The running back carousel continues to spin as fast as ever in the NFL, likely resulting in significant ramifications for your fantasy football teams. This week, two of the performances that are sure to catch the eyes of fantasy football owners came from St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason, and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson.

Mason appeared to replace Zac Stacy as the Rams’ primary running back, rushing 18 times for 85 yards and a touchdown against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense. In fact, Mason was on the field for 27 snaps to Stacy’s one, while Benjamin Cunningham was on the field for 19 snaps.

Robinson, meanwhile, defied all odds and had a productive day out of the Jacksonville backfield, something we hadn’t seen from Toby Gerhart or Storm Johnson prior to Week 7. The second-year pro carried the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown, and was targeted once by quarterback Blake Bortles.

SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio’s Ray Flowers gave his take on both Mason and Robinson heading into Tuesday night’s waiver-wire period.


He’s the No. 1 running back for me this week … Production-wise, I think that Tre Mason profiles kind of as an Alfred Morris-type player. Meaning that Tre Mason’s not gonna catch passes, and that’s where Benny Cunningham could have a role … Mason’s got the look of a guy who’s taking first and second downs over. There’s obviously a chance for him to maintain the goal line role.


[Robinson] is the back to own with the Jaguars, there’s no disputing that. But I think that Gerhart and Storm Johnson – who despite his struggles, let’s not overlook the fact that Johnson has gotten into the end zone in two straight weeks – [will have roles in the offense]. Robinson is someone that profiles well in terms of a PPR setup. I think he gets some run there, I would still be expecting him to get 15 touches versus 22 … Robinson is well worth an add, but don’t break the bank.

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