Playing a Saturday Only GPP will leave your running back situation in disarray. Even if Deangelo Williams is good-to-go after dealing with a foot injury (not ankle as previously reported), you can’t expect much from a hobbled Williams. This leaves you with Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman for Pittsburgh, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware for Kansas City, Alfred Blue and 3 other running backs (Polk, Grimes, and Hunt) for Houston, and Bernard and Hill for Cincinnati.
It’s safe to say, none of these players are considered bell cows for their team, and typically split the running back duties. In order to get the most points out of your lineup, you have to look at the matchups and even go to each team’s website for this weekend’s game plan.
#1 Pittsburgh Steelers
Originally we were told DeAngelo Williams was dealing with a high ankle sprain, but new reports suggest it’s a foot injury. According to head coach Mike Tomlin, it is hard to tell whether or not Williams will play be able to play. The team is currently preparing for Saturday’s matchup with the Bengals with running backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman. It’s looking like Toussaint (5’11,” 210 lbs.) will handle the bulk of the running attack, while Todman will be more for pass-catching, and fullback Wil Johnson will be worth of goal-line opportunities.
I like Toussaint as a sleeper pick, because Williams was able to reach 23.1 fantasy points in his last outing against the Bengals (17th vs. RBs and 7th in total Rushing Yards). If Toussaint is able to take on the majority of the touches, he could wind up with 15-25 fantasy points thanks to the additional receptions. It’s somewhat of a ‘flier’ option, especially if Big Ben is asked to throw 50+ times, but Tomlin seems excited to utilize Toussaint, which makes me excited.
Prediction: 17 rushes, 91 yards, 1 TD, 4 receptions, 52 yards, 24-27 fantasy points
#2 Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have spent most of the year splitting touches between Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Even though Hill carries the majority of the running workload, he hasn’t produced like he did in 2014. Bernard has been hit or miss, because he needs the screen plays to potentially break off a long play, and there is no guarantee (w/A.J. McCarron) that those plays will be successful. Hill only had 9 total touches in their last meeting, which resulted in a whopping 4.4 fantasy points. Bernard also had 9 touches and 9.7 fantasy points. Neither one of them are exciting options on the surface, but the playoffs bring on a whole new meaning. Continue reading “Top Running Backs for NFL Wild Card Games January 9, 2016”