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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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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 3 - RB Player Rankings

Week 3 - RB Player Rankings

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RB Player Rankings – Week 3

 

 

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1.           Adrian Peterson (vs Det) – Good lord!  In eight career games versus the Lions (tied for his most against any team), Purple Jesus has put up seven TDs while averaging 101.8 yards per game on 5.4 yards/carry.  For PPR leaguers, he also has the most receptions versus in his career against them with 20.  Seeing that he already dominates at home putting up 30 TDs in 31 games along with 106.7 yards/game on 5.1 yards/carry, AP28 is pretty much a no-brainer here.  Besides that, I expect the Vikings to run quite a bit anyway in order to keep the ball out of Matty Stafford’s hands.

 

2.           Maurice Jones-Drew (@ Car) – With Coach Jack Del Rio opting to go with rookie QB Blaine Gabbert this week, you can almost guarantee the Jaguars will have at least 35 carries by the end of the game, with MJD snagging around 25 of them.  If that is the case, then I expect a decimated Carolina front seven who already allow a 4.8 YPC on the year to give up at least 125 yards and likely a TD or so to the Wrecking Ball this Sunday.  Book it.

 

3.           Ray Rice (@ StL) – The Rams have allowed the most rushing yards in the league thus far in 2011, though the numbers are slightly inflated due to a Week One matchup with Michael Vick and the Eagles.  Rice has been a beast for fantasy owners through the first couple weeks of the year and seeing that he plays really well indoors (averages 148 total yards and one TD in games he has started), there’s no reason to believe the onslaught won’t continue.

 

4.           LeSean McCoy (vs NYG) – This isn’t the greatest matchup for McCoy due to the Giants (sometimes) stifling front seven, but there still are positives for McCoy fantasy owners to take into the week.  First of all, in two games against New York last season, McCoy averaged 87.5 yards rushing (108.5 total yards) on 7.3 yards per carry.  Second, LeSean seems to be in a nice groove so far this season putting up the most fantasy points for running backs through two weeks of action.  If Vick is slowed at all by that (very) minor concussion he suffered last week, the Eagles may lean on McCoy just a little bit more in this one.

 

5.           Rashard Mendenhall (@ Ind) – The Colts rush D has been pretty bad thus far allowing the most rushing TDs (4) and the fourth-most rushing yards per game (136.5).  Pittsburgh will certainly take advantage of this and get the ball in Mendenhall’s hands at least 20-25 times this Sunday.  If you’re hoping for a cherry on top, look no further as Mendenhall has scored a touchdown in every indoor game he’s ever played in, so I expect at least one of those as well.

 

6.           Michael Turner (@ TB) – Michael “Not so much a burner anymore” Turner started off the season with two straight 100-yard games and should be able to continue the streak this Sunday.  Tampa was the fifth-worst defense last season allowing 131.7 yards/game (on a second-worst 4.7 YPC) and hasn’t gotten any better allowing the second-most yards/game (156.0) so far in 2011.  The Centaur put up 97.5 rushing yards/game and three TDs in the two games he faced the Bucs last season, so I feel confident some RB1 numbers will be coming against this weekend.

 

7.           Matt Forte (vs GB) – Matt Forte is currently second in the league in total yards from scrimmage with 324 yards (Steve Smith, Car – 334) and if he keeps up this pace, he’ll break Chris Johnson’s record of 2,509 by 83 yards.  Pretty outstanding stuff.  Actually, Matt is also ninth in the league in receiving yards at this point with 207.  Also pretty amazing.  The Packers had bottled Matty up pretty well over his career up until the last game of the 2010 season and then in the playoffs where Forte averaged 155.5 total yards during those two games.  The Bears will look to Forte once again this Sunday in an effort to keep the ball away from the Packers offense, so I expect some good total yardage once again from him.

 

8.           Chris Johnson (vs Den) – CJ2K has been an extreme disappointment for fantasy owners so far this season, but I believe that changes this Sunday.  Denver’s rush D hasn’t been able to stop anybody since 2006, and with the Titans passing offense suddenly becoming a formidable force, the Broncos can’t just put eight in the box against him.  If Johnson is going to bust out at all this year, this Sunday will be the day he’ll do it.

 

9.           Darren McFadden (vs NYJ) – The Jets are once again pretty stingy against the run this season, but McFadden won’t care.  He’s on a mission to show the world he’s one of the top three RBs in the league and nobody is going to stop him.  Right now he’s second in the NFL in rushing yards with 222 and third in fantasy points with 21.0 per game.  If the Jets try to stop the run, he’ll do it through the air and vice versa.  Don’t worry about Run DMC this weekend.

 

10.       Ryan Mathews (vs KC) – Being just a sophomore, Mathews doesn’t have an extensive sample set of games to look at just yet, but he has faced Kansas City twice and done well against them both times.  San Diego should be able to go up early in this one and win the game with ease, so the likely scenario will be for the coaching staff to get the youngster a little more game-experience on Sunday while they have a chance and let him show them what he can do.  Expect high-end RB2 numbers with nice upside.

