Fantasy Football: RBs to Start, RBs to Sit

Locker Room Update takes an inside look on which running backs are set to put up big numbers, and which you should avoid starting on your fantasy roster for Week 9.

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START:

Denard Robinson

After two straight performances of 100+ yards, Robinson has solidified his status as Jacksonville’s starting running back, and it will be his to lose. The converted Michigan signal-caller, Robinson will be turned to often to help out rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. Against a tough Miami D-line, he managed 108 yards on just 19 carries, averaging an impressive 6 YPC mark. If you haven’t picked up this running back yet, might want to consider grabbing him. If you had the foresight to have already done so, start him.

Ronnie Hillman

The Broncos running back might be overlooked because of the alll the other offensive weapons that Denver has with Peyton Manning, the Thomases, Welker, etc. However, that didn’t stop Hillman from gathering 109 yards on 20 carries. With Manning setting up the run with the pass, expect the YPC of over 5 yards to continue like last game. The Patriots, whom the Broncos face on Sunday, are good against the pass, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos turned to the running game to open some some holes for Manning later on. Fantasy owners: be there to capitalize.

Mark Ingram

Start, start, start. His breakout performance against the Green Bay Packers is absolutely something to jump on with your fantasy team. He had 174 rushing yards and a score to boot on just 24 carries, averaging 7.2 a touch. With the Saints heading to an away game @ Carolina, it’s easy to expect his production to decrease, but the Panthers have done poorly on the defensive side of the ball all year, allowing an average of 135 yards on the ground per game. Ingram could very well continue his hot streak as he helps set Drew Brees up in a hostile environment.

SIT:

Branden Oliver

Oliver has been very inconsistent this season, marked by very solid performances and then ones like the 13 carries, 36 yard performance against Denver. No scores either, just in case you were wondering. With the Dolphins playing host to the Chargers this Sunday, the Chargers will likely give Oliver plenty of chances to set up the pass, but I wouldn’t risk the inconsistency that I’ve seen against a tough Miami D-line. I’d suggest waiting on him a week or two to see if he can perform on a consistent basis before making him a go-to guy on the fantasy roster.

Jonas Grey

You may not have a choice to start this running back if you had to pick him up after injuries, and if that’s the case, so be it. But if you have the option to, don’t start Grey against the Broncos defense this week. Denver’s front line has played exceptionally well this season, improving as the weeks go on. Branden Oliver (see above) found that out the hard way last week when he was shut down. The Patriots will turn to Tom Brady’s hot hand over and over again this week, hoping he can mirror the numbers he put up against the Bears last Sunday. If that’s the case and if the Patriots have their way, Jonas Grey will be reserved for taking up clock and for a change of pace – and not much beyond that.

Chris Ivory

This is a case that’s up for debate, as it could go either way. I have Ivory down under the “sit” category is for a few reasons. First off, the Chiefs played like they were a team on a mission against the Rams last week, with the No. 3 ranked defense overall. Although their rush defense is middle of the pack, they’ll be able to focus on that part of the Jets offense….since it’s about all they have going for them the last few games. Vick will be starting QB for the Jets, which will inherently take a few touches away from Ivory as they like to use Vick as a rusher. Although Ivory did get two scores against the Bills, he was otherwise a small factor with just 43 yards. The Jets will want to see how Vick operates in the passing game over Geno, so start Ivory with that risk.

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