I planned on writing this post about how no one knows who their starting running backs are anymore. How they’re a bunch of no names. Problem is, I’ve been writing about that for two months. No one is safe from the Runningbacklypse. The long and the short: it’s not a fresh angle. Then again, it does seem like I’m on a blind date with a different running back each week. Some weeks it goes well (Jerick McKinnon, Jonas Gray, Ronnie Hillman, Branden Oliver) other weeks…not so much (Brandon Bolden, Bishop Sankey, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Panthers of unknown origin). Anyone remember the show Blind Date? I always loved it when the kids got together. Especially after starting at a Tae Kwon Do lesson, followed by a trip to the candy shop, followed by a trip to Sea World, followed by dinner. And if the ladies were really into the guy, sometimes they’d stay over… scandalous! What does this have to do with running backs? Yeah… nothing. Well we have a few more blind dates to set you up on this week. So click that button below and meet this week’s eligible bachelors

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Jeremy Hill – Bachelor number one is a known commodity that’s been knocking at the door of fantasy relevance all season. He loves running between the tackles, animal prints, and filling in for his best friend Gio Bernard. And fill in he will, our bachelor faces a Jaguars defense that is about as putrid as one defense could be. I would also expect Mr. Hill to see about 20 carries this week. If he’s still on your wavier wire stop reading and go get him….serious.

Bobby Rainey – Bachelor number two is the classic wild card. Somedays he’s the best handcuff money could buy, putting up huge games and winning you fantasy matchups. Other times he’s a stinking drunk pinching your best friends ass while you’re in the bathroom. Okay yeah he doesn’t do that, but he will fumble multiple times and leave a steaming pile of feces in your flex spot. Which one will show up? I don’t know. To further complicate things Charles Sims could be active this week …this ones for the adventurous type.

Theo Riddick – Bachelor number three is currently on a vacation (bye) and will not be available for your date until next week. The problem is no one knows if he’ll still be date worthy in a week. I’d wait to hear more regarding Reggie Bush‘s status before jumping in with both feet, but he’s worth a stash.

Carlos Hyde – Bachelor number four is an up and comer. He’s been working in the mailroom for a little bit, but everyday he’s closer and closer to that promotion. So ladies hitch your wagon to this cart now, cause you could be in the penthouse before you know it. He’s a great buy for everyone looking for something long term. I know we’ve been talking about him for months but the other shoe is going to drop soon. I have no idea if it will be the Frank Gore Rest shoe or the Frank Gore Injury shoe, but one of them will drop.

Christine Michael – Bachelor number five is a strapping young buck who makes all the ladies swoon. He’s got quite a few admirers in the fantasy community, but still has no “official” job. Everyone is going crazy over 4 carries and 12 yards. I know your response already. “But Ralph he’s going to be the starter next season because Marshawn Lynch.” If you’re in a keeper league, sure now is the time to grab him. He’s still not an add in 12 team redraft leagues.

Lorenzo Taliaferro – Okay, I’m going to quit the bachelor thing, because it’s getting too real. Pretty sure that Lorenzo Taliaferro is the most perfect name for a Blind Date contestant ever…..Oh yeah football! Okay, so Bernard Pierce was inactive and Zo (that’s what the kids call him) got 7 carries and 3 looks in the passing game. Oh BTW he scored two touchdowns on 69 total yards. Just a small tidbit. A detail really…..So, What does all this mean? Nothing! You know why? Because, Justin Forsett still got 17 rushing attempts and 5 looks in the passing game. That’s why! Look, I think he had a good game. I also think that he’s securely ahead of Bernard Pierce, But mostly I think he had a lucky week. I wouldn’t expect a repeat performance any time soon.

Fuzzy Handcuffs 

These guys are fun, fun, fun! Not for everyday use but good to own, and a blast when they’re in the mix. We may wish for a bit more run but have to accept that they’re splitting time and getting the most of their opportunities. Most of these handsome devils could probably be studs if given the chance.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Indianapolis Colts Trent Richardson (0/0/0) (Questionable) Ahmad Bradshaw (6/7/7) Dan Herron
Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard (16/2/2) Jeremy Hill (10/4/4) Cedric Peerman
San Diego Chargers Ryan Matthews (injury) Branden Oliver (13/8/7) Donald Brown (Questionable) Ronnie Brown (1/1/1), Shaun Draughn
Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy (21/5/3) Darren Sproles (DNP) Chris Polk (3/1/1)
Detroit Lions Joique Bell (18/5/2) Reggie Bush (DNP) Theo Riddick (3/12/8), George Winn (1/1/0)
Denver Broncos Montee Ball (injury) Ronnie Hillman (20/4/3) Juwan Thompson (7/1/0), C.J. Anderson,
Kansas City Cheifs Jamaal Charles (13/4/4) Knile Davis (16/1/0) De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight

 

Standard Issue Police

Whether you’re in the back of a squad car or sitting on the corner while the Po-Po search your whip, you’re going nowhere. Do you know why? Because those things are locked on your wrists with a death grip. Much like those cuffs, these running backs are firmly locked into their positions. Not for a lack of ability, but because the starters are firmly entrenched in their roles. These backs could have value on any given week but more than likely you’ll need an injury to make these guys startable.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Cleveland Browns Ben Tate (15/1/1) Isaiah Crowell (1/1/1) Terrance West
New England Patriots Shane Vereen (5/5/3) Jonas Gray (17/0/0) Brandon Bolden, James White
Tampa Bay Bucs Doug Martin (10/2/2) Bobby Rainey (7/6/6), Charles Sims (DNP) Mike James
Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart (16/5/3) DeAngelo Williams (DNP) Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whitiker (Injury)
New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram (24/2/1) Khiry Robinson (DNP) OUT, Pierre Thomas (DNP) OUT Travaris Cadet (1/5/4)
Baltimore Ravens Justin Forsett (17/5/3) Lorenzo Taliaferro (7/3/2) Bernard Pierce (DNP)
Houston Texans Arian Foster (20/6/4) Alfred Blue (14/1/1) Jonathan Grimes
San Francisco 49ers Frank Gore (Bye) Carlos Hyde (Bye)
New York Jets Chris Ivory (13/2/0) Chris Johnson (3/2/2) Bilal Powell
St. Louis Rams Tre Mason (3/1/1) Benny Cunningham (4/1/1) Zac Stacy (5/4/3)
New York Giants Rashad Jennings (OUT) Andre Williams (Bye) Peyton Hillis (Bye)
Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson (DNP) Anthony Dixon (22/0/0), Bryce Brown (7/3/0) C.J. Spiller
Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell (24/7/6) LeGarrette Blount (6/2/2) Dri Archer
Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy (13/9/8) James Starks (2/1/0) John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris

Duct Tape Cuffs

These are of the homemade variety, you’ll use them in a pinch (i.e the starting stud goes down) but they’re always in your drawer (wavier wire) ready to step in and do their job. It may be to the bare minimum degree but they can buy you some time.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Jacksonville Jaguars Denard Robinson (18/2/1) Toby Gerhart (4/1/1) Storm Johnson, Jordan Todman
Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon (16/1/1) Matt Asiata (4/5/4)
Atlanta Falcons Steven Jackson (18/0/0) Antone Smith (3/0/0) Davonte Freeman (3/1/1) Jazquizz Rodgers (1/3/3)
Washington Redskins Alfred Morris (18/1/1) Roy Helu (5/2/2) Silas Reed
Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey (9/4/4) Shonn Greene (1/0/0) Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington
Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden (12/6/4) Maurice Jones-Drew (6/2/1) Latavius Murray, Marcel Reese, Jamize Olawale
Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray (19/4/4) Joseph Randle (3/0/0) Lance Dunbar (1/2/1)
Miami Dolphins Lamar Miller (14/3/3) Daniel Thomas (4/2/2) Damien Williams, LaMichael James
Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch (14/4/1) Robert Turbin (2/3/3) Christine Michael
Chicago Bears Matt Forte (19/8/6) Ka’Deem Carey (6/0/0) Senorise Perry
Arizona Cardinals Andre Ellington (23/6/3) Stepfan Taylor (DNP) Robert Hughes (0/2/2)

 

Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!

 

Don’t forget to send me all your Running Back Questions on twitter @ralphlifshitzbb.

  1. Dom B says:
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    Should I trade Kelvin Benjamin for Eddie Lacy as flex is my WR good enough to do it.

    Starters:
    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: For sure, seems like a great deal.

  2. Dom B says:
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    Should I trade Kelvin Benjamin for Lamar Miller as flex is my WR good enough to do it.

    Starters:
    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: They reject Lacy?

  3. Allan says:
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    Smith, Tannehill, Rothlisberger, or Hoyer this week? Also somebody dropped Wayne should I drop Moncrief for him? Last question drop Sankey for Simms? My other rb’s are Lacy, Matthews, Jennings, Taliaferro, and Rainey.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Allan: Big Ben! Definitely grab Wayne, and go ahead and pick up Simms.

