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Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Week 9 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jamaal Charles at BUF Probable (knee)
2 Adrian Peterson at DAL -
3 LeSean McCoy at OAK -
4 Matt Forte at GB -
5 Marshawn Lynch vs. TB Probable (knee)
6 Eddie Lacy vs. CHI -
7 Alfred Morris vs. SD -
8 Stevan Ridley vs. PIT -
9 DeMarco Murray vs. MIN -
10 Ryan Mathews at WAS -
11 Darren McFadden vs. PHI Sidelined (hamstring)
12 Ray Rice at CLE -
13 Zac Stacy vs. TEN Questionable (ankle)
14 Le'Veon Bell at NE -
15 Fred Jackson vs. KC Probable (knee)
16 Trent Richardson at HOU -
17 Danny Woodhead at WAS -
18 Giovani Bernard at MIA Questionable (ribs)
19 Lamar Miller vs. CIN -
20 C.J. Spiller vs. KC Questionable (ankle)
21 Darren Sproles at NYJ Questionable (concussion)
22 Chris Johnson at STL -
23 Mike James at SEA -
24 Steven Jackson at CAR -
25 Ben Tate vs. IND -
26 Pierre Thomas at NYJ -
27 Bilal Powell vs. NO -
28 Chris Ivory vs. NO -
29 Mike Tolbert vs. ATL -
30 Brandon Bolden vs. PIT Questionable (knee)
31 Willis McGahee vs. BAL -
32 Jacquizz Rodgers at CAR -
33 Shonn Greene at STL -
34 Roy Helu vs. SD -
35 DeAngelo Williams vs. ATL Probable (quadriceps)
36 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at MIA -
37 Bernard Pierce at CLE Probable (hamstring)
38 Arian Foster vs. IND -
39 Daniel Thomas vs. CIN -
40 Donald Brown at HOU -
41 Jonathan Stewart vs. ATL -
42 Joseph Randle vs. MIN -
43 LeGarrette Blount vs. PIT -
44 Brian Leonard at SEA -
45 Dennis Johnson vs. IND -
46 Chris Ogbonnaya vs. BAL Probable (ribs)
47 James Starks vs. CHI -
48 Tashard Choice vs. KC -
49 Benny Cunningham vs. TEN Questionable (ankle)
50 Mark Ingram at NYJ -
51 Bryce Brown at OAK -
52 Lance Dunbar vs. MIN Probable (hamstring)
53 Michael Bush at GB -
54 Marcel Reece vs. PHI -
55 Felix Jones at NE -
56 Robert Turbin vs. TB -
57 Ronnie Brown at WAS -
58 Fozzy Whittaker vs. BAL -
59 Isaiah Pead vs. TEN -

RB Notes: For the first time all season, Jamaal Charles did not score a touchdown in Week 8. He made up for it by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage for the eighth time in eight games. … Adrian Peterson has carried the ball just 36 times over his past three games. To put that into gut-wrenching perspective, Joseph Randle has eight more carries in the same timeframe. A corrective should be in order against the Cowboys, who are allowing 4.4 yards per carry despite DPOY-level play from Sean Lee. Only eight teams are surrendering more fantasy points to enemy running backs than Big D. … A distant 14th in fantasy running back points over the past three weeks, LeSean McCoy still ranks seventh on the season. Like Peterson, it’s only a matter of time before Shady reasserts himself as a top-three option, and that time could very easily be Week 9. McCoy remains Pro Football Focus’ top-rated back by a whopping 6.1 points. … How the Bears offense will look without Jay Cutler is the biggest fantasy wild card of Week 9, but one thing we know for sure? Matt Forte is going to feature more heavily than ever. Only four players are averaging more yards from scrimmage.

Alfred Morris continues to lead all running backs with 5.23 yards per carry. If not for Washington’s baffling abandonment of the run after going up 21-7 last weekend, Morris would have coasted to his second 100-yard game of the season. As it is, he’s averaging 81 weekly yards (No. 3 in the league), and poised for a monster second half. … The matchup is right for Arian Foster (hamstring) — the Colts are allowing 4.5 yards per carry and 122.3 yards per game — but his health might not be. A game-time decision who will likely fall down the ranks as his missed practice time mounts. Ben Tate (ribs) is in the same GTD/falling-ranks boat. Playing at far less than 100 percent, he wouldn’t be more than an RB3 if he got the start in Foster’s absence. Who would get the rock if neither suits up remains unclear. … Averaging 4.96 yards per carry over his past 56 totes, Stevan Ridley has four touchdowns over his past four games. Who knows why Ridley was benched for the first quarter of last week’s win, but the Pats offense took flight once he was reinserted. The Pats’ clear lead back is back in the RB1 conversation after early-season shenanigans had him as low as FLEX territory. … On track to return from his two-week absence, DeMarco Murray (knee) gets a Vikings defense crumbling in all phases, and allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs.    

