With Rex Burkhead out, is Dion Lewis a must-start this week?
If you’re one of the fortunate fantasy football owners to have Todd Gurley or Kareem Hunt (or both – can you imagine?), you’re probably still playing and are hoping for one more week of pure domination from them.
While Gurely and Hunt are easy starts, what about the rest of the borderline players that could make or break your championship dreams?
Good Calls for Week 15...
Start Kenyan Drake (17.3 fantasy points) – Drake might just help a few lucky fantasy owners win their league this year.
Bad Calls for Week 15...
Start Alex Collins (5.2 FP) – After weeks of dominating touches, somehow he lost work to Javorius Allen and Danny Woodhead last week.
START THESE RBs...
Dion Lewis, NE (vs. BUF)
Like all Patriots running backs, Lewis can be hard to trust but it looks like he’s going to see a lot more touches this week as Rex Burkhead is likely to miss the game due to a knee injury. This is a great spot for Lewis as the Bills allow the most fantasy points per game to running backs and have surrendered 151 rushing yards per game over their last three.
Kenyan Drake, MIA (at KC)
If you’re in your fantasy championship matchup, odds are that you have Drake to thank. He’s amassed 100 yards or more in each of his last three games and the good times will keep rolling this week. Even though the Chiefs are good against the run, the volume is just too great for Drake not have a good game. Trust Drake’s opportunity over what appears to be a difficult matchup.
C.J. Anderson, DEN (at WAS)
Odds are if you have Anderson on your fantasy team, you picked him up off the waiver wire as he was basically non-existent in the middle of the season. Not anymore. Anderson has 67 carries over the last three weeks combined, and the Broncos have such a quarterback problem that they really need Anderson to produce. This week Anderson gets a plus-matchup against a Redskins team that has allowed the 12th-most fantasy points per game to running backs and ranks 28th in the league against the run.
SIT THESE RBs...
Jamaal Williams, GB (vs. MIN, Sat.)
Trusting a running back in a must-win week against the Vikings’ defense is not a good idea. The Vikings are No. 2 against the run this season and have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. Plus, Aaron Jones looked better than Williams last week, so they could split carries this week.
DeMarco Murray, TEN (vs. LAR)
If you selected Murray in your fantasy draft, it’s likely that you’re not in the fantasy football championship this week. But just in case you were able to overcome that draft error, keep him on the bench this week. The Titans’ offense seems lost, and even though Murray has a good matchup this week against the Rams, he has no more than 12 carries in five of his last seven games, and he has gone for more than 60 rushing yards just twice all season.
Lamar Miller, HOU (vs. PIT, Mon.)
This might sound strange, but Miller is a top-12 fantasy running back this year. He didn’t help you win weeks on his own, but he was consistent. But over the past few weeks without a viable quarterback, Miller has seen his production and touches decrease. He hasn’t had a single 100-yard game all season, and he hasn’t been much of a receiving threat over the past month either. With this game likely to get out reach early, Miller will fade into the background.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.