  4. Kevin says:
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    PPR need to fill a TE, and a W/R/T Flex

    Kelce, Reed, Rainey

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Kevin: Reed and Rainey

  5. BraunWeasleys says:
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    Have a tough choice for my last WR this week!
    10 team 1 ppr
    Starting Dez and Rueben

    Which one of the 3?

    -Sanu
    -Allen Robinson
    -beckam jr
    -Hawkins
    -Lafell

    If Aj green plays will it hurt Sanu much? He should be more open but will lose a few targets

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @BraunWeasleys: Yeah this is a touch one. I almost feel like you have five options with the exact same value. I think I like LaFell, Hawkins the best and feel sort of the same about Robinson, Sanu, and ODB. I think a high scoring game could boost LaFell’s value, as he’s one of the better big play guys in the offense.

  6. ferrisferris says:
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    In a bit of a jam.

    I have Dez Bryant and Steve Smith up on a bye week 11,my 3rd wr is Josh Gordon, not available until week 12.

    I need a WR, I have someone willing to trade Dez for AJ Greene. I know it isn’t exactly safe, but I have not been happy with Dez either.

    Someone just dropped Deandre Hopkins, I could drop Smith for him too.

    Not sure what the play is…

    Probably the Hopkins one. I think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ferrisferris: Sure you could make these moves but I don’t think you’re getting better. The Green for Bryant thing is a lot closer than Smith for Hopkins. If you have absolutely no one to drop and you need to make these moves to even have a chance in two weeks than do it.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: or Hopkins for Smith rather…

  7. wrecking cruel says:
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    best pickup for ros?
    randle
    wright
    shorts
    bowe
    hunter
    wheaton
    jennings
    moncrief stills
    britt
    douglas
    holmes

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @wrecking cruel: I like Randle the best, followed by Douglas, followed by Britt, Holmes, Hunter, Wheaton, Moncief, Shorts, Bowe, Wright, Jennings

  8. Jo says:
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    Trade my tre Mason for rg3?

    My RB’s are: gio bernard (out), jeremy hill, ahmad Bradshaw, branden oliver, jonas gray & Mason.

    My WR’s; demaryius thomas, Kelvin benjamin (gave me a stinker this week), cordarrelle patterson, odell beckham jr, donte moncrief & Martavis bryant

    My TE’s Ertz & j Reed

    D/st: bengals D

    Kicker: suisham

    — the owner sending me the trade this is his team:

    QB: rivers (& rg3 on bench)

    Rb’s: mccoy, mckinon, bryce brown, Charles sims, fred Jackson, sankey, it does appear he’s weaker on RB ; he did trade Steven Jackson for Vernon Davis & did lose spiller too.

    It looks like he needs a QB for week 10 w/ rivers & rg3 on byes.

    His wr’s; AJ green, golden tate, jordy Nelson, riley Cooper, larry Fitzgerald , Kendal wright,

    His te’s are jordan Cameron &’he just aquired Vernon Davis

    He originally proposed this to me;

    I send my odell beckham jr & Big Ben
    Then I’d receive Sankey & rg3

    But I need Big Ben for next week w/ Brady’s bye & about to drop romo because I don’t like to carry 3 qbs.

    Since he has a good amount of wrs Would you propose my ben Tate for his golden tate?

    — lastly, I added & started moncrief last week but would you drop him for Davonte adams or do you see moncrief becoming more involved in the offense? Yeah they have Wayne & Hilton but nicks seems to be garbage

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jo: I like Mason for RG3, do not like the Big Ben and ODB for RG3 and Sankey trade one bit. Golden Tate for Ben Tate is an okay move. I think I like the Ben Tate side better.

      I like Adams over Moncrief

      • Jo says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks for the response; its .20 ppr lg would you go ahead w/ trading my ben Tate for his golden tate based on my team or stand pat? I’m worried about the Browns not being able to run

  9. Guru says:
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    How do u becomes razz ball writer

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Guru: this would be really funny if this is the guy it might be, str out the hospital ready to rock.

  10. Dom B says:
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    Do you think I will win I have Big Ben, TY Hilton, Odell Beckham, Larry Donnell, Steven Hauska, And ravens d and I’m losing by 40 pts but he has Emanuel Sanders, Joe Flacco and Amad Bradshaw

  11. Dom B says:
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    So the score is me with 45.5 pts while he has 86.9 pts. I have Big Ben, the ravens D, Odell Beckham Jr., Larry Donnell, TY Hilton while he has Joe Flacco and Amad Bradshaw. Do you think I will pull it off? Or lose?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      ralph lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Sorry didn’t see these I’m guessing yes

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