We've seen one week of the 2012 NFL season, and while some fantasy stalwarts such as Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens put up the big fantasy numbers we've come to expect, others such as Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans fell flat on their face.
With that said it's time to put the past in the past and look towards the future, so here's a look at a trio of ballcarriers set to do big things in Week 2.
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills certainly wish they could turn back time to Saturday or so, as not only did the team get the crud kicked out of them by the New York Jets but they also lost starting tailback Fred Jackson to a sprained knee that will likely sideline the 31-year-old for at least a month.
However, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark day was the play of third-year running back C.J. Spiller, who picked up more than 190 total yards and a touchdown, including two runs of 50-plus yards.
No running back in fantasy football scored more points over the last three weeks of the 2011 season than Spiller, who has a very favorable matchup this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, as Spiller told Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News he's not ready to say that last year's big numbers means he'll have a big game this week.
"The quote that I am going to stick by for the whole year is, past success does not guarantee future success. I cannot just bank on the last six weeks to say I am capable," he said. "All I can do is have another great week of preparation."
I'll say it for him. He's going to have a big game this week.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
One of the more pleasant (an infuriating for his fantasy owners) surprises of the week occurred in Minnesota, where not only did running back Adrian Peterson play in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was the primary ballcarrier.
The sixth-year pro, who was returning from a torn ACL suffered last December, racked up 17 carries for 84 yards and scored twice, impressing teammates such as defensive end Brian Robison according to Brian Murphy of The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"Adrian's a freak athlete. I don't think he's possibly a quarter human," marveled defensive end Brian Robison. "The things he can do, seven-eight months after surgery, you're not supposed to be doing that right now."
More importantly Peterson hasn't experienced swelling or pain in the knee after Sunday's workload, and with a matchup on tap against a Colts' run defense that hasn't been good since 1983, Peterson should be set to rumble "All Day" long in Indy Sunday.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
Speaking of rumbling, if there's one thing that Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis does well it's just that, as the fifth-year veteran is one bowling ball of a bellcow back.
Green-Ellis bulled his way to 91 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown in his Bengals debut Monday night, an impressive feat considering the stout Baltimore Ravens defense and the fact that the Bengals were blown out and all but abandoned the run in the second half.
The 27-year-old should find the going significantly easier against a Cleveland Browns team Sunday that allowed 150 rushing yards to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and struggled against the run in 2011, making it likely that "Law Firm" will have his day in court this week to the tune of more than 100 yards.
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