Arizona Cardinals

Don’t beat yourself up if you started David Johnson last week against the Giants. He was active to start the game, and you did invest a first or second round pick in your preseason fantasy football draft. He started but unfortunately he was forced to the sidelines after just a few snaps due to a cranky back and sore ankle. Chase Edmonds was one of the hottest names targeted on the waiver wire this week. He ended up as the highest scoring RB in PPR fantasy football leaguesin Week 7 with 126 rushing yards, three TDs and two receptions for 24 yards. With the Cardinals adding depth to their backfield by signing Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner this week, it’s looking like Johnson may not play against the Saints in Week 8. Follow Johnson’s progress carefully leading up to game time and have a backup plan ready. If you’re lucky enough to own shares of Edmonds, by all means start him. The Saints have given up 43 receptions to RBs, the sixth most in football.

Detroit Lions

Kerryon Johnson suffered his second knee injury in as many seasons, forcing him to the IR. The earliest he’ll be able to return is Week 16. Ty Johnson was yet another RB who was highly sought after off of league waiver wires this week. He’s likely to get much of the Lions’ early down work out of their backfield. At 5-10, 210 lbs some feel that Ty Johnson lacks the size to be a bell cow back for the long haul, but he’s obviously talented as he did post a 7.6 college career ypc.With Johnson not really looked upon as a three down back look for J.D. McKissic ’s role as a third down pass catching option to increase. If you missed out on Ty Johnson in your league’s waiver wire run and you play in a PPR league and McKissic is still available, grab him! 

Oakland Raiders

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of a mid-week practice. It’s thought he hurt the shoulder early in Week 7’s contest against the Packers but head coach Jon Gruden said that he “got it shot up” and that helped Jacobs stay in the game. Gruden called Jacobs’ shoulder injury “legitimate”.  DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard played virtually the same percentage of the Raiders’ offensive snaps (21% to 23%) but Washington carried the ball six times for a 4.83 average ypc, and Allen carried the ball twice for two yards. Should Jacobs be forced to miss his Week 8 matchup against the Texans you might see Washington get the majority of the early down work while Richard plays the change of pace and passing down role. Both backs are capable of catching balls out of the backfield, and they play the Texans this week who have given up the most receptions to RBs this season (54). Unfortunately for the Raiders the Texans have also allowed an average of under 85 rushing yards per game, third fewest in the NFL.

Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson is suffering from what some speculate is a high ankle sprain. He has claimed that he would play tonight against the Vikings but in case he is ruled out or if he aggravates his injured ankle, look for Wendell Smallwood to get the majority of the Redskins’ carries. Chris Thompson has already been ruled out and Smallwood would be the last man standing. It’s not a very favorable matchup for any Redskins RB as they take on the stout Vikings run defense this week and will be likely playing from behind in this matchup.


Primary RB

Change of Pace

3rd Down Back



Arizona Cardinals

*David Johnson

Chase Edmonds


Chase Edmonds

*Dealing with back and ankle injury

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman

Brian Hill


Brian Hill

Ito Smith out due to concussion

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram

Justice Hill


Gus Edwards


Buffalo Bills

Frank Gore

Devin Singletary

T.J. Yeldon

Devin Singletary


Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey

Reggie Bonnafon  


Reggie Bonnafon


Chicago Bears

David Montgomery


Tarik Cohen

Mike Davis


Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon


Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard


Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb

Dontrell Hilliard


Dontrell Hilliard

 Kareem Hunt

Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott



Tony Pollard


Denver Broncos

Phillip Lindsay

Royce Freeman


Royce Freeman


Detroit Lions

Ty Johnson


J.D. McKissic

J.D. McKissic

 Kerryon Johnson

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones



Jamaal Williams


Houston Texans

Carlos Hyde

Duke Johnson


Duke Johnson

Lamar Miller

Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack

Jordan Wilkins

Nyheim Hines

Jordan Wilkins


Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette



Ryquell Armstead

Alfred Blue

Kansas City Chiefs

LeSean McCoy

Damien Williams


Damien Williams


Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler

Melvin Gordon


Melvin Gordon

Justin Jackson

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley

Darrell Henderson


Malcolm Brown


Miami Dolphins

Mark Walton

Kalen Ballage

 Kenyan Drake

Kenyan Drake


Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook

Alexander Mattison


Alexander Mattison


New England Patriots

Sony Michel

Rex Burkhead

James White


James Develin

New Orleans Saints

*Alvin Kamara



Latavius Murray

*Missed Week 7

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley



Wayne Gallman


New York Jets

Le’Veon Bell


Bilal Powell /Ty Montgomery


Oakland Raiders

Josh Jacobs

DeAndre Washington

Jalen Richard

DeAndre Washington /Jalen Richard


Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Howard

Boston Scott

Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders

Darren Sproles

Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner



Benny Snell

Jaylen Samuels

San Francisco 49ers

Matt Breida /Tevin Coleman

Raheem Mostert

Matt Breida

Raheem Mostert

Jerick McKinnon

Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson

C.J. Prosise


 Rashaad Penny


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones

Peyton Barber

Dare Ogunbowale

Peyton Barber


Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry


 Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis


Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson

Wendell Smallwood


Wendell Smallwood

Derrius Guice , Chris Thompson