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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

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Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 2 - RB Player Rankings

Week 2 - RB Player Rankings

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RB Player Rankings – Week 2

 

 

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Running Backs

 

 

1.           Adrian Peterson (vs TB) – Sunday will be the Vikings first trip back to the Metrodome since the roof collapsed on December 12th of last year, so I expect there will be a bit of excitement in the air.  Purple Jesus not only thrives on big moments like these, but he’s also a fantasy beast at home.  Since joining the league in 2007, Peterson has averaged 106.3 yards rushing while putting up a total of 28 TDs in those 30 home games.  Basically, he’s a monster, and against a Tampa Bay defense that ranked in the bottom-five last season in rushing yards allowed per game, he should be able to eclipse those averages once again.

 

2.           Darren McFadden (@ Buf) – If anyone has a chance to put up 2,000 rushing yards this season, it’s McFadden (RunDMC2K anyone?).  150 yards in his first game was a good start, but it’s possible he does even better against a Bills rush D that could be worse than the Broncos were in Week One.  Oakland doesn’t have much in the way of a passing game at this point, so it’s a good bet Run DMC touches the ball at least 20-25 times again.  If that happens, it wouldn’t surprise me to see over 200 total yards and a TD or two by the end of the game.

 

3.           Ray Rice (@ Ten) – No doubt fantasy owners had Ray Rice high on their draft lists before the season started, but who really thought he could have the game he put up against the Steelers last weekend?  149 total yards (107 rushing) and two combined TDs against a top-tier defense like Pittsburgh’s is pretty sick and wrong.  With Joe Flacco tossing the pill around to an improved set of receivers, along with fullback Vonta Leach opening holes as his lead back, there’s no telling how good Ray-Ray will be this season.  The Titans won’t be able to stop him, that’s for sure.

 

4.           LeSean McCoy (@ Atl) – As we saw last week in St. Louis, LeSean McCoy is every bit as fast as speedsters Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden.  Speed has a tendency to rise to the top when playing in a dome, which is exactly where McCoy will be again this week in Atlanta.  LeSean pretty much matched Ray-Ray’s numbers from Week One putting up 137 total yards (122 rushing) and two combined TDsI expect he’ll do the same against a Falcons D that just lost their best defensive tackle in Jonathan Babineaux.

 

5.           Jamaal Charles (@ Det) – From what we saw in their Week One disaster against the Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs may be in a bit of trouble this season, but it’s not because of Jamaal Charles.  The kid is still as electrifying as ever and will get to show his stuff indoors against an improved, though not dominant Lions defense.  For the Chiefs, the best way to put a notch in the win column is to get the ball in their best player’s hands and let talent rise to the top.  Jamaal Charles will get 20+ touches because of it, which is all he really needs to go ballistic fantasy-wise.

 

6.           Peyton Hillis (@ Ind) – Hillis was a workhorse for the Browns in Week One receiving 23 touches in their loss to the Bengals.  Don’t look for this to change against the Colts this weekend just because the team lost and honestly, I expect his usage to rise.  Indy couldn’t stop Houston’s backup running backs for a second last Sunday and I can’t see their ineptitude changing in one week of practice.  This has the looks of a bang-it-out game which of course, is the 250-pound Hillis’ strong suit.  Bet on a big one out of the Cleveland version of Peyton.

 

7.           Rashard Mendenhall (vs Sea) – Everyone on the Steelers should have a field day against the Seahawks this Sunday, and Mendenhall could be the one leading the pack.  Pittsburgh has gotta be pretty pissed about that loss to the interdivision Ravens in Week One and I suspect will let loose some anger on Seattle.  Big Ben will have his fantasy fun, as will his receivers, but Mendenhall could see a good 25-30 carries in what should be a blow-out victory for the Steelers.  After putting up a measly 45 yards on 12 carries last week, Rashard is looking for some payback.

 

8.           Matt Forte (@ NO) – Underrated and underpaid, Forte just keeps on racking up the numbers while driving up his eventual price for the Bears brass.  He looked as healthy and fast as ever against the Falcons in Week One and I suspect will look even quicker on the turf in New Orleans this weekend.  The Bears will need his versatility on Sunday if they want to win the game, so I expect at least 20 touches and some good numbers to come out of it for his efforts.

 

9.           Michael Turner (vs Phi) – It’s likely the Falcons won’t be able to pass the ball effectively against this Eagles secondary on Sunday and if so, they’ll need to turn to “The Centaur” in order to move the chains.  Philly gave up 206 total yards (157 rushing) to the Rams RBs last weekend, a strategy Atlanta may try and copy in an effort to keep the ball out of Michael Vick’s hands.  Since coming to Atlanta in 2008, Turner has averaged 97.5 yards rushing at home in the Georgia Dome while putting up 24 TDs in 21 games.  He’s definitely a safe bet as an RB1 for your team this week.

 

10.       Cedric Benson (@ Den) – My disdain for Cedric Benson knows no bounds, but I can’t see a way he doesn’t put up some nice fantasy numbers against this awful Denver rush D in Week Two.  The Donkeys gave up the most rushing yardage in the NFL last weekend (191 yards) while Benson is nearly a sure bet to see 25 or so carries.  Get him in your lineup if you have him.

