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James Conner

Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner Solid in Debut


Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night. This was his first preseason action after being out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Conner is trying to earn himself the back-up role to LeVeon Bell, and he should have a role if Bell does go down at all, but duties will almost certainly be split between Conner and Fitzgerald Tousaint if that were to happen. Conner is a solid dynasty pick in the double digit rounds, especially if the Steelers don’t extend his deal prior to the start of the season.


08/20/17, 09:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Kamara Lives Up To Hype Today


“Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers. Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20 yard gain.”

Fantasy Goo: This is all against the Chargers second and third string, so don’t get too excited, but it does appear that Kamara could contribute and make this backfield very difficult to predict from week-to-week. Kamara looks to be a very solid dynasty pick in the seventh round.


08/20/17, 09:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Anquan Boldin

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Charles Clay

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed (toe) Activated from PUP List


Fantasy Goo: 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. Like Gronk, with Reed you have to assume that he will not play all 16 games, but don’t shy away from Reed because when he was active in 2016 he was a top 10 TE 75% of the time.


08/20/17, 05:45 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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


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

Week 4 - RB Player Rankings

Week 4 - RB Player Rankings

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RB Player Rankings – Week 4

 

 

 

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1.           Matt Forte (vs. Car) – It may seem odd seeing Matt Forte up here in the number one spot over guys like Adrian Peterson, Run DMC, LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice, but when you’re done hearing this, you’ll know why. First of all, Forte is actually seventh in RB fantasy points thus far (standard scoring) and that’s with averaging just under 12 carries a game and scoring just one TD. Second, against these same Panthers last season, Forte rattled off a career-high 166 rushing yards and two TDs on 22 carries. Third, Carolina has only the 25th-ranked rush defense this year. Lastly, the Bears have lost their last two games because they abandoned the run too early, a mistake the coaching staff swears they will not make again this week. I love him in any format this week but in PPR leagues especially, this one is a no-brainer.

 

2.           Adrian Peterson (@ KC) – It was tough not to put AP28 in the one-hole this week against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to running backs this season, but I think Minnesota may have a tougher time than they think this weekend in Kansas City. After making the playoffs last season, KC has had a string of bad breaks that has put their backs against the wall at 0-3, so I think they come out fighting in this one. Their rush D is better than they’ve shown thus far and I’m sure they will be keying in on Purple Jesus all day long, though I still think Peterson finds a couple of long-gainers and the endzone at least once on Sunday.

 

3.           Darren McFadden (vs. NE) – McFadden is the real deal, folks, and he’ll show it again this weekend. He currently leads the NFL in both rushing yards and RB fantasy points and is tied with Wes Welker for most total yards from scrimmage with 477 (393 rush, 84 rec). The Patriots don’t just give up a ton of yards through the air, but they also allow the eighth most fantasy points to opposing RBs in the league as well. The Raiders will try to run the ball as much as they can to keep the ball away from Tom Brady, but even when they have to turn to the pass (which they will), McFadden is just as lethal in that respect going for over 500 yards receiving last season in only 13 games.

 

4.           Ray Rice (vs. NYJ) – Rice is one of the top duel-threat running backs in the game today and will need to put his many talents on display this weekend if the Ravens want to win this game. Strangely enough, for as good as the Jets defense is, they actually allow the sixth most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season and are next to last in rushing yards allowed per game (tied for last in rushing TDs allowed with five). Rice didn’t fare too well against New York last season, but not only are the Jets a different team this year, but it’s a far different (and better) Ravens offense as well.

 

5.           LeSean McCoy (vs. SF) – McCoy has surpassed expectations as a fantasy beast so far this season, showing NFL viewers a style of running maybe unseen since the likes of Barry Sanders. The Eagles may force Mike Vick to take it a bit easy this weekend against the 49ers, a ploy which should give LeSean more of an opportunity to do some serious fantasy damage.  San Fran may have a great rush D, but McCoy can hurt you in so many ways, I’m not sure it even matters. Last year against them, LeSean had 138 total yards (92 rushing) and a TD. I like him for a little better than that this weekend.