 

11.       Beanie Wells (@ Sea) – The Seahawks defense isn’t as bad as it looks, but that shouldn’t stop Beanie from getting another opportunity to shine.  Seattle has allowed just a 3.1 YPC through two weeks of the season but they’ve also allowed three rushing TDs as well.  The youngster looks determined to put last year’s debacle behind him, and I’m thinking the Cardinals give him at least the first half of the game to do it.

 

12.       Peyton Hillis (vs Mia) – Hillis hasn’t been overwhelmingly awesome by any means yet, but he still carries a load and is still in the top-10 in fantasy points thus far.  Miami held the big guy down pretty well last year, but that game was toward the end of the season when Peyton was tiring out.  That’s not the case this year.  I expect Hillis to get another 25-30 touches in this one which will mean solid fantasy production yet again.

 

13.       Ben Tate (@ NO) – It looks as if the Texans are going to play it safe and hold Arian Foster out again this week, so those of you with Ben Tate on your squad, get him in there as a RB2 this Sunday.  The Saints have been good against the run so far, but it looks as if Tate isn’t just a workhorse back – he can actually catch the ball out of the backfield as well.  I mention this because it will serve as a nice plus on Sunday considering that New Orleans has given up the third-most receiving yards to running backs this season.  High scoring games mean high scoring in fantasy.  That’s what I expect in this one.

 

14.       LeGarrette Blount (vs Atl) – Blount finally got his game going in the second half of last game after fantasy owners were beginning to crap their pants through the Bucs first six quarters.  He’s definitely a beast once you get him rolling, and I expect Tampa to do just that again this Sunday against the Falcons.  In the game at home against them last year, Blount had 103 yards on 20 carries with a TD, numbers that wouldn’t shock me to see again this weekend.

 

15.       Frank Gore (@ Cin) – Cincinnati is in the middle of the pack against the run yet again this year, so Gore should be able to get his game going this weekend.  With Braylon Edwards likely out, Frank the Tank might see an increased workload both in carries and catches out of the backfield, so he’ll at least have a shot to improve on his mediocre numbers.  That said, Cinci has no reason not to stack the box against him, so temper your expectations to somewhere in the mid-RB2 range.

 

16.       Jahvid Best (@ Min) – Best is finding way to make a difference in this offense while Stafford is lighting up the fantasy world, so keep playing him until he shows differently.  It’s tough to judge anything on last year’s games seeing that Best was fighting turf toe all season and Stafford wasn’t even playing, so I’ll have to go on what I know.  What I know is that Jahvid has jaw-dropping speed and quickness and that those traits can go a long way playing indoors.  I’m betting on the Vikings over-pursuing the QB once or twice this game and Matty dropping it off to Best for a couple of long gainers.  Watch for it.

 

17.       Ahmad Bradshaw (@ Phi) – The Eagles can be beat on the ground as they’ve surrenders the third most rushing yards per game this season (146.0) on a whopping 5.3 YPC.  Last year Bradshaw was the one the Giants gave the ball to against Philly after trying Jacobs a bit with no success.  They’ll need Bradshaw’s speed out there again this Sunday, though I’m tempering my expectations a bit with the possibility the game turns into a slugfest.

 

18.       James Starks (@ Chi) – Starks is the man in this offense, and everyone knows it.  I guarantee you even Ryan Grant knows it.  The question is, how soon will it be before the Packers give him the ball 20 times and let him do his stuff?  Probably not this weekend, but he DID get 22 carries against the Bears last year in the playoffs which he turned into 74 yards and a TD.  Grant has simply gotten too slow to be effective against this speedy Chicago D, so I can see Starks taking on a larger role this weekend and possibly put up some nice fantasy points with the well-earned time.

 

19.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Buf) – It’s not often the Law Firm sees more than just his normal goal-line/short-yardage work in a game, especially with the Patriots passing offense running so smoothly.  However, last season Green-Ellis got 35 carries in the two games against the Bills with which he rattled off 202 yards and a touchdown.  You never know what Emperor Belichick has up his sleeve, and with the Bills seeing what Brady is doing to teams this year, they’ll likely play the pass a bit more than normal which could pay into BJGE’s hands.  Even if New England does end up passing all over the place, I can still almost guarantee a touchdown out of BenJarvus this Sunday.

 

20.       Mike Tolbert (vs KC) – Tolbert is a fine back in this offense, that’s for sure, but the Chargers may not need him so much in this one.  Ryan Mathews seems to be turning the corner in his play as of late and with Tolbert still nursing a bit of a knee injury (along with a slight case of fumble-itis), he may not get much of a workload.  That said, he’s the goal-line/short-yardage back, so against a Chiefs defense that has surrendered three rushing TDs and 126 yards a game thus far, he still has low-end RB2 value.

 

21.       Shonn Greene (@ Oak) – Alright, this is the last straw for Mr. Greene.  Either he puts up a real nice game against a Raiders rush defense that has allowed an unfathomable 6.7 YPC this season, or I’m officially calling the kid a bust.  Take your chances with him as your RB2 one last time and hope for the best.

