Last week, David Montgomery shockingly led the running back fantasy points for the week after having an absolute day against the Detriot Lions, who have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this season. He will undoubtedly make the start ’em list again this week. Ty Johnson, the running back from the New York Jets, made his appearance in the top ten list after getting his first game over 3 touches in the backfield. Check out who you should start and sit at the running back position for the first week of fantasy football playoffs.
David Montgomery had a great outing against the Detroit Lions last week. He put up a season-best fantasy performance with 27.1 fantasy points off of a 17-72-2 line in the run game and an additional four catches for 39 yards in the passing game. He has put up his best two fantasy games in the last two weeks, having 27.1 last week and 25.2 the week prior, and that streak should continue. The Bears will take on the Houston Texans next week at home, and the Texans are second to the Detriot Lions in most fantasy points allowed to running backs this season. As long as Montgomery gets the green light from the Bears on touches, he should make due. Montgomery has projected 14.55 fantasy points next week as RB11.
D’Andre Swift has missed the last three games to a concussion and a non-COVID illness. Before that, Swift put up 25.9 fantasy points on one of the best rushing defenses in the league, the Washington Football Team. Swift has averaged 14.2 fantasy points per game this season and does a lot of damage in the run and pass game. He will take on the Green Bay Packers next week, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to running backs this season, and a team he put up 12.2 fantasy points on in week two of the season. If Swift cannot go, Adrian Peterson would be a viable option, as he has been killing it lately.
Ty Johnson came in for the concussed Frank Gore over the weekend and put up the seventh-most fantasy points on the week against the Las Vegas Raiders. His line of 22-104-1 got him 19.7 fantasy points, the most of this season for him. Adam Gase has already said that Gore should be able to return to play this weekend, but if he does not play, Ty Johnson is the way to go for teams that desperately need a running back. Johnson is more of a streamer to hold onto for the playoff than a true starter (unless Gore is out). The Jets will take on the Seahawks, who are one of the best defenses to play for fantasy. Johnson has projected 6.85 fantasy points for the moment, assuming Gore plays.
J.D McKissic put up 17.8 fantasy points in Washington’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17 of which came from the passing game. McKissic has done some scary things in the passing game and he put up the 8th most points amongst running backs in fantasy last week. His partner, Antonio Gibson, is already doubtful to play Sunday against the 49ers. Even if McKissic does not get touches in the backfield, his value in the passing game is unmatched on the team. He has projected 10.8 fantasy points this weekend against the 49ers.
Jonathan Taylor is an easy starter for me for this week of fantasy football. Taylor took 13 carries last week for 91 rushing yards against the Texans, but also hauled in three catches for 44 yards and one receiving touchdown too. His presence in the passing game over Nyheim Hines is a nice touch to his dominant time in the run game. Taylor and the Colts will be taking on the Las Vegas Raiders next week, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season and the second-most rushing touchdowns per game. They also just gave up 20 points to Ty Johnson, who has not seen more than three touches in a game all year for the Jets. Taylor has projected 11.75 fantasy points as the RB21 for week 14.
Miles Sanders and the Eagles’ offense have been seriously struggling and they have just a 1% chance of making the playoffs in the NFC East. Miles Sanders has not produced a double-digit game since week 10 against the Giants in his first game back from injury. Sanders has averaged 6.3 fantasy points over the last three weeks and the Eagles offensive inefficiencies are hurting his value. The Eagles will take on the New Orleans Saints next week, who have allowed the least amount of fantasy points to running backs this season. They just held Todd Gurley to 3 fantasy points last week, so I would not recommend starting him this week.
Devontae Booker will most likely be the lead back against the Indianapolis Colts for this weekend. Coach Gruden, per ESPN, already stated that he does not think Josh Jacobs will be ready to play this weekend due to injury. Last week, Devontae Booker failed to average even 4.0 yards per attempt against the New York Jets. His 16 carries for 50 yards were not the least bit impressive to fantasy owners. Plus, the Indianapolis Colts are a solid run defense that ranks in the top ten in the least amount of rushing yards per game, rushing touchdowns, and yards per attempt allowed to opponents. Last week, they held David and Duke Johnson outside of the top 25 standings for running back fantasy points. Booker has projected 11.4 fantasy points next week as RB24.
Damien Harris has seen a lot of touches since week 7 of the NFL season, specifically 10+ every week with a few games over 15 attempts. In the last four weeks, he has three games with over 10 points. But, Harris will be taking on the Los Angeles Rams next week, who have allowed the fourth least amount of fantasy points to running backs this season. Plus, they kept Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds to under 20 points last week. He is not a trustworthy back against this difficult of a rushing defense next week. Harris has projected 9.4 fantasy points at RB34 next weekend.
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