Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have questions about who could exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Fabs Top 10 Running Backs
1. Jonathan Taylor vs. Chiefs
2. Christian McCaffrey vs. Saints
3. Saquon Barkley vs. Cowboys (MNF)
4. Austin Ekeler at Jaguars
5. D’Andre Swift at Vikings
6. Joe Mixon at Jets
7. Derrick Henry vs. Raiders
8. Dalvin Cook vs. Lions
9. Leonard Fournette vs. Packers
10. Nick Chubb vs. Steelers (TNF)
Week 3 Start ‘Em: Running Backs
Start of the Week
David Montgomery vs. Texans (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Montgomery looked great last week in Green Bay, rushing for 122 yards while averaging over eight yards a rush. He also saw 50% of the backfield touches, so there was no committee with Khalil Herbert. Next on the schedule is a date with the Texans, who have allowed an average of more than 28 points per game to running backs since Week 13, 2021.
Antonio Gibson vs. Eagles (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Gibson didn’t publish an enormous stat line closing week, however he did rating a landing and 12.1 delusion issues in a loss to the Lions. Next up is a date with the Eagles, who’ve allowed the sixth-most issues to operating backs since Week 13, 2021. During that point, which incorporates a general of 7 video games, their protection has allowed 16 or extra issues to a again 5 instances.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire at Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS): CEH has had a really nice begin to the 2022 marketing campaign, scoring a mixed 38.2 issues in his first two video games. He’s within the RB2 or flex dialog this week, as he’ll face a Colts protection that’s been dangerous in opposition to the run with out LB Shaquille Leonard. If his injured again helps to keep him out of motion as soon as once more, Edwards-Helaire will likely be in a perfect place to seek out good fortune.
James Robinson at Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): What Achilles surgical treatment? Huh? Forget about it! Robinson has been a celeb within the first two weeks, scoring a mixed 35.7 delusion issues whilst seeing 35.6% of the Jaguars backfield touches. While the Travis Etienne truthers may not find it irresistible, Robinson remains to be the most productive runner on this offense and will have to be thought to be a forged flex choice in opposition to the Chargers.
Dameon Pierce at Bears (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Pierce scored simply 8.7 delusion issues closing week, however he did see 43.2% of the backfield touches in a loss to the Broncos. That was once up from the 23.5% proportion he had within the opener. The rookie additionally averaged a forged 4.6 yards in line with rush within the contest. He’ll be at the flex radar in opposition to the Bears, who have been smoked for 193 speeding yards by way of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.
• Kareem Hunt vs. Steelers (Thur. 8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video)
• Miles Sanders at Commanders (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Michael Carter vs. Bengals (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• James Robinson at Chargers ($6,100)
• David Montgomery vs. Texans ($5,900)
• Michael Carter vs. Bengals ($5,200)
Week 3 Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
Sit of the Week
Ezekiel Elliott at Giants (Mon. 8:15 p.m., ESPN): As a Cowboys honk, I’m hoping that having Zeke as the Sit of the Week invokes some sort of reverse jinx. His level of production has been minimal in the first two games, and just 4% of his carries have come with eight-plus men in the box this season. He’s also averaged just 13.9 points in four career road games versus the Giants, and those were in his prime.
A.J. Dillon at Buccaneers (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Dillon will be in a lot of fantasy lineups this weekend, so consider this more of a warning than a hard sit ’em. The Buccaneers’ defense is tough on running backs, allowing an average of just 11.7 points in their first two games. Tampa Bay also has the seventh-fewest points to the position since Week 13, 2021, and Dillon is splitting work with Aaron Jones.
Cam Akers vs. Cardinals (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Anyone who tells you they know what to expect from the Rams backfield is lying. Akers started and saw more touches than Darrell Henderson last week, but he was second in snaps (35-27) in what is now a committee. Akers also averaged a meager 2.9 yards per rush compared to Henderson’s 4.7. Starting either of these backs is a risk regardless of the matchup, so I wouldn’t trust Akers as much more than a low-end flex starter.
Chase Edmonds vs. Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Edmonds burned a lot of fantasy fans last week, as he saw a mere 11.1% touch share in a win over the Ravens. That was down from the 34.8% share he had in Week 1, as the Dolphins went with Raheem Mostert as their lead back. This rotation is confusing, to be certain, and the Bills have one of the top defenses in the NFL. Edmonds is a risk-reward flex.
Jeff Wilson Jr. at Broncos (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Wilson did lead the 49ers backs in touch share (33.3%) in his first game without Elijah Mitchell, and he should see even more work with Tyrion Davis-Price out of action. I’d nonetheless be cautious of him as greater than a flex this week, because the Niners face a Broncos protection that’s allowed a mean of 16.9 delusion issues in line with sport to runners since Week 13 of closing season.
• Damien Harris vs. Ravens (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Travis Etienne at Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Devin Singletary at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• A.J. Dillon at Buccaneers ($6,000)
• Damien Harris vs. Ravens ($5,600)
• Devin Singletary at Dolphins ($5,600)
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