This week's matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers feature two great running backs in fantasy football in Travis Etienne and Rachaad White.
Earlier this season, Travis Etienne was one of the best running backs in fantasy football and had four weeks from Week 5 to Week 8 where he finished in the Top 5 every week. However, since the Jaguars' bye week in Week 9, Etienne has not been in the Top 10 among running backs. This is due to a lack of touchdowns with only two over the past six weeks, compared to seven in that four-week stretch before the bye.
Meanwhile, Rachaad White is trending in the other direction as he has been very productive recently with three straight weeks inside the Top 10 among running backs. He has had four straight weeks with over 100 yards from scrimmage and has seven total touchdowns in the past seven games.
One of the reasons for the increase in production has been more rushing attempts as he has had over 20 rushing attempts in each of the past three weeks and five of the past seven weeks.
Should fantasy football managers start Travis Etienne or Rachaad White in Week 16?
Even with Travis Etienne struggling recently, both running backs are pretty good options this week. The Jaguars and Bucs both have struggled against the run over the past four weeks with both defenses in the Top 10 in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
However, if someone has to bench one of these players I would bench Etienne and start Rachaad White. Rachaad White has been more productive recently and that should continue here.
In addition, the Jaguars look to be without Trevor Lawrence this week due to a concussion and while there is a chance that could mean a bigger role for Etienne, the offense as a whole certainly should be downgraded.