We have been waiting for a fantasy football running back breakthrough and it is finally here in the form of Devin Singletary. Singletary was cemented behind Frank Gore and battled a hamstring injury for the first half of the season. However, the last two weeks he is receiving a 66% or higher snap share and broke out in Week 9 with 20 carries, 3 catches, 140 total yards, and a touchdown. As long as his hamstring can hold up he looks like the lead back behind the #3 offensive line in adjusted line yards in a run heavy offense. All of these positives along with the fact he gets the Browns and the Dolphins in the next two weeks to continue the forward momentum. As noted last week, I’m not sure that there are many opportunities like this that will come along the rest of the year outside of direct stud running back handcuffs. Spend your FAAB. Check the trade market. Get the guy. He could be a league winner.

Mark Ingram (#20) – Ingram was one of my preseason targets and man has he come through. I was weary of the low snap count during the early portion of the season, but at this point on a per snap basis he is as good as there is in the business. The Ravens have an elite offensive line and the most athletic quarterback of a generation increasing the efficiency of an already talented back. Ingram has a lower floor than players around him because of the volume, but on his spike weeks he all but guarantees your team a victory.

David Johnson (#50) – This is a huge two week fall, but somehow, I’m higher than consensus (#66 ROS on fantasypros). The drop is necessary. The Cardinals acquired Kenyon Drake for a reason, as he is a free agent at the end of the season. While he could be attached to a compensatory pick it makes sense that they intend to use him in tandem with Johnson. This moved DJ down from his previous top 20 position, but at the same time I’m unsure of why he would drop any further than this. The Cardinals have made some impressive run game adjustments and have scored over 20 fantasy points with their running backs frequently over the past 5 games. Splitting that in half with the goal line opportunities would continue to make Johnson an RB2.

Marvin Jones (#62) – It was a fair assumption when Kerryon Johnson went down during the Lions week 7 game that Kenny Golladay would receive a spike in pass game work. However, the increased work has gone to Marvin Jones. Prior to week 7 Jones was averaging 5.8 targets per game. From week 7 on he is averaging 9.3 targets per game. Golladays target share has remained the same. Jones doesn’t have a positive rest of season schedule, but the team will be trailing in many games and Jones looks to be the direct beneficiary of pass volume spikes.

John Brown (#69) – Brown is currently hovering around the top 50 of the fantasypros rest of season flex rankings, but he isn’t anywhere close to that for me. The combination of low overall team passing volume and the Bills red zone tendencies simply make John Brown an undependable week to week player for me. Brown is receiving 7.5 targets per game. The Bills are throwing 32 passes per game, 9th least in the NFL. They have only thrown while in the red zone 27 times this season, which is tied for the least in the NFL. Brown has received only 5 red zone targets on the year. This combination creates a fantasy wide receiver without much upside in my view.

Rank Name Previous Rank
1 Christian McCaffrey 1
2 Saquon Barkley 2
3 Ezekiel Elliott 3
4 Dalvin Cook 4
5 Leonard Fournette 5
6 DeAndre Hopkins 6
7 Michael Thomas 7
8 Chris Carson 8
9 Alvin Kamara 9
10 Julio Jones 11
11 Nick Chubb 10
12 Tyreek Hill 13
13 Chris Godwin 12
14 Mike Evans 14
15 Derrick Henry 15
16 Cooper Kupp 16
17 Josh Jacobs 18
18 Davante Adams 24
19 Amari Cooper 20
20 Mark Ingram 28
21 Odell Beckham Jr 19
22 Marlon Mack 21
23 Aaron Jones 23
24 Travis Kelce 25
25 Le’Veon Bell 17
26 George Kittle 26
27 Tyler Lockett 27
28 Kenny Golladay 30
29 James Conner 22
30 Todd Gurley 31
31 Keenan Allen 29
32 Tevin Coleman 35
33 Melvin Gordon 39
34 Devin Singletary NR
35 Allen Robinson 36
36 Robert Woods 37
37 Julian Edelman 38
38 David Montgomery 40
39 Sony Michel 34
40 Carlos Hyde 47
41 Joe Mixon 43
42 D.J. Moore 44
43 Darren Waller 45
44 D.J. Chark 42
45 Tyler Boyd 32
46 Jordan Howard 49
47 Devonta Freeman 48
48 Phillip Lindsay 50
49 Zach Ertz 53
50 David Johnson 51
51 Matt Breida 60
52 Hunter Henry 63
53 Courtland Sutton 55
54 Stefon Diggs 46
55 Marquise Brown 58
56 Michael Gallup 57
57 Austin Hooper 61
58 Calvin Ridley 59
59 Christian Kirk 56
60 Royce Freeman 70
61 Emanuel Sanders NR
62 Marvin Jones 78
63 Evan Engram 54
64 Adam Thielen 41
65 Austin Ekeler 64
66 JuJu Smith-Schuster 62
67 Mark Andrews 66
68 James White 67
69 John Brown 71
70 A.J. Green 80
71 Terry McLaurin 65
72 Alshon Jeffery 52
73 D.K. Metcalf 74
74 Latavius Murray 69
75 Mike Williams 75
76 Kenyan Drake 79
77 Miles Sanders NR
78 Damien Williams NR
79 Curtis Samuel 77
80 Robby Anderson 76

  1. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Robby Anderson, is he ever get going? I see the potential but just dropped him for A J Brown. Thanks for this list, it’s a huge help moving forward.

