NFL Week 8 is here. Ezekiel Elliott is allowed, again, to hit the football field. Because of that, he's the highest-salary cost player. Does Zeke offer the most value? Or, is there another running back that offers value based on his salary? Keep reading to find out!
NFL Week 8 Top Fantasy RBs
1. Ezekiel Elliott, $9,200, Dallas at Washington
2. LeSean McCoy, $8,700, Buffalo vs Oakland
3. Melvin Gordon, $8,100, L.A. Chargers at New England
4. Mark Ingram, $7,400, New Orleans vs Chicago
5. Devonta Freeman, $7,200, Atlanta at New York Jets
Ezekiel Elliott, $9,200, Dallas at Washington
Zeke was fantastic versus the San Francisco 49'ers defense in NFL Week 7. Don't expect a repeat of that performance versus Washington's defense. Washington's D is ranked 12th in the NFL. Opponents average 94.5 rushing yards per game versus Washington's D. Zeke won't find many holes. Dak might target him in the passing game. I'm not willing to find out for a $9,200 salary.
Best Choice Based on Salary
Melvin Gordon, $8,100, L.A. Chargers at New England
Gordon has been limited in practice with numerous ailments. In Week 7, he had a shoulder problem. This week, it's been a foot injury that has kept him limited in practice. If he starts, forget it. He should tear up New England's defense. But, before adding him, make sure he really is ready.
Mark Ingram, $7,400, New Orleans vs Chicago
Ingram's been en fuego ever since the Saints traded Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals. He's averaging close to 23 fantasy points in home games. Chicago's defense is much improved. The Bears' D only allows 196.4 passing yards per game. What it means is that Drew Brees should dump down to Ingram, and Alvin Kamara, all day.
NFL Week 8 RB Options
Doug Martin, $5,400, Tampa Bay vs Carolina
Carolina has a decent rush defense. But, the Panthers must contend with QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans this Sunday. Martin might produce much better stats than he's projected to produce. He's still an RB1 in a decent offense.
LeGarrette Blount, $5,100, Philadelphia vs San Francisco
Blount could have a huge day versus the San Francisco 49'ers defense. SF allows a ridiculous 134.6 rushing yards per game. Blount might even score a couple of TDs in this one.
Bilal Powell, $4,900, New York Jets vs Atlanta
Atlanta's defense isn't terrible. Still, the Falcons give up 112 rushing yards per game. If Atlanta scores, which is a good possibility, Powell could be a huge factor. He's been more effective than Matt Forte this season.
Joe Mixon, $4,700, Cincinnati vs Indianapolis
I know that Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said that Mixon had to “grow up” after Mixon let it be known he wasn't happy with how the RBs got few touches in the second half against Pitt than they got in the first half. I believe Mixon was correct, though. Cincinnati's offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL. What it means is that Indianapolis' D might perform much better on Sunday than it has all season long. But, $4,700 is an awfully low salary for a talented RB that figures to get up to 20 touches in this game.