Charch's Week 3 Running Back Rankings


In an exceptional season, there weren't many blemishes in Alvin Kamara's 2017, except his two games against Atlanta. In the first game, he left injured in the first quarter, and then posted a mediocre scoreless 90 yards in Week 16. Until this past week against the Browns, Kamara had scored at least once in eleven straight games against teams other than the Falcons (of note, he had a touchdown called by penalty against the Browns). The big opportunity staring Kamara is the face are the 14 receptions that McCaffrey just hung on this defense, fresh off losing both Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. Atlanta allowed the most running back receptions in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Granted, the Panthers were playing catch-up, but Atlanta also allowed CMC and CJ Anderson over six yards per carry as well as two touchdowns on the ground to Jay Ajayi the previous week. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10   |   $9200


Todd Gurley has scored 12 touchdowns in his last five regular season games. Let that one sink in for a minute. Sure, the Chargers held Kareem Hunt and LeSean McCoy in check after letting them rack up three 100-yard games against them last season but since you would start Gurley against 11 hurricanes named "Ditka͟" that probably doesn't matter much. One interesting home/road tidbit on Gurley that may matter to someone in yardage-heavy leagues-he has only gone over 100 yards rushing or 60 yards receiving one time each in his last 16 home games. You have to really dig to find any remotely negative here. Dude is just that good. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10   |   $9300


Ezekiel Elliott is set to face a Legion Of Gloom defense that just made Mitch Trubisky and Allen Robinson look like Big Ben and AB. The previous week they succeeded in turning Royce Freeman and Philip Linsday into Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen. Zeke is obviously a premium play this week but it will be interesting to see if his early season usage is a trend or a mirage. Yes, he has scored in both games, but his single-game carries and yardage totals are both bottom-four in his career. Fortunately, teams are running on the Seahawks copiously, 30 times per game, so Zeke should get the volume requisite of his best game of the year. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $9000

The Bengals have allowed a whopping nine receptions per game to backs and have let runners catch at least four passes in 16 of their last 17 games. At nearly five yards per carry and 19 touches per game,Christian McCaffrey continues to pile up points in PPR leagues. But to anyone thinking he is still just a pass-catching back by looking at his carry count, he played 63 of 67 snaps last week where CJ Anderson saw just 8 plays and 3 touches. To put that into perspective, Zeke, Saquon Barkley and James Connor were only other backs on the field for at least 85% of their plays. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $8500


No team has allowed more fantasy points to running backs than Arizona. Sure, they held AP and Todd Gurley to an eyelash over three yards per carry on the ground but have been outscored 58-6 in their two games. Jordan Howard has become a boom or bust play. In 2017, he logged 11 games under 77 rushing yards, four over 125 yards with just one game in between. Howard has out-snapped Tarik Cohen 98 to 49 through two games and head coach Matt Nagy has publicly admitted that Howard needs more consistent work. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $8000


In his last 180 snaps, Kareem Hunt has eight receptions for 25 yards. He had 49 receptions in the first 14 games of his career. So basically, Andy Reid has turned Hunt into LeGarrette Blount. The matchup against the 49ers is a perfect opportunity to change the narrative. San Francisco has allowed 21 receptions to opposing running backs, second-most in the league. This includes five receptions that went for 10 or more yards. Expect the 49ers to play their safeties deep to counter Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs deep threats. This not only will allow for more dump off opportunities for Hunt but fewer defenders in the box for his rush attempts. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $7800

Chris Thompson has averaged six catches and 86 receiving yards in his last six home games. Alex Smith has targeted him 21 times in the first two games so clearly his transition from Kirk Cousins is just as healthy as his formerly broken leg. The Packers gave up 52 yards on just three grabs last week to Dalvin Cook and eight catches to the Bears' backfield in the opener. Charch likes to remind people that Thompson has a career average of 5.3 yards per carry. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $6800


