The narrative with the running back position this week was seeing some surprising names at the top of the leaderboards. Headlined by Christian McCaffrey, who was no surprise, names like Kenyan Drake, Josh Jacobs and Devin Singletary had some big-time performances. All salaries via DraftKings.
Damien Williams ($4,900) vs. Tennessee Titans
After weeks and weeks of downright awful play, Williams finally busted out a double-digit fantasy performance in a big way. Breaking off for a 91-yard run for a score, Williams came away with double-digit fantasy points for the first time since Week 1 when he had 18.5. Against the Vikings, Williams had 23.8, carrying the ball a total of 12 times for 125 yards while making two catches for an additional five yards. A fumble late in the fourth quarter in Week 8 by LeSean McCoy has potentially paved the way for Williams to reemerge as the lead back on the Chiefs, especially after his huge Week 9 run. Williams has now scored in two straight games and has four on the season.
If he is indeed the lead back for the Chiefs, he can look forward to a tasty matchup against the Titans in Week 10. Opposing running backs are averaging 25.2 DKFP and are finding success both on the ground and through the air. While it’s still hard to fully trust Williams in this juncture, his $4,900 salary is very friendly with the matchup he has in front of him. While you can’t judge a defense on how the fared against Christian McCaffrey and company, they allowed a total of 179 offense yards and three touchdowns allowed. The Titans have also given up 100+ rushing yards to the Broncos and Colts earlier this season. Patrick Mahomes also has a shot of taking the field in this game and when he’s under center, Williams has seen a 7.1% target share compared to just the 3.2% when he’s off.
Aaron Jones ($7,400) vs. Carolina Panthers
Just an abysmal result now only from Jones but the Packers as a whole in the 26-11 loss to the Chargers. Looking at the game log, people will complain that Jones was only handed the ball eight times and received just four targets, in which he turned into 3.9 DKFP. To be fair, the Packers never led in this game and didn’t even touch the ball for the first time until 6:50 left in the first quarter. It just seemed like it was a bad omen from the jump and they never recovered in what was thought to be a very favorable matchup for the Packers. At $7,000, Jones was one of the biggest busts on the slate.
In some sick and twisted way, Jones received a $400 increase in his salary this week but does have another spot where he can potentially reel people back in. The Panthers are dominant on the ground but also can’t really stop it defensively either. Allowing an average of 29.1 DKFP to opposing backs, Jones should find his way back into the fantasy good graces in this spot. While I think his target share will continue to go down now that Davante Adams is back in the mix, Jones still has plenty of upside on the ground. The Panthers defense has allowed an average of 105 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards with 14 total touchdowns scored. With a chance at potential low ownership because of Week 9, get back on Jones in a bounce-back spot.