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Week 2 Rankings

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Week 2 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson at CHI -
2 Doug Martin vs. NO -
3 LeSean McCoy vs. SD -
4 Jamaal Charles vs. DAL Probable (quadriceps)
5 Arian Foster vs. TEN Probable (-)
6 C.J. Spiller vs. CAR -
7 Ray Rice vs. CLE -
8 Matt Forte vs. MIN -
9 Trent Richardson at BAL -
10 Reggie Bush at ARZ Probable (thumb)
11 Alfred Morris at GB -
12 DeMarco Murray at KC -
13 Marshawn Lynch vs. SF -
14 Steven Jackson vs. STL -
15 Stevan Ridley vs. NYJ -
16 Eddie Lacy vs. WAS -
17 Chris Johnson at HOU -
18 Frank Gore at SEA -
19 Darren Sproles at TB -
20 Maurice Jones-Drew at OAK -
21 Darren McFadden vs. JAC -
22 David Wilson vs. DEN -
23 Ryan Mathews at PHI -
24 Lamar Miller at IND -
25 DeAngelo Williams at BUF -
26 Daryl Richardson at ATL Probable (foot)
27 Ahmad Bradshaw vs. MIA -
28 Knowshon Moreno at NYG -
29 Joique Bell at ARZ -
30 Chris Ivory at NE -
31 Rashard Mendenhall vs. DET Probable (hamstring)
32 Giovani Bernard vs. PIT -
33 Ben Tate vs. TEN Probable (-)
34 Bilal Powell at NE -
35 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. PIT -
36 Isaac Redman at CIN -
37 Bernard Pierce vs. CLE -
38 Fred Jackson vs. CAR -
39 Pierre Thomas at TB -
40 Mark Ingram at TB -
41 Montee Ball at NYG -
42 Bryce Brown vs. SD -
43 Danny Woodhead at PHI -
44 Daniel Thomas at IND -
45 Mike Tolbert at BUF -
46 Donald Brown vs. MIA -
47 Da'Rel Scott vs. DEN Probable (knee)
48 LeGarrette Blount vs. NYJ -
49 Jonathan Dwyer at CIN -
50 Roy Helu at GB -
51 Isaiah Pead at ATL -
52 Robert Turbin vs. SF -
53 Kendall Hunter at SEA -
54 Leon Washington vs. NYJ -
55 Michael Bush vs. MIN -
56 Ronnie Hillman at NYG -
57 Jackie Battle at HOU -
58 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. STL -
59 Alfonso Smith vs. DET -
60 Justin Forsett at OAK -
61 Knile Davis vs. DAL -
62 Lance Dunbar at KC Probable (foot)
63 Brandon Jacobs vs. DEN -


RB Notes: Doug Martin should easily bounce back from his rough opener against a run defense that allowed seven yards per carry to Steven Jackson in Week 1, and an NFL-worst 147.6 yards per game last season. … LeSean McCoy rushed for 184 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry against a run defense that was no pushover last season. Just like he did in 2011, McCoy stirred (faint) echoes of Barry Sanders with his jump cuts and suddenness. A real threat to lead the league in carries, Shady is looking like a top-three weekly option.  


Arian Foster is a tough nut to crack after managing just 90 yards on 24 touches in his Monday debut, and getting soundly outplayed by Ben Tate. He left yards on the field against the Chargers, and committed two brutal third-down drops. For now, we’ll chalk it up to rust after he missed nearly the entire offseason and summer with calf and back ailments. Although coach Gary Kubiak said afterward he wished he had given Tate more than 11 touches — and reiterated it on Thursday — we still expect a similar workload delineation against a Titans run defense that’s not nearly as talented as the inept Steelers made it look. Foster has built up more than one week’s worth of benefit of the doubt in Houston. All bets could be off, however, if Tate runs circles around his more accomplished backfield mate for the second week in a row.   


C.J. Spiller and Ray Rice are both coming off bad weeks into tough matchups. It’s a bigger concern for Spiller, who will be running into an imposing Panthers front seven that limited Marshawn Lynch to just 43 yards on 17 carries in Week 1. His slow start could last one more week before he gets the Jets in Week 3. Even though the Browns eliminated Lamar Miller, Rice should bounce back versus a team he’s averaged 92.2 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry against across 10 career meetings. With the game certain to be far closer than Baltimore’s opening week embarrassment in Denver, Rice is also a guarantee to easily outpace the 12 totes he received against the Broncos.


Why the Browns limited Trent Richardson to just 13 carries in Week 1 — four of which came on Cleveland’s opening drive, where T-Rich cut and read like a five-year vet, gaining 26 yards — we may never know, but we can only assume coach Rob Chudzinski and OC Norval Turner won’t make the same mistake again. Turner vowed as much on Thursday. Unless T-Rich picked up an unknown injury that limited his workload and ineffectiveness, he’s a veritable guarantee to surpass 20 carries in a game that should serve as a corrective to last week’s embarrassing game plan. … Stevan Ridley was in real danger of an extended stay in coach Bill Belichick’s doghouse and limited action against the Jets before Shane Vereen (wrist surgery) went down. Now, he’ll likely be the centerpiece of the offense with Tom Brady painfully short on weapons. The threat of another fumble — and benching — makes him more of a middle-of-the-road RB2 play than high-end one, but LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden (knee) are not threats to his backfield supremacy.


The Redskins’ run defense isn’t as bad as LeSean McCoy made it look the other night, but it’s also half as imposing as San Francisco’s. Making his home debut, expect Eddie Lacy to tack about 1.5-2.0 yards onto his Week 1 2.9 YPC. … Darren Sproles caught six passes for 88 yards in Sunday’s win over the Falcons. That’s going to be a common occurrence, as usual, this season. … Maybe Chad Henne will bring out the RB1 that some still believe is inside Maurice Jones-Drew. My advice? Believe it when you see it. … We talked about David Wilson’s predicament earlier in the week, but the short of it? The Giants still need him. Tom Coughlin has admitted as much. This is not a player who has run out of chances, and though he may find himself in “only” the 15-20 touch range this week, Wilson still controls his own destiny. We’ll be entering a brave new world if Wilson fumbles again, but for now he’s still an RB2/FLEX that isn’t seriously threatened by the presence of mediocre backup Da’Rel Scott, or used up veteran Brandon Jacobs.


Monitor Daryl Richardson’s health, even though we know he’s going to play. Fresh off his one-game suspension, backup Isaiah Pead could be in for 6-8 touches this weekend. … Coming off a strong outing against a stout run defense, DeAngelo Williams is an intriguing FLEX play against the Bills’ swinging gate run D. … Knowshon Moreno will likely lead the Broncos in touches for the second consecutive week, but it’s a situation to avoid if at all possible. … Avoid the Chris Ivory/Bilal Powell road show. … Joique Bell has serious upside, but it’s still far too early to consider him an every-week starter. He’ll need a Reggie Bush injury to come into consistent fantasy value. … There’s not a more appealing handcuff in fantasy football than Ben Tate, but despite his impressive Week 1 performance, there’s still no real reason to believe he’ll be anything other than a dice-roll FLEX option. … The nine carries Bryce Brown received in Week 1 should be close to his weekly floor.    



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Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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