Hi there! Welcome to Gutsy Sports. Fantasy football is still going strong, and we’re almost at the halfway point of the regular season. Most fantasy leagues have their playoffs starting around Week 13 or Week 14, so you can actually say we’re halfway there as far as that is concerned. If your fantasy football team is anything like mine, you’re dealing with a lot of issues as far as who to start at the RB position. If your league has the typical default set up, you’re looking at which 2-3 RBs to start, depending on if you’re going RB at the flex position.
Start’em: T.J. Yeldon, Texans @ Jaguars
There’s lots of different things going on that have certainly made things more complicated than they need to be. Leonard Fournette has been ruled out for the third week in a row, with T.J. Yeldon being a strong performer in his absence. Still, Yeldon is now dealing with his own injuries, and he’s currently listed with a Questionable status. Yeldon was disappointing last week as Jacksonville was blown out by Dallas, but no one could really expect them to be running the ball when they were battling such a large deficit almost immediately.
It’s highly unlikely that Jacksonville will get lit up like that in back to back weeks, especially by an under performing Texans offense. I’d say it’s a safe bet that this will be a low scoring game, and the team that is able to control the clock through their running game will be taking home the win. Veteran RB Jamaal Charles may take a few carries from Yeldon as he had five carries last week, but expect Yeldon to have around 15-20 carries, as Jacksonville gets the close victory in a game of field goals. If Yeldon gets a touchdown, that would be icing on the cake.
Sit’em: Jordan Howard, Patriots @ Bears
Chicago has been notorious for having the running back by committee approach, and we’ve typically see Tarik Cohen outperforming Howard in most aspects. Cohen seems to be the only RB truly involved in the passing game, with Jordan Howard getting the bulk of the carries. We’ll probably see Jordan Howard get 10-15 carries, but you cannot depend on him in this matchup. It’s a safe assumption that the Patriots offense will be rolling in this game, and Chicago may spend the majority of this game playing from behind. Expect Chicago to be passing the ball the wide majority of the time.
Start’em: Tarik Cohen, Patriots @ Bears
As stated, Chicago will be passing the ball early and often. I fully expect for Chicago to let Trubisky loose in this game, so I feel good betting that Cohen will have a monster game. Cohen was also the only Chicago RB that showed any promise this past week, so let’s expect Chicago to keep giving him the ball. I’d expect him to have 7-8 receptions, with maybe 5-6 carries to go with it.
Sit’em: Ito Smith, Giants @ Falcons
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has officially been ruled out, so that leaves Ito Smith with the potential starting role. The Giants are an atrocious team, so you would think that this would be a game where the Falcons offense really shows out. Falcons may end up having a big lead, so Smith could end up with a lot of carries. Smith converted 11 carries into 22 yards last week, which is a horrendous average of 2 yards per carry. He’s also had a touchdown in each of the last three games, so that is one promising thing. If he can find the endzone, then he has value. Let’s not make any bets on him yet though. I’d definitely keep him on my bench.
Anyways, good luck to all of our fantasy footballers in Week 7!