Week 15
December 15, 2017


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Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat

Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

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Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS

Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.

12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square

Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.

12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol

Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.

12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.

12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

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Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return

Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.

12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap

Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.

12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

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Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week

Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.

12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere

Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.

12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time

Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.

12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman

Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.

12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake

Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.

12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle

Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.

12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up

Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.

12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.

12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

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Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.

12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.

12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.

12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.

12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

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Week 5 - RB Player Rankings

Week 5 - RB Player Rankings

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by   The Archer


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RB Player Rankings – Week 5


(BYE:  Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington)




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Running Backs



1.       Arian Foster (vs. Oak) – Arian Foster is back and it looks like he was taking down the names of all those who doubted him over the first few weeks of the season. If you thought 155-yard day last weekend was nice, wait until you see him run against a Raiders D that allows a whopping 5.9 YPC and the second most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Without Andre Johnson in the lineup, Houston will likely give him the ball another 30 times this week which could set him up to break all sorts of records. By the way, in the 21 career games Foster has received 10-plus carries, 10 of them he’s gone for over 100 yards. Outstanding!


2.       Darren McFadden (@ Hou) – Darren McFadden is whooping all sorts of fantasy ass this season and doesn’t look like he’ll slow down in Week 5. First of all, it’s clear Run DMC has turned the corner mentally as he’s running stronger and hitting the holes harder than ever before. Second, he leads the league in RB fantasy points and is currently on pace for 1,872 yards on the season (468 yards). If Michael Bush is banged up at all this week, McFadden will see even more opportunities against a Houston rush D he has 129 total yards against last year.


3.       LeSean McCoy (@ Buf) – Mark my words—everybody and their mothers are going to get in on the fantasy action for the Eagles this week. Philly has to be pretty pissed off starting the year 1-3 after being dubbed the “dream team” while being predicted to go to the Super Bowl, and when talented squads get POed, they tend to turn up the juice. What this means is that from here on out, Andy Reid and Co. will be giving no quarter to their opponents in an effort to quiet their (now) many critics. McCoy will be a big part of the resurgence, especially against a porous defense like the Bills have.


4.       Fred Jackson (vs. Phi) – The Bills are going to try to run run run against the Eagles and if that doesn’t work, then they might just try to run some more. Philly’s soft spot on D is in their linebacking corps, an area the Bills and Jackson will work to attack from the get-go. One way or another, F-Jax is going to have the ball in his hands at least 20 times this game and with the Eagles giving up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing RBs, you gotta like Fred’s chances for a good game.


5.       Adrian Peterson (vs. Ari) – Just give this damn guy the ball 30-plus times a game and see what happens already, will ya?!?! The kid is only 26-years-old for crying out loud! It’s not like you’re going to run him into the ground or anything. Either way, every team seems to know that McNabb doesn’t have it anymore so the game-plan is to bunch the line and stop Peterson in any way they can. The problem this week is, McNasty might actually be able to do something against this awful Arizona pass D! When he does, watch the Cardinals pull back off the line and end up living with Peterson in their secondary for a couple of long runs.


6.       Matt Forte (@ Det) – Forte did me right as my #1 ranked RB last week, but it won’t be as easy for him against this much improved Detroit defense. The yards will be there for him both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield, but the Lions have been super-tight around the end zone giving up just one rushing TD on the season. Last year Forte was able to put up 100-plus total yards in each of their meetings and had 151 yards receiving with two TDs in the first one. I can’t see that happening again, but if the Bears get him the ball at least 15-20 times like they should, he’ll have no problem putting up some serious fantasy numbers for your squad.


7.       Ryan Mathews (@ Den) – From what I’ve seen, if Mathews can stay 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 because his athletic ability is off the chart. Coach Norv Turner seems to agree as he recently stated that he would like to get the ball in Ryan’s hands a good 25 times a game going forward. If that is the case, watch out folks, starting this week against a Denver defense that has allowed the fourth most points in the NFL this year.


8.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Sea) – Seattle’s rush defense has held their own pretty well this season considering teams have attempted the fifth most rushes in the league against them, but I think that ends in Week 5. Neither Frank Gore, Rashard Mendenhall, nor Michael Turner were able to rush for more than 70 yards, but Ahmad Bradshaw will. Gore didn’t because he had no passing game to back him up, and neither Turner nor Mendenhall could do it because they try to run through people. Bradshaw has none of those characteristics working against him and should be able to find some holes both early and late in the game. By the way, he also had two TDs in their matchup last season.


9.       Jahvid Best (vs. Chi) – The Bears have been run on all season long and I expect the trend to continue this Monday night. Chicago will likely play the pass with Stafford being on fire the way he is, but in doing so, a bunch of holes will be left along the line for Best to squirm through. Jahvid is so incredibly quick and shifty, especially at home in the dome, that even the speed of the Bears defense will have trouble keeping up. Jahvid should be able to tally 100-plus total yards and cross the goal-line at least once this week.