In games without Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman has scored or hit the 100-yard mark in all four games over the past two seasons while averaging 20 touches per contest. He's also scored five times on just 36 touches in four career games against the Saints, so history is on his side too . So far this year, New Orleans has bottled up Peyton Barber and Carlos Hyde for three yards a carry, but those teams aren't nearly as proficient as the Falcons. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $7600


Don't let the eight-carry total put too much fear into your James Conner expectations. Game plans change in a hurry when you are down 21-0 in the first quarter. Whatever volume the Steelers backfield puts out will come through Conner. He now has 39 of the first 40 running back rushing attempts for Pittsburgh. The Buccaneers resurgence is not solely due to their improved offense, the defense is playing lights out. They have allowed just 134 yards on the ground, 2nd-lowest in the league. Tampa Bay has been generous in the touchdown department, handing out two rushing touchdowns to both the Saints and Eagles. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $7200


[UPDATE: CLEMENT IS QUESTIONABLE, BUT WE BELIEVE HE WILL PLAY. JAY AJAYI AND DARREN SPROLES HAVE BEEN RULED OUT.] Corey Clement will be a valuable asset if Jay Ajayi doesn't go this week, which seems to be a likelihood, and Darren Sproles is also a question mark again. Clement has been effective through the air, as witnessed by his 6-100 game in the Super Bowl and a 5-55 line last week when Ajayi got dinged. The Colts have allowed the most running back receptions and the second-most yards. When Adrian Peterson is catching passes on your defense, you know you've got problems. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $3900


Melvin Gordon is having little to no success running to inside gaps, rushing for just two yards per carry on his 16 inside gap rush attempts. I would expect the Chargers offensive line struggles to continue this week against Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the terrific Rams front seven. Luckily for Gordon, his value is matchup proof with his reception totals and goal line work. The Rams have allowed 19 receptions to opposing running backs through the first two weeks, including nine from Jalen Richard in Week One. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $8600


This is the game Kenyan Drake owners should salivate over. The Raiders defense has allowed back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances to Todd Gurley and Phillip Lindsay. An explosive back like Drake should expose a porous front seven that has already allowed nine carries of 10+ yards. Even in a shared backfield, Drake has back-to-back 15-touch outings. The one stat holding Drake back is his below average five yards per reception number. Good news though, the Raiders have allowed over 10 yards per reception to opposing running backs. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $7100


[UDPATE: DALVIN COOK DID NOT PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY. EVEN IF COOK IS ACTIVE ON SUNDAY, MURRAY SHOULD HAVE A BIG ROLE IN THE GAME.] Buffalo has allowed six touchdowns to running backs in their two games, including two to backups,which is where Latavius Murray comes in. As a 17-point underdog, and team that has allowed 78 points, the game script certainly suggests a lot of running for the Vikings. Add in a balky hamstring for Dalvin Cook, and Murray could be looking at his biggest workload of the year. The Bills have surrendered a rushing touchdown to backs in four of their last five games dating back to 2017. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $5300


In the four games Joe Mixon has missed or was hampered by injury, Giovani Bernard averaged nearly 20 touches and over 100 yards from scrimmage. Expect high volume numbers again as the Bengals look to continue their offensive brilliance against a Carolina Panthers team that was beaten like a drum on the ground by Atlanta last week to the tune of 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Carolina's speedy linebackers make it tough on opposing running backs to factor into the passing attack. They have allowed just eight receptions for 43 yards on to running backs this year. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $6700


Saquon Barkley is looking for his third straight 100+ total yard outing against a Texans defense that has allowed only 3.4 YPC. Further working against Barkley is the loss of starting center Jon Halapio who broke his ankle. The Giants traded away their second-string center, Brett Jones, in the preseason so they'll be starting third stringer John Greco. New York's offensive line appears little better than last year's miserable unit, and Barkley is forced to work for every yard. An interesting dynamic to follow in this game will be Barkley through the air versus the back eight of the Texans. Houston allowed New England backs to catch 10 passes for 71 yards and a score then held Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry to a mere one catch for one yard. One quirky trend to note is that Houston has given up a touchdown to the opponents starting running back in their last three home openers. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $9100


