Each week, the CFG staff will outline a few college fantasy football players to start and sit at each position. Here's a look at the running backs.
RUNNING BACKS - WEEK 6
RB James White, Wisconsin (vs. Minnesota)
This freshman has been awesome the past two weeks, scoring six times over that span. He has been so good that there is talk of him snagging the starting job from John Clay. White should find plenty of room to run against the Gophers and their 96th-ranked rush defense.
RB LeVeon Bell, Michigan State (vs. Michigan)
Bell has been very impressive during his freshman campaign and is getting a steady diet of carries each week. He seems to score at least once every week and could continue that trend this week against Michigan. This game has shootout written all over it, and Bell should be a big part of it.
RB Noel Devine, West Virginia (vs. UNLV)
Devine is battling a toe injury and might be a game-time decision to play this week against the Rebels. Even if he is able to give it a go, he may be really limited and might see a smaller workload than usual in a game the Mountaineers should be able to win without their star.
RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State (vs. Nebraska)
Thomas has been a fantasy monster this season and is hard to put on the bench, but this could be the week to do so. I would think the Blackshirts will stack eight in the box and force Kansas State to pass to beat them. He should still produce decent numbers, but I can’t see him having a big night on Thursday.
Matt Brown, Temple (vs. Northern Illinois)
Brown exploded last week for over 200 yards rushing and four—count 'em, four—TDs in the absence of Bernard Pierce. The coaching staff thinks Pierce could play this week, but I think it's coach-speak. While I don't expect Brown to duplicate the gaudy numbers from last week, he should produce as a solid RB3 in your starting lineup. In other words, if you have him on your roster, now is the time to play him.
Darren Evans, Virginia Tech (vs. Central Michigan)
Here's another backup who will likely get his chance to shine this week. With Ryan Williams being a no-go, Evans should lead the Hokies in rushing this week against an overmatched Central Michigan squad (please insert James Madison joke here).
Donald Buckram, UTEP (vs. Rice)
Unfortunately, the Buckaroo can't be trusted at the moment. One week he plays, the next week he sits. Keep him on your bench until we see consistent production.
Montel Harris, Boston College (vs. NC State)
Harris is another guy that can't be started with any level of confidence this week, despite a decent matchup. Maybe he gets things on track at some point this season, but until he does, it's best to sit him on your bench.
Andre Ellington, Clemson (at North Carolina)
Ellington is the biggest playmaker for the Clemson offense. He has been instrumental on the ground and through the air. Now Clemson has a good matchup with North Carolina, but the NC defense is not at full strength. Expect Ellington to be a heavy piece of the offensive game plan.
Chad Spann, Northern Illinois (at Akron)
This is the second straight week Spann has made my “Start ’Em” list. Spann is about to become money in the bank. Temple is one of the better defenses in the MAC, but Spann will still find plenty of running room as he wears down the defensive front. Spann looks to be a solid top 10 RB this week.
Kenjon Barner, Oregon (at Washington State)
Despite our high ranking of the backup rusher, I have my doubts on his fantasy value. Oregon will crush Wazzu and the backup RBs will be productive. But the problem for Barner is that in the past cupcake games, he has only had a limited amount of carries as the coaches work other RBs into the rotation as well. I doubt Barner reaches 15 carries this week: He is not worth a starting play.
Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh (at Notre Dame)
This is the second week Dion Lewis makes my “Sit ‘Em” list. He missed last week due to injury, and we have not heard any specific news concerning this week. The fact that Ray Graham is running as well as he is behind the poor O-line makes me think that Lewis’s role is shrinking.
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