Saquon Barkley

As always, we’ll trek through the trenches and project which tailbacks will get the touches and targets in their matchups necessary for us to succeed. Enough postulating and posturing (and enough alliterations), let’s get to it. To note, the Ravens and Cowboys are two teams on bye this week.


STUDS

Saquon Barkley, NYG @ DET, $8,900

Barkley will be the chalk in Week 8 and we should feel confident in said chalk with the other stud RB, Christian McCaffrey ($9,200), facing the stout 49ers run defense ($3,700) who’ve held opposing running backs to only 12.5 DKFP per game. McCaffrey could be a nice GPP play especially coming off a bye, but the cash play is Barkley against the Lions, who give up a plethora of points to opposing backfields, the second most to be exact. Click.

Projections

Rushing: 21 attempts
Receiving: 6 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 26 Touches


Chris Carson, SEA at ATL, $8,000

Carson will be another popular RB I’m willing to pay up for this week; the Falcons are giving up the third most attempts per game and their offense may be in for a long day if they’re without Matt Ryan ($6,000) and Ito Smith ($4,100). Mohamed Sanu ($4,000) has taken his talents to Foxboro and the Falcons are in a downward spiral, a glass box of emotions and in a world of hurt with very little to look forward to this week. Carson will get fed and fed often. Click again.

Projections

Rushing: 21 attempts
Receiving: 4 Targets; 4 Receptions
Total: 25 Touches


Austin Ekeler, LAC at CHI, $5,900

We all see it, Ekeler is better than Melvin Gordon ($5,400) in the Chargers’ offense…right now. From Weeks 5-7, Ekeler has close to 30 more PPR points over Gordon on 4% less of the backfield touches. Ekeler is the better receiver, has been a mismatch for opposing defenses so far this season and gets the Bears, who’ve given up the most targets and third most receptions to opposing backfields. Melvin Gordon ($5,400) is enticing at his price so I’d consider him in GPP tourneys.

Projections

Rushing: 6 attempts
Receiving: 7 Targets; 6 Receptions
Total: 12 Touches


VALUES

Latavius Murray, $5,800, NO v. ARI

First and foremost, monitor Alvin Kamara’s ($7,600) availability. If he’s ruled out, Murray becomes an auto-play at his price and even if Kamara is active, there is still going to be value with Murray, who’s proven to be a factor in the Saints’ run offense. The Saints should keep on rolling with either QB under center and Murray, who collected 35 DKFP on 32 total touches last week, gets a Cardinals defense that has given up 100-plus yards rushing in every single game.

Projections

Rushing: 19 attempts
Receiving: 4 Targets; 4 Receptions
Total: 23 Touches


Sony Michel, NE v. CLE, $5,200

Fade Michel, they said. Fade him cause you can’t trust him, they said. Well, the “they” was me for the Showdown Contest on Monday Night vs. the Jets and it clearly didn’t work when Sony put up three scores. The upside is always there with Michel, but with it comes the inconsistency making it hard to predict playing him during his peaks and fading him for those single-digit valleys. This week could be another peak-week facing the Browns, who’ve given up over 370 yards rushing over their last two games.

Projections

Rushing: 14 Attempts
Receiving: 1 Targets; 1 Receptions
Total: 15 Touches


Ty Johnson, DET v. NYG, $4,900

Kerryon Johnson hit the injured reserve this week and Ty Johnson looks like he’ll get first dibs at the early-down role in Detroit with J.D. McKissic ($3,900) serving as the change-of-pace back. We’ll see if the Lions acquire another RB before the trade deadline, but for now (Ty) Johnson will get his first start against a Giants defense that has given up the sixth most fantasy points per game to the running back position.

Projections

Rushing: 14 Attempts
Receiving: 3 Targets; 2 Reception
Total: 16 Touches


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