The NFL's leading rusher Matt Breida definitely looked the part against the crappy Lions defense yet was still outsnapped by Alfred Morris 31-26. Even if Kyle Shanahan doesn't do the right thing and see what Breida can do with the lion's share of the touches, there isn't much to lose by playing him. The Chiefs have allowed 65 points in their two wins. In the opener, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler torched them for 283 yards while James Conner managed 65 total yards and a score despite only getting 13 touches as the Steelers worked from a deep deficit. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $6600


The Patriots were put in the highly unusual spot of playing from behind the entire game last week. This should not be the case this week against the Lions, who have not had a lead at any point in the 2nd half this season. Ezekiel Ansah is set to miss his second straight game and it is possible Darius Slay will be ruled out as well with a concussion. This leaves an already dreadful defense, in shambles. The Lions have allowed three touchdowns on the ground to go along with 5.6 yards per carry, 2nd-most in the league. A healthy Sony Michel does put a damper on the ceiling for Burkhead. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $5600


Phillip Lindsay's 213 yards from scrimmage are the 6th-most for any rookie this decade-to think, he went undrafted. He nearly doubled the touches of fellow rookie, Royce Freeman, last week. He's going to need Case Keenum to start throwing more to the running back to remain consistent. Through two games he has completed five balls to the position. Anticipate the Ravens being a difficult challenge for the Broncos backfield. Through two games they are allowing 3.8 yards per carry and have allowed just six completions to running backs. Pro Bowl Ravens Linebacker, C.J. Mosley is expected to be ruled out this week. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $5800


Between injuries and a dearth of talent, the Houston offensive line is a wreck. But for all the trouble they've caused Deshaun Watson, they've done a nice job opening holes for one of the league's most mundane runners, Lamar Miller. Miller is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, his best number since his Miami days. More good news comes from his opponent, the Giants, a team allowing 5.2 yards per carry, the league's third-worst number. Miller hasn't scored a touchdown in seven straight games, going back to November of last year. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $6900


Green Bay has allowed 4.8 YPC thus far, although Muhammad Wilkerson appeared to be more settled in his role last week. With Rob Kelley is down for a month with a toe injury. So unless Samaje Perine has become an actual NFL running back Adrian Peterson has no competition on first and second down and should continue to get touches. The only caveat is a game like last week when the Redskins are continuously playing from behind and Thompson sees double the snaps as him (50 to 25), which is a very real threat against Aaron Rodgers. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $6200


Back-to-back sub four yard per carry games have to make you wonder if this is the beginning of the end for Marshawn Lynch. [Charch interjection: To my eyes, he's running hard, but getting little help from the rest of his offense.] Jon Gruden has been every bit as predictable as feared. Lynch has 29 attempts on the season, all but one has come with the quarterback under center. If I can find the tendency you have to expect the Dolphins will too, maybe? Miami was great last week, holding Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell to 2.4 yards per carry combined. Look for Kiko Alonso to be all over Lynch this week. He has twice as many tackles as any other Dolphin. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $6300


The week presents huge upside potential for Sony Michel. Michel had 10 rushing attempts and two targets on 13 total plays. The message was clear, Josh McDaniels plans to get him the ball regularly. The matchup with Detroit presents the Patriots with an opportunity to get back to running the ball and winning with play action. The Lions 359 rushing yards allowed through two games is far and away the worst in the league. Teams are running the ball a league high 54% of the time against Detroit. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $5200