 

11.       Jahvid Best (vs KC) – This could end up one of the more exciting games to watch this weekend with Jahvid Best lining up on one side of the ball and Jamaal Charles on the other.  Add to the electricity the fact that they’ll be playing indoors on the Ford Field turf and you’ve got a scorcher of a matchup to pay attention to.  The Chiefs couldn’t stop Fred Jackson from putting up 112 yards on 20 carries last weekend, so Best is a good bet to break at least one long run off and possibly more on Sunday.

 

12.       Arian Foster (@ Mia) – Foster came back to practice on Wednesday and looks primed to start the game against the Dolphins this weekend.  How much work he’ll get in his first game back remains to be seen, but in this Houston offense, he may only need 15 or so touches to make a fantasy difference for your team.  Don’t expect last year’s numbers right away, but you can at least feel safe getting him back into your starting fantasy lineup.

 

13.       James Starks (@ Car) – I have a sneaky suspicion the Packers are going to light the Panthers up early in this one and then turn the game over to James Starks to see what he can do.  After seeing Beanie Wells run roughshod over that Carolina D last weekend, I’m convinced the Packers second-year back will be able to do the same after watching him against the Saints in the season opener.  Anyone who watched that game knows that Starks is already a better option than Ryan Grant; and I believe Green Bay will give him a chance to prove it this weekend.

 

14.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs StL) – The Giants realize their passing game isn’t quite up to snuff yet so in an effort to take the pressure off of Eli Manning, they’ll turn to the run more than usual this weekend against the Rams.  The New Meadowlands Stadium can be a very hostile and inspiring environment, factors which usually get Bradshaw up to play his best games.  If they continue to feed him the ball in most every situation, he could bust out for a top-ten fantasy day this Monday night against a banged up St. Louis D.

 

15.       Maurice Jones-Drew (@ NYJ) – Even though he slimmed down 15 pounds this offseason, MJD is still a wrecking ball who can put up some major fantasy points in a hurry.  However, this Jets defense is pretty stingy in every facet of the game, so I’m not expecting too much here.  Playing in New York is pretty tough and the Jets will likely go up early.  If that happens, the Jags will need to throw the ball more in order to stay in the game, thus sapping a bit of Jones-Drew’s fantasy potential.

 

16.       Fred Jackson (vs Oak) – Steady Freddy is one of the more underwhelming starting running backs in the entire league, but plain and simple; the guy performs.  Last week he put up a solid 112 yards on the ground against Kansas City and will have a chance do so again this weekend against the Raiders.  Is he a sure bet to score you fantasy points each week?  Not really, but he could shape up as a solid RB2 play against a middling Oakland D this weekend.

 

17.       Tim Hightower (vs Ari) – It looks like Tim Hightower is a little better of a player than people have given him credit for both fantasy-wise and in reality.  Last week against the Giants, Timmy amassed 97 total yards and one TD on 28 touches, numbers I’m sure any fantasy owner would like to see out of their RB2 slot.  This week Hightower will be facing an Arizona defense that looks pretty beatable on a weekly basis, so don’t be afraid to use him as your RB2, especially in PPR leagues.

 

18.       Felix Jones (@ SF) – Felix had himself a tough first weekend, but owners shouldn’t be discouraged just yet as the Jets have themselves a pretty formidable D.  Not just that, but for some strange reason, the Cowboys coaching staff kept running Jones into the line instead of getting him the ball out in space where he can do the most damage.  My guess is this doesn’t happen again, but I still wouldn’t expect too much this weekend against a hard-core 49ers rush D.

 

19.       Mike Tolbert (@ NE) – I’m not going to say it was a total surprise to see what Tolbert did last Sunday, but three TDs and 93 total yards was certainly better than expected.  Whether this game against the Patriots turns into a shootout or not, I expect Tolbert to get somewhere around 20 touches again either catching balls out of the backfield or pounding it on the ground in an effort to keep the ball away from New England’s offense.  Either way, he looks to be a solid play as a RB2 going into this Sunday.

 

20.       Chris Johnson (vs Bal) – For Chris Johnson’s sake and more importantly, for the sanity of his fantasy owners, I hope Mike Munchak learned his lesson.  I don’t care if CJ2K held out until five minutes before game-time before signing his contract—rushing him nine times against that Jacksonville defense is inexcusable and grounds for termination.  I’m expecting at least 20 touches for Johnson against the Ravens this weekend, possibly more, but I can’t advocate him as more than a low-end RB2 against this Ravens defense.

 

21.       Shonn Greene (vs Jax) – Shonn Greene is another guy who disappointed his fantasy owners in Week One after being anointed as a breakout candidate before the season began.  However, I urge you all not to pour out the Kool-Aid on this guy just yet.  Coach Ryan has already expressed his regret in throwing the ball so much while depending on Sanchez’s arm to win them the game last weekend and promises to run the ball more going forward.  If this is the case, which it should be against this Jaguars D, Greene could prove to be who you thought sooner than you think.