If you’re going to trust Ray Rice for Week 9, it’s not because of what he’s done thus far this season. That would be 2.81 yards per carry, and exactly one 100-yard afternoon. But there are some things working in the would-be superstar back’s favor. Namely, his health. Playing hurt since Week 4, Rice said he got his “burst” back going into the Ravens’ Week 8 bye, and that he “wouldn’t kid you if I said I was feeling good.” He continued: “Obviously I've got my step back, and that's exciting for me going into the second half of the year." Then there’s Baltimore’s 5-0 record coming off bye weeks under John Harbaugh. The common denominator in those five victories? Power — and we do mean power — run games. The Ravens have averaged 37 rushes for 134.4 yards in their post bye-week performances under Harbaugh, scoring eight touchdowns in the process. The Ravens’ feature back for four of those games, Rice has averaged 23 carries for 92 yards coming off byes since 2009. It’s a near certainty that Rice and Bernard Pierce will be the focal point of the Ravens’ game plan. What Rice makes of it remains anyone’s guess, but a week healthier behind an offensive line growing accustomed to new LT Eugene Monroe, the circumstances couldn’t be better as Rice looks to put his disappointing start behind him.   

One of the league’s most productive and impressive backs since taking over as the Rams’ starter in Week 5, only injury can hold Zac Stacy (ankle) back. Fresh off stinging the Seahawks’ supposedly impenetrable run defense for 134 yards on 26 carries (5.2 YPC), Stacy will be squaring off with a Titans D allowing the seventh most points to enemy rushers. As long as he’s declared “good to go” on Friday’s injury report, Stacy is locked-in as an RB2. Even if he ends up a game-time decision that plays, Stacy will be no worse than a strong FLEX play. … Coming off his first back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances since December 2011, Ryan Mathews gets a Redskins defense allowing the third most points to rival runners. Mathews has hurt you before — and almost certainly will again — but with six teams on bye, he’s a must-start RB1/2 in a cake matchup. … Darren McFadden already has twice as many rushing scores (four) as he had in all of 2012. DMC’s 3.7 yards per carry leaves much to be desired, but locked into heavy workloads alongside attention-getting dual-threat QB Terrelle Pryor, his volume is the kind all fantasy owners seek. … Le’Veon Bell’s 13-carry, 24-yard Week 8 would have been one of the biggest duds of the season had he not: 1. Scored a touchdown. 2. Caught five passes. Bell’s talent is highly ordinary, but the matchup is right for a volume back in an injury-ravaged Patriots run defense allowing 130.8 yards per game.        

Fred Jackson has crashed back down to earth over his past four games, managing just 169 yards rushing on 53 carries (3.18 YPC). F-Jax’s 3.4 receptions per game have kept his RB2 value afloat, but he’ll be a touchdown-dependent option if C.J. Spiller (ankle) is ready to return. For now, the Bills are taking a day-to-day approach with Spiller, who would be a high-upside RB3 if he can return from his first missed contest in 44 games. … This could be Trent Richardson’s final week in the top-20 if he fails to take advantage of yet another plum matchup in the Texans. … Chris Johnson’s schedule is supposedly easing up, but he’s going on the road to take on a Rams team that held Marshawn Lynch to eight carries for 23 yards in Week 8. Averaging a monumentally pathetic 2.39 YPC over his past four games/46 carries, CJwhateverK is lucky to even still be on the FLEX radar. Making matters much worse is that Shonn Greene is supposedly being ticketed for 15 carries per game going forward. … Check out Evan Silva’s Thursday Matchups column for the rub on up-and-down RB2s Lamar Miller and Giovani Bernard. … Coming off the sorriest display of his career, Steven Jackson gets a team allowing less than 80 rushing yards per game, and only 3.7 yards per carry. S-Jax is a desperation option for the time being. … If Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is active, give him at least a week before reinserting him into your starting lineup.

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