The Browns ground game is desolate. They have the 2nd-lowest rushing success percentage in the league. Carlos Hyde is averaging 2.8 yards per carry and has gained three yards or less on 71% of his attempts. What's more, the Jets have allowed the fourth-fewest yards to runners, just 55 per game. Good news though, he has two one-yard touchdowns. Good luck predicting that week to week. The Jets defense has been highly dependent on turnovers. They have seven through two games. If Cleveland can win the turnover battle they could be in line for their first victory since 2016. A positive game script is a decent recipe for Hyde's success. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $6300


If David Johnson's sluggish start to the season isn't enough, he and his woeful offensive line take on a sizzling Bears defense that has allowed just 64 rushing yards 10 receiving yards per game to running backs. For a team that has been outscored 58-6 in its two games, the challenge for Johnson will be getting touches. He has just 22 carries and six grabs, due much to the fact Arizona is being dominated in time of possession (36:08-23:52), first downs (26-14) and number of plays run (71-47). The guy is so good he has to break out at some point but these offensive numbers are beyond dreadful and seeing Khalil Mack and Danny Trevathan standing across from you isn't much of a cure. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $7900


[UPDATE: TJ YELDON IS QUESTIONABLE, BUT EXPECTED TO PLAY. MULTIPLE MEDIA REPORTS SAY THAT LEO FOURNETTE WILL NOT PLAY, WHICH UPGRADES YELDON, WHO IS EXPECTED TO START.] Tennessee was a strong run defense last year, and haven't allowed a running back touchdown this year. No Toddy Gurley has topped 76 rushing yards against the Titans over the past two seasons. That said, through two games this year, they've allowed 107 rushing yards per game, fifth-most. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $4800


We wondered who would pick up the production lost from the injured Hunter Henry. The answer isn't a receiver, it's Austin Ekeler. He's third on the team in receptions and is one of four players in the league with 100 yards rushing and receiving. The Chargers will need to play up-tempo to keep up with the Rams. Mark Barron could play a significant role in the Rams game plan to stop Ekeler and Melvin Gordon in the passing game. The Rams have allowed check-downs to running backs at a high rate, giving up 19 receptions to runners but at a stiff 4.1 yards per reception. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $5000


Kerryon Johnson feels like a buy-low candidate right now, with a possible uptick in production coming beginning this week against the Patriots. He's been a non-factor to this point, but the Lions have thrown a ridiculous 106 passes with 76% of their offensive plays through two games. That's unsustainable, even if the Lions will be playing from behind this week. Johnson's snap count increased from 16 to 36 last week and not just because of LeGarrette Blount's ejection Johnson took some of Riddick's snaps in passing situations as well; Johnson hauled in five catches on six targets last week. The Patriots just allowing eight receptions to Corey Grant and TJ Yeldon. Another reason for hope, the Patriots are allowing a healthy 4.7 yards per carry this year, which is exactly what they averaged last year. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $5400


Peyton Barber went from seeing 73% of the snaps to 62% in Tampa's first two games and his lackluster production may trigger the activation of the equally lackluster Ronald Jones soon. Pittsburgh has allowed just 89 rushing yards per game, but they rank 26th in yards per carry, at a whopping 4.8. . They have given up a score or a 100-yard game to an opposing running back in each of their last six games dating back to last year, but it would be fair to say after seeing how Patrick Mahomes just ruined the Steelers defense that a lot of Ryan Fitzpatrick is probably in the game plan week a lot more than Barber. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $6100


Alex Collins finished 2017 with 12 straight games of 10 or more rushing attempts.He's started 2018 with games of seven and nine rushing attempts. He'll be fresh in December when his owners are out of the fantasy playoffs. If volume isn't enough of a concern how about this? Over his last five games, Collins has 196 rushing yards on 66 rush attempts. That's 2.9 yards per carry. The Denver Broncos are dominant against the run, allowing the 6th-fewest rushing yards against.No rusher has gained more than 65 rushing yards in Denver's last six games. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $6500


