David Johnson may finally be getting on track. (Credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Player Team Week 4 Touches Season Total Average
Ezekiel Elliott DAL 29 87 21.75
David Johnson ARI 25 69 17.25
Sony Michel NE 25 51 17
Alvin Kamara NO 24 91 22.75
Marshawn Lynch OAK 23 75 18.75
Carlos Hyde CLE 22 86 21.5
Kareem Hunt KC 22 75 18.75
Melvin Gordon LAC 22 78 19.5
Todd Gurley LAR 21 94 23.5
T.J. Yeldon JAX 21 63 15.75
Tarik Cohen CHI 20 41 10.25
Corey Clement PHI 19 54 13.5
Giovani Bernard CIN 19 48 12
Jay Ajayi PHI 18 41 13.66
Tevin Coleman ATL 17 64 16
Saquon Barkley NYG 16 84 21
James White NE 16 43 10.75
Lamar Miller HOU 14 66 16.5
Phillip Lindsay DEN 14 50 12.5
Dion Lewis TEN 13 61 15.25
Nyheim Hines IND 13 40 10
Frank Gore MIA 13 38 9.5
Alex Collins BAL 12 53 13.25
James Conner PIT 12 81 20.25
Bilal Powell NYJ 12 51 18
Matt Breida SF 12 51 12.75
Javorius Allen BAL 12 41 10.25
Aaron Jones GB 12 19 9.5
Jordan Howard CHI 11 74 18.5
Jamaal Williams GB 11 52 13
Kerryon Johnson DET 10 49 12.25
Derrick Henry TEN 10 57 14.25
Austin Ekeler LAC 10 41 10.25
Dalvin Cook MIN 10 45 15
Rashaad Penny SEA 9 33 8.25
Darren Sproles PHI 9 18 9
Royce Freeman DEN 8 45 11.25
Wendell Smallwood PHI 8 29 9.66
Jordan Wilkins IND 8 45 11.25
Peyton Barber TB 8 52 13
LeSean McCoy BUF 8 28 9.33
LeGarrette Blount DET 7 38 9.5
Chris Ivory BUF 6 35 8.75
Isaiah Crowell NYJ 5 47 11.75
Alfred Morris SF 5 47 11.75
Doug Martin OAK 5 28 7
Kenyan Drake MIA 4 43 10.75
Corey Grant JAX 3 21 5.25
Chase Edmonds ARI 3 22 5.5
Chris Carson SEA DNP 50 16.66
Christian McCaffrey CAR DNP 68 22.66
Adrian Peterson WAS DNP 61 20.33
Marcus Murphy BUF DNP 19 6.33
Chris Thompson WAS DNP 35 11.66
Rex Burkhead NE DNP 27 9
Devonta Freeman ATL DNP 9 9
Joe Mixon CIN DNP 44 22
Marlon Mack IND DNP 11 11
Leonard Fournette JAX DNP 12 12

Trending up:

T.J. Yeldon

Leonard Fournette is one of the best running backs in the league if he is healthy. That is a big “if.” Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and 9 TD’s last year when missing 3 games. Imagine if he was healthy for all 16? That is what many fantasy owners were thinking when they selected him on draft day. He is a high risk, high reward type of guy and unfortunately the risk has been in full effect lately. With Fournette out, T.J. Yeldon is a great play on all formats. With Fournette going down in the first quarter last game, Yeldon went on to receive 18 carries for 52 yards and a TD. He added on 3 catches for 48 yards and a TD as well. With the Jaguars defense being so good, it is unlikely a game is ever too far out of reach for them. This is good news for Yeldon as he should have no problem getting 15-20 touches every week with Fournette out. Add onto that the fact that he has a better efficiency rating than stud running backs Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon, Joe Mixon, Ezekiel Elliot, and Christian McCaffrey and you got yourself a great fantasy play. This may not be a short-term play either. The Jaguars announced that the strain on Fournette was no worse this time than it was when he was initially hurt in week 1. While that’s good news, it still means he is going to be out awhile. Three weeks wasn’t enough time, so he should be looking at a four-plus week absence now. Sorry Fournette owners, but it could be a lost season.

David Johnson

Guess who’s back! Looks like the Cardinals are finally figuring out how to get DJ going in the offense. It is not rocket science, but this is the first time all season that DJ has received 20+ touches. Josh Rosen is an upgrade from Sam Bradford and he spread the ball around as seven different receivers caught passes. Being a rookie QB, he will have to rely on the skill players a lot more, thus, the perfect formula for DJ getting many touches. It is just one game, but it is a great sign for DJ owners. The Cardinals have a matchup vs the 49ers this week in which DJ should be involved early and often. If the Cardinals take the lead early, I wouldn’t be surprised to see DJ finish with 30+ touches. If you held on to him during his early season slump or traded for him prior to week four, give yourself a pat on the back.

Trending Down:

James Conner

Conner had a rough game this past week vs Baltimore. We knew it was going to be a physical game and Conner did not rise to the occasion. He had a total of 12 touches vs Baltimore (averaged 24.5 before week four) with 9 carries for 19 yards on the ground and 3 catches for 25 yards. Conner did not have a single carry go for more than 5 yards. Not only did he have a down game but news broke that Le’Veon Bell plans to return to the Steelers week seven. When Bell returns, it is likely that Conner is not startable in any format in fantasy. As a Conner owner, start him while you have him, solely due to the fact that he is in a high-power offense and generally gets a big workload. He is trending down, but not out just yet.

Kenyan Drake

Drake played fewer snaps than Frank Gore this past Sunday. Yes, 35-year-old Frank Gore. Drake only carried the ball three times for three yards while Gore had 11 carries for 41 yards. Drake has received less and less carries every week so far (17, 15, 7, 4). In the past two weeks, Drake has 11 touches for 26 yards. In an offense without a lot of big time playmakers, his usage is baffling. We cannot trust Gase to use Drake the way that fantasy owners have expected. Until we see him consistently getting 15-20 carries, he is nothing better than an iffy flex play.

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