Welcome to our Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em running back edition for Week 14 of the NFL season. In this column, we focus on a player pushing for additional playing time behind one of the league’s most run-focused offenses in all of football.
* Reminder: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is intended to present you with the non-obvious choices for your fantasy lineup. We dig deep into player matchups, scoring trends, and other factors to best help you with your fantasy decisions. Superstars such as Christian McCaffrey will not be found in this column. If you’re looking for players of that caliber check out our weekly fantasy football running back rankings.
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RB: Start ‘Em
Start of the Week: James White vs. KC
James White racked up an eye-popping 37+ fantasy points a week ago. Most importantly, he carried the ball a season-high 14 times. He’s clearly the 1B to Julian Edelman in the passing game and may be in the midst of surpassing the underwhelming Sony Michel atop the run game hierarchy. The Chiefs allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, including an absurd average of 82-receiving yards to the position over their last five games.
Devonta Freeman vs. CAR
Freeman returned from a two-game absence on Thanksgiving day and quickly reasserted himself as the lone viable fantasy option in the Atlanta backfield. Freeman carried the ball 13 more times than the next closest Falcons running back in Week 13. No team in football allows more fantasy points to running backs this season than the Carolina Panthers. The team is fresh off of allowing not one, but two 99+ yard rushers.
Kareem Hunt vs. CIN
Since returning from suspension, Hunt ranks as the 11th-highest scoring running back in football, just one spot behind his teammate Nick Chubb. Freddie Kitchens has done a lot wrong in his first season at the helm of the Browns, however, his ability to incorporate both his top-tier talents at RB within his offense is not one of them. Hunt has now caught five-plus passes in all but one game this season. The Bengals allow the fifth-most fantasy points to the running …read more