Dion Lewis' role in the Titans offense is starting to become clear. He now has back-to-back weeks with 15 touches, and he's looked better than Derrick Henry. The problem is Matt LaFleur's offense is using too many concepts left behind from the previous regime. Lewis will not be successful running from under center, which he's done on 76% of his carries. They have to spread Jacksonville out.The Jaguars defense has played poorly on one rushing play, Saquon Barkley's 68-yard touchdown. The other 46 rushing attempts they have faced have averaged 2.8 yards. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $6000


60% of all rush attempts against the Ravens have resulted in three yards or less. Not the ideal situation to try and ram Royce Freeman back into the game plan. Joe Mixon did put up 84 yards on the Ravens but it took 21 attempts. That type of volume does not look to be in play for Freeman. He is non-existent in the passing game with one target and no receptions on the season. All four touchdowns allowed by Baltimore have come through the air. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $5700


Can you have a revenge game against the Browns? Players beg to leave Cleveland. Isaiah Crowell could use the motivation after coming back to earth last week. His 62-yard touchdown is masking a below average 3.6 yards per carry on his other 21 attempts.And the Browns are allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, almost identical to last year's impressive number.He looks to have no part in the passing attack leaving him dependent on volume and goal line carries. Cleveland could be in position for their first win since 2016 shutting the door on the hopes for high rushing attempt numbers this week. Starting Jets left tackle, Kelvin Beachum, is questionable to play this week. This sets up for a Myles Garrett primetime television bonanza. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $5400


With Leonard Fournette out, Corey Grant gets an upgrade in ranking. He's the healthiest of the three Jaguars backs, and could end up getting the most touches, particularly in the passing game. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $4300


Is it possible Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates reads these write-ups? We asked for more passing volume and, wham, Bilal Powell posted his best game through the air since 2015. This should be the plan of attack against Cleveland. Why try to beat Myles Garrett and a Browns defense allowing 3.8 yards per carry when you can attack the Browns linebackers that are giving up 9.5 yards per pass to running backs? He's still locked in a time share with Isaiah Crowell, so plan for the inevitable headache that comes from Bilal Powell expectations. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $5000


The curious case of Chris Carson. First game, the guy averages over seven yards per carry and gets rewarded by seeing equal snaps with Rashaad Penny and his one-yard average. Second game, he looks respectable at four yards a pop and is benched for the second half for being gassed from special teams despite only playing two snaps on special teams. Dallas just made Saquon Barkley look mortal on the ground, and have a similar opportunity against another team with a miserable offensive line. He certainly passes the eye test, but use discretion here until Pete Carroll gets over his apparent obsession for Feast Mode-type performances at the position. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $6100


Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $4900


Earlier this week, Hue Jackson announced that Duke Johnson needs to get more touches. We have two responses: 1) Duh. 2) Great job announcing it to next week's opponent, New York. Shotgun formations have been successful against the Jets. They allow 1.4 yards per carry to plays run under center but 5.2 yards against shotgun.This is an opportunity for Todd Haley to exploit as Duke Johnson has averaged 5.2 yards in shotgun for his career. The Jets have been stiff against pass catching running backs this year. Theo Riddick and Kenyan Drake could not break 20 yards receiving against New York. Duke played well against New York last season, gaining 83 total yards and scoring a touchdown through the air. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $5200


Running back is a highly dependent position. Derrick Henry needs space to operate and he is not a starting fantasy option until Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan get healthy. Among the league's power runners, there's easier tackle than Henry. The backups have to find a way to stop Calais Campbell. He can ruin an entire side of rushing gaps. Similar to Dion Lewis' situation this week, the Titans have to find a way to get Henry in space. The simple solution is through the passing game but Tennessee has shown no interest, through two games, in throwing to Henry. He has one catch for five yards on the season. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $6000


