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Running back target and touch leaders without a TD for Week 8

Which running backs saw a strong workload, but couldn’t find the end-zone in Week 8?

Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs for a first down during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Los Angeles 13-10. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Fantasy football is a game of ebbs and flows from week-to-week and we try to ride those waves of production while missing out on those setbacks. Often that production is based on touchdowns, which are extremely tough to predict from week to week, but one thing that is easier to predict are opportunities. If a player is seeing touches and targets, he is likely going to continue to see those opportunities until an injury or demotion or a player ahead of him on the depth chart returns from an injury.

So, when looking for players to add or make sure you don’t drop, you want to keep close tabs on those opportunities. For this post, we are going to look at running backs who weren’t able to supplement their fantasy production with a touchdown, but still saw elevated opportunities. Below, we have running backs with ten or more looks in Week 8.

RBs with 10+ looks

PLAYER ATT YDS TD REC YDS TGT Looks+touches
PLAYER ATT YDS TD REC YDS TGT Looks+touches
Josh Jacobs 31 128 0 0 0 1 32
David Montgomery 21 89 0 2 16 5 26
Alvin Kamara 12 67 0 9 96 13 25
Justin Jackson 17 89 0 3 53 5 22
Jamaal Williams 16 75 0 6 27 6 22
J.K. Dobbins 15 113 0 1 8 2 17
Kareem Hunt 14 66 0 2 7 3 17
Devin Singletary 14 86 0 1 6 1 15
Mike Davis 13 66 0 1 11 2 15
Melvin Gordon 8 26 0 6 21 7 15
Brian Hill 11 55 0 2 9 3 14
Jonathan Taylor 11 22 0 2 9 3 14
Malcolm Brown 10 40 0 2 17 2 12
Latavius Murray 8 17 0 3 14 3 11
Darrell Henderson 8 47 0 1 11 2 10
Cam Akers 9 35 0 1 19 1 10
Frank Gore 10 30 0 0 0 0 10
Lamical Perine 8 27 0 2 6 2 10
D'Andre Swift 6 1 0 3 22 4 10

Josh Jacobs, Raiders

The Raiders and Cleveland played in a low scoring wind tunnel game, so Jacobs’ 31 carries without a touchdown makes sense. But Jacobs has seen huge workloads this season without adverse conditions, as he’s topped 23 carries four times now. He also gets more targets than what he saw this week, as this was his first game without at least two receptions. Despite some underachieving this season, his workload is something you aren’t going to find in more than a handful of backs. He’s someone I want on my team if I can get him at a discount.

Next up — @LAC, DEN, KC, @ATL, @NYJ

Justin Jackson, Chargers

The Chargers used three running backs against the Broncos, but Jackson is the one who stayed consistent both as a rusher and receiver and earned touches throughout the game. He ended the game with 22 looks, totaling 142 yards and three receptions without finding the end zone. Injuries have kept him from really breaking out with Austin Ekeler out, but with the Raiders up next, he might finally do it in Week 9.

Next up — LV, @MIA, NYJ, @BUF, NE

J.K. Dobbins, Raiders

With Mark Ingram out and the pass not working well, Dobbins was able to see 17 looks, which tied Gus Edwards, who isn’t on this list because he scored a touchdown. Dobbins flashed some of the explosiveness we saw in college from him and tantalized fantasy players as he totaled 121 yards against a tough Steelers defense. But, the fact remains that Mark Ingram will be back and Gus Edwards is slightly ahead of him on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean that this game won’t help him see more work moving forward, but he’ll have trouble being consistent with things as they are.

Next up — @IND, @NE, TEN, @PIT, DAL