NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - As we enter week six, one thing has become pretty clear. It's not the year of the fantasy football running back. The consistent production has been VERY top-heavy. Once you fall of outside of the top 10, it's hard to find a sure-bet. When you starter goes on bye, it gets even tougher, but there should be an uptick in points for a few.
Houston RB Lamar Miller: He ranks fourth in the NFL with 101 carries and still doesn't have a touchdown to show for it. I expect that to change against an awful Colts defense this week. To be fair, the Texans have been predictable in the worst way. They've beaten who they were supposed to and had their primary fantasy threats, Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Miller, perform well enough to start. When they faced a good defense, like the Vikings and Patriots, they folded, horribly. That being said, start Miller. Hopefully, his first touchdown will make that first round pick we spent on him worth it.
Denver RB C.J. Anderson: He's cooled off considerably since his first two weeks where he totaled three touchdowns. Anderson's found the endzone just once the last three weeks. However, this Chargers defense he's going up against on Thursday night has given up a league-high eight rushing touchdowns.
On top of that, the winning team, which I assume will be Denver, on Thursday night games this season has generally put up huge numbers. Anderson went off for two touchdowns on a Thursday to start the season. Matt Forte had three touchdowns in week two. LeGarrette Blount had two touchdowns in week three. David Johnson had 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns in week five. Anderson should follow suit.
Tennessee TE Delanie Walker: Look for Walker to pick up where he left off last week against the Dolphins where he went for 66 yards and one score. The Patriots absolutely torched the Browns with their tight ends last week(Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett combined for 176 yards three touchdowns), and the Titans should do the same.
Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill: The former LSU Tiger reportedly had his arm in a sling in the locker room Wednesday, which makes his status for Sunday questionable enough, but even if he plays against New England, he simply hasn't been himself. His only start-worthy outing came in week three, and last week against Dallas, he had just four carries. Normally, this would lead me to say start his teammate Giovanni Bernard at running back, but the Patriots have been outstanding against the run, giving up less than four yards per carry and surrendering just two rushing touchdowns in five games.
I'm not going to say sit anymore Falcons running backs, at least this week, after whiffing so badly on my call on Tevin Coleman last week, but I would be a little more worried about them playing in Seattle this week. While they're obviously a major part of Atlanta's offense on the ground and in the air, Seattle's defense, as always, can humble you. But that being said, we thought the same thing about Denver last week, and both Coleman and Devonta Freeman had strong performances.
Finally, I'll list my instant starters for the week:
- The Panthers offense in general as they face a still-injured Saints defense
- The Patriots offense, and maybe even WR Chris Hogan (4 receptions, 114 yards last week) facing a shaky Bengals team
I don't think you can go wrong with either of those options, and if you need a deep sleeper, look at the Panthers and Patriots first. Good luck!