High: Nick Chubb ($7900)
On a carry by carry basis, Chubb is the best runner in the NFL. He may not have Jonathan Taylor’s big-play ability or Derrick Henry’s tank-iness, but he’s a near-perfect combination of quickness, size and smarts. With the Browns terrified of letting Jacoby Brisset do too much, Chubb has finally received the workload and role commensurate with his ability. And, this week, he has a plum matchup against a beatable Atlanta defense.
Middle: Khalil Herbert ($5700) /Jamaal Williams ($6100)
If David Montgomery is sidelined this week, play Khalil Herbert. If De’Andre Swift can’t suit up, play Jamaal Williams. And if neither Montgomery nor Swift are available, then play both Herbert and Williams. These two are the classic “handcuff” backs who can provide RB1 production when given the chance, but are still available at RB2 prices.
Value: Rashaad Penny ($4900)
Despite the presence of second round draft pick Kenneth Walker III, Penny is still the clear lead guy in the Seahawks’ backfield; last week, he played 69% of Seattle’s snaps. This week, Penny should assume an even bigger portion as pass-catching back Travis Homer is now on the IR. While Penny hasn’t recaptured the torrid form that made him a fantasy darling at the end of last season, he’s the lowest priced of any legitimate starting running back, so that alone makes him worth considering.