|Player||Team||Week 7 Touches 10/21||Season Total||Average|
|Mark Ingram II||NO||14||32||16|
With Carlos Hyde now in Jacksonville, Nick Chubb found himself in a great spot to produce big numbers. You may think Chubb will still struggle in a subpar offense, but with the volume he will be receiving, no doubt in my mind he will put up RB1 numbers the rest of the season. If you look back over the first seven weeks, the Browns lead running back has ranked among the top five in rushing attempts in five weeks and top-10 in a sixth week. Even with Duke Johnson seeing the majority of the passing down work, Chubb should see plenty of touches in the run game and should end most weeks among the most used running backs. Chubb was never much of a receiving back to start. He managed to catch just 31 passes in his four years at Georgia. Do not let that discourage you from believing he will produce in all formats. The Browns love to run the football and this is Nick Chubb’s time to shine. As the season goes on, we will be seeing a star in the making.
The Patriots offense is loaded. Tom Brady has explosive players all over the field. James White is one of Brady’s favorite targets that has been consistently producing this season. White’s shiftiness and pass catching abilities have been used heavily in the Patriots offense thus far and it will continue. With Sony Michel listed as week-to-week, White will take on a bigger role in the Patriots backfield. With Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead already out for the year, the only other RB for the Patriots right now is Kenjon Barner. Barner will get a good amount of carries, including goal line carries, but the Michel injury will lead to White being on the field more. With that being the case, Brady will be looking to one of his favorite targets way more. In standard leagues the past three weeks, White finished as RB3, RB7, and RB15. I’d be surprised if he weren’t finishing in the top 12 every week until Michel returns.
It is very tough to trust a Buccaneers running back in such a pass heavy offense. While the Bucs lead the NFL in total offense (449.5 yards per game), they rank 31st in rushing yards (85.5 per game). Barber is losing touches to rookie Ronald Jones which hurts Barber’s case for fantasy relevance even more. Barber was a limited participant in practice this week as he is likely to have a small workload come Sunday at Cincinnati. With Ronald Jones likely to see the majority of the touches on Sunday, this could be the moment for the rookie that fantasy owners were waiting for. If Jones is to take advantage of the workload he receives, I envision him taking control of this backfield for the remainder of the season.
The backfield of Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, and Marlon Mack was a headache for fantasy owners to figure out. After last week, things have seemed to clear up. Marlon Mack had a career game vs Buffalo rushing 19 times for 126 yards and a TD while tacking on 2 catches for 33 yards and a TD. While this is all discouraging for Hines owners, he is not going away anytime soon. Hines took advantage of his limited touches Sunday, rushing five times for 47 yards. He was also targeted twice in the passing game but only managed one catch for minus-five yards. Even though Hines is trending down as he receives less touches, he has proved to be a quality receiver throughout the year. He remains one of the team’s biggest weapons on offense. Consider Hines a solid bye week fill in or flex play depending on the matchup.