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Week 7 Rankings

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Week 7 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Frank Goreat HOU Probable(ankle)
2DeAngelo Williamsvs. BUF -
3Adrian Petersonat PIT Probable(ankle)
4Ronnie Brownvs. NO -
5Michael Turnerat DAL Probable(chest)
6Steven Jacksonvs. IND -
7Brian Westbrookat WAS -
8Cedric Bensonvs. CHI -
9Marion Barbervs. ATL Probable(thumb)
10Steve Slatonvs. SF -
11Matt Forteat CIN -
12Ryan Grantat CLE -
13LaDainian Tomlinsonat KC -
14Jonathan Stewartvs. BUF Probable(heel)
15Pierre Thomasat MIA -
16Marshawn Lynchat CAR -
17Ahmad Bradshawvs. ARZ Probable(ankle)
18Thomas Jonesat OAK -
19Joseph Addaiat STL -
20Rashard Mendenhallvs. MIN Probable(knee)
21Brandon Jacobsvs. ARZ -
22Donald Brownat STL -
23Darren Sprolesat KC -
24Fred Jacksonat CAR -
25Leon Washingtonat OAK -
26Clinton Portisvs. PHI Probable(ankle)
27Tim Hightowerat NYG -
28Larry Johnsonvs. SD -
29Laurence Maroneyat TB Probable(thigh)
30Tashard Choicevs. ATL -
31Carnell Williamsvs. NE -
32Felix Jonesvs. ATL Probable(knee)
33Mike Bellat MIA -
34Ricky Williamsvs. NO -
35Reggie Bushat MIA -
36Jamal Lewisvs. GB Probable(hamstring)
37Justin Fargasvs. NYJ -
38Willie Parkervs. MIN Probable(toe)
39Chris Wellsat NYG Probable(hip)
40Jerome Harrisonvs. GB Questionable(flu)
41Glen Coffeeat HOU -
42LeSean McCoyat WAS -
43Chester Taylorat PIT -
44Derrick Wardvs. NE -
45Chris Brownvs. SF -
46Michael Bushvs. NYJ -
47Mewelde Moorevs. MIN -
48Jamaal Charlesvs. SD -
49Kevin Faulkat TB -
50Ladell Bettsvs. PHI -
51Brandon Jacksonat CLE Probable(ankle)

RB Notes: Sometimes, you hear a coach say about a rookie: "The game isn't too big for him." No one is saying that about Beanie Wells. He fumbles, bobbles, and misses protections. The Cardinals are a passing offense, and they can't trust him, even when Tim Hightower is averaging 3.1 yards per carry. During the snaps Wells gets some room, the kid looks fearless. Defenses expect him to pound the ball up the middle, and he can take it outside, then punish a cornerback. But the mistakes are too frequent and too costly. … Hightower isn't exactly shutting the door on Wells. We heard a lot about his change of attitude this offseason, but he gets held up by defenders and pushed backwards too often. He's not a good short-yardage option, but he's a fine receiver and understands protections. For now, that's enough to cancel out Wells. I don't want to use either player against the Giants.

An encore performance would be nice, but that looked like the old Brian Westbrook last week. He's explosive through the hole, and the vision hasn't changed. Perhaps the long speed to outrun cornerbacks on the second level of the defense isn't quite the same, but the overall package is close to the real thing. The big difference is Westbrook's usage. LeSean McCoy came in on third downs occasionally and basically split carries with him throughout. This is a good idea for Philadelphia long-term, but it could make Westbrook's fantasy production more inconsistent. … Ahmad Bradshaw didn't play during New York's first three series last week. As exciting as he is, that outlines that he's still going to be a risky play.

The Raiders offense just stayed "on schedule" better with Justin Fargas at the helm. I have my doubts he can keep it going, but his effort will earn him enough snaps to make Michael Bush useless for the near future. … Jonathan Stewart is an excellent play this week because of Buffalo's rush defense and the chance that Carolina may be playing with a lead for once. Donald Brown and Joseph Addai is another backfield tandem that can both be used this week; Indianapolis should have mercy for the Rams and take the air out of the ball eventually. While we're at it, the Chargers duo of Tomlinson and Darren Sproles should have an up week against Kansas City. … With Marion Barber back it's probably best to avoid Tashard Choice and Felix Jones in a neutral matchup.

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