Fantasy Running Backs… Run or Hide?

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By: Joe Griffitt

If someone would of told you going into this season that through week 5, Marshawn Lynch would be scoreless and Andy Dalton would be the number 1 overall fantasy quarterback… What would you of said? I probably would of been reaching into my pocket to make a bet. Like every year you have your duds and studs, this year is slowly starting to pan out guys who I would consider a dud. The strangest position this year in my opinion has been the running back position and I believe moving forward it will be a tough one to decipher. I will speak on a few that have me somewhat confused, and give a tad bit of advice on which way to go moving forward.

LeSean McCoy has not seen the field since week 3 and in those showing was a shadow “fantasy wise” to rookie back Karlos Williams. Where do you go here? Williams sat last week due to a concussion and as of Wednesday was still in the league’s concussion protocol, while McCoy lightly returned to practice. No word on when McCoy could be available to go again. This is a toss up and honestly who ever hits the field first is then one to go with. It was apparent after last Sunday’s game against the Titans, that they only have two backs in Buffalo and they are listed above.

Demarco Murray is a mere shadow compared to the Murray we saw last year in Dallas. It took until last week where Murray finally saw the ball in a “workhorse” fashion and he did hang up 83 yards and a rushing touchdown. Will these numbers stay consistent? The way the Eagles offense has been so far this season, I doubt it. The ball goes tons of different directions and play calling has been all over the grid. Take notice how Ryan Mathews hung up almost similar numbers as Murray did last week on only 8 carries. You are not going to take the starting job away from Demarco but guys like M

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