Sunday's return of Aaron Jones may spell the beginning of the end to Jamaal Williams' usefulness in fantasy. But until Jones' role and conditioning is known, Williams remains the better option if you somehow feel compelled to start a Packers running back. The Redskins just allowed Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins to gain 95 yards at 4.8 per clip and the Cardinals backfield to catch nine passes a week earlier. Washington has also allowed a rushing score to a running back in each of their last four games, dating back to last year. Williams is clearly the better pass-catching option of the two, so regardless of how McCarthy utilizes them this week, he should be in line for the better fantasy game, despite his lousy 3.4 YPC average. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $5500


Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $4000


Alfred Morris (inexplicably) ran more plays than Matt Breida for the second straight week. But against the Chiefs, a team that has given up 65 points in two games, he won't be the better play of the tandem once again. Morris ͞racked up͟ 32 yards receiving last week which sounds benign but amazingly was his second-highest single-game output in 94 career games.Against Kansas City, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers passed on 82% and 70% of offensive plays. No team has seen fewer runs than the Chiefs, just 15 per game-and if Morris splits those, he's looking at 8 carries. So for Morris, you are banking on a goal-line touchdown. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $4400


Let's face facts, cracked rib cartilage is low on the issues list for LeSean McCoy at this point. The injury and additional off-field concerns should be monitored, but the Bills are terrible. Outside of one 27-yard rush last week, his other 15 carries have averaged 2.3 yards. The Vikings have not allowed a running back to gain 60 yards rushing and neither the 49ers nor the Packers crossed 100 yards rushing as a team. Expect more of the same from the inept Bills offense, low volume and hopefully for you, low expectations. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $6400


[UPDATE: SUNDAY MORNING MEDIA REPORTS SAY THAT FOURNETTE WILL NOT PLAY. TJ YELDON, ALSO LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, IS EXPECTED TO START. EVEN IF FOURNETTE IS ACTIVE, HE'D BE TOUGH TO START.] His sore hamstring looks to be healed, but the loss of left tackle Cam Robinson will have a negative impact on Leonard Fournette. An impressive 51% of Fournette's carries to the left end and left tackle gaps last season were graded as successful rushes. Bad news aside, the Titans are a great opportunity. 52% of all rush attempts the Titans have faced have been graded as successful and they are allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Last week against the Titans, Lamar Miller faced an eight-man front just 21% of the time. Assuming his hamstring holds up, expect a heavy dose of Fournette if the defensive game plan does not change. - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $8100


[UPDATE: AJAYI HAS BEEN RULED OUT.] Jay Ajayi missed a chunk of last week's game with a back injury and although he did return and score, Eagles OC Mike Groh suggested that he may be down this week. Even if he does play, the Colts defended Adrian Peterson well last week, and are far better at stopping runners on the ground than via the air. That said, Indy is only a week removed from letting Joe Mixon hang a pretty nice game on them. Knowing that Ajayi would max out at 15 carries even at full health and that his play would most likely be touchdown-dependant once again, caution should be used here. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)    |   $7000


[UPDATE: COOK DID NOT PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY. THE VIKINGS MAY DECIDE TO BE CAUTIOUS WITH COOK AND HOLD HIM OUT OF POTENTIALLY EASY WIN AGAINST BUFFALO.] Dalvin Cook suffered an injury that the team called a "hamstring" and he called "cramps." We're a lot more nervous about a hamstring injury. Either way, check his status throughout the week and before kickoff. Only Arizona has given up more fantasy points to running backs than Buffalo and no other team has allowed six touchdowns to backs. Thanks to a deeply ineffective run-blocking offensive line, Cook has done more damage through the air than on the ground but he should have an impact in both facets here. The Bills have allowed running backs to catch 15 passes already, and Cook has been targeted 12 times. Seeing an increase in Cook's touches from the 18 per game he has seen thus far is almost a certainty against this awful defense, in what figures to be a blowout win for Minnesota. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $8800


[UPDATE: MACK HAS BEEN RULED OUT.] - Adam Spinks (@theRBScout)    |   $5000