 

6.           Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. NO) – So much for tapering back MJD’s carries this year as Maurice is currently tied for the league lead with 66 rushes after three weeks of action. He’s not scoring the TDs he used to because his team is offensively inept, but he still ranks third in the league with 307 rushing yards and is as dependable as it gets as long as he’s healthy. With rookie Blaine Gabbert likely under center once again, it’s very possible the Jags give him another 27 or so touches like they did last weekend and hope he can run them to victory. I wouldn’t count on it, but he’ll put up some nice fantasy numbers with the chances.

 

7.           Fred Jackson (@ Cin) – Fred Jackson didn’t come out of nowhere, but his numbers thus far have been unexpected to say the least. He’s not the best RB around, but he works well within the Bills system and has no doubt benefitted statistically from this suddenly explosive Buffalo offense. I don’t expect it to last all year long, but it will continue this weekend against a Cincinnati defense he put up 116 yards rushing against last season with two TDs to boot.

 

8.           Ahmad Bradshaw (@ Ari) – I can’t say I enjoy putting the undersized half of an RBBC up in my top ten running backs for the week, but Ahmad earned it after last week’s game. The kid can be electric and with Eli Manning and the Giants receivers clicking right now, you know the holes along the front line will be wide open for him to run through. Arizona was bad against the run last year and they’re bad again this year, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ahmad go over 100 yards with a TD this Sunday.

 

9.           Ryan Mathews (vs. Mia) – So it looks like the kid has finally turned the corner and if he stays healthy, he could end up as one of the top ten, if not top five fantasy RBs the rest of the way. All it took was for him to understand the importance of pass protection and learn the playbook. Miami has a pretty good rush defense so Ryan may not go nuts in this one, but he’s real fun to watch with the ball in his hands because you never know when he might make that one move that takes him all the way. Anywhere around 15-20 touches should get him up between 100-130 total yards on Sunday.

 

10.       LeGarrette Blount (vs. Ind) – This might be the exact type of game the Buccaneers run the hell out of LeGarrette Blount. Against a Colts team they know they can beat if they just keep at them throughout the whole game is exactly what Blount is good for… wearing down an opponent. Indy hasn’t been a very good rush D for a while now and with this game being at home where he’s thoroughly excelled, you know Blount is in for a good 20 carries. Anything less than 100 yards and a TD would be a bit of a disappointment in my book.

 

11.       Rashard Mendenhall (@ Hou) – The Texans give up a good chunk of yardage to opposing RBs and Mendenhall could be in for a day of heavy lifting. Pittsburgh will want to control the clock and keep the ball away from Houston’s offense, so Rashard will need to carry the ball at least 20-25 times for that to happen. Roethlisberger should be able to pass against this team as well, but it will come a lot easier if Mendy draws the defense in a little closer with some hard running. I expect to see Rashard’s best game of the year so far in this one.

 

12.       Michael Turner (@ Sea) – The Seahawks have held opposing rushers to just 3.1 yards/carry against them so far this season, but that won’t last. Not against a bruiser like Turner who carried the ball 25 times against them their last meeting in Week 15 of 2010. Turner actually put up most of his best games on the road last season, a trend I can easily see continuing this weekend against a team that will need to use their linebackers to help out in coverage throughout the game.

 

13.       Peyton Hillis (vs. Ten) – Hillis should be well rested after a week off and ready for a rough-and-tumble game against the Titans, though I’m not so sure he carries the load like he normally does this Sunday. Montario Hardesty looked just fine as a lead back in Week 3 and with Peyton maybe a bit weak from his illness; this could be a split backfield for a game. He’ll still get the goal-line carries and should see a good 20 touches, so from a fantasy perspective, he’ll be just fine.

 

14.       Tim Hightower (@ StL) – St. Louis has easily allowed the most rushing yards per game this season, so Hightower should be in for a nice day. On the turf indoors, however, I could see the Redskins using the speed and shiftiness of Roy Helu some, so Hightower’s fantasy outlook might be capped. Whatever they decide to do, Tim is running as hard as anybody in the league right now which is something Coach Shanahan loves to see out of his players. If he hits his average of about 23 touches this Sunday, he could end up having an outstanding day.

