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The Shot Caller's Report - Running Backs
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 9
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks:
Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia

Chris Carson

A RB2 You Can Trust: Chris Carson has seen 20+ touches in three out of his last four games.

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Tarik Cohen @ BUF: 2018’s version of 2011’s Darren Sproles, Cohen has the same benefit of being an elite playmaker in the hands of a creative offensive head coach. Despite the presence of Jordan Howard, Cohen sees plenty of snaps with both runners on the field. He gives the offense a dimension that is tough to defend because he must be accounted for on every play, and when the defense does get caught (like the Jets last week), Cohen can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. With the offense clicking, Cohen has gone over 100 total yards and has a touchdown in 3 of his last 4 games. With the ability to bust a big play on any of his weekly 12-15 touches, Cohen needs to be in your lineup.

Chris Carson vs LAC: It’s taken a while, but it seems the Seahawks have finally found a consistent ground attack, led not by 1st round pick Rashaad Penny, but by the former 7th rounder Carson. Carson has been the clear lead dog in this backfield since a 32-carry Week 3 win against Dallas. Including that win and since that game, Carson is averaging over 95 yards rushing per game. He’s only found the endzone twice all year, and offers next to nothing as a receiver so I’m not going too crazy, but he’s given balance to an offense that greatly needed it. The Seahawks should be able to keep the Chargers close this week at home, and that should lead to plenty of opportunities for Carson. The positive matchup and the hot streak make Carson a viable RB2 play in Week 9.

Duke Johnson vs KC: One of the biggest mysteries this season has been the Browns total inability to utilize the skills of Duke Johnson. Despite being desperate for receivers to take the pressure off of Mayfield and extensive use of Le'Veon Bell when he was in Pittsburgh, Todd Haley simply couldn’t find a way to maximize the talent he had in this backfield. That being said, the Browns should be forced to play catch-up for most of the game, and as the de-facto passing back, Johnson could see a season high in snaps as Nick Chubb doesn’t offer much as a receiver. Mayfield desperately needs a safety valve, and Johnson could be a PPR gem for the remainder of the season.

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LeSean McCoy vs CHI: The Nathan Peterman nightmare continues this week against the Bears. Other than Bills fans, the person most likely to suffer is McCoy. Running into a near constant stream of brick walls last week against the Patriots, McCoy gets to face the Bears in Week 9. The only spark of light on a dull cold night in Buffalo, McCoy did lead the Bills in receiving with 82 yards. McCoy has had a trying season, as his next trip to the endzone will be his first. Last week McCoy was able to exploit the athletic deficiency on the Pats linebacker core, but will have no such luck this week against Chicago. You likely have to keep starting him, but this offense is one of the worst in the league, and McCoy’s upside is capped as a FLEX at best.

Derrick Henry @ DAL (Mon): 2018 production; dismal. Week 9 matchup; dreadful. Henry’s 2018 fantasy season has been as horrific as another generic slasher movie on Halloween. He’s barely bobbing above 3 yards a carry, has only 6 receptions and JUST found the endzone for the first time in Week 7. In all fairness to Henry, just about every offensive player on this team has underperformed, but right now Henry is a near zero in PPR leagues, and if he isn’t dominating carries or finding the endzone, he’s near useless in standard leagues as well.

Matt Breida vs OAK (Thu): For all the pomp and circumstance that the 49ers came into the season with, their 1-7 start to the season is a tremendous disappointment. Sure, the injury bug struck the two most important players in their backfield, but after a hot start a bum ankle has slowed Matt Breida in recent weeks. Alfred Morris has nearly disappeared and journeyman Raheem Mostert, a hot waiver add a week ago, was nearly invisible last week in the loss to Arizona. The Oakland defense is a big let-up from the units the Niners have seen in recent weeks, but this is a dreaded RBBC that is headlined by a bunch of guys that are either banged up or just not that good.

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