With Travis Etienne Jr., Leonard Fournette, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Kenneth Walker III all on bye weeks, who are some good streaming options at the RB position for this weekend?
1. Austin Ekeler, Chargers vs. Chiefs
Austin Ekeler is coming off of a rare subpar 13.3 fantasy point performance against the 49ers, but the Chargers will continue to utilize Ekeler as their top option against the Chiefs in what should be a high scoring game.
2. Saquon Barkley, Giants vs. Lions
Saquon Barkley is coming off of 150+ rushing yards against the Texans and has another positive matchup against the Lions this weekend.
3. Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Steelers
Joe Mixon scored 55 fantasy points in his last game, and while that will not be replicated, 30+ fantasy points is not out of the question against the Steelers.
4. Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Cowboys’
Dalvin Cook silenced all of the haters putting up 23.6 fantasy points against the Bills, who have one of the best defenses in football. Cook has a tough test in the Cowboys but I am confident that he will step up to the occasion.
5. Christian McCaffrey, 49ers vs. Cardinals
Christian McCaffrey is coming off of a subpar rushing performance (only 14 carries for 38 yards) and was out-snapped by Elijah Mitchell (who had 18 carries for 89 yards). Nonetheless, even if McCaffrey is out-snapped in future games, he still has the pass catching ability to alter your fantasy matchups.
6. Nick Chubb, Browns vs. Bills
Nick Chubb is arguably the best rusher in football this season with only 4 performances of under 100 yards. Chubb is top 5 in total touchdowns (11) in the NFL, and if Dalvin Cook went off against the Bills, Chubb is due for another huge day.
7. Derrick Henry, Titans vs. Packers
Derrick Henry is coming off of a rare 8.7 fantasy point performance, but that shouldn’t deter him from bouncing back against the Packers even on a short week.
8. Aaron Jones, Packers vs. Titans
Aaron Jones had 138 rushing yards against a stout Dallas Cowboys defense, and though the Titans have been great against the run this year, Jones is still going to produce at a high level in PPR leagues because of his pass-catching ability.
9. Jonathan Taylor, Colts vs. Eagles
Jonathan Taylor finally broke out for 24.7 fantasy points against the Raiders and he is poised to do it again vs. the Eagles, who have given up over 100 rush yards to RB’s in back to back weeks.
10. Dameon Pierce, Texans vs. Commanders
Dameon Pierce is a top 10 RB every week in non-PPR leagues because of his innate ability to break tackles and run for massive gains, but he hasn’t reached the end zone in over two weeks and the Commanders are playing astronomically better defense than they were just two weeks ago. In PPR leagues he enters the top 10 this week because four teams are on bye weeks.
11. Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. Rams
Alvin Kamara exploded for over 42 fantasy points just three weeks ago, but after two 9 fantasy point and under performances in a row, there is serious concern regarding Kamara’s fantasy production and the Saints offense in general.
12. Miles Sanders, Eagles vs. Colts
Miles Sanders plays behind one of the best offensive lines in football and he is having a very solid year. The Colts looked better with Jeff Saturday as their head coach last weekend, but the Eagles will bounce back in a huge way with Miles Sanders at the forefront.
13. Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots vs. Jets.
Rhamondre Stevenson had 21.3 fantasy points against the Jets just 3 weeks ago, but the Jets are playing even better defense now than they were then and fantasy managers need to lower expectations for Stevenson this weekend as a result.
14. Josh Jacobs, Raiders vs. Broncos
Josh Jacobs had a stretch where he was the top RB in all of fantasy football for 3 games, but after two somewhat underwhelming fantasy performances in a row, it is going to be tough for Jacobs to dominate against one of the better run defenses in football.
15. Tony Pollard, Cowboys vs. Vikings
Tony Pollard is so much more productive than Ezekiel Elliot and that was evident in the shootout against the Packers last weekend where Pollard finished with 21.8 fantasy points. The Vikings are playing good football, but Pollard will still dominate the run game, especially if Elliot continues to miss time.