 

15.       Felix Jones (vs. Det) – Felix looked awesome against the Redskins this past Monday night and if his shoulder injury heals up before the weekend, he should be able to continue his dominance into the game against the Lions. Detroit may be a much improved defensive team this year and may get even better once DT Nick Fairley gets on the field, but they’ve still given up 5.0 yards a carry this season. Felix is known to bust some long runs, so watch out for a couple of those amongst a nice fantasy performance this Sunday.

 

16.       Chris Johnson (@ Cle) – CJ2K had an opportunity to show his fantasy owners that he was worth using their first-round pick on this past Sunday against a porous Broncos defense… and he pretty much crapped his pants. I can’t put my finger on exactly why Johnson has been so awful, but if I had to guess, I’d say it has something to do with the offensive line and the loss of All-Pro Center Kevin Mawai before last season. With Kenny Britt done for the year, the Titans will lean on Chris more than ever and expect production. I think he steps up to the plate against a Browns team ranked 29th against the run thus far, but if he doesn’t, I’d officially call him a bust.

 

17.       James Starks (vs. Den) – If Ryan Grant’s bruised kidney isn’t fully healed by Friday, Starks will be in line for a heavy workload this Sunday against Denver. Even if Grant is able to go, I still believe they lay off him a bit despite his nice performance last weekend because frankly, hurt kidneys are not something you mess around with. The Broncos rush D has been much better this season after ranking next to last in the league in 2010, but Aaron Rodgers has a tendency to open things up and will undoubtedly give Starks quite a few gaping holes to run through. Expect an early Packers lead and a heavy dose of Starks late in this one.

 

18.       Jahvid Best (@ Dal) – Jahvid is so incredibly quick and shifty in the open field, it’s hard to believe he can’t even manage to average three yards a carry, but he’s not. He still accumulates fantasy points with his topnotch play coming out of the backfield, but he doesn’t generate a lot of confidence running the ball at a 2.9 YPC clip. The Cowboys are great at stopping the run, but one thing they haven’t been so good at is containing the RB coming out of the backfield; Best’s specialty. This could be that type of a game for Jahvid.

 

19.       Steven Jackson (vs. Was) – Jackson has rested quite enough and is itching to get back out on the field. He should be able to put in a full workload, but the Rams aren’t likely to push him too hard against a relatively stingy Redskins rush D. I expect him to see around 15-20 touches in this one and am cautiously expecting a decent showing.

 

20.       Frank Gore (@ Phi) – Gore has looked awful this season, but the ‘Niners will need him to turn it on in this game if they have a chance of winning. The Eagles have given up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing RBs this year allowing them to run for 4.9 yards a carry. San Francisco knows this and will feed Gore over and over in order to exploit it. Frank the Tank still has some world class skills in him and I expect at least a couple of long plays this weekend and possibly his second TD of the season.

 

21.       Mark Ingram (@ Jax) – New Orleans will likely be able to have their way with Jacksonville from the start, which is great news for Mark Ingram owners. Assuming the Saints build a nice lead, they’ll turn to the hard-nosed rookie in the second half in order to control the clock and run out the game. He might just see a career high in touches this weekend, which should be enough to get him some fantasy points against an overachieving Jags defense.

 

22.       Arian Foster (vs. Pit) – Foster looks like he’ll move back into the starting role this weekend, but don’t expect a full workload just yet. I would bet on more of a two-to-one series split between he and Ben Tate, thus sapping a bunch of fantasy potential from both backs. Foster doesn’t really need a ton of touches to put up fantasy points, but against a Pittsburgh team looking to turn around a sluggish start, I wouldn’t expect too much.

 

23.       Joseph Addai (@ TB) – Addai looked terrific last weekend for the first time in awhile and should get another chance to prove his worth against a weak Tampa rush defense this Sunday. The Colts might have to start QB Curtis Painter in this one and if so, you can bet we’ll see a heavy dose of Addai. If that’s the case, Addai could start for your fantasy team as a low-end RB2 or flex in Week 4.

