|Player||Team||Week 8 Touches||Season Total||Average|
|Mark Ingram II||NO||16||48||12|
Let’s start off by acknowledging that Mack is the first Colts Running Back to rush for over 100 yards in two straight games since Joseph Addai in 2007. He’s been a beast since coming back from a hamsting injury three weeks ago. Since then, he’s contributed 401 yards from scrimmage with four touchdowns. Mack has benefited from workhorse usage, averaging 20.3 touches during that span. The Colts are showing signs of improvement as a whole and Mack is a big part of the formula. I do not envision his workload changing at all. His problem has always been his health but now that he has that on his side, skys the limit for the USF product. He is putting up RB1 numbers and can be a difference maker for your fantasy team down the stretch. If you are loaded at another position, go out and get Mack now. As the weeks go by, he may become untouchable.
I never would’ve thought that this name would come up again as fantasy relevant. After his departure from the Bucs, it seemed as though his career was nearing an end. However, the muscle hamster found a home with the Raiders. In big part due to the fact that Marshawn Lynch is on the IR with a groin injury. With Lynch down, Doug Martin took over as the lead back. Since doing so for the last two weeks, he has seen his touches hit double digits for the first time all season. He has scored 6 points in each of the past two weeks in ESPN Standard Leagues. Unfortunately, his ceiling is not much higher as the Raiders are not scoring much and are being blown out by teams. They are forced to lean on the pass game which is where Martin will lose snaps to backup Jalen Richard. At the end of the day he is trending up with his volume increasing. He is a respectable RB3/flex which is much more than people would’ve ever expected from him.
Carlos Hyde & T.J. Yeldon
Carlos Hyde was a disappointment in his debut with the Jaguars. He ran the ball 6 times for 11 yards. As bad as that is, it was four more carries and 4 more yards than T.J. Yeldon picked up on the ground. Yeldon saved his day with a strong performance in the passing game. However, I do not trust that on a week to week basis as the Jags QB play has been disastrous. To hit the nail on the coffin, it is likely that Leonard Fournette returns to the field after their week 9 bye. Yeldon and Hyde are worth dropping once that happens.
Blount rushed three times for 3 yards in Week 8. He added on a 23-yard reception but that was the least amount of touches he has had since Week 1. When the Lions are in close games or playing from behind, Kerryon Johnson is playing the vast majority of the snaps for the Lions. Blount seems to be the guy that gets his time when the Lions are up big and want to move the chains with some tough earned yards. Blount does not have the speed and agility of Johnson. Johnson is getting more time to shine in the passing game with Theo Riddick out as he is slowly becoming a workhorse. Blount was only on the field for 11.9% of the snaps for the Lions this past week. The Lions schedule coming up is tough as their next five games are against the Vikings, Bears, Panthers, Bears again, and Rams, playing from behind is likely a position the Lions will find themselves frequently in. Blount should be out of all starting lineups in fantasy.