The panic. The pandemonium. The horror.
Aside from that buzzword-heavy ad from a 1960’s horror movie poster.
It’s what fantasy football participants are going through right now. Where the waiver wire is your best friend, injuries are occurring to your players and you do not know what to do.
To quote a future Hall of Fame quarterback in the NFC North.
We are only into three weeks of the NFL season and it is all about thinking “on the fly” with your team. You will never have the same players every week.
I am here to drop five running backs to look at for Week 4.
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Ravens RB JK Dobbins
Now that the “Monday Night Hype” of Ravens and Chiefs is done. It’s time to unleash the rookie who ravaged through Big 10 defenses for the last few years.
Out of all three Baltimore running backs, Dobbins has lined up the most in the backfield, according to Ian Hartitz of Pro Football Focus. 45 percent of the snaps go to Dobbins. He averages nearly eight yards per carry and as a receiver. I know that Dobbins only has 10 rushes and seven receptions.
Next up for the Ravens is the Washington Football Team. The same team that is waiting with fainted breath, if fellow rookie pass rusher Chase Young will play Sunday. Defensive lineman Matt Ioanndis is out for the season with a torn bicep. This is Dobbins’ time to have a breakout game. At least look at him at the FLEX option.
Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde
After what I saw from Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill who rolled up on Seahawks running back Chris Carson’s leg. Carson has a first-degree knee sprain and could be out for a few weeks.
Who’s going to run the ball?
30-year-old back Carlos Hyde. While you could possibly see rookie DeeJay Dallas, he has had zero snaps or game reps until this Sunday. Hyde has been a reliable running back since he was drafted in 2014. In 2019, he came off a resurgence with the Texans rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. Seattle will take on a Dolphins rushing defense that has given up nearly 134 yards per game. Take a chance on the veteran.
Browns RB Kareem Hunt
I love, love, love what Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has done to this offense. It’s not about an air show, quarterback Baker Mayfield’s arm, but about the running game. While the national media believes Nick Chubb is one of the best running backs in the game. It’s Kareem Hunt‘s sudden complexity who can hurt you through the air and on the ground. Hunt averages 13 rushes a game, 68 yards. and a touchdown.
However, in the passing game. He has been dangerous off the flat pattern in the red zone. Back to back weeks of scoring a touchdown. Did you see Dallas’ defense last week? It was a mess. They gave up five touchdowns (3 of them in the red zone) where Hunt has been used for Cleveland. It’s a win-win for anyone who has Hunt in this week.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor
I want you to forget about what you saw in the Jets game from Jonathan Taylor. The Colts barely broke a sweat against one of the worst teams in the league. The breakout game for the Wisconsin rookie was against the Vikings defense. 22 rushes, 101 yards and a TD. He will have the best offensive line to battle the Chicago front seven. You can run on this defense, they gave up a combined 138 yards and two touchdowns to Falcons’ backs Todd Gurley and Brian Hill.
If head coach Frank Reich can keep Philip Rivers from throwing the team on his back where turnovers become a big possibility. Reich needs to rally around Taylor and let him run the rock at least 25-30 rushes. It will be a huge step in Taylor’s maturation with the Colts.
Bears RB David Montgomery
While the Chicago Bears are enjoying being 3-0 and making Nick Foles their starting quarterback. They lost a big asset to their offense. Running back Tarik Cohen is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It’s David Montgomery‘s time! Montgomery showed promise in 2019 with nearly 900 yards and six touchdowns. This year he has been used on a limited basis. He has no touchdowns and averages 14 rushes per game. That changes on Sunday. He will get a lot of touches and prove he is an RB1 that can consistently have 100-plus rushing yards per game.