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Updated Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 9 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Arian Foster vs. BUF Probable (knee)
2 LeSean McCoy at NO -
3 Ray Rice at CLE -
4 Marshawn Lynch vs. MIN Probable (back)
5 Adrian Peterson at SEA Probable (ankle)
6 Willis McGahee at CIN -
7 Ryan Mathews vs. KC Sidelined (-)
8 Matt Forte at TEN -
9 Alfred Morris vs. CAR -
10 Trent Richardson vs. BAL Probable (ribs)
11 Jamaal Charles at SD -
12 Doug Martin at OAK -
13 Reggie Bush at IND -
14 Ahmad Bradshaw vs. PIT Questionable (foot)
15 Jonathan Stewart at WAS -
16 Pierre Thomas vs. PHI -
17 Darren McFadden vs. TB Probable (shoulder)
18 Mikel Leshoure at JAC -
19 Rashad Jennings vs. DET -
20 C.J. Spiller at HOU Probable (shoulder)
21 Felix Jones at ATL Probable (knee)
22 Chris Johnson vs. CHI -
23 Fred Jackson at HOU -
24 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. DEN -
25 Michael Turner vs. DAL -
26 Vick Ballard vs. MIA -
27 Isaac Redman at NYG Probable (ankle)
28 Alex Green vs. ARZ -
29 Michael Bush at TEN -
30 La'Rod Stephens-Howling at GB -
31 Joique Bell at JAC -
32 Daniel Thomas at IND Probable (elbow)
33 Mark Ingram vs. PHI -
34 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. DAL -
35 James Starks vs. ARZ -
36 Donald Brown vs. MIA -
37 Peyton Hillis at SD -
38 Phillip Tanner at ATL -
39 Ronnie Brown vs. KC -
40 Andre Brown vs. PIT Probable (concussion)
41 Justin Forsett vs. BUF Probable (thigh)
42 Ronnie Hillman at CIN -
43 DeAngelo Williams at WAS -
44 Travaris Cadet vs. PHI -
45 Mike Tolbert at WAS -
46 William Powell at GB -
47 Evan Royster vs. CAR Probable (knee)
48 LeGarrette Blount at OAK -
49 Bernard Pierce at CLE -
50 Robert Turbin vs. MIN -
51 Chris Rainey at NYG -
52 Toby Gerhart at SEA -
53 Mike Goodson vs. TB Questionable (toe)
54 David Wilson vs. PIT -
55 Jamie Harper vs. CHI -
56 Bryce Brown at NO -

RB Notes: Matchups don’t come any better than the No. 1 fantasy back facing the league’s least effective run defense. Arian Foster has a good chance to top his season-high of 152 yards versus the Bills. … LeSean McCoy’s matchup isn’t far behind. The Saints are second only to the Bills in fantasy points allowed to opposing backs. … The Browns have shown improvement in run defense, but Rice has averaged 127 scrimmage yards against them in their last five meetings.

Peterson leads the league in rushing yards (775), rushing yards per game (96.9), yards after contact (479), forced missed tackles (28), and runs of 20+ yards (8). What’s incredible is that he’s doing that without benefit of outside runs. … Second only to Peterson in yards and yards after contact, Lynch faces a Vikings defense that allowed 156 rushing yards per game over the past three weeks.

McGahee is sitting sixth in fantasy points per game and a surprising eighth in running back receptions as he enters a Week 9 matchup against a Bengals defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing backs. … Norv Turner promised a more conservative offense, which has resulted in 26 Ryan Mathews touches in each of the past two games. … Averaging 23 touches per over the past three games, Forte draws a Titans defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing backs.

Trent Richardson forced an impressive seven missed tackles after his coach called him out last week. … The last time Jamaal Charles was held under 10 touches in a game, the Chiefs force-fed him the ball 92 times over the next three weeks. … Doug Martin is No. 1 in fantasy points over the past three weeks, but this week’s matchup is tougher than it looks at first glance. The Raiders rank third in Pro Football Focus’ run defense metrics and have shut down the ground attacks of the Chiefs, Jags, and Falcons.

Bradshaw’s effectiveness has predictably waned while playing through a foot injury and ceding goal-line work to Andre Brown. … Stewart remains a recommended “buy” after managing season-highs in touches (21) and scrimmage yards (80) while adding three broken tackles and 29 yards after contact against the Bears’ shut-down defense. … McFadden isn’t just struggling between the 20’s, he also sports a per-carry average of 1.86 yards on 22 red-zone totes. Only the 49ers have been tougher against the run than the Bucs this season.

It turns out Leshoure missed practice Wednesday because he became a new father. If coach Jim Schwartz is to believed, he’s perfectly healthy. We have no reason to believe Leshoure won’t be the lead back in an attractive matchup at Jacksonville. … We still prefer C.J. Spiller to Fred Jackson due to the former’s big-play ability, which has been the most dangerous in the NFL this season. … The Cowboys are playing it cautiously with DeMarco Murray, suggesting he will miss one more week. Fantasy tease Felix Jones will draw the start against a Falcons defense allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing backs.

Chris Johnson is the NFL’s rushing leader over the past five weeks with 550 yards. CBS recently clocked Johnson at a faster clip than RGIII’s 4.1 running start forty in the Vikings game. Although his ability to sustain a rushing attack without benefit of long runs was a positive sign last week, no one should be surprised if his streak of success hits a dead end versus the Monsters of the Midway on Sunday. … Jonathan Dwyer (quad) is tentatively expected to return for Thursday’s practice and handle early-down work at the Giants after becoming the first Steelers back since Willie Parker to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games.

Alex Green’s per-carry average of 2.9 is less than Adrian Peterson’s 3.17 average after contact. Even he admits he’s had trouble reading what little holes the offensive line has opened the past three weeks. … La’Rod Stephens-Howling fell flat against the 49ers, as predicted. He’s not an NFL-caliber lead back. … Donald Brown and Vick Ballard are splitting carries equally until one distances himself from the other.

Sunday Update: Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram/Travaris Cadet up slightly. Donald Brown down, Vick Ballard up amid reports that Ballard is starting after Brown's surgically-repaired knee flared up Saturday. Justin Forsett up slightly for garbage-time work in a potential blowout.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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