If you need running back help this week, there are still options with upside that you may be able to get your hands on. These options aren’t necessarily locked into lineups on a week-to-week basis, but are good plays this week due to opportunity and matchup this week.
Andre Ellington-Arizona Cardinals
The potential for a huge week from Ellington is always there, but his limited touches are limiting his upside. The Cardinals are working on getting him more touches going forward which should pay off for fantasy owners. He gets a nice matchup this week as the Cardinals travel to Jacksonville. The Jaguars allow the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, so Ellington is a solid flex play who should produce if he gets the touches.
Rashad Jennings-Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden is out again this week and Terrelle Pryor may join him on the sidelines leaving Matt McGloin as the Raiders starter. Ultimately, their absences should mean plenty of work for Rashad Jennings out of the backfield. The Texans run defense has struggled recently although the did keep opposing RB’s out of the end zone in the last two games. Jennings will be extremely involved, but how much he’ll be able to do does depend on the other parts of the Raiders offense. Jennings is a flex option this week and could be an RB2.
Bobby Rainey-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rainey racked up 45 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries last week after Mike James went down with his broken ankle. Rainey’s role is still undefined which makes him a risky play, but he’ll definitely get some of the workload and is in a nice matchup against the Falcons. He’s a flex option only if you’re digging deep this week due to injuries or bye-weeks.
Joique Bell-Detroit Lions
Bell got 10 carries last week and should be somewhat involved as the Lions head to Pittsburgh this week to take on the Steelers. His fantasy value is tied to his ability to find the end zone which is always a gamble, but against the Steelers D who allows the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing RB Bell is definitely worth a look if you’re desperate for a flex option.
Mark Ingram-New Orleans Saints
Ingram finally showed back up after a disappointing start to the season. He had a huge game against the Cowboys running for a touchdown and 145 yards. He got 14 carries which is a good sign, but he’ll have to share workload with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. Ingram’s still extremely risky, but there is upside after last week.
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