Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2: Top Running Backs Who You Must Consider Benching

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 13, 2012

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams it tripped up by James Laurinaitis #55 of the Detroit Lions during the season opener at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.   (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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You can't get attached to your running backs. 

Unless you only have two running backs on your team or you're in a super deep league, almost every running back is benchable. 

For all you smart-A's out there, no, this doesn't mean you should be benching LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster or Ray Rice.

But there just aren't enough reliable ball-carriers in the NFL these days. More and more, you simply have to play the matchups. 

Let's take a look at some normally solid backs who are in for bad days. 


Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons 

Stay far, far away. 

Turner was once a reliable back, but it was apparent on Sunday when he looked like the ugly cousin to Atlanta's sexy high-powered passing attack that those days are no more.

Matt Ryan was connecting with Roddy White and Julio Jones all day, and fantasy owners couldn't get enough, but "Burner" looked like a burnout on his way to 32 ugly yards on 11 carries. 

Things won't get any better in Week 2 either when Atlanta hosts Denver. The Broncos held Isaac Redman—a similar back to Turner—to just 20 rushing yards on 11 carries last week.

Seriously, get Turner to your bench. 


Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

Bradshaw finished Thursday night with 78 yards on 17 carries and added 15 more on two catches, but he saved the otherwise-average night with a touchdown.

The six-year veteran has a tendency to do just that. He's not the type of guy who will make you brag to your friends about owning him, but at the end of the day, he has a bunch of catches or a touchdown on the scoresheet.

Bam! Productive!

Nonetheless, his Week 2 matchup is far less than ideal. 

The Bucs held a normally solid Carolina running game to 10 yards on 13 carries. Yeah, that's less than a yard per carry for you non-math majors.


Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

The Redskins defensive line isn't nearly as dominant as Detroit's, but Jackson's 21-carry, 53-yard Week 1 was certainly less than encouraging. 

And while Washington's defense in fact doesn't have a Suh in the middle of it, its front seven is highly underrated. It made the Saints abandon the run game in Week 1 and could force the Rams to do the same on Sunday.

Jackson will get touches, whether they be via the run or pass; I'm just not confident he'll be real productive with those touches.