RB Watch List Week 14: The Playoffs Are Here

It was a brutal week at the running back position. Todd Gurley, Matt Forte, Wendell Smallwood, Mark Ingram, Rashad Jennings, Kenneth Dixon, James Starks, Tim Hightower, Dion Lewis, and Theo Riddick all recorded fewer than five expected points in the running game (ruEP).  Lamar Miller and Tevin Coleman eclipsed that level in ruEP but dipped below five actual rush points due to poor efficiency. Miller was especially poor with -4.4 rushing fantasy points over expectation (ruFPOE). Let’s take a look at the news and usage surrounding fantasy-relevant backfields as we move into the playoffs.

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By Shawn Siegele | @ff_contrarian | Archive

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  1. Dennis says:

    Thanks very much for this! one my two bye week teams beginning week 15 ill be starting 1) ajayi, gordon, latavius and 2) d freeman and Riddick (i could start t coleman over riddick and get total falcons exposure vs niners if youd suggest that

    on another im going J-Hill , Dougie martin for this week's playoff contest.

  2. Aggs says:

    I had a bye in the two leagues I made the playoffs.

    Team A: McCoy, Ware or Blount for Weeks 15 & 16

    Team B: Ajayi and Rawls (Forte is my RB3) in start 2 RB Half PPR no flex

    Good luck everybody!

  3. Matt says:

    12 team 0.5 ppr. Have a bye this week. My RB2 has been Hightower and I now have Burkhead, Gillislee, J acquizz Rodgers, and C. Sims (on IR). Forsett and Asiata will be available via waivers tomorrow. Would you drop any of my bench pieces (thinking maybe Jacquizz) for Forsett or Asiata?

  4. @JollyG804 Those look like good lineups. I'd probably stick with Riddick, but we'll see how things transpire this week.

    @Carlos Having McCoy definitely helps. (I might even be tempted to go with Gillislee as well.) In making a pickup for Week 16, I'd probably drop Dixon and pick up West. (Hopefully we'll see Coleman really blow up over the next two weeks and make it not matter.)

    @Aggs You look loaded. Good luck!

    @mateoloco I'd like to grab Forsett. It's hard to see a scenario where you could comfortably play Rodgers, so I'd probably drop him. I like Burkhead, but he'd be another drop option.

    @turndownforwatt If the Broncos give any more direction on their starter, I'd prefer that route. I can certainly see the volume argument for Yeldon, but in-game aggravation of his own injury is another risk.

  5. Jason says:

    @FF_Contrarian @Stank need some last min help: this is for a flex in a standard league (with a few bonuses)

    Would you drop Sims or K Dixon for Marvin Jones?

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