10.     Michael Turner (vs. GB) – The Packers rush D is undoubtedly one of the best in the league, but Willis McGahee proved last week that they can be run on. In their two meetings last season, Turner ran for 110 yards and a TD in the first game but could only manage 39 yards (plus a TD) in the other. Atlanta kept the game close and actually won the first matchup, which is exactly the reason why Turner was able to have such a nice output. When they got behind in the second one, they abandoned the running game thus leaving Turner with no role in the offense. I think Turner gets 20-plus carries in a close game this Sunday night which should be enough to get him close to 100 yards and a TD.


11.     Frank Gore (vs. TB) – Gore looked great last week against the Eagles despite an injury that almost kept him out of the game entirely. That being said, Tampa Bay’s rush D is significantly better than Philly’s (who’s isn’t?), so don’t expect the same type of showing. He did nothing against them last season gaining just 23 yards on 12 carries (though he had 60 total yards), but Coach Harbaugh’s offense this year is completely different than in 2010, so you can’t really judge anything on that. If Frank can get between 15 and 20 touches, he’ll put up some nice RB2 fantasy numbers this week.


12.     Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Cin) – What in the world the Jaguars were thinking letting Blaine Gabbert throw the ball 42 times and having MJD run the ball just 11 times is beyond my comprehension. The good thing is that Coach Jack Del Rio admitted his mistake and vowed to get Jones-Drew a bunch more touches this weekend. The Bengals will more than likely stack the line against such a game-plan, so the Wrecking Ball might not produce the way owners would like, but he’ll still hover around RB1 status by the end of the game.


13.     Willis McGahee (vs. SD) – According to Coach John Fox, the Donkeys will ride the hot hand in their backfield from here on out, which means Moreno is out and McGahee is in. Last week against Green Bay’s #1 rush defense in the league, Willis ran for 103 yards on 15 carries (6.9 YPC) proving that although he may be turning 30 in a few weeks, he still has the ability to carry the load. He’ll face another tough defense in San Diego this Sunday, but I expect Fox’s offensive system to be able to get him up around 100 yards once again.


14.     Cedric Benson (@ Jax) – Despite his (likely) being able to play this week, Benson probably still has more on his mind than just football right now, which actually ended up being a good thing for him last Sunday. The less Benson thinks on the field and the more he just runs balls-out, the better off both he and his fantasy owners are. The guy is a workhorse and will likely get a good 20-plus carries again this weekend, so get him in your lineup against a middling Jacksonville D.


15.     Chris Johnson (@ Pit) – CJ2K has another excuse for his lack of production this week with “timing” between he and the offensive line being the culprit this time around. You know what CJ? In between all your excuses and “show me the money” yammering, you’ve lost your weekly place amongst the top-ten fantasy running backs. Why don’t you show ME the money and put up one of those 150-yard, two-TD games like you used to and I’ll get you back up there. With Kenny Britt done for the year, the Titans will lean on Johnson more than ever and against a troubled Steelers front seven, he just might produce.


16.     Beanie Wells (@ Min) – Don’t get me wrong with this somewhat low ranking for Beanie this week as I actually really like what he’s shown this year so far (other than the injury, of course). This middling RB2 ranking is more about the Vikings front seven than anything else as it seems they have their ferocity back holding teams to just 76.3 yards rushing per game this year. Wells is running strong and looking like the beast he truly is, but trying to crush through this Vikings defense just isn’t going to work. He’ll end up with decent numbers, but nothing like his performance last week against the Giants.


17.     BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. NYJ) – There will 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 against the Jets this weekend. He might not 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. The Patriots will also likely test the Jets front seven this week as their defense is far more susceptible to the run than the pass.


18.     Joseph Addai (vs. KC) – Addai didn’t do as well as expected against the Bucs last Monday night, but he’ll have a chance to redeem himself against a Kansas City defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. The Colts receivers still draw enough attention for defenses not to be able to stick eight in the box while Painter seemed to do well enough to at least keep the Chiefs on their guard. I’m not expecting the world here, but low-end RB2 numbers seems reasonable.


19.     LeGarrette Blount (@ SF) – I’m convinced that San Francisco has the best rush defense in the game; period. Does that mean Blount won’t be able to do anything at all against them? Maybe, but he did have 82 yards rushing against them last season (albeit on 26 rushes; 3.2 YPC), so my guess is he can do it again. This matchup has the feel of a game that will be played in the trenches, so 25 or so carries might be had here…which is exactly what he’ll need to make a fantasy impact.


20.     Darren Sproles (@ Car) – Sproles is just the type of little jitterbug Carolina and their 31st ranked rush defense hates to face. Scratch that. Sproles is the type of jitterbug EVERY TEAM hates to face as there is really no way in the world to game-plan against him. Not only is he as unpredictable as it gets with the ball in his hands, but being on the Saints, you also have no idea when he’ll get the ball due to their spread-it-around offense. Darren has been outstanding in all formats every week of the season, a trend that doesn’t look to change in Week 5.


21.     James Starks (@ Atl) – Ryan Grant being back will eat into Starks’ workload, but he’ll still touch the ball a good 15-plus times this week as the Packers will look to control the clock against a potent Falcons offense. If Rodgers can lead the team down to the goal-line a couple of times, which he will, Starks should be able to get his second rushing TD of the season against a somewhat banged up Atlanta front seven.


