RB Start/Sit: Week 17

Quarterbacks | Runningbacks | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

Happy New Year to all of you savages that have a championship matchup in Week 17!  As I have mentioned before, thank you again to everyone who has read my work over the course of the year, and have reached out on Twitter for advice.  It makes the 3-4 hours of research that I put in each week worth it.  I vow that no matter how many people continue to reach out and mention, I will do my absolute best to handle your individual questions.  This year was a little tougher than most, as my son’s hockey team that I coach had an ice time that went from 12-1 on Sundays.  Not ideal for answering last minute start/sit questions by any stretch!  Also, I am a dynasty league enthusiast.  Feel free to keep in touch in the off season as you consider dynasty trades, or guys that may be a good add off of the wire.  So, whether I hear from you this March, or do not hear from you until next September, I appreciate the support.

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Start Them

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota:  His ranking has me scratching my head.  He is currently being ranked outside of RB3 territory, while his counterpart in the backfield Dalvin Cook has been ruled out.  Mattison plays a Detroit Lions team that does not have any interest in stopping anyone at any position, and this will continue to be the case on Sunday.  Did Mattison disappoint previously when being tagged as the next guy up to replace Cook?  There is no denying that he did.  That being said, he didn’t play against the Detroit Lions, and they are a team that can cure any and all offensive ills.  Get Mattison in your lineup as a rock solid RB2.

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets:  I really could just copy and paste what was written above about Alexander Mattison.  Ty Johnson finds himself thrust into a lead role as teammates Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine will be out.  Ty Johnson produced over 100 yards in his last appearance as a lead back and has pass-catching chops out of the backfield as well.  New England is another team that has had some defensive ills this season, and this Sunday may be no different.  Johnson is another guy ranked outside of RB3 territory, and just like Mattison, will produce RB2 numbers.

Sit Them

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay:  Jones plays a formidable opponent against his position group on Sunday in Chicago.  That is not his only barrier to success this week.  Jones’ rookie teammate A.J. Dillon (see Derrick Henry as a physical comparison) was able to show that he is capable of performing in the Green Bay offense, and as a result will very likely cut into Jones’ workload moving forward. Jones is being ranked inside of the top 5 but will finish outside of RB1 territory this week.  

Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver:  Gordon is being ranked inside of the top 10 this week, and on paper, there is plenty to support doing so.  But There is a small problem, in that the opponent this week Las Vegas has running back Josh Jacobs who is also being ranked inside of the top 10.  Herein lies the rub.  Is this game going to be able to support 2 top 10 rushers on the week?  I personally do not think so.  Both teams cannot dominate the time of possession battle, and if I had to bet on one of the offenses between these two, it would be Las Vegas.  Gordon can be very productive this week, and should be in your lineup, but temper your expectations for a top 10 finish.  

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia:  Sanders is another running back being ranked inside of the top 10 that will not finish there.  The reason is different than the other two in this group though.  This goes back to us honestly not knowing how good of a quarterback Jalen Hurts is at this point, and moreso, having to try and prove it against a Washington team that due to how well they cover, can stack the box and make for a very painful and unproductive day for Sanders.  Sanders will still be in your lineup if he is on your squad most likely, and if he is, expect mid-range RB2 numbers for him this week.

Brandon Gunn

Born and raised in Michigan, Gunner naturally married a Buckeye. Their “house-divided” has proved to be challenging during college football seasons to say the least. Nonetheless, they’ve endured and have two kids to show for it (according to the paternity tests). Currently, raising a 10-yr old (teenage) girl and a 7-yr old (mini-Will Ferrell) provides constant entertainment, but also provides a strong argument for Gunner’s early hair loss. Let’s be honest, though, there can’t be a “mini-Will Ferrell” without the original. In his free time, when Gunner isn’t making people laugh (intentionally or not), he’s playing beer league hockey, coaching mite hockey, and pursuing his dreams of becoming the Anchorman of Fantasy Football.

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