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Week 8 Rankings Update

Friday, October 30, 2009

Week 7 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Adrian Petersonat GB -
2Maurice Jones-Drewat TEN -
3Chris Johnsonvs. JAC -
4Steven Jacksonat DET -
5Ray Ricevs. DEN -
6Steve Slatonat BUF -
7Ronnie Brownat NYJ -
8Frank Goreat IND -
9Marion Barbervs. SEA Probable(thumb)
10DeAngelo Williamsat ARZ -
11Matt Fortevs. CLE -
12Marshawn Lynchvs. HOU -
13Michael Turnerat NO -
14Joseph Addaivs. SF -
15Kevin Smithvs. STL -
16Thomas Jonesvs. MIA -
17Pierre Thomasvs. ATL -
18LaDainian Tomlinsonvs. OAK -
19Chris Wellsvs. CAR -
20Brandon Jacobsat PHI -
21Ryan Grantvs. MIN -
22Darren Sprolesvs. OAK -
23Knowshon Morenoat BAL -
24Ricky Williamsat NYJ Probable(thumb)
25LeSean McCoyvs. NYG -
26Tim Hightowervs. CAR -
27Mike Bellvs. ATL -
28Jonathan Stewartat ARZ Questionable(heel)
29Fred Jacksonvs. HOU -
30Felix Jonesvs. SEA -
31Ahmad Bradshawat PHI Probable(ankle)
32Shonn Greenevs. MIA -
33Justin Fargasat SD -
34Julius Jonesat DAL -
35Reggie Bushvs. ATL -
36Jamal Lewisat CHI Probable(wrist)
37Correll Buckhalterat BAL -
38Tashard Choicevs. SEA -
39Willis McGaheevs. DEN -
40Michael Bushat SD -
41LenDale Whitevs. JAC -
42Jerome Harrisonat CHI -
43Glen Coffeeat IND -
44Jason Snellingat NO -
45Brandon Jacksonvs. MIN -
46Chris Brownat BUF -
47Chester Taylorat GB -
48Justin Forsettat DAL -
49Rashad Jenningsat TEN -

RB Notes: The Saints are using a unique rotation between Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell. Bell played a few snaps in the first half last week, bust most of the second half to give the team fresh legs. He's not a big guy, but he runs as violently as any back in football. Thomas is the more complete player, but the rotation will limit the damage Thomas can do in difficult matchups. Atlanta isn't so tough, so we'd still play Pierre as a RB2 this week. (The Saints also played Devery Henderson primarily in the second half, using the fresh legs theory as well.) … Matt Forte has been frustrating, but you can't sit him against the Browns. … With Donald Brown likely out, Joseph Addai is an easy start against San Francisco. The 49ers haven't been as frightening on defense in recent weeks. … A matchup against Carolina's soft front seven and the chance Arizona will be playing with a lead makes Beanie Wells a nice RB2 option.

It's not like Michael Bush hasn't had chances. The Raiders started him in both halves last week against the Jets. But the big man needs big holes to run through, and he's not getting them. The Bush from Week 17 last season is nowhere to be found. Justin Fargas somehow always finds a lane, and provides a spark. Fargas has topped 90 total yards two straight weeks and is the better play against a weak San Diego rush defense. … I guess those aren't popcorn muscles on Thomas Jones. While other runners fall off after 30, there is no discernible difference in Jones' play. His carries won't skyrocket with Leon Washington hurt, but his receptions will climb. Shonn Greene will be a capable committee partner and could steal some touchdowns, but the rookie will have to prove he can protect and be a factor as a receiver. This is where Jones' all-around play will come in handy. New York's run blocking is coming together, but they face a much tougher matchup this week against Miami.

LeSean McCoy will start and get all the carries, but the Eagles won't try to beat Philadelphia on the ground. … Fred Jackson was a non-factor last week, but the Bills barely had the ball. Against the Texans defense, he's still a flex option. … Ryan Grant finally had a decent day against the Browns, but he still wasn't overly impressive. He had big holes to run through early and doesn't make anyone miss in the secondary. The Packers struggled to get a yard against the Browns in short-yardage, so Grant will have tough sledding against the Vikings, even though he's historically played well against them. (I hate historical stats against certain teams. Too many changes every year to draw much meaning from them.) … The matchup and nagging injury concerns make Ahmad Bradshaw someone to stay away from if possible this week.

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