22.     Mark Ingram (@ Car) – New Orleans is going to run the ball and run it often this Sunday. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I know it’s weird to hear seeing how they’ve not only attempted the most passes in the league this year, but also have the second-highest completion percentage as well. That said, after missing out on home-field advantage in the playoffs last season, the Saints are all about wins this year and the way to beat the Panthers is to run the hell out of the ball and keep it out of Cam Newton’s hands. Ingram will be a large part of that game-plan this Sunday and should produce nicely with the opportunity.


23.     Isaac Redman (vs. Ten) – It’s looking iffy for Mendenhall to go this week after missing practice on Wednesday and if he doesn’t, Redman will get his shot. He’s a hard runner who will have something to prove being a career-long backup in the league, but it won’t be easy against one of the top defenses in the league at stopping the run this year. He’ll get his chances, though, as QB Ben Roethlisberger is hobbled and could end up handing the ball off more often than not this Sunday.


24.     Mike Tolbert (@ Den) – Although Mathews seems to have pinned down the lion’s share of the backfield work at this point, Tolbert will still get his opportunities as their goal-line back. He should have a chance this week to rack up a TD or two as the Chargers should be able to move the ball with relative ease against this Denver D. Expect around 10 touches with a chance to hit paydirt in the red-zone.


25.     DeAngelo Williams (vs. NO) – DeAngelo was paid too much money to be playing as poorly as he was through the first few weeks, so he finally got it going against the Bears in Week 4. Could his 10-carry, 82-yard performance be the spark that sets him back on fire? We’ll see, as the Panthers have to realize sooner or later that they can’t depend on rookie Cam Newton to rush the ball eight times and throw it 40 times a game the rest of the season. Since his 2008 breakout campaign, DeAngelo has had incredible success against them averaging 120 yards (on 6.2 YPC) and one TD in four games. He could be worth a shot this Sunday.


26.     LaDainian Tomlinson (@ NE) – Tomlinson isn’t quite the back he used to be, but he’ll get some good work this week against the Patriots as the Jets will be forced to throw the ball in order to stay in the game. LT21 can still do some damage coming out of the backfield, so I’m tentatively expecting a good 15 or so touches for him this weekend which could easily set him up with some low-end RB2 or flex fantasy numbers.


27.     Brandon Jacobs (vs. Sea) – Whatever defects Bradshaw doesn’t find in the Seattle defense this Sunday, Jacobs will. Even if it only turns out to be with a few goal-line carries, Brandon will do some damage. Last season he was able to put up 78 yards on 11 carries against them, so he obviously knows something that works. I’m expecting at least one touchdown from the Juggernaut come Sunday.


28.     Jonathan Stewart (vs. NO) – Just when you think you know the situation between these two Carolina backs, they go and switch it up on you. Stewart was clearly working towards a more prominent role in the offense over the first few weeks of the season, but now that Williams stepped up his game a bit last weekend, who knows? They’ll probably split snaps as usual and sap each other’s fantasy potential, but this dual could also bring out the best in each of them as it did in 2008 and make them both fantasy starters. Use him as a flex this week on the chance he plays angry.


29.     Stevan Ridley (vs. NYJ) – At some point, Ridley is going to take over for Green-Ellis as the Patriots main ball-carrier, but not quite yet. You wouldn’t be wrong if you decided to take a chance on him as a flex this week as it’s obvious he’s being worked in to the Patriots game-plan, but I think next week is a more likely time for Stevan to break out.


30.     Shonn Greene (@ NE) – Thought to be a breakout candidate this year, it’s a bummer how poorly Greene has played and you might have to sit him on your bench until he figures it out. He’s a flex play at best right now, even against a Patriots team that has given up the seventh most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Coach Ryan thinks he’s going to re-instill the “ground-and-pound” approach this week, but my guess is that the Patriots will force him to rely on Sanchez’s arm once again, thus making Greene relatively insignificant.



Rounding out the Top-50...


31.       Earnest Graham (@ SF)


32.       Marshawn Lynch (@ NYG)


33.       Pierre Thomas (@ Car)


34.       Ryan Grant (@ Atl)


35.       Thomas Jones (@ Ind)


36.       Kendall Hunter (vs. TB)


37.       Michael Bush (@ Hou) – If Healthy


38.       Ben Tate (vs. Oak) – If Healthy


39.       Marion Barber (@ Det)


40.       C.J. Spiller (vs. Phi)


41.       Knowshon Moreno (vs. SD)


42.       Delone Carter (vs. KC)


43.       Danny Woodhead (vs. NYJ) – If Healthy


44.       Justin Forsett (@ NYG)


45.       Deji Karim (vs. Cin)


46.       Javon Ringer (@ Pit)


47.       Bernard Scott (@ Jax)


48.       Keiland Williams (vs. Chi)


49.       Toby Gerhart (vs. Ari)


50.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. GB)



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