Whether you’re a season-long or daily fantasy sports (DFS) player, finding success in fantasy football is all about finding and exploiting the right matchups — especially at the running back position. And as we head into Week 4 of the NFL season, there are a handful of running backs who stand out above the rest.
We’re not going to touch on guys like Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott who have favorable matchups in seemingly every game they play. Instead, we’re going to give you guys who don’t necessarily qualify as must-start players in every game they play.
With that being said, here is a look at five running backs with favorable fantasy matchups in Week 4.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns
The Browns are clearly committed to Hyde as their lead back, despite their draft day investment in rookie Nick Chubb.
In Week 4, Hyde will face an Oakland Raiders defense that is allowing 5.1 yards per carry and 116.3 rushing yards per game in 2018. And with Baker Mayfield making the first start of his career, we are expecting another heavy workload for Hyde.
Fantasy owners can confidently expect no less than 20 carries for the former Ohio State Buckeye on Sunday.
Giovoni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
For the second-straight week, Bernard has an outstanding fantasy matchup.
With Joe Mixon officially out again, the former North Carolina standout should see almost all of the work out of the backfield for the Bengals. And he will be playing against an Atlanta Falcons defense that has been getting absolutely torched by pass-catching running backs all season.
Don’t be surprised if Bernard top-five fantasy running back in Week 4.
Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
The Broncos’ running back rotation is going to give fantasy owners headaches all season. But this much is clear: Lindsay is their top option as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
With the Chiefs coming to town in Week 4, the Broncos’ offense is going to have a lot of work to do to keep pace, and we are expecting a heavy dose of Lindsay. The former undrafted free agent should see at least 15 touches and end up with no fewer than five targets out of the backfield.
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
Carson got the bulk of the work for the Seahawks in Week 3, and he delivered with a very solid performance. In Week 4, he will face an Arizona Cardinals defense that is allowing 131.3 rushing yards per game in 2018.
While he may not get another 32 carries, Carson should see no fewer than 20 touches on Sunday.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
With Devonta Freeman out again in Week 4, Coleman is in line to be the Falcons lead back for the third-straight game. And on Sunday, the former Indiana Hoosier will face a Cincinnati Bengals defense that is allowing 4.4 yards per carry and 123.7 yards per game this season.
In a game that Vegas is projecting as a shootout, Coleman should easily see 20-25 touches.
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