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College Fantasy Football: RBs to watch for Week 4

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A.J. Dillon
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Week 4 of the college football season is upon us. Here is a look at five running backs to start in your college fantasy football leagues.

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It’s not earth-shattering to put Dillon on this list since he’s one of the best running backs in college football but he could have a particularly strong day against Purdue. The Boilermakers are giving up nearly four yards per carry and have allowed six rushing TDs so far. Missouri’s Larry Rountree rushed for 168 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per touch, last weekend. In the season opener, Northwestern’s Jeremy Larkin had 143 rushing yards and two scores. It doesn’t look like Purdue’s defense can really slow down talented running backs.

First thing to know: Kent State gave up 6.6 yards per rush and six rushing touchdowns in a blowout loss at Penn State this past weekend. In three games, it has allowed 10 rushing scores. Ole Miss was blown out last week by Alabama and running back Scottie Phillips did not have much running room. To get the team back on track and to get Phillips going again – he’s still averaging 8.3 yards per touch with four rushing TDs – I expect the Rebels will look to run it up and get back to their winning ways.

One theory throughout our college fantasy football content this week is how coach Urban Meyer is coming off a three-game suspension and the Buckeyes are going to put up a lot of points against Tulane this weekend. I don’t see Meyer returning and dialing it back, and there is no more electric player on the Buckeyes’ offense than Dobbins. Mike Weber has better stats at running back so far but this could be a game to load up on Dobbins and let him catch up.

Jefferson is quietly putting together an outstanding season even if it’s lost in the shuffle since Oregon State is not a very good football team. Two weeks ago, Jefferson rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns against Southern Utah and on Saturday he finished with 106 rushing yards and two scores against Nevada. Jefferson now leads the Pac-12 by far in rushing yards per game and in rushing touchdowns. Arizona is giving up nearly five yards per carry so far this season so Jefferson should see the ball often this weekend.

Brittain Brown has a couple more carries than Jackson so far this season but Jackson leads the team with two rushing touchdowns and against an N.C. Central defense that should be out-manned, he could have a big game in store. In two games this season against Prairie View A&M and Saint Augustine’s, N.C. Central allowed 217.5 rushing yards per outing and 5.1 yards per attempt. Brown could get carries as well so that’s not a terrible addition in fantasy leagues but I’ll take Jackson to get more points.