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Fantasy Football: Start and Sit running back matchups for Week 9

Tennessee Titans v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Tennessee Titans Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Start: Dion Lewis, Running back, Tennessee Titans; Sit: Derrick Henry, Running back, Tennessee Titans

Dion Lewis is seemingly the better option against a Dallas defense that has been above average against running backs in standard leagues. Lewis is the more attractive play against the Cowboys, even though Henry got 12 touches for 33 yards in the Titans’ 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Lewis ended the game with 13 — which translated into 91 yards.

Henry, who has not been a weapon in the passing game like Lewis has been for Marcus Mariota, has not eclipsed 60 yards in rushing through eight weeks. In seven games, Henry has just 274 yards on a 3.3 per carry average. Oh yeah, the former Alabama star has just one touchdown in 84 touches.

Indianapolis Colts v New York Jets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Start: Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets; Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones showed off his talent with 86 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries against the Los Angeles Rams. Although the Green Bay Packers suffered a loss on a heartbreaking fumble from Ty Montgomery, Jones will get a heavier workload in both the running and passing game with Montgomery traded to the Baltimore Ravens. Jones has had double-digit touches in two games this season (Bills and Rams) — both in which he visited the end-zone. Jones is averaging 6.2 yards per carry on 44 rushes, I expect the Packers to give him more looks.

Isaiah Crowell, on the other hand, is primed for a heavier workload as well after Bilal Powell was placed on Injured Reserve and will be out for the season. Although Crowell ended Week 8 with just 25 yards against one of the best defenses in the Chicago Bears, he garnered 13 carries — which is expected to rise.