 

22.       Fred Jackson (vs NE) – Freddy has been outstanding this season, much better than anyone outside of Buffalo had anticipated.  He’s currently fifth in the league in fantasy points (standard scoring) and has the most rushing yards in the entire league with 229.  Still, I’m not expecting much against the Patriots as his touches will likely be limited due to situational playing time.  If Buffalo goes into passing mode, which they will likely have to, C.J. Spiller will see a fair amount of time in the backfield.

 

23.       Tim Hightower (@ Dal) – Dallas has been crushing opponents trying to run against them, holding teams to just 59.5 yards and one rushing TD on the ground through the first two weeks of action.  Hightower has been a horse so far carrying the ball 45 times in two games (second most in the league – Ben Tate, 47), but I can’t see him getting much more than 15 totes in this one after the coaching staff sees him get stuffed every other time he touches the ball.

 

24.       Willis McGahee (@ Ten) – It seems that even if Knowshon Moreno comes back to play this weekend (it’s looking like he will), McGahee will still handle the bulk of the workload against the Titans.  Not that I see him doing too much with it, seeing how his YPC continues to drop each year and how the Titans have held ball-carriers to just 3.3 yards per carry and one rushing TD on the season.

 

25.       DeAngelo Williams (vs Jax) – DeAngelo has been a major disappointment for both fantasy owners and Panthers fans alike this season, but he’s got to come alive at some point, right?  He still has the talent to be a top back in the league, so my guess is that it’s just a matter of time.  It doesn’t help, of course, that teams are putting eight in the box against rookie QB Cam Newton, but that should soften up soon enough.  The Jaguars front seven have actually been really tight so far this year after ending up in the bottom third of the league in 2010, so it might not happen this week.

 

26.       Cedric Benson (vs SF) – I’ll say this until the cows come home… I can’t stand Cedric Benson.  Being from Chicago, I’m sure you understand, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who feels this way about him right now.  After going off for 121 yards and a TD against the Browns in Week One, Benson pulled off a real stinker against one of the worst rush D’s in the league last week in Denver.  Basically, the guy can’t be trusted, both in real life and in fantasy.  Regardless, Ceddy is going up against the top rush D in the league this weekend, a 49ers squad that has allowed just 2.5 YPC, 54.5 yards/game, a long run of only 13 yards and zero touchdowns.  Now watch, CedBen will go off again and screw us all over.

 

27.       Brandon Jacobs (@ Phi) – I like the way Jacobs was running last Monday night against the Rams and I think the Giants are about to get him more involved in the offense going forward.  Maybe not so much this weekend against the Eagles as they’ll need Bradshaw’s speed and versatility out of the backfield more than Jacobs’ power, but soon.  However, if things go the Giants way from the get-go, they may try to stuff the Juggernaut down their throat.

 

28.       Mark Ingram (vs Hou) – Ingram will eventually get more carries and a few touchdowns in this offense, but it might not be this week with another shootout possibly at hand.  If the Saints go up early, Ingram will certainly be used to eat the clock and drive the team down the field, but I’m seeing more of a three-way split between him, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles again this weekend.

 

29.       Daniel Thomas (@ Cle) – So there is the big-time rookie RB Miami was looking for all preseason long.  Granted, Thomas got some extra carries against the Texans due to Reggie Bush coming up lame with a slight groin injury (shocker, another Bush injury!), but he definitely looked real good with the gift.  If Bush is ready to go this Sunday, which it looks like he will be, then the Dolphins will throw out a 50-50 timeshare, thus limiting the fantasy potential of both backs.

 

30.       Felix Jones (vs Was) – Felix is banged up and was thought to probably miss some time with a dislocated shoulder, but it looks like he’ll suit up this weekend against the Redskins.  I don’t expect more than maybe 15 touches for him, though; as he’ll share time with both DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice, so play him only if you absolutely have to.

 

 

Rounding out the rest of the Top-50 RBs...

 

31.       Steven Jackson (vs Bal) – If Healthy, he should jump up a few slots

 

32.       Jonathan Stewart (vs Jax)

 

33.       Reggie Bush (@ Cle)

 

34.       Danny Woodhead (@ Buf)

 

35.       Darren Sproles (vs Hou)

 

36.       Thomas Jones (@ SD)

 

37.       Marshawn Lynch (vs Ari)

 

38.       Joseph Addai (vs Pit)

 

39.       Knowshon Moreno (@ Ten)

 

40.       Ryan Grant (@ Chi)

 

41.       Michael Bush (vs NYJ)

 

42.       Pierre Thomas (vs Hou)

 

43.       C.J. Spiller (vs NE)

 

44.       Delone Carter (vs Pit)

 

45.       LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Oak)

 

46.       DeMarco Murray (vs Was)

 

47.       Earnest Graham (vs Atl)

 

48.       Roy Helu (@ Dal)

 

49.       Javon Ringer (vs Den)

 

50.       Deji Karim (@ Car)

 

 

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