For a position that quite frankly as dominated the fantasy scoring so far in 2019, the running back position was a bit quiet in Week 6. Sure, injuries played a part and a lot of the big names were off the main slate but we still have a couple of players to dive into ahead of their Week 7 matchups.
Derrick Henry ($5,800) vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The big story coming out of the Titans’ 16-0 loss against the Broncos was Marcus Mariota was riding the pine in the third quarter in place of Ryan Tannehill. It helped masked a very, very poor game from Henry, who scored just 4.3 DKFP despite rushing the ball 15 times. To be fair, not many points can be had when you rush for 28 yards and make one catch for another five yards. While volume remains king, Henry continues to struggle a bit on the ground and Week 6 topped them all.
Seeing a $500 drop in salary, Henry now is set to take on the Chargers, who potentially can provide a bounce-back spot for the Titans RB1. On the ground, the Chargers are allowing an average of 109 rushing yards, 41.6 through the air and six total touchdowns. In a matchup that could prove to be difficult to move the ball down the field through the air, the Titans may have to rely on Henry more than usual. Granted, this is someone who averages 18.8 carries, to begin with but moving from Mariota to Tannehill may not end up being that much of an upgrade. I really like the discount we’re getting here and would be very interested in going back to the well and taking Henry. Although, it could also be my biggest downfall with how inefficient he’s been.
Chris Carson ($6,500) vs. Baltimore Ravens
Carson posted one of the biggest fantasy outputs for running backs in Week 6 with 28.9 DKFP, which was the third-highest on the 10-game main slate. His ball security issues seem to be behind him after fumbling the ball in three straight games to start the season. He’s now held on for dear life in the proceeding three games and hasn’t had an issue. In that three-game stronghold, Carson is averaging 24.3 carries, 115 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards. Carson also has two scores over the last three games, doing so once on the ground and through the air.
Week 7 sees Carson receive a $500 bump in salary but it hardly feels like a blip on the radar with a matchup against the Ravens coming up. Sure, the Ravens just held the Bengals running backs to a total of 63 yards but we’ve also seen the Chiefs and the Browns run for 124 and 192 yards respectively. Don’t forget, the Ravens was the team that allowed Nick Chubb to score 42.3 DKFP with 165 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
With Carson clearly gaining the trust back of the Seahawks, Rashaad Penny has been a complete non-factor in this offense. Penny was inactive for Week 6 but he was looked upon and at times used as the replacement for Carson. Fire up Carson with confidence in Week 7 against an overrated Ravens run defense.
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