As the season gets longer, the running back pool gets more and more shallow. With fewer viable options left for the season, its time to sift through who the few remaining rocks to see what gems we can find for your fantasy roster.
Duke Johnson – 49.5% Owned in ESPN Leagues
He is alive! ALIVE!!!! The Duke has come back from the fantasy morgue now that former RB coach Freddie Kitchens is now the Cleveland offensive coordinator. After leading all RBs in receptions for the last three years, Johnson had been almost non-existent in the fantasy realm with the signing of Carlos Hyde, the drafting of Nick Chubb, and trading for Jarvis Landry. The Landry trade was what effected Johnson’s productivity the most as Duke ran as the Browns’ slot receiver last season when he finished with 80 receptions and was a top 15 RB in PPR leagues. Since Baker Mayfield became the starter for the Browns, he is 26 of 30 for 260 yd and 2 TDs when targeting Duke. Look for Johnson to be a solid contributor in PPR leagues for the rest of the year as the Browns may have finally figured out how to get Johnson going again!
Mike Davis – 18.5% Owned
Davis is more of a handcuff type or pickup. While he can score enough points on his own in the Seattle offense to give him standalone value, he can really shine when he is given the lead back role from a Chris Carson injury. In the two games where Carson has been absent, Davis has ended up carrying the load for the Seahawks (Weeks 4 and 9) Davis has 36 carries for 163 yd, 12 targets, 11 receptions for 68 yds and 2 TDs. Those are solid numbers and with the Seahawks wanting to pound the ball as much as possible, Davis can provide RB2 upside when given the opportunity.
Josh Adams – 3% Owned
Adams impressed his coaches with 9 carries for 61 yards in London against Jacksonville. Now after the bye week, Adams is in line to get more work against the Cowboys who got slashed up a bit by Dion Lewis and the Titans. Don’t expect Adams to go crazy this next week, or even for the rest of the season for that matter. However, he could provide some value in an offense that was scoring a ton of points last season on route to a Super Bowl title.
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