Three weeks into this fantasy football season and nothing has gone as expected. Sure, players are dropping like flies, but we all assumed it would be because of COVID. Everyone in your league is worried they won’t have enough running backs to make it through the season – with good reason. Running backs are either underperforming or dead because of the turf at Levi’s Stadium. If you are wondering which running back start or sit questions make sense, Football Absurdity has some answers. This week, we will be asking if you should start or sit Kenyan Drake, James Robinson, or Devin Singletary.
Start or Sit Kenyan Drake versus Carolina
If you drafted Kenyan Drake this year, you probably hate Kenyan Drake. He has not had a good start to the season, especially considering you used an early draft pick to get him. While I can’t promise you things will get better, I can promise you that you might hate him less in week four. Drake is facing a Carolina Panthers defense that has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. While Drake’s numbers are down, he is top-five in rushing attempts in 2020. Carolina is exactly the type of defense where a running back gets right, so you will want to start Kenyan Drake.
Start or Sit James Robinson versus Cincinnati
Everything about 2020 is crazy, but perhaps the craziest thing about 2020 is that James Robinson is currently the season’s RB5. If I had told you three weeks into the football season, that undrafted rookie James Robinson would be the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, you would have called me crazy. However, you would be as wrong as I was in not making him your top waiver claim in week two. And boy was I wrong.
Over the last two weeks, James Robinson has been a top-ten fantasy running back. In week four, he will be playing a Cincinnati Bengals team that has given up the 5th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The most important rule in fantasy football is don’t sit your studs. It turns out that Robinson is a stud, so you absolutely must start James Robinson.
Start or Sit Devin Singletary versus Las Vegas
Devin Singletary presents one of the more intriguing week four matchups. In week three, Singletary was on the field for 89% of the team snaps and tallied 121 all-purpose yards. However, on the season, Singletary has only been on the field for 54% of the team’s offensive snaps. The big difference in this game was that fantasy darling Zack Moss was inactive. One of the big questions for week four will be whether Moss is active.
Even if Moss plays, you should still start Devin Singletary. The only impact Moss will have is determining how much production we can hope to see from Singletary. If Moss plays, Singletary is still a solid flex option. However, if Moss is out, he should be a high-end RB2 against a Carolina Panthers defense that has given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Basically, if you have a running back who is playing the Panthers, you should start them. So you’ll definitely want to start Devin Singletary.
Who to Prioritize?
Now that we have three running backs we want to start, we’ll want to figure out how to rank them. To me, this is pretty easy. As crazy as it sounds, James Robinson has to be your primary guy. When it comes right down to it, he doesn’t have the pedigree of the other guys, but he has the production. Which is all that matters. After Robinson, I favor Kenyan Drake. Drake has the best matchup he’ll have all season. If you aren’t comfortable starting him here, you might as well trade him off your team. Finally, even though Devin Singletary has the best matchup, he is also the guy I trust the least of this bunch. Even without Moss last week, his production wasn’t anything to get excited about. However, you can’t really go wrong with any of these options for your week four start or sit decisions.