 

24.       Jonathan Stewart (@ Chi) – Here’s the Carolina situation:  DeAngelo Williams gets a big contract; Stewart feels underappreciated and becomes determined to prove his worth; DeAngelo falls flat on his face as Jonathan outperforms him; Carolina is forced to use Stewart more and more each week.  With this being the trend, I like the bigger and more abusive Stewart to rack up the carries against this Bears defense. Chicago has the speed to keep Williams contained but seem to let bigger backs run right through them. Give Stewart a shot as a flex this week.

 

25.       Mike Tolbert (vs. Mia) – Ryan Mathews seems to have pinned down the lion’s share of the backfield work at this point, but Tolbert will still get his opportunities. As their goal-line back, he’ll always have a chance for a TD or two, which is usually enough in most fantasy leagues. Expect around 10 touches with a chance for a TD in the red-zone.

 

26.       Darren Sproles (@ Jax) – Besides being a ton of fun to watch, Sproles has actually been crazy-good out of the backfield this season putting up a TD in each of the first three games (punt return in Week One) while totaling 227 yards from scrimmage. The Jaguars won’t have an answer for him when he’s used and it wouldn’t surprise me to see another 75 total yards with some sort of touchdown from him on Sunday.

 

27.       Beanie Wells (vs. NYG) – Coming back from injury, Beanie doesn’t have the nicest matchup this week as he’ll face a pretty nasty and stifling New York Giants front seven. How much Arizona plans to use him is unknown, but I’m guessing he get no more than his average of 18 touches which might not be enough to make a huge fantasy difference for your team. He can be used as a flex with upside this weekend, but don’t expect too much.

 

28.       Reggie Bush (@ SD) - With Daniel Thomas' hamstring acting up, Bush will get another chance as the Dolphins RB1 for the week. Reggie lost the job after showing no ability to sustain an inside attack for Miami, a problem that won't miraculously change this week or ever for that matter. Still, San Diego is somewhat depleted on the defensive side of the ball, so Reggie should be able to use his quickness and veteran savvy to gain you some decent fantasy points this weekend.

 

29.       Marshawn Lynch (vs. Atl) – There are very few games in which I would even consider using Marshawn “Fugly” Lynch on my fantasy team, but this might be one of them. Last year against Atlanta, Lynch put up 77 total yards (60 rushing on 12 carries) with a touchdown, number I can faintly see being repeated against an average Falcons rush defense. Only use him as a flex, though.

 

30.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Oak) – I have a sneaky suspicion there could be a changing of the guard in this New England backfield sometime soon, but not quite this weekend. Rookie RB Stevan Ridley is a bigger and more skilled back than the mediocre Law Firm, but I think the Patriots stick with what they know in another tough game away from home on Sunday. He won’t get a ton of touches, but Green-Ellis will at least have a chance to put up a TD or two with Brady leading the team down the field with relative ease.

 

 

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

 

31.       Cedric Benson (vs. Buf)

 

32.       Brandon Jacobs (@ Ari)

 

33.       Willis McGahee (@ GB)

 

34.       LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Bal)

 

35.       DeAngelo Williams (@ Chi)

 

36.       Danny Woodhead (@ Oak)

 

37.       Shonn Greene (@ Bal)

 

38.       Ben Tate (vs. Pit)

 

39.       Stevan Ridley (@ Oak)

 

40.       Michael Bush (vs. NE)

 

41.       Kendall Hunter (@ Phi)

 

42.       Roy Helu (@ StL)

 

43.       Thomas Jones (vs. Min)

 

44.       Knowshon Moreno (@ GB)

 

45.       Pierre Thomas (@ Jax)

 

46.       Earnest Graham (vs. Ind)

 

47.       Montario Hardesty (vs. Ten)

 

48.       Alfonso Smith (vs. NYG)

 

49.       Bernard Scott (vs. Buf)

 

50.       Marion Barber (vs. Car)

 

 

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