 

22.       LeGarrette Blount (@ Min) – This was possibly the worst start ever for a guy expected to blossom coming into the season.  I mean what?!?!  Five carries for 15 yards?!?!  The horror!  Suffice it to say, fantasy owners shouldn’t be too worries because this kind of outing won’t happen again the entire season.  Minnesota still has a pretty good rush D, so I’m not expecting the world out of Blount this weekend, but he should at least get enough carries this week to make a fantasy difference for your team… at least that’s what Bucs Coach Raheem Morris said.

 

23.       Frank Gore (vs Dal) – Gore had some serious problems finding holes to run through against the Seahawks last weekend, and it’s possible he could be looking at more of the same in Week Two.  Dallas shut down the Jets rushing attack pretty well on Sunday night, so if Gore is going to do any better, he might need to use his speed to the outside a little more.  Coach Harbaugh knows what he’s doing, so even though it’s not the greatest matchup for him, he could still put up some pretty good numbers.

 

24.       DeAngelo Williams (vs GB) – DeAngelo barely put up a over single rushing yard for each guaranteed million he got in the offseason last weekend, but don’t be too discouraged just yet fantasy owners.  The Cardinals bunched the line like crazy thinking Cam Newton was going to flop in his debut, but BOY were they wrong.  Newton’s strong performance likely loosened up opposing defenses in the future, so DeAngelo will still have some nice fantasy days ahead of him.  However, Carolina will likely be forced to pass the ball a bunch again this Sunday playing from behind against the Packers, so temper your expectations for this week.

 

25.       Beanie Wells (@ Was) – Chris Wells looked like the Wells of 2009 last week against the Panthers as opposed to the Beanie Baby he turned into last season.  He looked quick and strong through the holes and ran through contact with a vengeance throughout the game.  I’m not so sure he’ll be able to do the same against a Redskins defense that held Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to just 73 yards on the ground last week, but you could do worse in your RB2 slot this weekend.

 

26.       Ryan Mathews (@ NE) – For all the love that Mike Tolbert got in Week One against the Vikings, Mathews looked every bit the first round pick the Chargers used on him last season.  His speed and shiftiness was on full display and his talent can’t be denied by all who saw him.  That said, he’s still out of the mix on third downs and goal-line situations and lost the edge in touches to Tolbert by a 21-15 margin.  San Diego will use these two according to match-ups from here on out, and in this one, I like Tolbert’s chances to shine a little bit more than Ryan’s.

 

27.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs SD) – The Law Firm still has a stronghold on short-yardage/goal-line duties for the Patriots, but that looks to be about it.  If the Patriots are ahead and simply want to ground-and-pound the ball, BJGE will see more than the seven touches he received in Week One.  Other than that, he’s really only good for short TDs.

 

28.       Reggie Bush (vs Hou) – Tony Sparano continues to push for Bush this season and will likely get him another 15-20 touches again this Sunday against the Texans.  However, it was plain to see that Reggie has no business trying to run between the tackles and is really only worth playing in PPR leagues at this point.

 

29.       Cadillac Williams (@ NYG) – With Steven Jackson on the sidelines last weekend, Caddy filled in nicely to the tune of 140 total yards (19-for-91 rushing) and 24 touches.  S-Jax will be out again this Monday night, so it looks like Williams will take the reins yet again.  I’m not sure he does as well against the Giants front-seven, especially if Justin Tuck returns, but if you’re in a bind, Cadillac could take you around the block for a week.

 

30.       Brandon Jacobs (vs StL) – The Giants will be going back to a grind-it-out approach for awhile in order to take the pressure off of Manning, so Jacobs could start to see an increased workload as soon as this Monday.  Surprisingly, the big fella only received six carries (for 29 yards) in the game against the Redskins last weekend, but considering the Giants lost, my guess is they change it up a bit and give the Juggernaut his due.  He looked awesome in the preseason, and could end up shocking a few people come Monday.

 

 

 

Rounding out the Top-50...

 

31.       Willis McGahee (vs Cin)

 

32.       Mark Ingram (vs Chi)

 

33.       Joseph Addai (vs Cle)

 

34.       Darren Sproles (vs Chi)

 

35.       LaDainian Tomlinson (vs Jax)

 

36.       Danny Woodhead (vs SD)

 

37.       Ryan Grant (vs Car)

 

38.       Jonathan Stewart (vs GB)

 

39.       Pierre Thomas (vs Chi)

 

40.       Ben Tate (@ Mia)

 

41.       Michael Bush (@ Buf)

 

42.       C.J. Spiller (vs Oak)

 

43.       Delone Carter (vs Cle)

 

44.       Marshawn Lynch (@ Pit)

 

45.       Montario Hardesty (@ Ind)

 

46.       Jason Snelling (vs Phi)

 

47.       Ricky Williams (@ Ten)

 

48.       Earnest Graham (@ Min)

 

49.       Deji Karim (@ NYJ)

 

50.       Lance Ball (vs Cin)

 

 

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