Let's take a quick recap of my RB start/sit fantasy advice from Week 2, shall we?
Sit C.J Anderson (2.9 fantasy points) - He can’t get past the line of scrimmage, not a good sign.
Sit Frank Gore (4.1 FP) - He has had two tough matchups to start the season, but that fumble on the goal line Monday night was crippling.
Start Ameer Abdullah (1.8 FP) - Matthew Stafford actually led the Lions in rushing yards with 20. Yikes!
Start Lamar Miller (4.2 FP) - He rolled his ankle, but when he played, he was terrible. He had 10 carries for 14 yards.
Now let’s move onto this week’s running back start/sit suggestions.
START THESE RBs...
Latavius Murray, OAK (vs. CLE)
How about this? An actual Raider as a must start? That’s right. So far Murray has had an okay start to the fantasy season, but of course you didn’t draft him to be your RB1, right? He looked good last week in the Raiders’ win over the Ravens, as he scored a touchdown and finished with 14.7 fantasy points. This week he goes up against a Cleveland defense that so far has allowed opposing running backs to score 24 fantasy points per game. This makes Murray an excellent No. 2 back or flex starter this week.
Joseph Randle, DAL (at ATL)
One of these weeks a Cowboys running back has to go off for a big game, their offensive line is just too good for it not to happen. Now that the Cowboys have lost Tony Romo to go along with Dez Bryant, this is the week that they start leaning on their offensive line to help control the game with Brandon Weeden now under center. This means an increased workload and a better opportunity for Randle to finally show what he is capable of. Look for Randle to have 20-plus touches. If you need another reason to start Randle this week against the Falcons, take into consideration that so far this defense is allowing a whopping 26 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Adrian Peterson, MIN (vs. SD)
Of course you`re going to start Peterson this week. You’re going to start him every week and perhaps I am only including Peterson on this list so that next week I know that I have a sure-fire hit on my start list. But since you’re already reading you should probably know that this week Peterson is going up against a weak Chargers run defense that in Week 1 allowed Detroit rookie Ameer Abdullah to score 15 fantasy points and last week allowed Giovani Bernard to score 13. Imagine what Peterson can do against the Chargers at home?
SIT THESE RBs...
Lamar Miller, MIA (vs. BUF)
So much for the idea that Miller was going to finish the season as a top-10 fantasy running back. Despite head coach Joe Philbin saying in the offseason that he planned on getting Miller more involved in the offense, it hasn’t happened. In fact, Miller has been less of a factor this year than he was last year. Miller has rushed for only 67 yards and zero touchdowns in his first two games. This week he gets the Bills, who are far better against the run than the pass, and the Dolphins know that. So expect a big game from Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry, not Miller.
Giovani Bernard, CIN (vs. BAL)
Since Jeremy Hill couldn’t hold onto the football last week, Bernard got an opportunity to play more snaps and he really took advantage of it. He scored an impressive 13.9 fantasy points against the Chargers. This week will be a different story. The Bengals might distribute the carries a little more evenly, but Hill remains the starter and the early-down back and he is better suited to pound the rock with against a tough Ravens rush defense. Bernard is still a decent flex play in PPR leagues though.
Rashad Jennings, NYG (vs. WAS, Thurs.)
Of course you’re not leaning on Jennings winning you your weekly fantasy matchup, nor are you expecting Jennings to be the leading fantasy scorer on your team (although you’d obviously take it). But he was probably drafted as your RB2 and so far he’s been okay, but a nasty trend seems to be developing in the Giants’ backfield. Shane Vereen has emerged as a viable option and last week he had more touches than Jennings. To make things worse, this week Jennings goes up against a Redskins defense that has been stout against the run, allowing an average of fewer than seven fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Jamal Charles, KC (@ GB, Mon.)
Charles is an elite running back and obviously someone that you aren’t going to bench no matter who the opponent is. But take into consideration that the Packers just stopped Marshawn Lynch dead in his tracks last week, allowing him only 41 rushing yards on 15 rushing attempts, that’s a paltry 2.7 yards per carry. What’s even more concerning for Charles' owners (other than his fumble issues), is that the Chiefs will likely be playing from behind, which will limit his value in standard leagues (he’ll be fine in PPR leagues). Just hope that Charles can score a touchdown this week and not let Knile Davis steal it from him.
— 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.