a Top 15 running back since Week 3. Even after Washington barely ran the ball at all last week, Chicago is still third in points per reception (PPR) league points allowed to running backs last season.

Raheem Mostert, Miami (vs. Carolina): An argument can be made that Mostert belongs on the “Studs” list. With De’Von Achane set to miss multiple weeks and Mostert about to face the league’s 26th-ranked run defense, he may well be a week from now.

Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City (vs. Denver): Pacheco has quietly put together a high-end RB2 season to date, averaging about 85 scrimmage yards per game. He should shine against a Denver defense that allowed 150 rushing yards while I was writing this blurb.

Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Arizona): Williams has been a Top 10 fantasy option through five games, riding a tide of volume through a wave of inefficiency. Arizona hasn’t been great against the run, allowing almost 125 yards a game on the ground.

SIT THEM DOWN

Jerome Ford, Cleveland (vs. San Francisco): After impressive debut as Cleveland’s lead back against Pittsburgh, Ford has carried the ball 19 times for 44 yards in the last two games combined. Now he faces a San Francisco run defense allowing less than 65 yards per game on the ground.

Breece Hall, Philadelphia (at New York Jets): Hall was fantastic last week, setting a new career-high with 177 rushing yards against Denver. However, there’s a big difference between Denver’s papier mâché run defense and Philadelphia’s league leading unit — over 120 rushing yards per game.

Dameon Pierce, Houston (vs. New Orleans): Pierce hasn’t been especially effective so far this season, but he’s hung around low-end RB2 territory. That’s closer to his ceiling than his floor Sunday against New Orleans and its eighth-ranked run defense.

Rachaad White, Tampa Bay (vs. Detroit): White has been OK this year, ranking 24th among running backs in PPR fantasy points per game. Believe it or not, there isn’t a team in the league allowing fewer fantasy points to running backs this season than the Lions.

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.