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      Can’t say with certainty. I’m probably jaded from the last six week stretch of 2018, not necessarily for the idea of “he is a late season player”, but because he has shown before that he can be a fantasy WR1 for long stretches before. String possibility he never turns it on with Gase at the helm and have no problem with the drop.

  2. Joe says:
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    Sort of a Singletary related question since what I do depends a lot on him now and next year.

    In a 12 team .5 PPR keeper league (lose the round the guy was drafted) I have Lamar Jackson (10th round) and Stafford at QB, Thomas/Lockett/AJ Green as my 3 starting WRs (assuming Green comes back), Jacobs and Singletary as my RB1 and 2, Hooper at TE and then in my flex I can use any of Mike Williams, Watkins, Mixon, Crowder, AJ Brown.

    If you could move Jackson for Kamara (1st round) would you do it? That would move Singletary to flex and make Stafford my starting QB, which is the part that feels a little scary. Then next season I’d probably keep Jacobs (3rd round) and Singletary (6th round). So, trading Jackson now means I’m going in on Singletary over him as a hold next year, but keeping Jackson now means I’m banking on Singletary being a solid RB2.

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      I’ve got a question before I answer. Are you trading Jackson to a competitive team or a guy hoarding keepers?

      • Joe says:
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        He’d be going to guy trying to set himself up for next year. There’s a chance he asks for picks instead of Jackson but I’d prefer to keep my 1st, 2nd or whatever.

        • Pat

          Pat says:
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          I’d make the deal. I don’t put much value in keeper players in football aside from an elite rb for next year that you are getting at a dirt cheap round value such as Nick Chubb from last year. The reason being you can differentiate yourself in different ways with keepers in football. For example if Singletary were to fail in your case after dealing Lamar. You could just keep Hooper (I’m assuming basically for free) and not have to deal with picking from the gross tight end pile next year in draft and you immediately gain other positional leverage at rb/wr in terms of depth.

          Back to your original question I would be happier to deal Lamar to a non contender because I won’t have to deal with him in playoffs youre basically throwing him to the free agent wire and nobody can access him. Kamara helps you in a lot of ways because while I love Singletary ROS he does have some rough matchups after the next two weeks. He could beat them and you would have a huge lineup advantage in flex, but if you don’t make this deal and he doesn’t beat those matchups your rb2 will be lacking. I think Stafford can be depended on for a pretty solid floor week to week rest of season and if somebody dropped Baker you could pick him up as your qb2 with the easy rest of season schedule and hope he pops. Qb is less replaceable this year than in the past but elite rbs are even harder to come by. I’d take Kamara.

          • Joe says:
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            Awesome, thanks so much for taking the time!

  3. AP says:
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    Hello
    10 team full ppr flex league.
    Need help

    Im 2- 7..
    QB Dak
    RB-Saquin/Chubb
    WR- Lockett/OBJ
    Flex -Melvin Gordon
    TE- Henry
    K turner
    D-Rams/Steelers (Just picked them up)

    Bench
    Ekeler/Sony/james White/Gallup/Bellag
    Should I try to trade chubb? To upgrade wr.

    Are these my starters?

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      I’d honestly just hold tight. That team is really good. No idea how that team went 2-7 outside of bad luck and Barkley/Henry injuries

      • AP says:
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        Are these my starters?

        Any suggestions…

  4. Little Orphan Funkhouser says:
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    Were you close to adding Sanu? He looked great this past week and seems to already have excellent chemistry with Brady. I could see him putting up WR2/WR3 numbers the rest of the way. Thanks!

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      Close. I’m afraid of sanu and Edelman cannibalizing each other bc of the routes they run but he did look good.

  5. Wyatt says:
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    Need help for tonight’s game please. Have 3 RBS for 2 rb spots. Josh Jacob’s is definitely in and Singletary and david Johnson for the second spot. I have Waller and hunter Henry going tonight. Should i start hunter Henry or Waller at te? Which leads me to the flex of Ethier Waller/henry or singletary/ david johnson. Hope I wrote this out clearly, thank you for the help

    • Wyatt says:
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      Basicly one guy has to be the odd man out of those guys

      • Pat

        Pat says:
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        Sorry man. Who’d you pick my email wasnt giving me notifications.

  6. Nick says:
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    No TY Hilton. Worried about his injury more than you are A.J. green or Evan Engram?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hilton should at least suit up again this year. A.J. Green, not so sure. yes i have concern with Engram

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      Green would’ve been dropped if I had the “injury” news prior to this being published. Same for Engram, knew he was injured but wasn’t even announced as anything more than questionable. My concern with Hilton is he is probably missing through week 12 so in my eyes how much can a wr2 give provide in terms of rest of season value when he is only going to play 4 of the 7 remaining weeks, with potential of reinjury.

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