Week 7 Running BacksRB 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. Note:
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