Fantasy Football Running Backs Who Need to be Dumped or Benched

Fantasy Football Running Backs Who Need to be Dumped or Benched

After four weeks of complicated backfields, failing performances, and scanty fantasy points, it’s time to clean the house, starting with these running backs.

Mark Ingram/J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens

We are tired of trying to decide on a weekly basis whether to play the vet or the rookie. Ingram is devastating his fantasy owners with the 43 total yards averaged per game and a mere two touchdowns. He’s becoming close to being dump-able.

As for Dobbins, his total average of 36 yards per game is ridiculous. And, he, like Ingram, has scored twice. Until the Ravens decide to better utilize him, he needs to be benched. Eventually, Dobbins will be valuable in dynasty formats.

Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals

Drake is banged up and has not made that strong fantasy impact that was expected. One touchdown and 68.5 total yards on average per game are not what Drake’s fantasy owners signed up for.

He’s headed to fantasy bench-land with the hope that Chase Edmonds (Week 5 Waiver Wire Target) takes over and picks up the slack.

Jordan Howard, Miami Dolphins

Howard is a huge bust and needs to be tossed into the fantasy dumpster. He doesn’t seem to have any type of role in Miami after seeing only 19 total touches in four games. It’s clearly Myles Gaskin who is the Dolphins fantasy RB to own.

Get Howard out of the way and go hunting on the waiver wire to fill his spot.

Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions

There’s not a lot of hope for Johnson to see more work in a crowded backfield that prefers Adrian Peterson.

Through four games, Johnson has tallied 88 combined yards and one touchdown. Give me a break.

So what to do?

If you have extra room, deeply stash him in the event one of his fellow backs gets injured. But if Johnson is just wasting space and you need help now, dump him and hit the waivers.

In dynasty, I only see potential value if Johnson gets traded to another team.

Frank Gore, New York Jets

Gore is trying his best to keep his NFL career going. But, he’s not much of a fantasy factor. Playing on an awful Jets defense that has to pass to keep up Gore loses work. And, those goal-line touchdowns Gore is known for are a thing of the past.

Le’Veon Bell will soon make his return, lightening Gore’s load even further.

Next up, I’ll cover some wide receivers who need to be benched or dumped moving forward.