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What to do with Chargers RBs in Week 9 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook for the Chargers RBs ahead of their Week 9 matchup against the Raiders.

Chargers running back Troymaine Pope (35) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Game day update: Out of the Chargers’ three running backs, Justin Jackson is the one to trust. The former Northwestern Wildcat had his best fantasy performance last week against the Denver Broncos. Jackson had 89 rushing yards on 17 carries, along with three receptions for 53 yards (14.2 fantasy points).

This week, he is facing a Raiders’ defense that is giving up 117.1 rushing yards and a league-worst 12 touchdowns. That being said, he could be in store for a nice day and lead the Chargers’ backfield in touchdowns. ESPN projects Jackson and Joshua Kelley to score 12.4 and 9.5 fantasy points, respectively.

It’s hard to know what you’re going to get from the Los Angeles Chargers running backs in any given week. The team has committed to non-commitment in their backfield. Needless to say, that makes life difficult for fantasy football.

Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers RBs Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, Troymaine Pope

Justin Jackson has been the most consistent producer over the last three week, since the team has been without Austin Ekeler. He had 15 touches for 75 yards back in Week 5, before the bye. Then, in the next game, Joshua Kelley came out of nowhere to lead with 12 carries, while Jackson had just five.

Last week, Jackson was back on top with 17 carries for 89 yards. Kelley had just seven rushing attempts, while Troymaine Pope went from one carry the week before to 10 in this game, for 67 yards.

Of the three, Jackson is the safest bet to lead the way, but this is based on precedent that seems to change. Don’t be surprised if Pope suddenly gets more carries this week than the other two. Jackson does have a bigger role in the passing game to prop him up a little. Of the three, they have one touchdown between them, Kelley’s Week 1 score against the Bengals.

The Raiders don’t give up many points to running backs either.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Justin Jackson. Sit Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope.