RB1: Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots ($6,200)
Rhamondre Stevenson took advantage of the Damien Harris hamstring injury and has seemingly taken over the lead back duties in New England. Even with Harris healthy in Week 8, Stevenson out-touched Harris 23-13 and out-gained him 143-52. He looks like the better option, and New England should continue to give him borderline bellcow usage.
The Colts rank around the middle of the league in run defense, but this play is less about the matchup and more about how dominant Stevenson has been this year. He’s the overall RB7 — outscoring guys such as Jonathan Taylor, Dalvin Cook, and Aaron Jones on the year.
RB2: Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears ($5,800)
It’s a matter of when, not if, Khalil Herbert takes the starting job from David Montgomery. Herbert has seen double-digit touches the past two weeks with Montgomery fully healthy, and he’s looked way better. For fantasy purposes, Herbert is the RB14 on the year. That number may continue to grow if he continues to outplay Montgomery.
Herbert takes on a sneaky good rushing defense in the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, but his increased involvement plus the Bears’ newfound ground-and-pound offensive attack should allow Herbert to continue his success. He’s a solid value at our RB2.