The running back picture is looking grim, much like everyone expected. There are so many timeshares in the NFL that only five running backs (Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler, Derrick Henry, Ezekiel Elliott and Nick Chubb) have scored in double digits in every week in 0.5 point-per-reception leagues. In a few weeks, the running back situation will only get worse. And yet I’m about to tell you to sell on two of them. More on that later. There are players coming back from suspension that will be worth trying to acquire. There are some players who have been truly bad that won’t be getting better — so you should sell while they still have some value.
Here’s a look at the players to buy and sell as you prepare for Week 4.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
He’s hurt, which is a decent time to buy on a player who I believe will be Nick Chubb 2.0. Much like Carlos Hyde wasn’t efficient enough to hold back Chubb from taking the workhorse role, Frank Gore (even if he’s displayed unbelievable longevity) may not be hold back Singletary.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
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He’d probably require a godfather offer, but considering how consistent he’s been and how consistent he figures to be, you should do what you can — within reason — to acquire him. He’ll be worth it.
George Kittle, TE, 49ers
He has no touchdowns yet, which has hurt his stock He also hasn’t topped 60 yards in a single game. But the 49ers offense should get better as the season goes on, particularly if Jimmy Garoppolo gets more comfortable on his surgically repaired knee.
Josh Gordon, WR, Patriots
Antonio Brown’s departure will mean increased work for Gordon, who is a darling in the eyes of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Golden Tate, WR, Giants
He returns from suspension for Week 5 action, and so you’ll have to stomach letting him sit for a week. But when he’s back, I imagine he’ll be the No. 1 option in the offense.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
No one believes he can put together another productive season. But he’s doing it. Get him on your roster A.S.A.P.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
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Gordon is almost definitely coming back, but, with Austin Ekeler likely to vulture touches, Gordon likely won’t manage the same production on a per-game basis as 2018. The Chargers may also want to ease him back into action.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
When Gordon returns, Ekeler should see his workload diminish enormously — enough to make you worry about his value. But perhaps someones loves Ekeler and you can recoup value before he turns into a pumpkin in Week 8 (when Gordon potentially rejoins L.A.).
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
Julian Edelman is banged-up. Antonio Brown is gone. Sony Michel has not provided much balance in the running game. And Brady is going to hit a rough patch of defenses in the coming weeks. He seems likely to regress.
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
Kareem Hunt is just a few weeks away from his return. Hunt is likely to eat into Chubb’s workload in a way that’s more significant than people expect.
Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
He has been statistically bad with 45 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns at 2.4 yards per carry this season. And while that seems like a case for buying low, it’s actually time to cut bait on Michel. He’s clearly a game-plan-specific player. If the rest of the backs stay healthy (James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris), there are too many mouths to feed in New England for Michel to turn his season around and be consistent as a fantasy football player.