9. Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears
Who knows what is going on at the running back position for the Chicago Bears. David Montgomery is out still for a few weeks. Damien Williams is still dealing with the COVID-19 protocols and might miss this game, too. The Bears just signed Chris Thompson to add a veteran presence to the depth chart, but if Williams is out, this is Khalil Herbert’s backfield.
For two weeks in a row, Herbert looked really good. He came just short of 100 yards on the ground last week and he added a touchdown. He also caught two passes on three targets from Justin Fields as he builds a report with the Bears starter. Herbert is an easy start if Williams is out. Even if Williams is somehow back, he’s missed practice all week and Herbert might still be a good flex play.
8. Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
Good luck trying to figure out what the Miami Dolphins are doing at the running back position, but Myles Gaskin proved he’s their best chance at winning. With the Dolphins back in rumors that they are willing to go after Deshaun Watson, it shows they are still in the hunt for the playoffs, even if it’s just in their own minds.
Gaskin will continue to get chances because he’s better than Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed. The Dolphins left Gaskin on the bench against the Jaguars last week, but he watched his team lose to a team that hasn’t had a victory in over a year. Brian Flores knows he has to send messages in ways that don’t take his best players off the field.
The Falcons allow 26 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, and Gaskin will get in there and make a few moves to keep himself in the huddle.